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Thursday Evening

 

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

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

 

In Time After Pentecost the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy.

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.

 
  • O God, we ponder Your kindness within Your temple. As Your Name,
    O Lord, O God, so also Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full. Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain.
 
  • Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety. In You, O God, I take refuge; O Lord, let me never be put to shame.

 

  • Lowly people You save, O Lord, but haughty eyes You bring low; for who is God except You, O Lord?
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Halleluia.

 

 

  • Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in Him.
 
 

From Psalm 130 [131]

Resignation to the Will of God.
 

O Lord my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty.

Neither do I deal in great affairs nor in things too lofty for me.

Truly I have calmed and quieted my soul,

as a little child on its mother’s lap: as a little child, so is my soul within me.

 

O Israel, hope in the Lord, both now and 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.

 
 

Reading — 1st St. Peter 1: 17 — 21

 

Christians are called to a new and higher life,
free from malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and detraction.
Whether convert or long-standing follower, all must develop an appetite
for the milk of God’s word, specifically the doctrine of Christ,
and by continually feeding on it, grow to maturity in the faith.
A further inducement to progress, are the sweet consolations
which the Lord brings them when He takes possession of
a soul — drawing on Psalm 33 [34]: 9.
They are to become ‘a spiritual house’ built upon Christ as the corner stone.
Christ is ‘a living stone’, i.e. one capable of growth
and expansion, capable also of imparting life to others.
They are to share in and reproduce this quality by becoming
‘as living stone’ built up into a temple of God by progress in holiness.
But they are not only to compose the temple. They are to minister in it.
They constitute a new priesthood that is holy, i.e. they are consecrated
to God’s service, to offer us spiritual sacrifices of prayer and good works,
which are acceptable to God, because they are offered through Christ as Mediator.

 

And if you invoke as Father Him who without respect of persons judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves with fear in the time of your sojourning. You know that you were redeemed from the vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, not with perishable things, with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb, without blemish and without spot. Foreknown, indeed before the salvation of the world, he has been manifested in the last times for your sakes. Through him you are believers in God who raised him up from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Thursday Evening

The Judgment of God

From Revelation 11: 17 — 18 plus 12: 10b — 12a

 

We give thanks, O Lord God almighty, who are and who were; because you have taken your great power and have begun your reign.

And the nations were angered but your wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged and for giving the reward to your servants – the prophets, and the saints and those who hear your name, the small and the great.

Now has come the salvation, and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ (Anointed One); for the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their witness (testimony), for they did not love their lives even in the face of death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell therein.

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.

 
 

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
   
       
 

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

   
       

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

 

We owe all to God, both in the natural order and,
still more, in the supernatural order.
But for God, how could we “live according to God”?

 

Graciously impart to us, we implore You, O Lord, the spirit at all times to think and to do the things that are right; that we, who cannot subsist without You, may be enabled to live according to Your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection