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Wednesday 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 33 [34]

Blessings of the Faithful Soul.
 

Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who is the man who loves life, desires length of days to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil, and your life for deceitful words.

Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it

The eyes of the Lord are upon the just, his ears open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against evil doers, to destroy the remembrance of them from the earth.

The just cried and the Lord answered them; and delivered them from all their troubles.

 

The Lord, is close to the broken hearted, and saves those of contrite spirit.

Many are the trials of the just man; but the Lord delivers him from all.

He guards all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked, and they who hate the just shall be punished.

The Lord delivers the souls of his servants, and whoever flees to him for refuge shall not be punished.

 

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: 18 —19

 

As St. John explained, three evil forces
(See verses 15 – 17) are leagued against the Father.
Against the Son there are also many opponents, called ‘antichrists’.
St. John is the only New Testament writer to use the name ‘antichrist’.
Every opposing teacher, who strives to rob the faithful of their belief
and love of Christ is deserving of the name, although the Apostle admits
St. Paul’s prophecy of one chief opponent, ‘the man of sin’, 2 Thess. 2: 3 – 9.
This passage of St. Paul is helpful in understanding the teaching
of Jesus and the Apostles in regard to betrayal within and beyond the Church.
It is worth noting at this point that the Second Coming of Christ
will be preceded by a great apostacy, i.e. a great religious revolt,
and the coming of the “man of sin”, the Antichrist, the
Son of perdition: one entirely deserving of eternal punishment. 

St. John boldly states what followers of Christ
must hear and be ready for; “Antichrist is coming.”
We may encounter Antichrist in some great adversary of Christ,
embodying in himself all the world’s hatred of Christ,
or in the form of a collective personage – many antichrists
who have been and are continually at work to destroy the kingdom of Christ.

 In harmony with our lord’s prediction, Mt 24: 24,
St. John declares that many antichrists have arisen even now.
From this fact we are to conclude ‘that it is the last hour.
This phase in not to be taken literally as the time immediately before
the judgment, but can refer to the entire period of the Christian dispensation.
Thus rabbinic tradition calls the whole period following the advent of the
Messiah ‘the future world’ – ‘Olam habba’, (See SB 4, 816 — 44;
and St. Peter refers to the apostolic age as, ‘the last time’. 1 Peter 1: 5, 20).
During this period both truth and error concerning the person of Jesus Christ
will be disseminated: the former by authorised apostles, the latter by false teachers.

 It is a cause of great distress to the beloved disciple that
these teachers of error were once members of the Church.
St. John therefore emphasises the fearful truth that the antichrist  will be
 taken by many for Christ. Even members of the Church may find themselves misled.
Our Lord predicted that His kingdom would have
a mixture of wheat and weeds (Matt 13: 24 – 30).
One needs to be vigilant yet prudent in how the false
is to be dealt with until finally gathered up and burnt.

 

Dear children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have arisen; whence we know that it is the last hour. They have gone forth from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us they would surely have continued with us; but they were to be made manifest, that not one of them is of us.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Wednesday Evening

Christ — the Firstborn of All Creation

Colossians 1: 12 — 20

 

Let us joyfully render thanks to the Father, who has made us worthy to share the lot of the saints in light.

He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have our redemption, the remission of our sins.

He is image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For in him were created all things in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities or Powers#.

# The multitude of the angels.

All things have been created through him and unto (for) him. He is before all creatures, and in him all things hold together.

He is the head of his body, the Church; he who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may have the first place.

For it has pleased God the Father, that in him, all his fullness should dwell, and that through him he should reconcile to himself all things whether on earth, or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of his cross.

Glory be to the Father…As it was in the beginning…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
   
       
 

The Lord has regarded my lowliness and He who is mighty has done great things for me.

   
       

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