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Tuesday Evening


Following Seventh Sunday After Pentecost


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




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.



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.

  • All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness. For the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great King over all the earth.
  • Come children hear me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.



  • Halleluia, Halleluia. All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness. Halleluia.
  • As in holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs, so let our sacrifice be made in Your sight this day, that it may please You: for there is no confusion to those who trust in
    You, O Lord.


  • Incline Your ear to me, make haste to deliver me.

From Psalm 124 [125]

Unshaken Trust of the Faithful

Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which is immovable, which abides forever.

Mountains surround Jerusalem: so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

Therefore the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest upon the allotted land of the just, lest the just stretch out their hands toward evil.


Deal kindly, O Lord, with the good and the upright of heart.

But as for them who go astray on crooked paths, may the Lord drive them away with the evil-doers: peace be upon Israel!

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 5: 13 — 18


There is much unnecessarily strained analysis of these closing verses from
St. James to deny or supplement what the Church has believed and taught for two millennia.
He begins his rousing finale with a call to prayer and praise. That which we can all agree on.
After 1 ½ millennia of consistent application of verse 14, the Council of Trent acceded to
the wish of the Bishops throughout the world to declare that St. James, here
promulgated the sacrament of Extreme Unction (or the Last Anointing of the sick with oil).
Traditionally there has never been any doubt that this was always a religious ceremony,
and not just an attempt at physical healing, as the presbyters (Greek for priests) are to be called.
Thus priests have always, in traditional Christianity, been the ministers of this sacrament.
Earnest prayer will help restore the spiritual health of the
sick person and if God should choose — physical health also.
St. James here urges confession of sin, not in a widely publicised, indiscreet broadcast,
but to those appointed to hear and pronounce absolution in the name of Christ.
And this, to be conducted in an atmosphere of devout prayer for each other.
St. James is thus recording the already established custom of the early Church.
A beautiful and consoling conclusion to a pithy and powerful epistle.
We have added an extended note in this commentary as our Protestant readers,
who make frequent use of this Prayer Book, have expressed appreciation for any explanation
of Catholic tradition that they might better understand the beliefs of their Catholic friends.


Is any one of you sad? Let him pray. Is any one in good spirits? Let him sing a hymn. Is any one among you sick? Let him bring in the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess therefore, your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be saved. For the unceasing prayer of a just man is of great avail. Elijah was a man like ourselves, subject to the same infirmities, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain upon the earth, and it did not rain for three years and six months. He prayed again, and the heavens gave rain and the earth brought forth its fruit.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

New Testament Canticle
Tuesday Evening

Hymn of the Redeemed

From Revelation 4: 11 and 5: 9 — 12


Worthy are you, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power; for you have created all things, and because of your will they existed, and were created.

Worthy are you, O Lord, to take the scroll and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us for God with your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

You have made them for our God a Kingdom, and priests, and they shall reign over the earth.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing.

To him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing and honour and glory and dominion forever and ever.

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.


Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken no thing; But at Your word I will lower the net.


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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





We should put our life completely in the hands of God,
who, in his providence, knows what is good for us far better than we do.


O God, Whose providence never fails in what it ordains, we humbly implore You to put away from us all things harmful, and to give all things profitable to us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.




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.


Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection