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Wednesday 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 129 [130]

Prayer for pardon and mercy.
 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes in his word;

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchman for the dawn.

 

More than watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy and with him plenteous redemption:

And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

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: 12 — 13

 

The word ‘temptation’ is used by New Testament writers in two different senses.

It may mean:
(i)        solicitation by the devil, which it is our duty to resist; such solicitation as was experienced by our Lord in the wilderness. Or it may mean,
(ii)       what we describe nowadays as a ‘trial’, some unavoidable affliction which it is our duty to endure. This latter sense is far commoner in the New Testament.

In chapter 1, St. James makes use of both meanings of the word ‘temptation’.
In this short reading he establishes very clearly that moral evil is a thing
outside of God’s orbit; impossible then, that He should tempt us to commit it.

 

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, that he is tempted by God; for God is no tempter to evil, and He himself tempts no one.

 
 

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

 
 
 

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