Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday 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.
 
  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 
  • 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 129 [130]

Prayer for pardon and mercy.
 

Out of the depths I cry to you,
O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

 

I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes in his word;

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchman for the dawn.

More than watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy and with him plenteous redemption:

And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

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: 3 — 4

 

In two versus (in fact one sentence) St. Peter makes
a remarkable and bold expression not found elsewhere in the Bible.
The spiritual; truth contained in this very short reading
validates; we believe a very full explanation.

Christ by his divine power gives his followers all the graces
that are necessary for a supernatural life of holiness.
He it was brought them the knowledge of God through which
they are to achieve salvation, and by manifesting in his own
person divine attributes of glory and virtue, he drew them to the faith.
Through these same attributes he gave great and precious promises,
namely, that those who abide in him, like a branch on a
fruitful vine, will bear much fruit for eternal life.
Jn. 15: 1 — 8. By abiding in Christ, they may be made partakers
of the divine nature, because like the sap that flows from the vine
through the branches, enabling them to bear fruit, so from
Christ there issues a new, supernatural force, which is shared
by all who are united with him by faith and love.
This intimate union of Christ with his followers, also unites them with
God the Father, Jn. 14: 20 — 30; 17: 21 — 23, and with the Holy spirit, Jn. 14: 16f.
By enjoying such intimate fellowship with the Blessed Trinity, 1 Jn. 1: 3,
a Christian is in a sense, a partaker of the divine nature
in the measure that is possible to a creature.

 To share this extraordinary favour, it is necessary to avoid
the corruption which is in the world, cf.1Jn 2: 16,
because it leads us to live alienated from God.
So the first step towards union with God is freedom from sin.
Christians should be ‘dead to sin’, Rom. 6: 2, but
alive unto God in Christ Jesus our Lord, Rom. 6: 11.

 

“For indeed his divine power has granted us all things pertaining to life and piety through the knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and power — through which he has granted us the very great and precious promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption of that lust which is in the world.”

 
 

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

 

“I do always the things that please Him.”
The Christian strives to make his aspiration that of Christ Himself:
to conform his wishes to God’s good pleasure, to the point of having no other prayer.

 

Let the ears of Your mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Your suppliants; and that You may grant them what they desire, make them ask the things that are pleasing to You. 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