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 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.


The blazing energies of light,

unleashed when God said, “Let it be,”

in fusion formed the womb of life,

the rain clouds and the raging sea.


These parted, each to its domain,

divided by the vault of sky;

untamed and turbulent, unchecked,

within them life and death would vie.


Those waters clothed our planet home,

so terrible and yet so fair:

the gift without which all would cease,

yet placed, so fragile, in our care.


Both sign and sacrament of life,

of love awash, poured out and fresh:

engulfing all that sin would spawn,

while nurt’ring life in all the rest.


Thus evening came and morning came

that second day when waters burst:

both flood and freshness for our world,

chaste herald of our second birth.  Amen.

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong







In the power of the Spirit Jesus returned to Galilee;

he taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

Psalm 137/138

I thank you Adonai with all my heart,

you have heard the words of my mouth.

Before  the angels I’ll bless you,

and adore before your  holy temple.


I thank you for your faithfulness and love

which excel all we ever knew of you.

On the day I called you answered;

you increased the strength of my soul.


You stretch forth your hand and save me,

your hand will do all things for me.

Your love, my God, is eternal;

discard not the work of your hands.


Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love;

As always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

In the power of the Spirit Jesus returned to Galilee;

he taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

Luke 4: 16-21

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit and news of him spread throughout the whole region.  He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.  He came to Nazareth where he had grown up, and went as was his custom to the synagogue on the Sabbath day.  He stood up to read and received the scroll of the prophet Isaiah,  He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

“The Spirit of Adonai is upon me, for God anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.  God has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to our God.”

Rolling up the scroll, he gave it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all were fixed on him.  He said to them:  “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing!”

Gospel Canticle of Mary


The Spirit of Adonai is upon me, for God has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor ad liberty to captives

and so proclaim the year of favor from our 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  WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

The Spirit of Adonai is upon me, for God has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor ad liberty to captives

and so proclaim the year of favor from our 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 those who spend much of each day 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.    Amen.

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

Let us bless Adonai!    ~And give thanks 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.

Pray for us, 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.