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Sunday Evening

 

Ninth 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

 

The Epistle, our evening reading, recalls the terrible punishments incurred by the Israelites in the desert on account of their infidelity. It is a reminder of an urgent truth: the divine vocation is a privilege, but it is not enough in itself to ensure our salvation; it only renders our duty of remaining faithful to it the more sacred. St Paul invites us to reflect on the lesson from the history of our ancestors.

The lesson of the Gospel, our morning reading, is the same. For refusing the message of peace brought to it by Jesus, Jerusalem was utterly destroyed less than forty years after our Saviour’s death.

The history of the Chosen People continues among us. Christ’s message spreads; side by side with those who welcome it, many, to their cost, refuse to hear it, and even among those who at first welcomed it the necessary test of their fidelity wreaks widespread havoc. But God Himself is faithful; to the very end He desires our salvation and comes to our assistance even in the trials He sends us.

The history of the Old and New Testaments proves that God rewards and punishes even here on earth. Jerusalem rejected the Saviour and it was destroyed. No temptation is so strong that we cannot conquer it with the grace of God, Who “will not permit you to be tempted beyond your strength”.

 

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.

 
  • O God, by Your name save me, and by Your right hand deliver me.
    Behold, God is my helper, the Lord sustains my life. Turn back the evil upon my foes; in Your faithfulness destroy them, O Lord my protector.
 
  • O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is Your name all over the earth! You have elevated Your majesty above the heavens.

 

  • The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart, and His ordinances sweeter than syrup or honey from the comb; therefore Your servant is careful of them.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Rescue me from my enemies, O my God; from my adversaries defend me. Halleluia.

 

 

  • “He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood, abides in Me, and I in Him,” 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 — 1 Corinthians 10: 6 — 12

 

From Israel’s past St. Paul draws lessons which are not without value for us as Christians.

 

Brethren: We should not lust after evil things even as they lusted. And do not become idolaters, even as some of them were, as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play”. Neither let us commit fornication, even as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day twenty-three thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither murmur, as some of them murmured, and perished at the hands of the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as a type, and they were written for our correction, upon whom the final age of the world has come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. May no temptation take hold of you but such as man is equal to. God is faithful and will; not permit you to be tempted beyond your strength, but with temptation will also give you a way out that you may be able to bear it.

 
 

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. 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
   
       
 

“For it is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer for all nations’. But you have made it a den of thieves.”
And He was teaching daily in the temple.

   
       

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

 

“I do always the things that please Him.”
The Christian strives to make his aspiration that of Christ Himself:
to conform his wishes to God’s good pleasure, to the point of having no other prayer.

 

Let the ears of Your mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Your suppliants; and that You may grant them what they desire, make them ask the things that are pleasing to You. 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