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




Evening Psalm


You will show me the path of life,

you will give me the fullness of joy

in your presence forever.

Psalm 15/16

 Protect me God, I turn to you for help.

I profess, “You are my Love, my greatest good.”


I once put trust in false gods,

the idols of the land.

Now I make no offerings to them,

nor do I invoke their names

Those who chase after them

simply add grief to their grief.


Adonai, you are my portion and cup,

the shape of my future;

you mark off the best place for me

to enjoy my place on the earth.


I bless God who teaches me,

who even at night directs my heart.

I am sure that God is right here beside me,

I can never be shaken.


And so my heart rejoices

my body thrills with life,

my whole being rests securely.


You will not abandon me to Sheol,

nor send your faithful one down to death.

You show me the road to life:

boundless joy  as your companion for ever!


Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore, Amen.

You will show me the path of life,

you will give me the fullness of joy

in your presence forever.


Reading           Ezekiel 33: 7-8

Thus says ADONAI:
You, O Human One, I have appointed sentry for the house of Israel;
when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”
and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.


R.  If today you hear God’s voice, *do not harden your hearts.

V. As on that day at Massah in the dessert, *do not harden your hearts.  V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Antiphon

The Sabbath is for humankind, not humans for the Sabbath

So is the Human One master even of the Sabbath.

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 name that is above every 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.

The Sabbath is for humankind, not humans for the Sabbath;

So is the Human One master even of the Sabbath.



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

Our Dear Abba in heaven, …



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 God and with 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.
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.