WEEK XXIV Wednesday




 We light the Evening Candle and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


Stay with us Lord for it is evening,

~And the day is almost over.


There was no sun to rule the day,

no moon to roam the night until

our God flung forth the nebulae,

the  planets, suns and stars at will.


With these God made the greater light

to dawn and blaze upon our day;

a lesser lamp illumined night

and marked each month along its way.


Thus time, the seasons and the years

began their endless ordered round;

the moon called forth the festivals

on which God’s praises would resound.


And so it was and it was good!

Companions, friends, the stars would be:

bright beacons in the cosmic night,

sure bearings both on land and sea.


Thus evening came and morning came.

The fourth day saw our day-star, sun,

bright symbol of undying light,

undimmed when day and night are done.  Amen.

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong




Praise Adonai, who made the stars

and calls each one by its name.

Psalm 146/147

How good to sing God praise!

Sing to the One who is loving!

We cannot help but shout this praise!


Adonai rebuilds Jerusalem

and gathers  the exiles of Israel;

healing the broken-hearted,

and binding up all of their wounds.


God fixes the number of the stars

and calls each one by its name.  

Adonai is great and almighty;

wise beyond all telling:

For the Holy One raises the lowly and the poor,

while the wicked are humbled to the dust.


O sing to Adonai, giving thanks,

Sound the harp with psalms for our God,

Who stretches the heavens with clouds,

preparing rain for the Earth,

making mountains green with grass

and plants to serve everyone’s needs.


Adonai provides food for our cattle

and for young ravens when they call.

God is not impressed by the power of horses

nor by the  strength and speed of a warrior.

For Adonai takes delight in the reverent;

and those who trust God’s compassion.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Praise Adonai, who made the stars

and calls each one by its name.


The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.

It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together.  It judges the thoughts and desires of the heart.  There is nothing that can be hidden from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before God’s eyes.  And it is to God that we must give an account of ourselves.


R. Christ the Word of God, is the Good news of God’s glory; *He has dawned upon us and brought us to light.  V. Out of darkness God has made to shine within us the light of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ, *he has dawned upon us and brought us to light.  V. Glory to the ONE, to the WORD, and to the Holy BREATH of Life.

Gospel Canticle of Mary


Light shall break forth like the dawn, healing shall spring up speedily,

if we loose the bonds of all oppression, share our bread with the hungry,  and keep the feast as chosen by Adonai who redeems us.

It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to  WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Light shall break forth like the dawn,

healing shall spring up speedily, if we loose the bonds of all oppression,

share our bread with the hungry, and keep the feast as chosen by Adonai who redeems us.


Litany of Intercession

For astronomers, cosmologists, and all who explore the depths of space and the mysteries and wonder of the universe,

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all whose lives and work are intimately connected to the time of day and the seasons of the years, especially those affected most by global warming and climate change,

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all who are forced by poverty or war to live under the open sky, burned by the sun during the day or freezing under the stars each night,

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all who are deprived by modern lifestyles and preferences from experiencing the natural beauty and rhythms of day and night, seasons and celebrations that acknowledge our home and role in the universe,

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Every atom in our bodies was forged in the fiery belly of a star who lived, died and gave itself back to the universe: may we learn this Wisdom of God, manifest in the stars and in Jesus of Nazareth, and live and die in harmony with everything else going on in the universe. ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of the Starry Universe, as we celebrate  the  fourth day of the week, we praise and thank you for the wisdom and splendor of each shimmering star; the heat and life-giving energy of our Sun, the serene beauty and mystery of our Moon, and the reliable rhythms of days, weeks, months, seasons and years.  May every person on earth be entranced by each sunset, amazed by each constellation, astonished by each season, and filled with gratitude that your universe in its infinite variety has invited each of us to be an integral part of such splendor, for your love is the power that has created all things, sustains all things, and frees all things to join you in building the future now and forever.  Amen.


May the God of the Cosmos +   bless us with reverence, wonder and awe .   Amen.


Let us bless Adonai!    ~Thanks be to God!


Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Salve Regina

Marian Antiphon

Mother of mercy, our Queen, we greet you! Our life, our hope, our happiness, we hail you.

We call to you as Eve’s own children, and exiles; To you we lift our heart in sorrow and fear, in this valley of tears.  Turn then, our loving Advocate, and look with favor upon us.  And after our life in exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.  O gracious, O loving,

O Virgin benign, our Mother Mary.


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God;

~ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray.  Holy, Mighty and Immortal God, through the working of the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body and soul of the glorious virgin Mother Mary, as a worthy dwelling for your Word; grant that we, who celebrate her memory each evening, may with the help of her prayers, be freed from ever-present evil, and come to share the fulness of life eternal.   Amen.