Palm Sunday – Evening Prayer II

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated)

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • O Lord, make haste to help me
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Opening Hymn (Drop me an email if you want an alternate hymn);

O Cross of Christ, immortal tree
On which our Saviour died,
The world is sheltered by your arms
That bore the Crucified.

From bitter death and barren wood
the tree of life is made;
Its branches bear unfailing fruit
And leaves that never fade.

O faithful Cross, you stand unmoved
While ages run their course;
Foundation of the universe,
Creation’s minding force.

Give glory to the risen Christ
And to his Cross give praise,
The sign of God’s unfailing love,
The hope of all our days.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : He was wounded and humbled, but God has raised him up from the death with his own right hand

Psalm 110:1-5,7

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
“Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet.”

The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
“You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedeck of old.”

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head.

Anthipon 1 : He was wounded and humbled, but God has raised him up from the death with his own right hand

Anthipon 2 : The blood of Christ purifies us to serve the living God

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.

They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell.

They have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but cannot walk,
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.

All you Israelites, trust in the Lord
he is their help and shield.
House of Aaron, trust in the Lord
he is their help and shield.

You who fear him, trust in the Lord
he is their help and shield.
The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
He will bless his people Israel,
he will bless the house of Aaron,

he will bless those who fear the Lord
small and great alike.
May the Lord cause you to flourish,
both you and your children.

May you be blessed by the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
but the earth he has given to mankind.

It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
those who go down to the place of silence;
it is we who extol the Lord,
both now and forevermore.

Anthipon 2 : The blood of Christ purifies us to serve the living God

Anthipon 3: He carried out sins in his own body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to holiness

Canticle (1 Peter 2: 21-24)

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you,
leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps.

He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him,
he did not retaliate;

when he suffered,
he made no threats.
Instead, he entrusted himself to him
who judges justly.

He himself bore our sins”
in his body on the cross,
so that we might die to sins
and live for righteousness;

“by his wounds you have been healed.”

Anthipon 3 : He carried out sins in his own body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to holiness

Scripture (Acts 13:26-30a)

“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead,

Short Responsory

  • We worship you, Christ and we bless you
  • By your cross you have redeemed the world
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Magnificant

Anthipon: It is written: I will strike the shepherd down and the sheep of his flock will be scattered. But after my resurrection I will go before you into Galilee; there you will see me, said the Lord

Magnificant (Canticle of Mary) Canticle used every evening and never changes.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
For He has looked with favour on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him
In every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
And has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel
For He has remembered His promise of mercy,
The promise He made to our fathers,
To Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Anthipon: It is written: I will strike the shepherd down and the sheep of his flock will be scattered. But after my resurrection I will go before you into Galilee; there you will see me, said the Lord

Intercessions

  • Let us pray humbly to the saviour of all men. He went up to Jerusalem to endure the passion and enter into his glory
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Christ our redeemer, let us share in your passion by works of penance. Let us attain the glory of your resurrection
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Grant us the protection of your mother, the comforter of the afflicted. help us to extend to others the consolation you have given us.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Take care of those we have discouraged and those we have wronged . Help us to learn from our sufferings, so that justice and love may prevail in the end
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • You humbled yourself even to accepting death, death on a cross. Grant to your servants obedience and patience
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Share with the dead your bodily glory. Let us rejoice one day with them in the fellowship of the saints.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty, ever living God,
you gave our Saviour the command
to become man and undergo the Cross
as an example of humility for all men to follow.
We have the lessons of his sufferings
give us also the fellowship of his resurrection.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

We make our prayer our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the holy spirit, one God forever and ever.

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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