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Wednesday 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 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. John 5:  1 — 2

 

Further proof that faith and love unite us to God and to one another is this:
belief in Jesus as the promised Messiah must precede baptism.
Through this sacrament we are ‘born of God’ and become children of God.
It also gives us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love and thus infuses
within us a love of God together with a love of others who are ‘born of him’.
Thus St. John, having shown what he means by the love that is rooted in faith,
now proceeds to expand on the nature of this faith that gives meaning to love.
The love that constitutes us children of God cannot exist apart from true Christian faith.
St. John here talks of ‘children of God’ rather than “the brethren”
in order to stress that this love is a dimension of the love of God.
Thus when we truly love ‘Him who begot’,
we also love any ‘begotten of Him’, i.e. one of our own kind.

 

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. And everyone who loves him who begot, loves also the one begotten of him. In this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and do his commandments.

 
 

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

 

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