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Wednesday 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 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 5: 11 — 12

 

St. John now declares one of the most treasured of his explanations.
Christian faith is not simply the acceptance of a proposition,
a popular theory or some fascinating collection of beliefs and customs;
it is the reception of a Person, who brings eternal life (See John 1: 4).

The gift of eternal life that is possessed by faith
is not a promise only, but a present reality.
Therefore, “he who has the Son” through faith “also has the life” here and now!
With this certitude, countless witnesses to Christ, the martyrs
throughout the history of the Church,
have endured the most dreadful sufferings and
cruel persecution, without any thought of themselves.

 

And this is the testimony, that God has given us eternal life; and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life. He who has not the Son has not the life.

 
 

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

 

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

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