St. Matthias


May 14 St. Mathias




 We light the EASTER CANDLE and say or sing:

Christ our Light!

~Thanks be to God!


Christ is risen, alleluia!

~He is risen indeed, alleluia!



Apostles of our ancient faith, With all the heav’ns we sing your fame

Whose sound went forth in all the earth To tell of Christ and bless his name.


You took the Gospel to the poor, The Word of God alight in you,

Which in our day is told again: That timeless word, forever new.


You told of Christ who died for us And out of death triumphant rose,

Who was the Truth that makes us free And changeless through the ages goes.


Like sparks among the straw, you ran To set the universe ablaze!

To kindle love of Jesus Christ And take his peace on all your ways.


Praise Abba, Word and Spirit blest Whose gift is faith that never dies:

A light in darkness now, until The daystar in our hearts arise.  Amen.

Text: Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal (1971), alt.; Tune:  Plainsong Mode VIII


Evening Psalmody


Your friends, Adonai, shall make known

the glorious splendor of your reign, Alleluia!

Psalm 144/145

 I will give you glory, O Sovereign God!

I will bless your Name forever.


I will bless you day after day

and praise your Name forever.

Adonai is great, and worthy of praise!

Such greatness can never be measured!


Age to age proclaims your works,

recounts all your mighty deeds,

tells of your splendor and glory

and all of your wonderful works.


They reveal your awesome power,

and tell of your marvelous deeds.

they recall your abundant goodness,

joyfully sing and ring out your justice!


Adonai is kind and full of compassion,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is Adonai to all

Compassionate to every creature.


All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God,


Let them make known to all

your might and your glorious reign.

Your dominion lasts forever

your rule for all generations.


Let me sing the praise of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name,

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Your friends, Adonai, shall make known

the glorious splendor of your reign, Alleluia!


READING          Ephesians 4:22-24

Put away the old self, of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires and Acquire a fresh, spiritual way of thinking.  You must put on the true self created in God’s image, whose justice and holiness are born of truth.



R.  With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus *  and great grace was upon them all, alleluia!  V. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with boldness * and great grace was upon them all, alleluia!  V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Canticle


I call you my friends, no longer are you slaves;

for I’ve made known to you all that the Abba told me!

Canticle of Mary 

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 the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

I call you my friends, no longer are you slaves;

for I’ve made known to you all that the Abba told me, alleluia!




Litany of Intercession

O Gentle Shepherd, you are the Firstborn of the dead; ~may your resurrection destroy the power of death and change tears of agony into cries of joy.


O Gentle Shepherd, you are the new Springtime in our life; ~ may your resurrection cover the fields with flowers and restore health to Earth’s air, water and soils.


O Gentle Shepherd, you are the new Passover Lamb slain to set us free and shared in the Paschal feast; ~ may your resurrection set our tables to share the bread of sincerity and truth.


O Gentle Shepherd, you are the new Exodus from the land of slavery to selfishness and sin;

~ may your resurrection lead us to a land flowing with the milk of justice and the honey of peace.


O Gentle Shepherd, you are the new Moses revealing to us the heart of Torah;

~ may your resurrection write your law of love on our hearts.


O Gentle Shepherd, you are the New Covenant sealed with your blood and your final breath; ~ may your resurrection fill us with your Spirit and course through our veins.


O Risen Love, you are the Prophet of the messianic age;

~ may your resurrection usher in the new heavens and the new Earth.



Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…  


Closing Prayer

Good and Gracious God, we bless and thank you for all you have done in raising Jesus from the dead.  As you sent him to bring good news to the poor, he sent his disciples to continue his mission and ministry.  As we celebrate the feast of  St. Mathias, may the Good Shepherd, the Risen Christ, send us to share and live the truth of your unconditional love which offers all people and all creation the fullness of life both now and forever.  Amen.


May the God of Life who brought Jesus through death to resurrection+ bless us with Peace and Joy, Alleluia!  ~Amen, Alleluia!


Let us bless Adonai, Alleluia, Alleluia!    ~Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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

Rejoice, O Heaven’s Queen, Rejoice, alleluia!

The Son you carried hidden before birth, alleluia!

Reborn, has risen from the Earth, alleluia!

Once more fulfilling promise, alleluia!


Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

For our Love is truly risen, Alleluia!


Let us pray.

Holy, Immortal and Mighty God, you have brought joy to the world by raising Jesus from the dead. By the prayers of Mary his Mother, and of all the myrrh-bearing women,

raise us up with Jesus and bring us to the fullness of life.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Risen Love.  Amen.