NIGHT PRAYER (EACH NIGHT) 

LEADER

O God come to our aid.

ANY OTHERS PRESENT

O Lord make haste to help us.

LEADER

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

ANY OTHERS PRESENT:

Examination of Conscience 

LEADER

At the end of the day we give thanks to God for the blessings received, and acknowledge our sins.

LEADER   

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart.

Lord, have mercy.

OTHERS 

 Lord, have mercy.

LEADER

You came to call sinners. Christ, have mercy.

OTHERS   

Christ, have mercy.

LEADER 

You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.

Lord, have mercy.

OTHERS   

Lord, have mercy.

LEADER

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

OTHERS

Amen.

Hymn (ALL) 

Suggested Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH (“All people that on earth do dwell”)

To you, before the end of day,
Creator of the world, we pray,
that you with steadfast love would keep
your watch around us while we sleep.

 From evil dreams defend our sight,
from fears and terrors of the night,
tread underfoot 0ur deadly foe
that we no sinful thought may know.

O Father, that we ask be done
through Jesus Christ, your only Son;
and Holy Spirit, by whose breath
our souls are raised to life from death.

Amen.

PSALM 90 (91) 

Antiphon (LEADER)

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

LEADER

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!”

OTHERS

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 and under his wings you will find refuge.

LEADER

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.

OTHERS

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand fall at your right,
you, it will never approach;
his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

LEADER

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.

OTHERS

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.

LEADER

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.

OTHERS

 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.

LEADER

With length of life I will content him;
I shall let him see my saving power.

OTHERS

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.

LEADER

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

ALL

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

Scripture Reading (LEADER)                                    Apocalypse 22:4-5

They will see the Lord face to face, and his name will 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.

LEADER

Christ humbled himself for us, and, in obedience, accepted death.

On Good Friday add                      even death on a cross.
On Holy Saturday add                 Therefore God raised him to the heights and gave                                                                him the name which is above all other names.

NUNC DIMITTIS

Antiphon (LEADER)

Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we
sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

(All STAND and make the Sign of the Cross)

LEADER

At last, all-powerful Master,
you give leave to your servant
to go in peace, according to your promise.

OTHERS

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.

LEADER

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.

OTHERS

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

ALL

Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep;
that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

Concluding Prayer and Blessing 

LEADER

Let us pray.
Visit this house, we pray you, Lord;
drive far away from it all the snares of the enemy.
May your holy angels stay here and guard us in peace,
and let your blessing be always upon us.
Through Christ our Lord.

ALL

Amen.

LEADER

The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

ALL

Amen.

FINAL ANTHEM TO OUR BLESSED LADY

Holy Thursday; Good Friday

Hail, Queen of Heaven, beyond compare,
to whom the angels homage pay;
Hail, Root of Jesse, Gate of Light,
that opened for the world’s New Day.
Rejoice, O Virgin unsurpassed,
in whom our ransom was begun,
for all your loving children pray
to Christ, our Saviour, and your Son.

Stanbrook Abbey

Holy Saturday

Joy fill your heart, O Queen most high, alleluia!
Your Son who in the tomb did lie, alleluia!
Has risen as he did prophesy, Alleluia!
Pray of us, Mother, when we die, alleluia!

James Quinn, SJ (1919 –2010)

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