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.



O Boundless Maker of the sky,

Who raise the fertile clouds on high,

And bless the earth with flowing streams,

To quicken every living thing.


The waters over earth you place

Lest fiery sun should lay it waste.

The floods below you hold restrained,

Lest chaos rule the world again.


O let your gentle grace be poured

Like rain upon us, God adored,

And let the waters part once more

Which keep us from the promised shore.


O Loving Abba hear our cry

Through Jesus Christ, Our Love on high,

Whom in the Spirit we adore,

Who reign with you forevermore.  Amen.

Immensae Caeli Conditor Transl Gethesemani, 1988 Tune: Plainsong Mode VIII





How precious in the eyes of our God

is the death of those who are faithful!

Psalm 114/116a

I love Adonai who has heard

the cry of my appeal;

Turning an ear to me

on the day when I called for help.


They surrounded me, the snares of death,

with the anguish of the tomb;

they caught me, sorrow and distress.

I called on the Holy Name:

Adonai, my God, deliver me!


How gracious is Adonai, and just;

our God has compassion.

Adonai protects the simple hearts;

I was helpless so God saved me.


Turn back, my soul, to your rest

for Adonai has been good;

has kept my soul from death,

my eyes from tears

and my feet from stumbling.


I will walk in the presence of Adonai

in the land of the living.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

How precious in the eyes of our God

is the death of those who are faithful!

Reading   Romans 4:20-22

Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
God was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.



R.  Abraham hoped against hope, *the ancestor of all who believe.  V. His faith was accounted as righteousness *  *the ancestor of all who believe.  V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Canticle of Mary


This very night I will demand your soul!

What then will happen to all your possessions?

So it will be when a person amasses treasure in place of the riches of the Reign of God.

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 the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

This very night I will demand your soul!

What then will happen to all your possessions?

So it will be when a person amasses treasure in place of the riches of the Reign of God!


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.