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Saturday Evening

 

Celebrating the beginning of the Lord’s Day — and the new week. Genesis 1: 5.

 

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

 
 
 
 
  • Behold in the clouds of heaven the Lord shall come with great power, Halleluia.
 
  • Sion is the city of our strength, the Saviour will be its wall and bulwark; open the gates, for God is with us, Halleluia.

 

 

  • Behold the Lord will come, and will not disappoint; if He delays, wait for Him, for He will surely come, and will not be late, Halleluia.
 
  • Mountains and hills will sing praise before God, and all the trees of the forest will clap their hands, because the Lord and Ruler is coming into His eternal Kingdom, Halleluia, Halleluia.

 

  • Behold, our Lord shall come with power, to enlighten the eyes of His servants, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness.
 

I will extol you, my God,
O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

 

They tell of the glorified splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

And they speak of the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice.

 

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 — Romans 15: 4 — 6

 
Everything written before our time was written for our instruction, that we might derive hope from the lessons of patience and the words of encouragement in the Scriptures. May God, the source of all patience and encouragement, enable you to live in perfect harmony with one another according to the spirit of Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and voice you may glorify God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
 

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
   
  “Are you the One who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

“Tell John what you have seen: the blind see, the dead rise, the
poor have the Gospel preached to them”, Halleluia.

   
 
       

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

 
 
 

Stir up, we implore You, O Lord, Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening danger of our sins, and through Your deliverance be saved. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. 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