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Thursday 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 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 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. John 5: 3 — 5

 

St. John continues to explain the basis of love.
The sign of love is obedience to the commandments.
The Christian, baptised member of Christ’s body,
the Church, is possessed of the power
to overcome all hostile forces that would
prevent his obedience to God’s commandments.
The acceptance of Jesus in His true character (verse 5)
is the source of the Christian’s power.

Thus St. John emphatically dismisses the false teaching
that God’s commandments are impossible, even to the
most devout follower using all their endeavours.
“And this is the victory” he writes, “that overcomes the world: our faith”.
That is, a lively faith, working by charity, makes one victorious over the
greatest temptation, and over all the adversaries of one’s salvation.
A faith, he insists, a faith working by charity — not
a bare speculative or dead faith (Gal 5: 6).

We therefore go forward, facing what might look like the impossible — but
which, with the help of God’s grace — is no barrier to the true believer.

 

 

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome. Because all that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is there that overcomes the world if not he who believes that Jesus is the Son of 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

 

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