Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Evening

 

Fifteenth 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 Gospel shows us Christ’s compassion for a widowed mother whose dead son was being carried out for burial.

The Gospel prefigures another mother, the Church, who weeps unceasingly over the spiritual death of so many of her children whom she would conduct to the grace of Jesus Christ. Let us remember, therefore, that if by chance we have lost His grace by sinning, our Saviour has founded His Church, within which we may again arise in virtue of His Most Precious Blood.

This Sunday’s Liturgy is pervaded by a sense of the confidence which inspires the Church in her prayer. The chants of today’s Liturgy, (or as we refer to them in the Electronic Prayer Book — the Acclamations) are appeals to the divine mercy, but mingled with them are phrases of thanksgiving, for it is certain that God will not fail to hear the prayers of His people.

The Gospel reminds us of the infinite goodness of Christ, it is strikingly similar shown, from both its human and divine sides, in the raising from the dead of the son of the widowed mother of Naim — the figure of the many resurrections which the Church obtains for her children who have been buried in the death of sin.

 

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.

 
  • Incline Your ear, O Lord; answer me; save Your servant, O my God, who trusts in You. Have pity on me, O Lord, for to You I call all the day. Gladden the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
 
  • It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing to Your name, Most High. To proclaim Your kindness at dawn and Your faithfulness throughout the night.

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King over all the earth. Halleluia.
 
  • I have waited, waited for the Lord, and He stooped toward me, and heard my cry. And He put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.

 

 

  • The bread that I will give is My Flesh for the life of the world.
 
 

Psalm 4

Night Prayer
 

Answer me, when I call, O my just God, you who gave me relief in my distress; have pity on me and answer my prayer.

You men, how long will you be hard hearted? why do you love vanity and seek after falsehood?

Know that the Lord deals wonderfully with his holy one; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Tremble and sin not, ponder within your hearts, upon your beds, and be silent.

 

Offer fitting sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.

Many say: “Who will show us good things?” Let the light of your countenance shine upon us, O Lord!

You have given joy to my heart greater than when men abound in corn and wine.

As soon as I lie down, I fall asleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, do make me dwell in security.

 

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 — Galatians 5: 25 — 26 and 6: 1 — 10

 

Here we have a continuation of last Sunday’s Epistle setting
out what a Christian life should be if it is under the guidance of the
Holy Spirit; we should be mindful of our human weakness and
be on our guard, keeping ourselves from evil and, so far as we
are able, doing good to all with whom we come in contact.

 

Brethren: If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. Let us not become desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, even if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual instruct such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, whereas he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let everyone test his own work, and so he will have glory in himself only, and not in comparison with another. For each one will bear his own burden (1). And let him who is instructed in the word (2) share all good things with his teacher. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what a man sows in the flesh, from the flesh also will reap corruption. But he who sows in the spirit, from the spirit will reap life everlasting. And in doing good let us not grow tired; for in due time we shall reap if we do not relax. Therefore, while we have time, let us do good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of faith.

(1)    ’burden’     —    The burden, here is one of sin not of virtue.
(2)    ’the word’     —    The word means the Gospel.

 
 

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…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
   
       
 

A great prophet is risen up among us! God has visited His people.

   
       

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

 

God is ever present and continually gives back to the Church her purity and her strength.

 

May Your continual pity, O Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church; and, because without You she cannot endure in safety, may she ever be governed by Your bounty. 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