Evening Prayer

 
Said or sung all together except for the sentences marked ‘Call’ which are for the Leader only.
+ indicates that you may make the sign of the cross.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Opening sentences
My soul waits for the Lord
more than those
who watch for the morning,
more than those
who watch for the morning.
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Call: Out of the depths I have cried to You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: With my whole heart I want to praise You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: If you, Lord, should mark iniquities:
Response: Who could stand? who could stand?
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I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His word do I hope.
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Expressions of faith
Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always kept
me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always lightened
this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always spoken
when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now,
today I believe.
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Today’s Scripture Reading

July 29

Psalm 61:1–5, 8 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. 4 I long to dwell in your tent forever   and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah :5 For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Then will I ever sing praise to your name and fulfill my vows day after day.

Job 23:3-6 If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! 4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5 I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say. 6 Would he oppose me with great power? No, he would not press charges against me.

Luke 7:7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Today’s Meditation

 

LADY POVERTY IN THE EYES OF JUNIPER, FRIEND OF FRANCIS, FOOL OF GOD
If I am truly poor, then I am dependent on others for everything, and I feel useless and worthless, and I realize deep within that everything is a gift from the Father. Then in this attitude of complete dependence, I become useful again, for then I am empty of selfishness and I am free to be God’s instrument instead of my own. In poverty I begin to value everything rightly again. I see how little really matters, and I see that only that which glorifies God is of value.I write these words in pain, Lady Poverty, for I have wept bitter tears because I was poor and had to beg from others, and I felt like a burden to people and to God … And I have grown weary of Christ’s words not to worry about tomorrow. But in His grace I have surrendered to God’s sovereignty and providence, and it has made me free …

Lady Poverty, I love you. You, my Lady, take all the sting from being poor. In your embrace I am rich indeed, for I have someone to love. I have you. Perhaps, my Lady, that is why I keep submitting, surrendering my desire to control my life, my need to provide for the future. You have stolen my heart and made me happy, and your love makes up for all the pain that loving you involves … and we know it is all worthwhile because when we look into your eyes, we see Christ Himself.
Murray Bodo


 

Prayers for others

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Canticle
In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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The Lord is my light, my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
One thing I ask of the Lord,
one thing I seek;
to dwell in the presence of my God,
to gaze on Your holy place.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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I believe I shall see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.
O wait for the Lord!
Have courage and wait,
wait for the Lord.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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Blessing
See that ye be at peace among yourselves, my children,
and love one another.
Follow the example of good men of old
and God will comfort you and help you,
both in this world
and in the world which is to come.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen