Day 1: Queen of Angels & Virgin

Video, Audio and Written Guides for Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning Prayer: Queen of Angels

Video podcast coming in May 2023

OPENING PRAYER
We gather this morning to join with the heavenly choir of angels and give thanks for their abiding love. Mary, Queen of Angels, summon the support of the heavenly hosts to guide us on our human journey as we live fully into our holy nature and remember that we are not alone.

OPENING SONGMary, Queen of Angels

FIRST READING: St. Bonaventure
Sensing that angels often visited there, according to the name of that church, which from ancient times was called Saint Mary of the Angels, (Francis) stayed there out of his reverence for the angels and his special love for the mother of Christ.

SUNG PSALM OPENING
O Love, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. (Repeat)

PSALM 20
May you know peace
and feel the touch of the One we call by many names.
May you have the strength to meet the day’s troubles.
May all your plans prosper.
May your victories bring goodness to those around you.

To set yourself to these ordinary tasks
is to take up the holy work of your life.
Trust it—
money and possessions and glory;
these things come and go and
they will never make us feel secure.
Serenity is the goal.
It comes from living deeply in the gift of life
doing the work of love, cultivating our gratitude, and
noting the touch of Spirit in our lives.

SUNG DOXOLOGY
Glory to the Maker, Lover, and Keeper; as ago, in this breath, and will be ever. Amen, Amen.

As we open our hearts to scripture this morning, let us contemplate Mary’s profound encounter with her angelic messenger.

SECOND READING: The Gospel According to Luke (1:26-28 – NRSV)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And (the Angel) came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! God is with you.”

SILENT CONTEMPLATION

PRAYERS OF CONCERN
We offer prayers now for all that is in our hearts.

Creator God, we thank you that you created angels who can act as messengers, bringing words of life and possibility to us. Forgive us when we expect divine beings to look a certain way and so miss annunciations along our path. Help us to have eyes that can see beyond the surface of things and show us when we are entertaining angels unawares.

SUNG RESPONSE
Queen of Angels, be our guide. Creator God, empower us.

Divine Mother, thank you that in times of danger and difficulty there are angels ready to help and protect us. Forgive us when we would like to send angels to battle for us but come from a place of hatred or conflict. Remind us that you are their Queen and that you move from a place of love and compassion. Help us do the same.

SUNG RESPONSE 
Queen of Angels, be our guide. Creator God, empower us.

Beloved Mother, there are so many children who have never known the love of a father. Jesus said that the children’s angels see the face of His Father. Forgive us that we have created a form of masculinity that damages children, women, and men. Help us all to see, as the Angels do, the true face of the Divine Masculine even as we are embraced and held by your Mother’s love.

SUNG RESPONSE
Queen of Angels, be our guide. Creator God, empower us.

Please add the prayers you are longing to express.

SUNG RESPONSE 
Queen of Angels, be our guide. Creator God, empower us.

CLOSING SONGArchangel Invocation

CLOSING BLESSING
You who sing among the angels
help us to feel their sheltering
and guiding presence in our days.
Reveal to us all the ways we are held,
comforted, uplifted by invisible forces;
remind us to call out for help when needed
and to lean into the grace
so freely offered to us.
Let us see how angels walk among us
in seen and unseen forms;
encourage us to offer gratitude for moments
of synchronicity and holy surprise
when we are met with kindness
and sacred possibility,
when we see a new pathway
where before was only bramble.
Mary, Queen of Angels,
gather your consort of love
around us; help us to know
you walk beside us always.

SUNG AMEN

Credits

All songs and texts used with permission

Opening Prayer written by Christine Valters Paintner, arranged by Melinda Thomas

Opening Song:  Mary, Queen of Angels by Lorraine Bayes from the album Birthing the Holy: Singing with Mary and the Sacred Feminine

First Reading from St. Bonaventure

Sung Psalm Opening and Doxology by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan from the album Monk in the World: Songs for Contemplative Living

Interpretation of Psalm 20 by Rev. Christine Robinson

Second Reading from The Gospel of Luke (1:26-28) NRSV

Prayers of Concern written by Polly Paton-Brown

Sung Response based on Litany of Mary by Laura Ash. Adapted & recorded by Simon de Voil and Alexa Sunshine Rose

