After Vespers (Evening Prayer) II on Sundays and Solemnities

For normal days:

If today is a solemnity:



A brief examination of conscience is made.

Hebdomadarian:  I confess to almighty God, *
All: to blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
to blessed Dominic our Father, to all the Saints,
and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault:
I ask you to pray for me.

Hebdomadarian: May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us all our sins,
free us from all evil,
keep us safe and strengthen us in every good work,
and bring us to eternal life.
All: Amen.


Text: Te lucis ante terminum, 6th c. [Proprium Officiorum O.P.: Liturgia Horarum, 1982, p. 674]; st. 1-3, composite arranged by David F. Wright, O.P. (b. 1941); st. 4, James Waring McCrady (b.1938), The Hymnal 1982.
Tune: TE LUCIS ANTE TERMINUM, LM; Plainsong [Completorium O.P., 1957, p. 15].


Antiphon 1 

Psalm 91 (90)
Safe in God’s sheltering care
I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions (Luke 10:19).

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
and abides in the shade of the Al ∙might∙y,
2 says to the LORD, “My ref∙uge, *
my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!”

3 He will free you from the snare of the fow∙ler, *
from the de ∙struc∙tive plague;
4 he will conceal you with his pin∙ions,
and under his wings you will find ref∙uge. *
His faithfulness is buckler and shield.

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, *
nor the ar ∙row that flies by day,
6 nor the plague that prowls in the dark∙ness, *
nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand fall at your right: *
you it will nev ∙er approach.

8 Your eyes have only to look *
to see how the wick ∙ed are repaid.
9 For you, O LORD, are my ref∙uge. *
You have made the Most High your dwel∙ling.

10 Upon you no evil shall fall, *
no plague approach your tent.
11 For you has he commanded his an∙gels *
to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you upon their hands, *
lest you strike your foot a ∙gainst a stone.
13 On the lion and the viper you will tread, *
and trample the young lion and the ser∙pent.

14 Since he clings to me in love, I will free him, *
protect him, for he knows my name.
15 When he calls on me, I will an∙swer him;
I will be with him in dis∙tress; *
I will deliver him, and give him glo∙ry.

16 With length of days I will con∙tent him; *
I will show him my sav∙ing power.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spir∙it:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 1

READING Revelation 22:4-5

They shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads.
And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun,
for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.


If today is not a solemnity:

If today is a solemnity:



Luke 2:29-32
Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

29 Lord, now you let your ser∙vant go in peace *
in accordance with your word.

30 For my eyes have seen your sal∙va∙tion *
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all the peo∙ples.

32 A light for reve∙la∙tion to the Gen∙tiles *
and the glory of your peo∙ple Israel.

Glory to the Fa∙ther and to the Son *
and to the Holy Spir∙it,
As it was in the be∙gin∙ning, is now, *
and will be for ev∙er. Amen.

Repeat Antiphon


Then the Hebdomadarian says the Prayer, with the invitation Let us pray.

Hebdomadarian: Visit this house, we pray, O Lord,
and drive far from it all snares of the enemy;
may your holy Angels dwell here
to keep us in peace,
and may your blessing rest upon us always.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

HebdomadarianMay the all-powerful and merciful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.



(English: We fly to your patronage, holy Mother of God. Do not despise our prayers in our needs, but ever deliver us from all dangers, O blessed Virgin.)

Hebdomadarian:      V. Permit us to sing your praises, holy Virgin.
                                     R. Mother of God, intercede for us.

Hebdomadarian:      V. Grant, we pray, Lord God, that we, your servants,
                                          may rejoice in unfailing health of mind and body,
                                          and, through the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
                                          may be set free from present sorrow
                                          and enjoy eternal happiness.
                                          Through Christ our Lord.


(English: Great Father, holy Dominic receive us at the hour of death and always watch over us with love here below.)

Hebdomadarian:      V. Blessed Father Dominic, pray for us.
                                     R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Hebdomadarian:      V. Grant, we pray, almighty God,
                                     that we who are weighed down by the burden of our sins,
                                     may be relieved through the patronage of the Blessed Dominic,
                                     your confessor and our Father.
                                     Through Christ our Lord.

Prior:                          May the souls of the faithful departed
                                     through the mercy of God rest in peace.

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