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Sunday Evening

 

Fourteenth 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

 

God’s providence takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. But we, “of little faith’ attend with such anxiety to our temporal interests that we even neglect our religious duties. When we seek the supernatural first, we may confidently rely on God’s fatherly help in our daily affairs.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel insist that we should not allow our lives to be divided between the following of two opposing principles, the spirit and the flesh, God and money. We must choose God and the things of God. Whatever is useful and good will be given us in addition, by the ever-loving Providence of our Father in heaven who feeds the birds and arrays the lilies of the field.

It is the Holy Spirit, the creator within us of the new man, who inspires our choices. There is a continual struggle between our evil tendencies — pride, egoism, a desire for pleasure — which separate us from God, and all that, on the contrary, aspires after God and brings us nearer to Him.

Today’s Collect Prayer is the expression of complete confidence and filial trust in God. The lively consciousness of human weakness does not interfere with the Christian’s peace of mind; it only makes him repeat more insistently his joy at belonging to God and at living under His watchful protection. The Church precedes us in this path; she gives us hymns of confidence and faith to sing: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord, than to trust in man. The angel of the Lord encamps around His people; taste and see how good the Lord is”.

With regard to the duty of not worrying about earthly things, notice that Jesus’ teaching here is the counterpart of His criticism of the foolish rich man in a parable in St. Luke’s Gospel (12: 16) — immediately preceding the passage parallel to today’s Gospel; that is the starting point of the advice about not worrying.

 

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.

 
  • Behold, O God, our Protector, and look upon the face of Your anointed. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere. How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. The Christian imploring the divine protection humbly reminds God of all that He means to him.
 
  • It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

 

  • The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Taste and see how good the Lord is.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the God of our salvation. Halleluia.

 

  • “Seek first the Kingdom of God; and all things shall be given you besides,” says the Lord.
 
 

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 — Galatians 5: 16 — 24

 

In so far as he lets himself be guided by the Spirit of God,
a Christian recognises evil and turns away from it as though by instinct.
He inclines no less spontaneously to the “words of the Spirit”.
A new spirit transforms his life.

 

Brethren: Walk in the spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the spirit, and spirit against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, so that you do not do what you would. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are immorality, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, jealousies, anger, quarrels, factions, parties, envies, murders, drunkenness, carousings, and suchlike. And concerning these I warn you, as I have warned you, that they who do such things will not attain the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency (1), chastity. Against such things there is no law. And they who belong to Christ’s have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.

(1)    Continency   (self control)

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for    
Sunday Evening

 

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, world without end.

 

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
   
       
 

“Seek first the kingdom of God, and the holiness it implies; then all other things will be given you besides, Halleluia.”

   
       

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

 
 
 

Protect, we implore you, O Lord, Your Church with Your perpetual mercy, and because without You human frailty goes astray, may we be ever withheld by Your grace from what is hurtful, and directed to what is profitable. 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