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. 111].


Antiphon 1

Psalm 143 (142): 1-11
Prayer in distress
Only by faith in Jesus Christ is man made holy in God’s sight.
No observance of the law can achieve this
(Galatians 2:16).

1 O LORD, listen to my prayer; *
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give an∙swer.
2 Do not call your servant to judg∙ment,   *
for in your sight no one liv∙ing is jus∙tified.

3 The enemy pursues my soul; *
he has crushed my life to the ground.
He has made me dwell in dark∙ness, *
like the dead, long for ∙got∙ten.
4 Therefore my spirit fails; *
my heart is deso∙late within me.

5 I remember the days that are past; *
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought,
6 and to you I stretch out my hands. *
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

7 O LORD, make haste and an∙swer me, *
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face from me,
lest I become like those *
who go down into the grave.

8 In the morning, let me know your loving mer∙cy, *
for in you I place my trust.
Make me know the way I should walk; *
to you I lift up my soul.

9 Rescue me, O LORD, from my foes; *
to you have I fled for ref∙uge.
10 Teach me to do your will, *
for you are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me *
upon ground that is lev∙el.

11 LORD, save my life for the sake of your name; *
in your justice, lead my soul out of distress.

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 everAmen.

Antiphon 1

READING 1 Peter 5:8-9a

Be sober, be watchful.
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.
Resist him, firm in your faith.




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∙erAmen.

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: 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 your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.)

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: Light of the Church, teacher of truth, rose of patience, ivory of chastity, you freely poured forth the water of wisdom; preacher of grace, unite us with the blessed.)

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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