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Monday Evening

 

Following Nineteenth 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.

 
  • “I am the salvation of the people,” says the Lord; “in whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me, I will hear them; and I will be their Lord forever.” Hearken, My people, to My teaching; incline your ears to the words of My mouth.
 
  • Let my prayer come like incense before You, O Lord. The lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.

 

  • Though I walk amid distress, You preserve me, O Lord; against the anger of my enemies You raise Your hand; Your right hand saves me.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Give thanks to the Lord, invoke His name; make known among the nations His deeds. Halleluia.

 

  • You have commanded that Your precepts be willingly kept. Oh, that I might be firm in the ways of keeping Your statutes!
 
 

From Psalm 26 [27]

Prayer of Confidence
 

Hear O Lord, my voice which cries to you, be gracious to me and answer me.

My heart speaks to you, my face seeks you, your face, O Lord, I seek.

Hide not your face from me, rebuff not your servant in anger.

You are my help; cast me not off, nor forsake me O God, my Saviour.

You my father and my mother abandon me, yet will the Lord receive me.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me along a safe path because of my enemies.

 

Deliver me not to the desires of my foes, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and men who breathe violence.

I believe that I shall behold the goodness of the Lord in the land of the
living.

Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage, and wait for the Lord.

 

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 5: 7 — 8

 

In verses 7 and 8, St James provides a beautiful and
carefully presented testimony to God’s perfect plan of our salvation.
In the text we print below, the bold words
within the square brackets do not appear in all manuscripts.
As explained in the note on verse 6, scholars of all Christian persuasions
have both defended them as original or considered
them an addition, however well-intentioned.
We include them as their witness as indicated
in the scriptures, is absolutely certain and undeniable. 

 

Commenting first on verse 7.

 According to what is called the Clementine Vulgate translation,
the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity are the heavenly
witnesses to Christ’s divinity, corresponding to threefold witness on earth.
The Father gave testimony at the baptism, and the transfiguration Mt 17: 5
and in the temple court, John 12: 28; the Word repeatedly gave
testimony to his divinity by his words and works during his public ministry;
the Holy Spirit likewise testified at the baptism on the day
of Pentecost, and later through the Apostles.
“And these three are one,” have one identical nature. 

 

Commenting on verse 8.

The Jewish law required the agreement of two or three
witnesses for satisfactory evidence, Deut 19: 15.
That is why St. John produces the threefold witness, and adds:
‘and these three are one’, i.e. they all proclaim the divinity of Jesus Christ.

 

 

For there are three that bear witness [in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth]: the Spirit, and the water and the blood; and these three are one.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Monday Evening

God the Saviour

From:— Epheslans I : 3 — 10

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spirited blessing on high in Christ.

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight, in love.

He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ as his sons, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he favoured us in his beloved son.

In him we have our redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace. This grace has abounded beyond measure to us in all wisdom and prudence, so that he may make known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure.

And this, his good pleasure, he purposed in him to be dispensed in all fullness of the times: to re-establish all things in Christ both those in the heavens and those on the 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. 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 soul magnifies the Lord, because God has regarded my lowliness.

   
       

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

 

God’s mercy is ever present and continually gives back to the Church her purity and her strength.

 

May Your continual pity, O Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church; and, because without You she cannot endure in safety, may she ever be governed by Your bounty. 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