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Thursday Evening

 

Following First Sunday After Pentecost Octave

 
 

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.

 

  • Let us bless the God of heaven and give glory to Him in the sight of all the living, because He has shown mercy to us.
 
  • Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and worthy to be praised, and glorified, and exalted above all forever.

 

  • Blessed are You, O Lord, Who look into the depths from Your throne, upon the Cherubim. Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven and praiseworthy forever.
 
  • Blessed be the Holy Trinity and undivided Unity: let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.

 

  • Blessed be God the Father, and the Only-begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit: because He has shown His mercy to us.
 
 

From Psalm 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving
 

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 has magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I called upon you, you did answer, you did increase strength within me.

 

All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, 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.”

 

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 — St. James 1: 14 — 16

 

St. James warns his readers that they must not be misled by the
use of the word ‘tempt’ in describing the relations between God and man.
He says, in effect, “You must not, therefore tell yourself that it is God
who is trying to make you do something wrong, when you are tempted to sin.
The source of the temptation lies in yourself.”
His purpose saying this is to help us face facts, own the problem and deal to it.

 

But everyone is tempted by being drawn away and enticed by his own passion. Then when passion has conceived, it brings forth sin; but when sin has matured, it begets death. Therefore, my beloved brethren, do not err.

 
 

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

 
 
 

All-powerful, eternal God, You have given Your children the true faith: they adore You in the glory of Your Trinity and in the grandeur of Your Unity; may the firmness of this belief strengthen us in the face of life’s difficulties. This we ask of 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