We light the Evening Candle and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Love!

~Thanks be to God!


Stay with us O Christ for it is evening,

~And the day is almost over.


Day is done, but love unfailing dwells ever here
Shadows fall, but hope, prevailing, calms every fear.
Loving Abba, none forsaking, take our hearts of Love’s own making
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking, be always near.


Dusk descends, but light unending shines through our night
You are with us, ever lending new strength to sight
One in love, your truth confessing, one in hope of heaven’s blessing
May we see, in love’s possessing love’s endless light!


Eyes will close, but you unsleeping watch by our side
Death may come, in love’s safekeeping still we abide
God of love, all evil quelling sin forgiving, fear dispelling
Stay with us, our hearts indwelling this eventide.

Text: James Quinn, S.J. Tune: Ayr Hyd Nos






I lie down in peace, and sleep comes at once

for Adonai makes me dwell in safety.

Psalm 85/86

Turn your ear, Adonai, and give answer

for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am faithful;

save the servant who trusts in you.


You are my God, have mercy on me, Adonai,

for I cry to you all the day long.

Give joy to your servant, Adonai,

for to you I lift up my soul.


O God, you are good and forgiving,

full of love to all who call.

Give heed, O God, to my prayer

and attend to the sound of my voice.


In the day of distress, I will call

and surely you will reply.

Among the gods there is none like you, Adonai;

nor work to compare with yours.


All the nations shall come to adore you

and glorify your name, Adonai:

for you are great and do marvelous deeds,

you who alone are God.


Show me, Holy One, your ways

so that I may walk in your truth.

Guide my heart to revere your name.


I will praise you, Adonai, with all my heart

and glorify your name for ever;

for your love to me has been great:

you have saved me from the depths of the grave.


The proud have risen against me;

the ruthless seek my life;

to you they pay no heed.


But you, God of mercy and compassion,

slow to anger, Adonai,

abounding in love and truth,

turn and take pity on me.


O give your strength to your servant

and save your handmaid’s child.

Show me the sign of your favor

that my foes may see to their shame

that you console me and give me your help.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

I lie down in peace, and sleep comes at once

for Adonai makes me dwell in safety.

Reading   Ephesians 1:4-6

God chose us in Christ Jesus before the world began
to be holy and blameless, to be full of love.

And God predestined us to be adopted children through Jesus Christ,
such was the divine will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor which God has bestowed on us in the beloved.



R. “God destined us to be the adopted children through Jesus Christ * such was God’s will and pleasure so that the glory of this gracious gift might redound to God’s praise.  V. For God knew before their time those who should be shaped to the likeness of the Son;  * such was God’s will and pleasure so that the glory of this gracious gift might redound to God’s praise.  V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Canticle of Mary


Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
only say the word and my servant will be healed.

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

Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
only say the word and my servant will be healed.


Litany of Intercession

For all who thirst—whose lives are endangered by lack of safe water to drink—whose crops and livestock whither from lack of rain, ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the millions of women and girls who spend much of their days fetching water for their families, animals and crops, ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all who suffer from too much water—from tsunamis and floods—and from the death and destruction, dampness and disease carried in the aftermath, ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For those who hoard water, who waste it or pollute it—forcing others to pay excessively for water that rightfully belongs to all, ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For those whose bodies, minds and spirits languish—cut off from the endless flow of God’s love enfleshed in self and others, in all creatures and all of creation, ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

Closing Prayer & Blessing

Creator God, we stand in wonder and awe before your gift of water that brings life and nourishment through streams and rivers, marshes and swamps, lakes, seas and oceans!  We marvel at water’s beauty and diversity of forms in dew and mist, rain and snow, hail and ice, humidity, vapor and steam.  As we celebrate  the creation and distribution of water on this second day of the week, strengthen our commitment to conserve and share this gift with wisdom and respect.   For yours is the glory and power of love now and forever.  Amen.


May the God of all creation +   bless us with a thirst for justice.   Amen.


Let us bless Adonai!    ~Thanks be to God.

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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 hearts 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.