Evening / Night Prayer – first week of Lent

as night falls, people all around the world are praying the liturgy of the hours

This is a simplified and blended version of evening prayer and night prayer for today’s Liturgy of the Hours. All around the globe, monks, nuns, priests and families are praying a variation of these words tonight. Try praying it with someone from your family and be part of the unending hymn of praise to God!

INTRODUCTION
God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

HYMN
All praise to you, O God, this night
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep us, we pray, O King of kings,
Beneath your own almighty wings.

PSALMODY
Ant. Do not hide your face from me; in you I put my trust.

Psalm 143:1-11
Prayer in distress

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

READING
1 Peter 5:8-9a

Stay sober and alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, solid in your faith.

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

ANTIPHON
Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep,
that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

INTERCESSIONS
Christ our Lord has warned us to watch and pray to avoid temptation. With our whole heart let us pray to him:
Turn to us, Lord, and have mercy.

Jesus, our Christ, you promised to be with those who pray in your name,
– help us always to pray with you to the Father in the Holy Spirit.
Turn to us, Lord, and have mercy.

Bridegroom of the Church, cleanse her from every stain,
– teach her to walk in hope and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Turn to us, Lord, and have mercy.

Friend of the human race, teach us concern for our neighbor as you have commanded,
– that all may see you more clearly as the light of the world.
Turn to us, Lord, and have mercy.

King of peace, give your peace to the world,
– that your presence may reveal your saving power in every place.
Turn to us, Lord, and have mercy.

Open the door of eternal happiness to all the dead,
– welcome them into the glory of unending life.
Turn to us, Lord, and have mercy.

CONCLUDING PRAYER
Father,
look on us, your children.
Through the discipline of Lent
help us to grow in our desire for you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

BLESSING
May the all-powerful Lord
grant us a restful night
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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