Living Room Concerts
The pastorate of Resurrection/St. Paul presents a series of concerts brought to you from various places around their home or the parish.
What is Evening Prayer?
Evening Prayer is one of the seven different prayers which make up the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is simply the prayers the Universal Church lifts up to God every day at regular times throughout the day. These prayers are called the Office of Readings and Morning, Daytime, Evening, and Night prayers. The content of the prayers come primarily from Scripture, especially the Psalms. Priests are required to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, but it is a rich and simple way to enrich your own prayer life right where you are at home. It does not need the presence of an ordained priest or deacon, yet it connects all of us, lay and ordained, in one offering of prayer to God. All the prayers can be found in a bound volume called Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours, or in several different free apps like iBreviary or on the website www.liturgies.net.
How do you pray?
Light in the dark, comfort and strength
So tonight we, as Church, gather in the evening to give thanks for the day that is ending. In the earliest tradition, this began with the lighting of the lamps as darkness fell and with the hymn of praise of Christ who is “radiant Light…of God the Father’s deathless face.” The evening psalms bring the day just past to focus for the Christian. And the words the Blessed Mother Mary proclaimed in her Magnificat are always a part of Evening Prayer which we will sing with MaryKaye tonight: "God has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly...God has remembered the promise of mercy, the promise made to our ancestors.” (from Luke chapter 1) Prayers of intercession are almost always part of the Church’s liturgy, but those which conclude Evening Prayer are especially important. As day ends, and especially on this day as we remember those who died in the attacks of 9/11, the Church again and again lifts up to God the needs and sorrows and failures of all the world. Such intercession is the daily task and joy of the baptized.