III LENT Evening Prayer I

Samaritana Mestrovic UND

Service of Light

 We light the Evening Candle and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


You lead me near restful waters.

~And you revive my drooping spirit.


Hymn for Lent III

At Jacob’s well a Stranger sought His drooping frame to cheer,

Samaria’s daughter little thought That Jacob’s God was near.

This she had known: her fainting heart For richer draughts had sighed;
Ne’er had Messiah ever kind,Those richer draughts denied.


She heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold I freely give

The living water, thirsty one, Stoop down, and drink, and live.”

She came to Jesus and she drank Of that life-giving stream;

then ran to tell her friends and kin: “These waters will redeem.”


Still at each heart this Stranger seeks His drooping frame to cheer;

But like the woman can we see that Jacob’s God is here?

He’s thirsting for our hearts to share the love we have in store.

Behold the living waters flow, Come drink and thirst no more.

Tune: KINGSFOLD.  Text: vv 1 & 3 G. Walters (1847) alt.  v. 2, H Bonar  (1808-1889), alt, 




Evening Psalm


You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Canticle of Isaiah 12: 2-6
Surely it is God who saves me;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is Adonai,
who alone has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.


Give thanks to Adonai, acclaim the Name;
make known God’s deeds among the nations.
proclaim how exalted is God’s name.


Sing praise to Adonai

for this glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before, so now and evermore.  Amen

You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.


READING          Exodus 17: 3-5

In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses,
saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst
with our children and our livestock?” So Moses cried out to Adonai,
“What shall I do with this people? a little more and they will stone me!”
Adonai answered Moses, “Go over there in front of the people,
along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go,
the staff with which you struck the river. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink.”



R. Jesus stood there and cried out: If any of you thirst, simply come to me. 

V. The water I shall give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life *If any of you thirst, simply come to me!”   V.  Glory to the Holy One and the Word and the Breath of Love.

Gospel Antiphon

“If only you knew the gift of God, you would ask for living water,”

and the woman said: “Lord, give me that water that I may never be thirsty again.”


Lord Jesus

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 our Abba.


Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God our Abba.


Glory to the Abba and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

“If only you knew the gift of God, you would ask for living water,”

and the woman said: “Lord, give me that water that I may never be thirsty again.”



 Service of Prayer

Litany of Intercession

As we enter the Springtime of the year and continue to celebrate the season of Lent, may we ponder the Word of God in our hearts and savor its meaning more fully day by day; ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 


As we examine our hearts, may we sincerely reject everything in our lives that is contrary to the law of love; ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


As we prepare for the feast of Easter , may we seek a change of heart, give ourselves to prayer, and persevere in loving our neighbors, especially those in greatest need;

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


As we remember the woman of Samaria, may we be willing to review our lives and acknowledge our failures; ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


As we long for the living waters, may we become true worshippers of God in spirit and in truth; ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…


Closing Prayer

Gracious God of all Compassion, through Jesus you revealed your mercy to the woman of Samaria and awakened in her a thirst for living water. Strengthen all those who are preparing to approach the sacred waters of Baptism at Easter and free all of us from slavery to selfishness, addiction, and sin.  Through this celebration of Lent rehearse us in learning from Jesus and living by his values so that we may truly worship You in Spirit and in truth.   ~Amen.



May Adonai+ bless us and keep us.  ~Amen 

May the Face of Adonai + shine on us and be gracious to us. ~Amen 

May Adonai + look upon us with favor and give us peace.  ~Amen 


Let us bless Adonai.    ~And give thanks to God.




Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for this season.

Ave Regina caelorum, Ave Domina Angelorum.

Salve radix, salve porta, Ex qua mundo lux est orta:

Gaude Virgo gloriosa, Super omnes speciosa:

Vale, O valde decora, Et pro nobis Christum exora.


Pray for us O gracious Queen of the Universe,

~ that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray,

O Gracious God grant to your people lasting health of mind and body.

Send us your assistance in  times of temptation.

May we who celebrate the memory of the holy Mother of God,

rise from our sins by the help of her intercession.

We ask this through Christ our Love.  Amen.