Wednesday Evening Cana week




Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as we begin and until we conclude.
May mercy and compassion be poured forth upon us
in this world and the next.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever. Amen.

Lord God,
grant us to remain apart from the spirit of this corrupted world.
Give us the grace to praise you with heart and mind raised above worldly preoccupations.
May this holy Lent help us to come closer to you
and to walk in the way of your commandments
Then we shall praise you with the angels,
now and for ever. Amen.

Peace be with the Church and her children.

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Praise the Lord all you nations,
glorify him all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy towards us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
Ocean of compassion and Fountain of mercy,
grant us to live according to your commandments.
Then, defended by your right hand and protected by
your mercy,
we shall repent of our sins and atone for them by
fasting and prayer.
Grant us fruitful work in the mission of the gospel,
the good news that brings joy to the world.
We shall glorify you by our works and praise you,
now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 51: 3-19
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion
wipe out my offense.

Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:

“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight”

That you may be justified in your sentence,
vindicated when you condemn.

Indeed, in guilt was I born,
and in sin my mother conceived me;

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart,
and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.

Cleanse me of sin with hyssop, that I may be purified;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
the bones you have crushed shall rejoice.

Turn away your face from my sins,
and blot out all my guilt.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.

Cast me not out from your presence,
and your holy spirit take not from me.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.

I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners shall return to you.

Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;
then my tongue shall revel in your justice.

O LORD, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a holocaust, you would not
accept it.

My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God,
you will not spurn.
To you returns the praise, O God.

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

Psalm 102
O LORD, hear my prayer,
and let my cry come to you.

Hide not your face from me
in the day of my distress.

Incline your ear to me;
in the day when I call, answer me speedily

For my days vanish like smoke,
and my bones burn like fire.

Withered and dried up like grass is my heart;
I forget to eat my bread.

Because of my insistent sighing
I am reduced to skin and bone.

I am like a desert owl;
I have become like an owl among the ruins.

I am sleepless, and moan;
I am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.

All the day my enemies revile me;
in their rage against me they make me a curse of me.

For I eat ashes like bread
and mingle my drink with tears,

Because of your fury and your wrath;
for you lifted me up only to cast me down.

My days are like a lengthening shadow,
and I wither like grass.

But you, O LORD, abide forever,
and your name through all generations.

You will arise and have mercy on Zion,
for it is time to pity her,
for the appointed time has come.

For her stones are dear to your servants,
and her dust moves them to pity.

All the nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.

When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;

When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.

Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:

“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,

To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die”

That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,

When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

He has broken down my strength in the way;
he has cut short my days.

I say: O my God, take me not hence in the midst
of my days;
through all generations your years endure.

Of old you established the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.

They shall perish, but you remain
though all of them grow old like a garment.

Like clothing you change them, and they are changed,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.

The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
O Lord,
keep away from your people the snares of the invisible enemy.
May all our lives be dedicated to you
and may we be strangers to all unworthiness and filled with Christian virtues.
We shall then praise your name and thank you,
this evening and all the days of our lives,
now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 141: 1-4
O LORD, to you I call; hasten to me;
hearken to my voice when I call upon you;

Let my prayer come like incense before you;
the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.

O LORD, set a watch before my mouth,
a guard at the door of my lips.

Let not my heart incline to the evil
of engaging in deeds of wickedness

With men who are evildoers;
and let me not partake of their dainties.

Psalm 142
With a loud voice I cry out to the LORD;
with a loud voice I beseech the LORD.

My complaint I pour out before him;
before him I lay bare my distress.

When my spirit is faint within me,
you know my path.

In the way along which I walk
they have hid a trap for me.

I look to the right to see,
but there is no one who pays me heed.

I have lost all means of escape;
there is no one who cares for my life.

I cry out to you, O LORD:
I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land
of the living.”

Attend to my cry,
for I am brought low indeed.

Rescue me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me.

Lead me forth from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.

The just shall gather around me
when you have been good to me.

Psalm 119: 105-112
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.

I resolve and swear
to keep your just ordinances.

I am very much afflicted;
O LORD, give me life according to your word.

