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Sunday Evening

 

Eleventh 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.

 

Introduction

 

Today’s Liturgy leads us to praise the almighty and infinite goodness of God, who after saving His people, gathers them together in His Church and rejoices them by His protection.

St. Paul at first persecuted the Church of Christ, but he was later converted and then ‘he spoke correctly.’ Like St. Paul we should draw our inspiration from Christ and then rely constantly on His graces which will enable us to be truly fruitful.

Our Saviour’s miracles are more than a mere sign of His power and goodness; they are at the same time a symbol of what His grace effects in the secret places of the souls. The word ‘Ephpheta’, which cured the deaf and dumb man, is repeated to each one of us in Baptism: be you opened to hear the things of God and to proclaim them.

The Christian catechism, faithfully handed down to us from the apostles, teaches us what we must believe; and its most important article, the very basis of our faith, is the redemptive death of Jesus and His Resurrection. That is the Good News of salvation that the Church never ceases to preach throughout the length and breadth of the world; the access to God vouchsafed to men by the expulsion of Satan and Christ’s victory over sin and death.

 

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.

 
  • God is in His holy dwelling, God Who makes us of one mind to dwell in a house; He shall give power and strength to His people. God arises; His enemies are scattered and those who hate Him flee before Him.
 
  • In God my heart trusts, and I find help; then my heart exults, and with my song I give Him thanks. To You, O Lord, I call; O my God, be not deaf to me; depart not from me.

 

  • I will extol You, O Lord, for You drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me; O Lord, I cried out to You and You healed me.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Sing joyfully to God, our strength; acclaim the God of Jacob. Take up a pleasant psalm with the harp. Halleluia.

 

 

  • Honour the Lord with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce. Then will your barns be filled with grain, with new wine your vats will overflow.
 
 

From Psalm 110 [111]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
 

I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.

 

Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides 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.

 
 

Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch To Bless the Lord.
 

 

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and 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.

 

 
 

Reading — 1 Corinthians 15: 1 — 10

 

In St. Paul’s mind, Christ’s Resurrection is the key to everything: if He
did not rise again, His work has failed; if He did, then we shall all rise again with him

 

Brethren: I recall to your minds the gospel that I preached to you, which also you received, wherein also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold it fast, as I preached it to you — unless you have believed to no purpose. For I delivered to you first of all, what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and after that to the Eleven. Then He was seen by more than five hundred brethren at one time, many of whom are with us still, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. And last of all, as by one born out of due time, He was also seen by me. For I am the least of the apostles, and am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace in me has not been fruitless.

 

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament
Canticle for
Sunday Evening

The Marriage Feast of the Lamb

 From:
Revelation 19: 1, 2 and verses 5 — 9

 

Hymn
for
Sunday Evening

     

Halleluia!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. True and just are his judgments.

Halleluia!

Praise our God, all you his servants, and you who fear him, the small and the great!

Halleluia!

The Lord our God almighty now reigns!
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him.

Halleluia!

The marriage of the Lamb has come, and his spouse has prepared herself. And she has been permitted to clothe herself in fine linen, shining bright. For the fine linen is the just deeds of the saints.

Halleluia!

Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

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.

 

The fiery sun is already going down. O light unending, blessed Godhead, three in one, bring light to our hearts.

We made humble prayer to You this morning when we sang Your praise, and we do so now at eventide. Graciously grant that we, Your suppliants, may praise You for ever in the company of Your saints.

To the Father and the Son together, and to You, Holy Spirit, may glory continue to be for all ages, as it has been. 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

   
       
 

He has done all things well. He has made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.

   
       

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

 

There is perhaps no lovelier prayer than this one addressed to God’s infinite goodness,
which it both calls upon and puts before our eyes.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, in the abundance of Your loving-kindness, You exceed both the merits and the desires of Your suppliants; pour forth Your mercy upon us, that You may forgive what our consciences fear and grant what we do not presume to ask. 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