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Sunday Evening

 

Fourth 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.

 

History

 

This Sunday brings to our minds the miraculous draught of fishes, at the suggestion of the Master. Let us cast our nets following the Lord’s suggestions. We shall always be spiritually successful if we try to follow God’s will and plan.

The miraculous draught of fishes is symbolic of the triumphs of the Church and the accomplishment of our Lord’s statement to St. Peter that henceforth he would be a fisher of men.

Trust in God amid the struggles and sufferings of this life are the predominant thought in today’s readings and texts. St. Paul reminds us that these struggles and sufferings are temporary; they are bound up with our situation on this earth, which is one of waiting — as is that of the whole of creation with us — until the day appointed for the full manifestation of the glory of the children of God. Meanwhile God comes to our help, He draws us to Him, upholds us, forgives us and raises us up when we fall.

 

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 should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? My enemies that trouble me, themselves stumble and fall. Though an enemy encamp against me, my heart will not fear.
 
  • Pardom our sins, O Lord; why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Help us, O God, our Saviour; because of the glory of Your name, O Lord, deliver us.

 

  • Give light to my eyes that I may never sleep in death, lest my enemy say, “I have overcome him”.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O God, seated on Your throne, judging justly: be a stronghold for the oppressed in the times of their distress.

 

 

  • O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer: my God, my rock of refuge!
 
 

From Psalm 90 [91]

Night Prayer
 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide under the shadow of the Almighty

Say to the Lord: “My refuge and my fortress, my God in who I trust”.

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowlers, from the deadly pestilence.

He will shelter you with his pinions, and you shall take refuge under his wings: his fidelity is a shield and a buckler…

For the Lord is your refuge, you have made the Most High your defence.

No evil shall befall you, no plague shall approach your dwelling,

 

Because he has given his angels charge over you, to protect you in all your ways.

Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, you shall trample under foot the lion and the serpent.

Because he remained close to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he has known my name…

 

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 — Romans 18: 18 — 23

 

Christ’s victory is applied to our human lives on two planes:
the baptismal adoption here on earth, the glory in the life to come.
In the present we have our share of sufferings to bear: they have
their redemptive value; but the glory that awaits us is out of all proportion to them.

 

Brethren: I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us. For the eager longing of creation awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For creation was made subject to vanity — not by its own will but by reason of Him Who made it subject — in hope, because creation itself will also be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God. For we know that all creation groans and travails in pain until now. And not only it, but we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption as sons of God, the redemption of our body, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Sunday Evening

 Christ, the Servant of God

Philippians 2: 5 — 11

 

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. 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
   
       
 

Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken no thing; But at Your word I will lower the net.

   
       

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

 

The Church’s sublime and holy devotion fears war and disturbance;
she asks God, who governs everything, for the peace which souls need top serve Him well.

 

Grant, we implore You, O Lord, that the course of the world may, by Your governance, be peaceably ordered for us, and that Your Church may rejoice in quiet devotion. 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