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Thursday 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 137 [138]

Resignation to the Will of God
 

I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;

in the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you, I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, for you have magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I call upon you, you answered me you increased strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth

And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”

 

Indeed the Lord is high, yet he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he regards from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of tribulation, you preserve my life, you stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, your right hand saves me.

The Lord will complete his work in my behalf. O Lord, your kindness is everlasting; forsake not the works of your hands.

 

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: 13 — 15

 

St. John draws together his purpose in writing in a way
which reminds us of the conclusion of his Gospel (John  20: 31).
The purpose of the Epistle, like that of the Gospel, is to awaken
in its readers a realisation that a firm hope of attaining eternal life is theirs,
because they believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.

The possession of eternal life of which he has reassured us naturally
evokes the thought of confidence in God — which he has mentioned previously.
This confidence then assures us of an answer to prayer.
However, as previously explained, faithfulness to God’s will
is the necessary condition of the efficacy of prayer.
Assuming a follower of Christ is genuinely faithful, whatever
is asked of God, has already been given in the asking.

 

These things I am writing to you that you may know that you have eternal life — you who believe in the name of the Son of God. And the confidence that we have towards him is this, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And we know that he hears us whatever we ask; we know that the requests we make of him are granted.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Thursday Evening

The Judgment of God

From Revelation 11: 17 — 18 plus 12: 10b — 12a

 

We give thanks, O Lord God almighty, who are and who were; because you have taken your great power and have begun your reign.

And the nations were angered but your wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged and for giving the reward to your servants – the prophets, and the saints and those who hear your name, the small and the great.

Now has come the salvation, and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ (Anointed One); for the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their witness (testimony), for they did not love their lives even in the face of death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell therein.

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
   
       
 

God has shown might with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

   
       

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