WEEK XXVI Thursday





 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.



Our mother Earth, her mantle green,

lay ripened, seeded and at rest;

she yearned to nurture all to life,

providing nourishment and nest.


So God, unbounded, uncontained,

ordained the oceans teem with life

and bid the skies be filled with flight:

with fish and fowl the world was rife.


These each were blest and both deemed good

God urged them mate and multiply:

thus life would ever be increased

and God in all be glorified.


With song and plumage, soaring flight,

birds blazoned forth God’s gifts so free;

while  sea-life, fathomless and feared,

reflected, dark, God’s mystery.


Thus evening came and morning came

the fifth day, filling air and sea.

Life overflowing and outpoured

depends upon diversity!  Amen.

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong





Let praise resound from the birds of the air–

the sea and its creatures sound their joy.

Psalm 148

 Alleluia! Praise Adonai!

Sing praise from the heavens above,

Sing praise from the heights of the mountains!

All angels and spirits, sing praise!


Sing praise, O Sun and Moon!

Sing praise, O glittering Stars!

Sing praise, O Galaxies of the Universe!

Sing praise, O Cosmos of Creation!


Praise the Name of the ONE

Whose Word invited you to be,

Establishing the pattern of creation:

Wanting us all to be free.


Let praise resound from the Earth

From oceans and creatures of the sea;

fire and hail, snow and mist,

Stormy winds that hear the Word.


All mountains and hills,

All fruit trees and cedars

Beasts both wild and tame

Reptiles and birds on the wing;


Princes and judges,

Rulers and citizens

All men and women

Elders and children;


Together sing praise to the HOLY

To the ONE whose praise is exalted;

To the NAME beyond all names,

Whose splendor fills heaven and earth.


For LOVE gives strength to the people,

Shares glory with all the faithful;

Welcoming us as companions,

Teaching us how to sing praise. 


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Let praise resound from the birds of the air–

the sea and its creatures sound their joy.

Reading   Hosea 11:1-4

Thus says ADONAI:
When Israel was a child I loved him, 
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.



R. This you shall see and be glad at heart: As a mother comforts her child, so shall I myself comfort you. V. You shall be carried in my arms and fondled on my knees. *As a mother comforts her child, so shall I myself comfort you.  V. Glory to the ONE, to the WORD, and to the Holy BREATH of Life.

Gospel Canticle of Mary


“Take nothing but a staff,” said Jesus, “Sandals, but no extra tunic.”

O Lord, may we depend only on you and so proclaim your reign.

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

“Take nothing but a staff,” said Jesus, “Sandals, but no extra tunic.”

O Lord, may we depend only on you and so proclaim your reign.


Litany of Intercession

For all who study and explore the beauty and wonder of birds, fish and other forms of sea life;


For all whose lives and livelihoods involve fish and other forms of sea life, especially those striving to preserve endangered species through the development of sustainable fishing practices and to  improve and restore oceans, seas, rivers, lakes and ponds;


For all whose lives and livelihoods involve poultry and other birds, especially those striving to  develop sustainably integrated practices and to  improve and restore their natural habitat;


For all who are deprived by modern lifestyles and urban jungles from experiencing the incredible beauty, diversity, liveliness and songs of the birds;


For all the sea creatures and winged birds themselves, whose praise of God that has been sounding for hundreds of millions of years, is threatened with extinction by the human destruction of their habitats and the toxins produced by consumerism and greed;


Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of the Sea and Sky, as we celebrate  the  fifth day of the week, we praise and thank you for the wonder and beauty of all the creatures that You have made, for each one of them reveals something of Your inexpressible love.  Awaken in us a profound sensitivity to Your presence in all of creation and awareness that it is in You that we and all creation live and move and have our being. For your love is the power that has created all things, sustains all things, and invites 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!    ~And give thanks 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.