Electronic Prayer Book

Thursday Evening

 

Following 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.

 

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 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving.
 

I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;

In the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you, I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, for you have magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I call upon you, you answered me you increased strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth

And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”

 

Indeed the Lord is high, yet he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he regards from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of tribulation, you preserve my life, you stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, your right hand saves me.

The Lord will complete his work in my behalf. O Lord, your kindness is everlasting; forsake not the works of your hands.

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 — 2nd St. Peter 1: 5 — 7

 

In verse 4, St. Peter calls those called by
our Lord as ‘partakers of the divine nature.
Grace so transforms our fallen natures that we share in the divine life.
Life is thought, affections, desires, acts, etc.
Grace enables us to think, love, desire and act as does God.
If we are partakers of the divine nature, we must live
accordingly and practise the virtues mentioned.
The challenge is to develop and maintain immunity from the corruption in the world.

St. Peter advises, be sure to let your faith lead you to a life of virtue.
A virtuous life begets a true knowledge of God as well as self-knowledge.
Self-knowledge teaches are to differentiate between love of oneself and selfishness.
It shows the necessity of moderation and self-discipline.
From self-colntrol comes patience, and from that piety.

Patient resignation alone can behold the finger of God
in the trials and temptations that beset a Christian life.
Your piety with fraternal love: piety will always express itself in
charity, i.e., the love of God and of one’s neighbour.
And so faith, the beginning of supernatural life, finds its perfect
realisation in charity which is the bond of perfection (Col. 3: 14).

 

“Do you accordingly on your part strive diligently to supply your faith with virtue, your virtue with knowledge, your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with patience, your patience with fraternal love, your fraternal love with charity.”

 
 

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

 

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