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Thursday Evening

 

Following 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.

 

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 137 [138]

Resignation to the Will of God
 

I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;

in the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you, I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, for you have magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I call upon you, you answered me you increased strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth

And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”

 

Indeed the Lord is high, yet he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he regards from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of tribulation, you preserve my life, you stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, your right hand saves me.

The Lord will complete his work in my behalf. O Lord, your kindness is everlasting; forsake not the works of your hands.

 

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 — 1st St. John 2: 20 — 25

 

St. John recalls for his readers and listeners that they have been
baptised into Christ and confirmed in the Holy Spirit.
Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, the Christians have the capacity to
learn how to distinguish between truth and error, between false and true Christians.
The parable of the wheat and the darnel (St. Matthew 13: 24 — 30)
illustrates the vital necessity that the false must be
identified ready for dispatch to the fire at the appropriate time.
Our Lord does not suggest that the darnel weed should be ignored; rather kept
under observation and in the final harvest, not included with the wheat.
His epistle confronts all members of the Church with the need
to follow authorised teaching in order to develop this ability.
Those who are false teachers never really belonged to the Church.
Their principal error is the denial that Jesus is the Christ,
the Messiah, the Annointed One.
In this denial they also deny the Incarnation – i.e. they separate the man
Jesus from the Christ, (the error of Cerinthus) and thus
deny the divinity of our Lord, in His Presence or at Holy Communion.
There has never been a time when this has not, in some form or other,
been present among those who call themselves Christians.
Members of the Church, St. John warns, will need constantly to be
alert to the various ways Christ can be denied even in the Church.
This denial may be manifested in different forms of down-grading or
sidelining our Lord, carelessness in reverent titles traditionally given to Jesus,
misuse of His Holy Name, lack of respect in His Presence or at Holy Communion.
To avoid these Christians will need to take a close look at how worldly
practices influence traditional daily spiritual routines as well as behaviour in Church.
There can be no communion with the Father if one denies the Son.
The Father can be known (in the Biblical sense of the word) only through the Son.

 

St. John also highlights the importance of holding fast
to the original teaching passed down to them from the Apostles.
These traditional teachings of the Church have been preserved
for them and he calls on his readers to let those teachings “abide: in them.”
This is one of his many calls for Christians to reflect
constantly on the Divine Word, Who dwells in us as we do in Him.

 

Thus the life of grace, lived here in union with Christ,
is the prelude to life eternal (see John 3: 15).

 

But you have an anointing from the Holy One and you know all things. I have not written to you as to those who do not know the truth, but as to those who know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. No one who disowns the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that which you have heard from the beginning abide in you. If that abides in you which you have heard from the beginning, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he has given us, the life everlasting.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Thursday Evening

The Judgment of God

From Revelation 11: 17 — 18 plus 12: 10b — 12a

 

We give thanks, O Lord God almighty, who are and who were; because you have taken your great power and have begun your reign.

And the nations were angered but your wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged and for giving the reward to your servants – the prophets, and the saints and those who hear your name, the small and the great.

Now has come the salvation, and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ (Anointed One); for the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their witness (testimony), for they did not love their lives even in the face of death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell therein.

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
   
       
 

God has shown might with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

   
       

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