Electronic Prayer Book

Tuesday 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 12 [13]

Confident Prayer in Time of Trial
 

How long, O Lord, will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me?

How long shall I harbour sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day?

How long shall my foe triumph over me, answer me, O Lord, my God! Give light to my eyes, lest I fall asleep in death, lest my enemy say: “I have vanquished him;”

 

Let not my enemies rejoice, that I have fallen: for I have trusted in your goodness.

Let my heart rejoice because of your help; I will sing to the Lord, who has bestowed good things upon 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.

 
 

Reading — 1st St. John 2: 15 — 17

 

St. John believes he has a job to do and so he does it.
In no uncertain terms he delivers a clear warning to those seeking to follow Christ.
Directly opposed to God’s will, he explains, are the inordinate
desires or concupiscence that centre around self.
The ‘world’ in St. John’s terminology stands for people
who are hostile to God and opposed to Christ’s teachings.
A worldling is a typically self-centred person, who craves
for the gratification of their feelings and emotions.
Those who become inordinately attached to what
worldlings seek, alienate themselves from the love of God.

Three things in particular draw the heart away from God. They are:
1.    The concupiscence of the flesh, (i.e. an inordinate — i.e. unbalanced — love for pleasure, a craving to gratify the lower passions, a yielding to the vices of gluttony, drunkenness, impurity, luxury.)
2.    The concupiscence of the eyes, (i.e. a passionate attachment to riches and material possessions, a yielding to the vice of avarice) and
3.    The pride of life (i.e. an uncontrolled desire for honours, esteem, rank, pomp and show, a yielding to the vices of pride, ambition, vanity and self-exaltation).

It is evident that such passions do not have their origin
in God, and do not belong to the life which is from God.
They spring from a corrupt world, and, like the world
they are even now in the process of passing away.
Being of short duration, they cannot satisfy the human heart.
God alone can satisfy it and only obedience to His will
can bring us full satisfaction and unending joy.

 
Do not love the world, or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; because all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; which is not from the Father, but from the world. And the world, with its lust is passing away, but he who does the will of God abides forever.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Tuesday Evening

Hymn of the Redeemed

From Revelation 4: 11 and 5: 9 — 12

 

Worthy are you, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power; for you have created all things, and because of your will they existed, and were created.

Worthy are you, O Lord, to take the scroll and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us for God with your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

You have made them for our God a Kingdom, and priests, and they shall reign over the earth.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing.

To him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing and honour and glory and dominion forever and ever.

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 spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

   
       

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