ADVENT EVENING PRAYER
Evening Prayer takes place on the four Mondays of Advent
December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 7 pm in church
WHAT IS EVENING PRAYER - AND WHY YOU SHOULD ATTTEND - Evening Prayer is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours the Church fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always”. Praying at various times of the day helps to sanctify the day. This is done through continual praise of God and through intercessions for the needs of the world.
The format of Evening Prayer is simple:
- The Sign of the Cross and a request for God’s assistance.
- Hymn - this usually focuses on the liturgical season.
- Psalms (two) - these are important parts of the Church’s prayer. By praying the Psalms, we are following Jesus’ example, as he also prayed the Psalms. Each Psalm is preceded by an antiphon which calls attention to the spiritual meaning of the Psalm. We divide the church into two halves: the left and the right. This season we will have two cantors, one to lead each side as they alternate the chanting of the verses of the Psalm and the Antiphons.
- The Psalms are follwed by a period of silence and an optional a prayer.
- A short reading from Scripture.
- Responsory - this highlights the theme of the reading or season.
- Gospel Canticle - At Evening Prayer we sing the Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat). This is the song that Mary sang after agreeing to God’s plan for her. It is treated with the same reverence as the Gospel is at Mass.
- Intercessions - we pray for the needs of the Church and of the world.
- The Lords’s Prayer - Concluding Prayer and Dismissal.
The entire service takes less than twenty minutes. This is a very simple, powerful, intimate and reflective way to mark the Season of Advent, the time we prepare for the coming of the Lord.
Consider taking a little time out of this busy season to praise God.