Closing Song:  Archangel Invocation by Simon de Voil from the album Monk in the World: Songs for Contemplative Living

Closing Blessing: written by Christine Valters Paintner from Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and  Renewal used with permission from Ave Maria Press

Please note: All of the songs and prayer responses are published on CDs in the Abbey of the Arts collection. In addition, these songs & responses have accompanying gesture prayers and/or dances created by Betsey Beckman that can be found on the corresponding DVD (each album has a DVD companion).  Audio and video recordings of the Prayer Cycles are available at AbbeyoftheArts.com.

Evening Prayer: Virgin

Video podcast coming in May 2023

OPENING PRAYER
We gather this evening to honor our wholeness. Mary, Blessed Virgin, help us say “yes” to the divine spark within, and give birth to our deepest, truest nature.

OPENING SONGAve Maria

SUNG PSALM OPENING
O Love, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. (Repeat)

PSALM 16
I take refuge in You, O God
I turn to you in thanksgiving, I rest in you in difficulty.
I thank you for life in this beautiful place,
for a heritage which forms me and teaches me,
I thank you for the heart you planted within me, and for the
still small voice which urges it to grow.
My spirit is glad, and my body rests in hope.
You show me the path of life,
and in your presence is Joy.

SUNG DOXOLOGY
Glory to the Maker, Lover, and Keeper; as ago, in this breath, and will be ever. Amen, Amen.

READING OF THE NIGHT: Mariann Burke
How does the virgin birth happen in each of us as a psychic reality? It happens as we respond throughout life to what urges us to our fullest humanity. What is the Mary ‘part’ within us? . . . . It is the place where God is ‘born’ in us and where we begin to discover and live out of our deepest center.

SILENT CONTEMPLATION

CLOSING SONGHail Mary

CLOSING BLESSING:
Mary, Blessed Virgin,
we give thanks for your strength and power,
for your clarity and purpose,
for your alignment of vision with the Divine imagination.
Bless us with a heart that knows the treasure we are;
let our yes rise up like a sacred song we know by heart.
Blessed are you complete unto yourself;
you are in touch with the primordial wholeness we each contain.
When the angel asked his question everything in you trembled,
you knew the weight of this choice,
could see the ripples in that moment out into the world.
So you breathed into your fullness, felt the weight and density
of your own presence, and said that holy, mighty, potent yes.
Mary, be with us in our moments of Annunciation.
When the angel whispers to us in a dream
or shimmers forth in our lives, help us to listen closely,
to slow down and know this moment for the gift it is.
Help us remember our own sanctity and wholeness,
to respond not from any sense of lack
but from an abundance of grace flowing
freely within us all the time, at every moment.
Bless us in our virginity,
to know the gift we bring
into the world as wholly ours to offer.
Let this moment be an invitation
into deeper intimacy with
the Divine presence dwelling in our hearts.
Help us to say yes.

SUNG AMEN

Credits

All songs and texts used with permission

Opening Prayer written by Christine Valters Paintner, arranged by Melinda Thomas

Opening Song: Ave Maria( Traditional Chant) sung by Simon de Voil  and Mia Kelley from the album Birthing the Holy: Singing with Mary and the Sacred Feminine

Psalm Opening and Doxology by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan from the album Monk in the World: Songs for Contemplative Living

Interpretation of Psalm 16 by Rev. Christine Robinson

Reading of the Night Burke, Mariann, Re-Imagining Mary,( Sheridan, WY: Fisher King Press, 2009,) 26

Closing Song: Hail Mary by Betsey Beckman from the album Singing with Monks and Mystics

Closing Blessing written by Christine Valters Paintner from Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and  Renewal used with permission from Ave Maria Press

Please note: All of the songs and prayer responses are published on CDs in the Abbey of the Arts collection. In addition, these songs & responses have accompanying gesture prayers and/or dances created by Betsey Beckman that can be found on the corresponding DVD (each album has a DVD companion).  Audio and video recordings of the Prayer Cycles are available at AbbeyoftheArts.com.