An ancient practice of Christians is to end their day with the Lord in Prayer. Let us join the monks of Ampleforth Abby to give our last praises of the day to God (the words to the prayers are below the video):
0:05 Hymn at nightfall
1:00 Scripture reading
1:37 Canticle of Simeon
3:10 Short litany & Our Father
4:08 Final prayer & blessing
5:22 Marian antiphon (Salve Regina)
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_____Hymn at nightfall_____________________
Before the light of evening fades,
we pray O Lord of all;
That by your love we may be saved,
from every grievous fall.
Repel the terrors of the night,
and Satan’s power of guile.
Impose a calm and restful sleep,
that nothing may defile.
Most Holy Father grant our prayer,
through Christ your only Son;
that in your Spirit we may live,
and praise you, ever One. Amen.
But you O Lord are among us, and your Holy Name is called upon by us; forsake us not O Lord our God.
Thanks be to God.
Guard us O Lord as the apple of your eye – beneath the shadow of your wings, protect us.
_____Canticle of Simeon___________________
Antiphon: Save us Lord while we are awake, protect us while we are asleep, that we may watch with Christ and rest peacefully.
┼ Now Lord, you have kept your word, let your servant go in peace;
With my own eyes I have seen the salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of every people.
A light to reveal you to the nations, and the glory of your people, Israel.
Glory be to the Father…
Antiphon: Save us Lord…
_____Short litany & Our Father_______________
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
_____Final prayer & blessing_________________
The Lord be with you – and also with you.
Let us pray.
Visit, we beseech you O Lord, this house and family,
and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy.
Let your holy angels dwell here that you may keep us in peace,
and let your blessing be always upon us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit; one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord – thanks be to God.
May the Almighty and Merciful God; ┼ the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.
And our absent brethren. Amen.
_____Marian antiphon (Salve Regina)__________
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus exsules filii Evae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
Hail, Queen, mother merciful
Life, sweetness, and hope of ours, hail.
To thee we cry, exiles, children of Eve.
To thee we sigh, mourning and weeping
in this tearful valley.
Quick then, Advocate of ours,
those thy merciful eyes to us turn.
And Jesus, blessed fruit of womb thine,
unto us, after this exile show
O clement: O loving: O sweet Virgin Mary.