Gentle Reminders

  • Please be sure to turn away from any distractions and give yourself a solid 45-60 minutes of undistracted time.
  • Listen in a room set apart from others, not where there is a television or computer screen on.
  • Share with your loved ones what you are doing so that they can respect your time and space.
  • Have a journal you can write with, if it is helpful.
  • After the conference, we invite you to ponder any key points that struck you

Conference 4 “On Joy and Surprises in Marriage”

Listen any time after 6:30 pm your time

Note: audio file only, no video

These conference notes are meant to facilitate note taking and to encourage conversation with your spouse.  After watching the video together, we suggest that each of you answer some or all of the questions on your own, then come together again to discuss your answers

Conference 5 will be emailed on Sunday morning and the suggested schedule is to listen anytime between 8:00 and 11:00 am your time.

Night Prayer with the Carmelite Sisters

This can be prayed together with your spouse.  Night prayer includes a briefly led Examen (silent personal reflection), followed by recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, and a hymn sung to our Lady.  Please allow approximately 15 minutes and it is best to pray Night Prayer 30 minutes before you go to bed.

Night Prayer with the Carmelite Sisters

by Carmelite Sisters at Sacred Heart Retreat House

Saturday Night Prayer

Leader: God, come to my assistance.

All:         Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia.

Led Examen by the Carmelite Sisters

Hymn:
All praise to you, O God this night
For all the blessings of the Light
Keep us we pray O King of kings
Beneath your own almighty wings

Forgive us Lord through Christ, your Son
Whatever wrong this day we’ve done;
Your peace give to the world, O Lord,
That man might live in one accord

Antiphon:    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Psalm 4
Thanksgiving

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!
O men, how long will your hearts be closed,
will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

It is the Lord who grants favors to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still.
Make justice your sacrifice and trust in the Lord.

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord.

You have put into my heart a greater joy
than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

(Leader begins and then all join)
Antiphon:    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Psalm 134
Evening Prayer in the temple

O come, bless the Lord,
all you who serve the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord through the night.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made both heaven and earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

(Leader begins and then all join)
Antiphon:      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Reading                                                               Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.

Responsory
Leader: Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia
All: –Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia

Leader: You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth,
All: –I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
All: –Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia

Ant. Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace, alleluia

Gospel Canticle                                         Luke 2:29-32

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:

my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

Ant. Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace

Prayer

(Leader)
Let us pray,
Lord, be with us throughout this night. When day comes may we rise from sleep to rejoice in the resurrection of Your Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

All:         Amen.

Leader:  May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.  

All:           Amen.

Regina Caeli

Regína cæli, lætare, allelúia,
quia quem meruísti portáre, allelúia,
resurréxit sicut dixit, allelúia;
ora pro nobis Deum, allelúia.

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