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Sunday Evening

 

Sunday of Advent Four

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.
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.

Halleluia

 

Acclamations For Reflection

Week 4.     Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming,
   His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
 
 
  • Blow the trumpet in Zion, for the day of the Lord is near. Behold, He is coming to save us, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Behold He is coming, the desired of all the nations; and the house of the Lord shall be filled with glory, Halleluia.

 

  • The Lord will come, go out to meet Him, and say: Great is His dominion, and of His kingdom there shall be no end: God, Strong One, Ruler, Prince of peace, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • The rugged land shall be made a plain; the rough country, a broad valley. Come, Lord, do not delay, Halleluia.

 

 

  • Your all-powerful Word, O Lord, from heaven’s royal throne will come, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 90 [91]

Night Prayer.
 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide under the shadow of the Almighty

Say to the Lord: “My refuge and my fortress, my God in who I trust”.

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowlers, from the deadly pestilence.

He will shelter you with his pinions, and you shall take refuge under his wings: his fidelity is a shield and a buckler…

For the Lord is your refuge, you have made the Most High your defence.

No evil shall befall you, no plague shall approach your dwelling,

 

Because he has given his angels charge over you, to protect you in all your ways.

Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, you shall trample under foot the lion and the serpent.

Because he remained close to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he has known my name…

 

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.

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch to Bless the Lord.

 

 

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

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

 

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.

 

 

Reading — 1 Corinthians 4: 1 — 5

 
Brethren: Let a man so account us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now here it is required in stewards that a man be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small matter to be judged by you or a man’s tribunal. Nay, I do not even judge my own self. For I have nothing on my conscience, yet I am not thereby justified; but he who judges me is the Lord. Therefore pass no judgement before the time, until the Lord comes, Who will both bring to light the things hidden in darkness and make manifest the counsels of hearts; and then everyone will have his praise from God.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

1. Jesus, loving Creator of the heavenly bodies, eternal light of the faithful and Redeemer of all men, hear Your suppliants’ prayers

2. For, urged on by generous love, You became a healing power to a sick world to prevent it being, through the devil’s wiles, sick even to its death.

3. You went forth as a sinless victim from Mary’s sacred womb to die on the Cross to atone for the sin of all mankind.

 

4. The might of Your glory and the reverence which the very mention of Your name inspires are so great that heaven and hell tremble and adore.

5. We implore You, our mighty Judge at the last day, defend us with the arms of heavenly grace from our enemies.

6. Strength, honour, praise, glory Be to God the Father together with the Son and the Holy Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

     

V. Drop down dew, you heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain the Just One.

R. Let the earth be opened and bud forth the Saviour.

     
 
 

Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55

 

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41 — 45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
  17th December

O Wisdom, You came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and reaching from beginning to end, You ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence!

18th December

O Adonai and Ruler of the house of Israel, You appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush, and on Mount Sinai gave him Your Law. Come, and with an outstretched arm redeem us

19th December

O Root of Jesse, You stand for an ensign of mankind; before You kings shall keep silence, and to You all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay

 
20th December

O Key of David and sceptre of the house of Israel: You open and no man closes; You close and no man opens. Come, and deliver him from the chains.

21st  December

O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice; come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

22nd December

O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, You are the cornerstone that binds two into one. Come, and save poor man whom You fashioned out of clay.

23rd December

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of nations and their Saviour: Come, and save us, O Lord our God!

 

 

       

My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him.

He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

 

He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.

 

 

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.

       
  * During the final 7 days before Christmas we switch from the Antiphon “of the Day” to the special one appointed for the 17th to the 23rd December.  
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy 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.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 
 
 

O Lord, we implore You, stir up Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins, and to be saved by Your deliverance. Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.

Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection