Evening Prayer

IN THE name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, One God, now and forever. Amen.

Glory to the Father, Who created me; glory to the Son, Who redeemed me; glory to the Holy Ghost, Who sanctifies me.

 

ACT OF ADORATION

 

ALMIGHTY and eternal God, I adore You, and I thank You for all the benefits I have received this day through your infinite goodness and mercy. Give me light to know my faults and grant me grace to be truly sorry for my sins.

Here examine your conscience on the faults of the day; on the offenses against God, against your neighbor, and against yourself; on the commandments of God and of the Church; and particularly as regards your predominant passion, promises, and resolutions. [See the Examination of Conscience if you need help.]

In the event that you have sinned grievously, resolve to go to confession at the first opportunity. Meditate for a few moments on eternity, death, judgment, heaven, and hell, mindful of the admonition of the Holy Spirit: "In all your works, O man, remember your last end and you will never sin." Make an act of contrition.

 

Act of CONTRITION

 

O my God, I am truly sorry for having sinned, because you art infinitely good and sin displeases You. 1 am firmly resolved, with the help of your grace, never more to offend You, and I will carefully avoid the occasions of sin.

 

ACT of LOVE

 

I LOVE You, my Lord and my God, with my whole heart and above all things, and for the love of You I love my neighbor as myself. Grant that I may love You more and more and give me the grace of perseverance, that I may live a holy life, die a happy death, and glorify You eternally in heaven.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Apostles' Creed, Glory.

 

O sweetest Heart of Jesus! I implore
That I may ever love You more and more.
Sweet Hart of Jesus, be my love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!
 
The Memorare

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that any one who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto You, O Virgin of virgins, my mother To You I come; before You I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the Word incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

MARY! my Queen! my Mother! remember I am your own. Keep me, guard me, as your property and possession.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe fort my soul in peace with you. Amen.

 

MAY the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the saints, pray for us to Our Lord, that we may be preserved this night from sin and evil Amen.

O my good angel, whom God has appointed to be my guardian, watch over me during this night.

May Our Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil and bring us to life everlasting.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

Psalm 129, de Profudis, for the Faithful Departed.

OUT of the depths I have cried to You,

O Lord! Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive to he voice of my supplication.

If you, O Lord, shall mark our iniquities: O Lord, who shall stand it?

For with You there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of your law I have waited for You, O Lord.

My soul has relied on His word: my soul, bath hoped in the Lord.

From the morning watch even unto night, let Israel hope in the Lord

Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him plenteous redemption.

And He shall redeem Israel from all His iniquities.

 

Have mercy, 0 Lord, have mercy on the poor souls in purgatory.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord;

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them

V. O Lord, hear my. prayer;

R. And let my cry come unto You

Let us pray

O GOD! the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of your servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through pious supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired, Who lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.

Visit, we beseech You, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy: Let your holy angels dwell herein, to keep us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Sprinkle your bed with holy water and, blessing yourself, say when you lie down to rest:

Lord, into your hands I commend my spirit.


Rev. F.X.Lasance, My Prayer Book, Benzinger Brothers (1908), pp. 212-217. Imprimatur, +John M. Farley, Archbishop of N.Y., Sept. 19, 1908.

The image is by Rembrandt of St. Jerome from Rembrandt published in 1906.

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