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Wednesday Evening

 

 Following the Sunday of Advent One

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • In that day the mountains shall drop down sweetness, and the hills shall flow with milk and honey, Halleluia.
 
  • Be glad, O daughter of Zion, and rejoice heartily, O daughter Jerusalem, Halleluia.

 

  • Behold the Lord shall come, and all His Saints with Him: and there shall be a great light in that day, Halleluia.
 
  • All you who thirst, come to the waters; seek the Lord while He may be found, Halleluia.

 

  • Behold the great Prophet shall come, and He will renew Jerusalem, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 129 [130]

 
 

 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication:

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered.

I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word.

My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.

 

More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord,

For with the Lord is kindness and with him is plenteous. redemption;

And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

 

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 — Genesis 49: 1, 2 and 10

 
 
 
 

Then Jacob summoned his sons and said: “Come together, I will tell you what shall befall you in days to come. Gather together and listen, you sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father”.

“The sceptre # shall not depart from Judah, nor the staff from between his feet, until he comes who is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of the nations.”

# Emblem of royal power.

 
 

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
   
       

Monday

Lift up your eyes Jerusalem, and see how mighty is your King. Behold your Saviour comes to loose you from your chains.

Tuesday

Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call to Him while He is near.

Wednesday

After me is coming One mightier than I, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to loose, Halleluia.

Thursday

I am expecting the Lord my Saviour, and will bid Him welcome when he approaches.

Friday

Out of Egypt have I called My Son. He shall come to save His people.

 

       

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.

       
 

 

 
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.

 

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