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Sunday Evening

 

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.

 

Introduction

 

The mystical body of Christ and His Church — the new alliance
forged in the Blood of the Bridegroom —  the fruitful union whence the Christian
is born to a life of grace which finds fulfillment at the heavenly banquet.

All men are called by God to enter His kingdom; no one is debarred from the wedding feast at which God celebrates the alliance of His Son with humanity redeemed by His passion.

It is the happiness of Christians that they can find in the Eucharist both an anticipation and a pledge of this heavenly banquet. They have put on ‘the new man’ mentioned by St. Paul ‘created in justice and holiness of truth’; this ‘new man’ can take his place at the festal board.

The parable of the wedding feast concludes with a sentence which applies to the whole of the narrative, all those who are ‘called’ to belong to the people of God are not for that reason automatically saved.

There are those who scoff at religion and those who practise it; others who do not fulfill their religious duties, not even the most necessary duties; they live absorbed in their occupations or attracted by worldly diversions; they are Christians in name only. Without sanctifying grace we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. To die in the state of grace is a special gift for which we must pray and which God will certainly not deny us if we ‘ever cleave to (His) commandments.’

 

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 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 — Ephesians 4: 23 — 28

 

The new life, received in Baptism, leads man to a new pattern of conduct.

 

Brethren, be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man (1), which has been created according to God in justice and holiness of truth. Wherefore put away lying and speak truth each one with his neighbour, because we are members of one another. “Be angry and do not sin”; do not let the sun go down upon your anger; do not give place to the devil. He who was wont to steal, let him steal no longer; but rather let him labour, working with his hands at what he is good, that he may have something to share with him who suffers need.

(1)    ’new man’ — Man is made ‘new’ by Baptism and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

 
 

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, world without end.

 

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
   
       
 

Now the king went in to see the guests; and he saw there a man who was not wearing wedding apparel. He said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without wearing wedding apparel?

   
       

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