The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

  The Officiant begins

The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.

Opening Versicle and Response
[Page 127: It is customary to make the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of the Versicle]:
V. + Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
R. The maker of heaven and earth.
 

The Confession
[Page 127]
Let us confess our sins to God.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
 
 

Prayer For Forgiveness
May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness + of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
 

The Second Versicle and Response
[Page 128: It is customary to make the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of the Versicle]:

V. + O God, make speed to save us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People

+ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
[Except in Lent add]: Alleluia.
 
 

The Psalms
[One or more of the following Psalms found on pages 128-131 are recited. At the end of the Psalms is sung or said "The Glory Be"]:
 
 

Psalm 4 [Cum invocarem]
Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
    you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

"You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory? *
    how long will you worship dumb idols
    and run after false gods?"

Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
    when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
    speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

Offer the appointed sacrifices *
    and put your trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *
    Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

You have put gladness in my heart, *
    more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
    for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
 
 

Psalm 31 [In te, Domine, speravi]
In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame: *
    deliver me in your righteousness.

Incline your ear to me; *
    make haste to deliver me.

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
    for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.

Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
    for you have redeemed me,
    O Lord, O God of truth.
 
 

Psalm 91 [Qui habitat]
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High *
    abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

He shall say to the Lord,
"You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
    my God in whom I put my trust."

He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
    and from the deadly pestilence.

He shall cover you with his pinions,
and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
    his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
    nor of the arrow that flies by day;

Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
    nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.

A thousand shall fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, *
    but it shall not come near you.

Your eyes have only to behold *
    to see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
    and the Most High your habitation,

There shall no evil happen to you, *
    neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
    to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you in their hands, *
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
    you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.

Because he is bound to me in love,
therefore will I deliver him; *
    I will protect him, because he knows my Name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
    I am with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and bring him to honor.

With long life will I satisfy him,
    and show him my salvation.
 

Psalm 134 [Ecce nunc]
Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,*
    you that stand by night in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord; *
    the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

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

The Scripture Passage
[One of the scripture passages on pages 131-132 is read. They are as follows]:

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9,22

R. Thanks be to God.

or this

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

R. Thanks be to God.

or this

May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:20-21

R. Thanks be to God.

or this

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. I Peter 5:8-9a

R. Thanks be to God.
 

The Versicle and Responses
[Page 132}
V. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
R. For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
V. Keep us O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
R. Hide us under the shadow of your wings.
 
 

The Kyrie and Lord's Prayer
[Pages 132-133]
Lord, have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
 

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
 
The Versicle, Response and Collects
[One or more of the following Collects, found on pages 133-134, are recited. Note: there is a Collect to be said on Saturday].
V. Lord, hear our prayer;
R. And let our cry come unto you.

Let us pray.

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

or this

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 

Collect for Saturday
We give you thanks, O God, for revealing your Son Jesus Christ to us by the light of his resurrection: Grant that as we sing your glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[One of the following additional prayers found on page 134 may be added].
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

or this

O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live; Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each others' toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 

Song of Simeon with Antiphon
[Pages 134-135]

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
[In Easter add; Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia]

 Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see;

A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.

+ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

[In Easter add; Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia]
 
 

The Versicle, Response and Benediction
[Page 135]
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.

The almighty and merciful Lord, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.
 

The Marian Antiphon
[Use the appropriate antiphon for the current season.]

Antiphon I
[Said from Evening Prayer of the Saturday before I Sunday in Advent through Evening Prayer of Feb. 2]
Kindly Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us who, though fallen, strive to rise again. You, who brought forth, to all nature's wonder, nature's Lord, your own creator: Mother yet a virgin ever more, who at Gabriel's speaking received the Ave; towards us sinners show your pity.

[Said from Evening Prayer of the Saturday before the I Sunday in Advent through Morning Prayer of the Vigil of Christmas]
V. The Angel of the Lord brought tidings of Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts: that, as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an Angel; so by his Cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

[Said from Evening Prayer of the Vigil of Christmas through Evening Prayer on Feb. 2]
V. After Child-bearing you remained a pure Virgin.
R. Mother of God, intercede for us.

O God, who by the child-bearing of a pure Virgin has bestowed on all mankind the rewards of everlasting life: grant that we may know the succor of her intercession, through whom we have been found worthy to receive the Author of life, even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
 

Antiphon II
[Said from Morning Prayer of Feb. 3 to Evening Prayer of Wednesday in Holy Week]
Hail, O Queen, on high enthroned,
Hail, O Lady, by Angels owned;
Jesse's rod; yea heaven's portal
Whence hath shone earth's Light immortal:
Hail, O Virgin, most renowned,
Hail, O truly worthy Maiden:
Pray Christ for us so burden-laden.

V. Accept my praise, O hallowed Virgin.
R. Pray that I may have strength against your enemies.

Lord, mercifully assist us in our infirmity: that like as we do now commemorate blessed Mary Ever-Virgin, Mother of God; so by the help of her prayers we may die to our former sins and rise again to newness of life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 

Antiphon III
[Said from Evening Prayer of Holy Saturday through Morning Prayer of the Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity]
Rejoice, Queen Mother of heaven, alleluia;
Christ whom meetly thou bearest is risen, alleluia;

His forsaying thus fulfilling, alleluia:
Offer to God thy praying, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

O God, who by the resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ has given joy to the world: grant that, through the prayers of his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Antiphon IV
[Said from Evening Prayer of the Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity through Morning Prayer of the Saturday before the I Sunday of Advent]
All hail, O holy Queen, Mother exceeding merciful; Life's spring, sweet comfort, our Hope-bearer, all hail. To thee our plaint we lift, children of Eve yet in exile. To thee our aspiring, and longing and weeping, lift we from this vale of sorrow. Ah then, Mary, be our intercessor; hither vouchsafe to turn thine eyes compassionate, and look upon us. And Jesus, blessed offspring of thy womb, O Mother, show thou to us when earthly exile endeth. O gentle, O loving, O gracious Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Almighty, everlasting God, who by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary to become a dwelling place meet for your son: grant that as we rejoice in her commemoration; so by her fervent intercession we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


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