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Night Prayer


  1. Examination of Conscience
  2. Hymn
  3. Psalmody
  4. Reading
  5. Short Responsory
  6. Nunc Dimittis
  7. Concluding Prayer

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Night Prayer begins as follows,

O God, come to our aid.
—O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Alleluia is omitted during Lent.

A brief examination of conscience may be made as one reviews the events of the day.

Everything is found in the Night Prayer section, according to the day of the week.
If the following day is a solemnity, use the section of Night Prayer called “After Evening Prayer I on Sundays and Solemnities.”

The sign of the cross is made at the beginning of the Nunc Dimittis and the canticle concludes with Glory Be.

The conclusion for Night Prayer is as follows:

The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

Then one of the anthems in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary is said; these antiphons are found at the end of the Hymns section. They are said or sung as follows

  • Alma Redemptoris Mater – First Sunday of Advent to Candlemas
  • Ave Regina Caelorum – Candlemas to Easter Vigil
  • Regina Caeli – Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday
  • Salve Regina – Remainder of the year