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Monday Evening

 

Following Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

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

 
  • Give peace, O Lord, to those who have hoped in You, and let Your Prophets be proved true. Hear the prayers of Your servants, and of Your people Israel.
 
  • I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the Lord.” May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings.

 

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. The nations shall revere Your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. Halleluia.
 
  • Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, offering upon it holocausts and sacrificing victims: he made an evening sacrifice to the Lord God for an odour of sweetness in the sight of the Israelites.

 

  • Bring gifts and enter His courts; worship the Lord in His holy court.
 
 

From Psalm 120 [121]

Confidence in God
 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains: where shall help come to me?

My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer your foot to stumble, your guardian will not slumber.

Behold, he will neither slumber nor sleep, who guards Israel.

The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your protection at your right hand.

 

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall keep you from evil: he shall guard your life.

The Lord shall guard your going and your coming, from now on, 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. John 4: 18 — 19

 

St. John distinguishes between servile fear and
the true awesome fear we should have of God.
Just as love unites two persons, so fear separates them.
There is a servile fear of God that is incompatible with perfect charity.
This looks only to punishment, and one who
is influenced solely by it, fears to approach a just God.
Such a person fears the punishment more than the fact of offending God.
That kind of fear has nothing to do with the love of God.
There is also a filial fear of God,
which considers only that sin is an offence against God.
Such fear springs from love and is wholesome.
It shows our respect for God, whom we hold in awe.

 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out all fear, because fear brings punishment. And he who fears is not perfected in love. Let us therefore love, because God first loved us.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Monday Evening

God the Saviour

From: Ephesians 1: 3 — 10

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spirited blessing on high in Christ.

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight, in love.

He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ as his sons, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he favoured us in his beloved son.

In Him we have our redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace. This grace has abounded beyond measure to us in all wisdom and prudence, so that he may make known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure.

And this, his good pleasure, he purposed in him to be dispensed in all fullness of the times: to re-establish all things in Christ both those in the heavens and those on the 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.

 
 

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
   
       
 

My soul magnifies the Lord, because God has regarded my lowliness.

   
       

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

 

It is the theological virtues which lift us above ourselves and make
our lives loving and generous responses to the gifts bestowed upon us by God.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of Faith, Hope and Charity; and that we may deserve to obtain that which You promise, make us love that which You command. 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