Accept, O LORD, the free homage of my mouth,
and teach me your decrees.

Though constantly I take my life in my hands,
yet I forget not your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but from your precepts I have not strayed.

Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are.

I intend in my heart to fulfill your statutes
always to the letter.

Psalm 117

Praise the LORD, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy towards us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

In expectation and trials, our should praise you.
Like the five virgins, behold our lamps.
Our faith, our hope and our love are wounded;
the wind lashes at our burning lamps.
O desire of my soul, it is to you that I cry:
When will the bridal party come?
Already my spirit is weakening.

Praise, glory and honor to the One who, according to his nature, is the Most High.
He voluntarily humbled himself and became one like us; he is the Master and Model who generously taught us fasting and prayer.
To the Good One is due glory and honor this evening,
and all the days of our lives,
now and for ever. Amen.

O Christ, our Savior,
Word of the living God,
in you is life and this life is the light of men.
Everything was made by you, nothing that is was made
without you.
You came to the world, to give it life
so that we might know that we do not live on bread alone but in fulfilling the word of God.
For this reason you fasted and prayed, and gave us your body and blood,
food for our souls and pledge of eternal life.
And now, gathered in your name and believing in you,
we implore you:
Be with us, remain with us, so that we may live in you.
Breathe into us a new spirit,
that we may bear your name, not only in our words,
but in our actions as well.
Uproot from us pride, enmity, jealousy and hatred.
Give us humility, meekness, patience and love.
Let us be detached from this world and its riches.
Let us use the goods of this world to spread Christian justice among all people.
Grant workers their rights,
that they may not suffer from injustice,
and that all may know that your gospel is a gospel of justice and love among brothers and sisters.
Teach us that anyone who pretends to love God and
hates his neighbor is a liar,
and does not believe in his Lord.
Be for us, O Lord, the light which has no setting.
Do not permit us to veil our eyes and our hearts.

May your life be ours,
that we may truly be your witnesses,
worthy to bear your name in word and action.
Then we shall merit to be true children of God,
and shall glorify the Blessed Trinity,
now and for ever. Amen.

Blessed is the Lord who gave fasting and prayer as a beacon for his holy Church. All nations are enlightened by her, and they glorify him.

Holy are you, O God, for the love of us, you gave us life.

Holy are you, O Strong One, you fasted for us, that we may have the strength to fast for you.

Holy are you, O Immortal One, you died for us, and thus gave us life.

O Christ, crucified for us, by your death, you triumphed over the evil one and taught us victory.
Blessed is he who saved us; happy the one who breaks bread with the hungry and needy.

O Lord,
accept this incense (prayer) which we offer you this evening.
Grant peace to the world, the nations and the peoples.
May your peace reign among those who are governed and may injustice cease and justice and security be spread abroad.
Remember in your kingdom those who have died confessing your faith,
and who now rest in your hope,
with them we shall glorify and praise you,
for ever. Amen.

You who fast, let your hearts be sincere. May you please the Lord

with your purity and justice.

You who fast, incline your ears and listen to what the Prophet says: The Lord rejoices in the fast flowing with love.

Happy are those who fast in continence. Woe to the greedy, the insatiable who act unjustly; the Lord observes them, and will judge them.

A Reading from the Book of Genesis
Genesis 4: 1-26
The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.” Next she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil. In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not. Cain greatly resented this and was crestfallen. So the LORD said to Cain: “Why are you so resentful and crestfallen? If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.” When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” The LORD then said: “What have you done!
Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil! Therefore you shall be banned from the soil that opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. If you till the soil, it shall no longer give you its produce. You shall become a restless wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the LORD: “My punishment is too great to bear. Since you have now banished me from the soil, and I must avoid your presence and become a restless wanderer on the earth, anyone may kill me at sight.” “Not so!”
the LORD said to him. “If anyone kills Cain, Cain shall be avenged sevenfold.” So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. Cain then left the LORD’s presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain had relations with his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. Cain also became the founder of a city, which he named after his son Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad became the father of Mehujael; Mehujael became the father of Methusael, and Methusael became the father of Lamech. Lamech took two wives; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal, the ancestor of all who dwell in tents and keep cattle. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all who play the lyre and the pipe. Zillah, on her part, gave birth to Tubalcain, the ancestor of all who forge instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; wives of Lamech, listen to my utterance: I have killed a man for wounding me, a boy for bruising me. If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” Adam again had relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth. “God has granted me more offspring in place of Abel,” she said, “because Cain slew him.” To Seth, in turn, a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to invoke the LORD by name.

