Saturday, November 11, 2017

Parable and Conscience Meditation November 11

Liturgy  November 11 

. . . your prayers . . . should be recited with greater sincerity each time you repeat them (Rule of St. Augustine, 42).

            Before going to bed, we as Church make the final memorial of the Death and Resurrection of Christ.  After a full day of prayer, fraternal sharing and service to others, were remember our failures and repent.  May Almighty God have mercy on us.
            We sing at the beginning of night, expressing our hope to see the dawn by God’s grace.
            The psalmody invokes the divine protection after the challenges of the day and recalls the power of the Most High, who is glorified for ever and ever.
            The Word of God encourages us to fidelity and confidence during the darkness of night that symbolizes sin.  Into your hands . . . O Lord.
            We call on the salvation of the One who never sleeps.  Save us . . . watch over us as we sleep in Christ.
            With the old man who knew the revelation of the glory of Israel after long days of waiting in the Temple, we abandon ourselves finally to the same Providence of God.  Now in peace dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your Word.
            We pray to enter one day into the Kingdom of light and we ask for the final blessing of God.  Amen.
            We close our eyes in sleep in a maternal embrace.  Hail, holy queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

The page sleeps with his eyes closed, but not his heart.  (Shi)

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