Electronic Prayer Book

Monday Evening

 

Following Fifth 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.

 
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call; be my helper: forsake me not: despise me not, O God, my Saviour.
 
  • Behold, O God, our protector, and look on Your servants. O Lord God of Hosts, hear the prayers of Your servants.

 

  • I bless the Lord Who counsels me; I set God ever before me; with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, in Your strength the king is glad; in Your victory how greatly he rejoices! Halleluia.

 

  • One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
 
 

From Psalm 32 [33]

A splendid Poem of Praise,
Thanksgiving and Confidence
 

Rejoice in the Lord, you just; praise befits the righteous.

Give thanks to the Lord on the lyre, sing praises to him on the ten-stringed harp.

Sing to him a new canticle, play skillfully to him amid shouts of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work trustworthy.

He loves justice and equity: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host thereof by the breath of his mouth…

 

Behold the eyes of the Lord rest upon those who fear him: on those who hope in his goodness,

That he may deliver their souls from death and keep them alive in time of famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.

In him, therefore, our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust.

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in you!

 

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 — St. James 3: 13 — 18

 

This self-contained section on wisdom, as with the preceding
section on the tongue, may be referring to the ‘teacher’ of 3: 1,
understanding ‘teacher’ in Judaism as almost identical with the ‘wise man.

 Wisdom may always be recognised by its works: purity,
tranquility, modesty, docility, equity, mercy and piety.

The qualities of a true teacher are knowledge, good example and meekness.
Thus true wisdom is at once practical and gentle.
On the other hand, false wisdom is characterised by strife and part spirit.

St. James, as this reading proceeds, gives us further
description of the qualities of earthly and heavenly wisdom.
The effect of true and heavenly wisdom is peace;
peace and righteousness go hand in hand.
The fruit of justice may mean justice itself reared by the peacemaker,
or the fruit which the seed of justice produces.

 

Who is wise and instructed among you? Let him by his good behaviour show his work in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and contentions in your hearts, do not glory and be liars against the truth. This is not the wisdom that descends from above. It is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where there is envy and contentiousness, there is instability and every wicked deed. But the wisdom that is from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, moderate, docile, in harmony with good things, full of mercy and good fruits, without judging without disimulation (hypocrisy). The fruit of justice is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Monday Evening

God the Saviour

From:— Ephesians 1: 3 — 10

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spirited blessing on high in Christ.

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight, in love.

He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ as his sons, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he favoured us in his beloved son.

In him we have our redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace. This grace has abounded beyond measure to us in all wisdom and prudence, so that he may make known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure.

And this, his good pleasure, he purposed in him to be dispensed in all fullness of the times: to re-establish all things in Christ both those in the heavens and those on the 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.   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
   
       
 

My soul magnifies the Lord, because God has regarded my lowliness.

   
       

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

 
 
 

O God, You have prepared invisible good things for those who love You; pour into our hearts an ardent love of You, that loving You in all things, and above all things, we may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire. 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