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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

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,

Lead thou me on;

The night is dark, and I am far from home,

Lead thou me on.

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me.

 

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou

Shouldst lead me on;

I loved to choose and see my path, but now

Lead me on.

I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,

Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

 

So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still

Will lead me on

O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till

The night is gone,

And with the morn those Angel faces smile,

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

 

         PSALMODY

Ant.: O God, be my protector and my refuge.

         Psalm 30(31):1-6

In you, O Lord, I take refuge.

Let me never be put to shame.

In your justice, set me free,

hear me and speedily rescue me.

 

Be a rock of refuge for me,

a mighty stronghold to save me,

for you are my rock, my stronghold.

For your name’s sake lead me and guide me.

 

Release me from the snares they have hidden

for you are my refuge, Lord.

Into your hands I commend my spirit.

It is you who will redeem me, Lord.

Ant. O God, be my protector and my refuge.

 

Ant. 2: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

         Psalm 129(130)

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,

Lord, hear my voice!

O let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading.

 

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,

Lord, who would survive?

But with you is found forgiveness:

for this we revere you.

 

My soul is waiting for the Lord,

I count on his word.

My soul is longing for the Lord

more than watchman count for daybreak.

Let the watchman count on daybreak

and Israel on the Lord.

 

Because with the Lord there is mercy

and fullness of redemption,

Israel indeed he will redeem

from all its iniquity.

Ant. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

 

         SCRIPTURE READING

         Eph 4,26-27

Do not let resentment lead you into sin; the sunset must not find you still angry. Do not give the devil his opportunity.

 

         SHORT RESPONSORY

In pace, in idipsum *Dormiam et requiescam.

V./ Si dedero somnum oculis meis, et palpebris meis dormitationem,

R./ Dormiam et requiescam.

V./ Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

R./ In pace, in idipsum *Dormiam et requiescam.

 

[In peace and into the same I shall sleep and rest.


V./ If I give slumber to my eyes
 and to my eyelids drowsiness,

R./ I shall sleep and rest.

V./ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
 and to the Holy Spirit.

R./ In peace and into the same I shall sleep and rest.]

 

         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

Lord Jesus Christ,

meek and humble of heart,

you offer to those who follow you

a yoke that is good to bear

a burden that is light.

Accept, we beg you, our prayer and work of this day,

and grant us the rest we need

that we may be ever more willing to serve you,

who live and reign for ever and ever.

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.]