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Wednesday 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 128 [129]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
 

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

Let my soul glory in the Lord: let the humble hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; and let us together exalt his name.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; and he delivered me from all my fears.

Look unto him, that you may be filled with joy, and your face be not covered with shame.

Behold, the poor man cried, and the Lord heard, and helped him out of all his troubles.

 

The angel of the Lord encamps round those who fear him, and he rescues them.

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

Fear the Lord, you his faithful ones, for nothing is wanting to those who fear him.

The powerful have become poor and hungry; but they who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

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: 13 — 16

 

While invoking God as a Father, says St. Peter, let them ‘converse in fear’
i.e. stand in awe of Him, and conduct themselves as dutiful children since He is an impartial judge.
This contains a clear caution against the error of some the Israelites
who believed that mere physical descent from Abraham alone
admitted one to the promises made to Abraham’s children.
God’s children must prove themselves such by God-fearing works, which was,
in fact the well established teaching of the Sages.

And further, that it was vain for them to hope to be saved by highly
selective practices and precepts of the former ceremonial law.
If they accepted Christ as Messiah, then they should only hope for salvation
by believing in Him, by the price of whose precious blood
they were redeemed from their sins as they had heard by the word of the gospel preached to them.
His doctrine is the same as all the writings of the Apostles attest: that to be saved it is not enough
to have faith or hope in Christ, but it must be a faith joined and working by charity,
obeying the law of Christ in the spirit of charity with a sincere and brotherly love of everyone
without setting our hearts upon the vanities and corruptible things of this world.

 

Therefore, having girded up the loins (ready for action) of your understanding, be sober and set your hope completely upon that grace which is brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not conform to the lusts of former days when you were ignorant; but as the One who called you is holy, be you also holy in all your behaviour; for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy”.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for Wednesday Evening

Christ – the Firstborn of All Creation

Colossians 1: 12 — 20

 

Let us joyfully render thanks to the Father, who has made us worthy to share the lot of the saints in light.

He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have our redemption, the remission of our sins.

He is image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For in him were created all things in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities or Powers#.

# The multitude of the angels.

All things have been created through him and unto (for) him. He is before all creatures, and in him all things hold together.

He is the head of his body, the Church; he who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may have the first place.

For it has pleased God the Father, that in him, all his fullness should dwell, and that through him he should reconcile to himself all things whether on earth, or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of his cross.

Glory be to the Father…As it was in the beginning…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
   
       
 

The Lord has regarded my lowliness and He who is mighty has done great things for me.

   
       

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