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Vespers of Our Lady Miriam:

Queen of Peace Friday Evening

 

As evening approaches on Friday afternoon, the new day, Saturday commences, following the Biblical model, “It was evening and morning the first day”. (Genesis 1: 5). For many Hebrew Catholics, and people from other backgrounds, the celebration of Saturday as Our Lady’s Day, in the ancient tradition of the Church, enables us to sanctify the day, and ourselves, as a spiritual preparation for the blessings of the Lord’s Day which follows.

(To be shortened or supplemented as required with chosen prayers, hymns, and other customs. If circumstances do not permit the use of this format of Vespers, a shorter “Prayer For Friday Evening” is also available.)

Opening Prayer

After the lighting of any candles or votive lamps.

V. O God, come to our assistance,
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

Hymn: Hail Queen of Heaven (Or other as selected)

Antiphon

We hail you, Miriam, full of grace. The Lord is with you.
No woman so blessed as you,
No child so blessed as the child of your womb.

Luke 1: 28 and 42.

Psalm 122

I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the Lord”.
And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, built as a city with compact unity. —
To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, according to the
decree for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
In it are set up judgment seats, seats for the house of David. —
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you prosper!
May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings.
Because of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you!”
Because of the house of the Lord, our God, I will pray for your good.

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.

 If a second psalm is required, Psalm 147 follows — or
other as selected. Otherwise, the Antiphon is repeated at this point.

Psalm 147: 12 — 20

Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.
He has granted peace in your borders; with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth His command to the earth; swiftly runs his word!
He spreads snow like wool; frost he strews like ashes.
He scatters His hail like crumbs; before his cold the waters freeze.
He sends his word and melts them; he lets his breeze blow and the waters run.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob, his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
His ordinances he has not made known to them. Halleluia

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.

Antiphon

We hail you, Miriam, full of grace. The Lord is with you.
No woman so blessed as you,
No child so blessed as the child of your womb.

Luke 1: 28 and 42.

Reading Ecclesiasticus 24: 14 — 16

(Or other as selected)

From the beginning of time, before the worlds, he made me, unfailing to all eternity; in his own holy dwelling-place I had waited on his presence; and now, no less faithfully, I made Zion my stronghold, the holy city my resting place, Jerusalem my throne. My roots spread out among the people that enjoys his favour, my God has granted me a share in his domain; where his faithful servants are gathered I love to linger.

Let Us Bless the Lord

Blessed are You O Lord, King of the Universe, who has called the Mother of Jesus, by her Assumption, into His Presence and crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth for all eternity.

Blessed be God forever.
Amen.

Canticle of Our Lady Miriam (Luke 1: 46 — 55)

Antiphon

You are blessed for having believed the things spoken to you by the Lord; now you are reigning with Christ forever.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.


The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.


He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.


The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.


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.

Antiphon

You are blessed for having believed the things spoken
to you by the Lord; now you are reigning with Christ forever.

Special Offerings

Customary Prayers and Celebrations

from Jewish or Christian traditions, including Ember Days and Rogation Days.

 

 

Invocations (Judith 15: 10)

Our Lady Miriam:

V. Glory of Jerusalem.
R. Pray for peace.

V. Joy of Israel.
R. Pray for the world and its salvation.

V. Honour of our people.
R. Pray for all who worship God.

Concluding Prayers

V. O Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto You.

Let us pray.

God our Father,
You created a worthy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Blessed Virgin Miriam.
Grant that through her prayers we may become a temple fit for your glory.

This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, God,
world without end. Amen.

 

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.

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us
.

Amen.

     

 

Hymn: Hail Queen of Heaven

HAIL, Queen of heav’n, the ocean star,
Guide of the wand’rer here below:
Thrown on life’s surge, we claim your care —
Save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, star of the sea,
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
We sinners make our prayers through you
Remind us that your Son has paid
The price of our iniquity.
Virgin most pure, star of the sea,
Pray for the sinner, pray for me.

Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To you, blest advocate, we cry;
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And soothe with hope our misery.
Refuge in grief, star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, pray for me.

And while to Him who reigns above,
In Godhead One, in Persons Three,
The source of life, of grace, of love,
Homage we pray on bended knee;
Mary our Queen, star of the sea,
Pray for your children, pray for me.

(John Lingard 1771 – 1851)
(with slight modification)

 

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