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          INTRODUCTION

V./ O God, come to our aid.

R./ O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

 

          EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin, to blessed Dominic our father, to all the saints, and to you my brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly; by thought, word, deed and omission, through my fault: and I beseech you to pray for me.

 

V./ May Almighty God have Mercy on us, forgive us all our sins, and may He free us from all evil, keep us safe and strengthen us in every good work, and bring us to eternal life.

R./ Amen.

 

         HYMN

Christ, the true light of us, true morn,

Dispersing far the shades of night,

Light whereof every light is born,

Pledge of the beatific light,

 

Thou all the night our guardian be

Whose watch no sleep or slumber knows;

Thou be our peace, that stayed on thee

Through darkness we may find repose.

 

Sleep then our eyes, but never sleep

The watchful heaven-directed heart,

And may thy hand in safety keep

The servants whose desire thou art.

 

Look on us, thou, and at our side

Our foes and thine repulse afar:

Through every ill the faithful guide

Who in thy blood redeemed are.

 

While soul within the body clings,

Body and soul defend us, Lord.

Sure in the shadow of thy wings,

Kept in thy lasting watch and ward.

 

         PSALMODY

Ant. He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night.

         Psalm 90(91)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

and abides in the shade of the Almighty

says to the Lord: ‘My refuge,

my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’

 

It is he who will free you from the snare

of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;

he will conceal you with his pinions

and under his wings you will find refuge.

 

You will not fear the terror of the night

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the plague that prowls in the darkness

nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

 

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand fall at your right,

you, it will never approach;

his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

 

Your eyes have only to look

to see how the wicked are repaid,

you who have said: ‘Lord, my refuge!’

and have made the Most High your dwelling.

 

Upon you no evil shall fall,

no plague approach where you dwell.

For you has he commanded his angels,

to keep you in all your ways.

 

They shall bear you upon their hands

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

On the lion and the viper you will tread

And trample the young lion and the dragon.

 

Since he clings to me in love, I will free him;

Protect him for he knows my name.

When he calls I shall answer: ‘I am with you.’

I will save him in distress and give him glory.

 

With length of life I will content him;

I shall let him see my saving power.

Ant. He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night.

 

         SCRIPTURE READING

         Rev 22,4-5

They will see the Lord face to face, and his name be written on their foreheads. It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever.

 

         SHORT RESPONSORY

Media vita in morte sumus: quem quærimus adjutorem nisi te, Domine, qui pro peccatis nostris juste irasceris?

R./ Sancte Deus, Sancte Fortis, Sancte et misericors Salvator, amaræ morti ne tradas nos.

V./ Ne projicias nos in tempore senectutis; cum defecerit virtus nostra, ne derelinquas nos, Domine.

R./ Sancte Deus…

[In the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succour but of Thee, O Lord, Who for our sins art justly displeased.

R./ Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy and merciful Saviour, give us not over unto bitter death.

V./ Do not cast us away in the time of age: when our strength fails, do not forsake us, O Lord.

R./ Holy God…]

 

         GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant.: Evigila super nos, æterne Salvator, ne nos apprehendat calidus tentator; quia tu factus es nobis sempiternus adjutor.

[Watch over us, eternal Saviour, that the cunning tempter not lay hold of us: for you have been our helper forever.]

 

         Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

At last, all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant

to go in peace, according to your promise.

 

For my eyes have seen your salvation

which you have prepared for all nations,

 

the light to enlighten the Gentiles

and give glory to Israel, your people.

 

Glory be to the Father, and the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit:

 

as it was 
in the beginning, is now, and
 ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Ant.: Evigila super nos, æterne Salvator, ne nos apprehendat calidus tentator; quia tu factus es nobis sempiternus adjutor.

 

         CONCLUDING PRAYER

God our Father,

as we have celebrated today the mystery of the Lord’s resurrection,

grant our humble prayer:

free us from all harm

that we may sleep in peace

and rise in joy to sing your praise.

Through Christ our Lord.

R./ Amen.

 

         BLESSING

V./ May the Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

R./ Amen.

 

         ANTHEM OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,

vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes

in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos

misericordes oculos ad nos converte;

Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

 

[Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,

hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;

to thee do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,

thine eyes of mercy toward us;

and after this our exile,

show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.]

 

         ANTHEM OF OUR HOLY FATHER ST DOMINIC

O lumen Ecclesiæ, Doctor veritatis,

Rosa patientiæ, Ebur castitatis,

Aquam sapientiæ propinasti gratis:

Prædicator gratiæ nos junge beatis.

 

[O light of the church, teacher of truth,

rose of patience, ivory of chastity,

You freely poured forth the waters of wisdom,

preacher of grace unite us with the blessed.]