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.


Evening Hymn

O Splendor of Eternal Light, Who in full glory dwell on high,

The world began as light from Light, all goodness in the Abba’s sight.


Upon the twilight chaos played Your Wisdom forming night and day.

As night descends to you we sing To hover near on brooding wing.


Forgive the sins we cannot bear, Lest, overwhelmed by earthly care,

The mind forget eternal life, And dwell in exile from its light.


Let Heaven’s Spirit pulse within To purge away all grievous sin,

Thus, casting ev’ry fear away, We take by storm high heaven’s gate.


O Loving Abba, hear our cry, through Jesus Christ our Love most high,

Whom in the Spirit we adore, Who reigns with you forevermore.  Amen.



Evening Psalm


Your Word is a lamp for my steps;

a light for my path.

Psalm 118/119


I have sworn and made up my mind

to obey your decrees.


I am deeply afflicted, O God;

bu your word give me life.

Accept, Adonai, the praise of my lips

and teach me your decrees.


Though I carry my life in my hands,

I remember your law.

Though the wicked try to ensnare me

I will not stray from your precepts.


Your will is my heritage forever,

the joy of my heart.

I set myself to carry out your statutes

in fullness for ever.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love

As always before,

so now and ever more, Amen.

Your Word is a lamp for my steps;

a light for my path.

Reading          Hebrews 13:20-21

May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do God’s will.  May God carry out in you what is pleasing through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.



R.  God be praised!  *Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. V. There is nothing in death or life that can separate us fro the love of God*Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Antiphon

Jesus looked up and saw Zacchaeus.  “Come down,” he said,

“I intend to dine in your house today.”

Zacchaeus descended and welcomed Jesus with delight!

Canticle from Philippians 2: 6-11 

Though he was in the form of God

Jesus did not  snatch at equality with God.


He emptied himself,

taking the form of  a servant,

being born in the likeness of human beings.


And being found in human form,

he humbled himself,

and became obedient unto death,

even death on a cross.


Therefore God has highly exalted him

and bestowed on him the highest name.  

That at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow

in heaven and on earth

and under the earth.


And every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love

As always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

Jesus looked up and saw Zacchaeus.  “Come down,” he said,

“I intend to dine in your house today.”

Zacchaeus descended and welcomed Jesus with delight!


Litany of Intercession

O Holy Compassion, you noted the longing in the heart of Zacchaeus and invited him to share his time, his home, and his food with you that evening. ~open our hearts and our homes to welcome you in the longings of all who seek truth and peace.


O Scandalous Guest, you entered the home of tax collector who was considered a traitor and a sinner, ~may we never avoid the company of those who are scorned or marginalized.


O Blessed Generosity, your love freed Zacchaeus from his slavery to wealth and possessions, free us from our greed and our addictions to share the wondrous gifts you give each day.


O Finder of the Lost, you proclaimed that salvation had come to his house when Zacchaeus embraced both generosity and justice,   ~give us the strength to follow his example and work together for the flourishing of all Earthkind.




Prayer of Jesus

Our Dear Abba in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kin-dom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil;

For the kin-dom the power and the glory are yours

now and forever.


Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of Day and God of Darkness, the harmony and balance of creation reveal the mystery of your love.  Through the change of seasons you enable Mother Earth to give birth to a wondrous diversity of landscapes and life-forms, winds and weather, creatures and crops.  Help us to recognize and honor the holiness of each earthly being and the communion we share with all things so that our ways of living and loving may lead to the freedom, flourishing and fullness of life for people and the rest of your beloved creation.  For yours is the power and the glory of love, now and forever. ~Amen.


May the God who blesses creation with times and seasons + bless us with reverence and love for all people and all Earthkind.  ~Amen 


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.


Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon.
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.