O Son, by your fast you saved the Church from error; hear our supplication and have mercy on us.

You reconciled heaven and earth, grant peace to your Church and keep her children by the light of the cross.

During Lent, gather together, profit from the riches offered to you.
The holy books are a treasure; the key is the hymns you sing.
Blessed is the king who opens his treasure to those who are in need.

Brothers and sisters, open these books; receive from the Lord the sublime treasure which is offered to you. Blessed is he who prepared for everyone these supports. Blessed is he who suppressed the cause of our misery.

A splendid gift is placed before us, and we do not take notice of it in spite of our eyes. Rare are those who behold this treasure and recognize it for what it is. Have mercy, O Lord, on the blind who see nothing but gold.

Jesus, you opened the eyes of Bartimeus, who was blind; O Lord, open the darkened eyes, and may your mercy be magnified.
O Lord, the clay that you formed teaches us that your are truly the Son of the One who formed us.

O Christ, you accepted the fasting of the our ancestors, accept our

fasting and our prayers and have mercy on us.

Exalt, O Lord, the memory of your Mother, and your saints; through their prayers grant pardon to us and to our deceased. Through the prayers of your Mother, the prophets, apostles, and martyrs, watch over the living and in your mercy, forgive those who have died.

Let us confess, adore, and praise the holy and glorious Trinity: Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.


Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy are you, O God;
Holy are you, O Strong One;
Holy are you, O Immortal One;
have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, forgive us and have mercy on us.
Lord, hear us and have mercy on us.
Lord, accept our worship and our prayers.
Lord, come to our assistance and have mercy on us.

Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come;
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

O Lord
the night and the day are yours;
you uphold the light and the sun.
Through your power you direct the sequence of the seasons.
O Lord,
you have brought the day to its close and called forth the night.
Be for us that great Day that never ends.
In the evening let your light shine in our hearts,
and in the darkness of the night,
enlighten us with the knowledge of your truth.
And so, through all the days of our lives,
we shall praise you, Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

Let us thank God for all the graces he has bestowed on us this day which has passed in calm and peace.
Let us recall our failings against the commandments of God and the Church in thought, word, deed, or omission.

We ask for God’s pardon as we pray.

“Forgive us, Jesus!”

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Glory be to you, O Lord.
Glory be to you, O Lord.
Glory be to you, O Lord.

Father in heaven,
by your living and holy name,
keep us from evil and lead us not into temptation:
for we calll upon you, O Lord, our God, our constant hope, glory to you for ever.
O Lord, our Lord,
may our humble worship be pleasing to you;
may our prayers come before you and our actions give
you honor.

Let your mercy, kindness, help, grace and divine love be poured abundantly upon us poor sinners,
both in heaven and on the earth
which you have created in your goodness.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever.

Peace be with you.
And also with you.

O God,
through the prayers of your Mother and the saints who have believed in you;
through the prayers of the prophets, apostles, martyrs and confessors;
through the prayers of the just, the priests, the holy fathers, the pastors and doctors of true faith;
through the prayers of N., Pope of Rome, N., our Patriarch, and N., our Bishop,
forgive your people and have mercy on your flock.
May God bless, forgive, sanctify, purify, and keep each of the faithful united with us in this spiritual office.
May mercy and compassion be upon us and all the faithful who dwell here.
May peaceful rest be granted to those who have died in the faith.
May the faithful who live here experience the protection of his victorious cross.
May we and all his servants who adore him with bowed head, receive the mercy of the holy and glorious Trinity:
Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit,
to whom be glory now and for ever.

May God forgive your sins,
pardon your failings,
and deliver you from the power of the enemy.
May he grant you the remission of your offenses.
Go in peace, and pray to Christ for me.