SERVICE OF LIGHT
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.
Hymn for Saturday Evening
O fire that fuels the stars and suns,
rekindled in our evening flame:
your blinding radiance yet is dimmed
before the One from whom you came.
When out of darkness first you dawned,
you ushered in God’s gifts untold:
on this the eighth, unequaled day,
you blazed where Life lay dead and cold.
For Christ, our light, unquenchable,
death sought to master and defy,
yet from a darkened, empty tomb
Life gave definitive reply.
The universe will not be shamed,
delighting God in endless ways,
for neither human sin nor pride
can silence its unceasing praise. Amen
Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley
SERVICE OF THE WORD
My prayers come before you like incense,
the raising of my hands like the ev’ning offering.
I call for your help, O Adonai, Listen to me when I call to you.
God, I cry to you, so listen to my prayer, I am invoking you.
Keep me from evil, watch over me. Set a guard at the door of my lips.
Love, I turn to you, so listen to me now, I am invoking you.
Defend me, my Love, I take refuge in you. Guard me from those who do evil.
My Joy, I trust in you, so listen to my heart, I am invoking you.
Setting: Tobias Colgan, OSB, adpt.
Reading Isaiah 55:1-2
Thus says ADONAI:
All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat;
Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.
R. You gave your people bread from heaven, rich in delight, *and suited to every taste.
V. It was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Abba who gives you the true bread from heaven; * rich in delight and suited to every taste. V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.
Alleluia! With five barley loaves and two fish
Jesus fed more than five thousand. Alleluia!
Canticle from Philippians 2: 6-11
Refrain: Lord Jesus
Though he was in the form of God
Jesus did not snatch at equality with God. Lord Jesus
He emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men. Lord Jesus
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross. Lord Jesus
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name. Lord Jesus
That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow
in heaven and on earth
and under the earth. Lord Jesus
And every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.
Alleluia! With five barley loaves and five fish
Jesus fed more than five thousand. Alleluia!
SERVICE OF PRAYER
Litany of Intercession
For the Unity of the Christian Churches and the common good of all Earthkind,
Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For the people of this and every other nation, that all be guided in the ways of justice and peace, Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For the health and well-being of all creation, and the wisdom and will to conserve it, Love in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For all those who have asked for our prayers and those for whom we have promised to pray, Love in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For all who are suffering in mind, body or spirit, and for those who care for them,
Love in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those who have died, and for those who grieve their passing, Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prayer of Jesus
Using a translation prepared by the Nez Percé Tribe, we pray as Jesus taught his disciples
O Great Spirit, You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.
Your home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and moon.
Whatever You want to be done, let it be done everywhere.
Give us Your gift of bread day by day.
Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.
Take us away from wrong doings. Free us from evil.
For everything belongs to You. Let Your power and glory shine forever. Amen.
Closing Prayer & Blessing
Risen Christ, by virtue of your passing over from death to life,
pour your Holy Spirit into our hearts. Fill us with awe and reverence for you and love and compassion for our neighbor, for yours is the power and the glory, now and forever. ~Amen.
May the Great Spirit + bless us and all of creation. ~Amen
Let us bless Adonai ~Thanks be to God.
Those who wish may end evening prayer with the 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.