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Sunday Evening

 

Seventeenth 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.

 

Introduction

 

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…thou shalt love thy neighbour.” Love is the great commandment; love of God and of our neighbour is the whole Law and the prophets. Of this we are reminded in today’s Gospel.

The unity of our faith, our baptism and our hopes, as also the unity of the Holy Spirit, Christ and God our Father is, according to St. Paul in the Epistle read today, the very foundation of fraternal charity.

To the cunning question of the Pharisee as to which was the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus Christ replied, “You shall love the Lord , your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.” However, as Jesus Christ knew that we frequently forget another most important obligation, He added and insisted that there is a second commandment, that of loving our neighbour, for it is not possible to love God and at the same time hate our neighbour.

Jesus Christ recommends the love of neighbour as most necessary by reason of the selfishness of mankind. Let us be Christian in our relations with our neighbour, loving not merely in words but with deeds.

 

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.

 
  • You are just, O Lord, and Your ordinance is right. Deal with Your servant according to Your kindness. Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
 
  • Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people the Lord has chosen for His own inheritance. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth all their host.

 

 

  • I, Daniel, prayed to my God saying, “Hear, O Lord, the prayers of Your servant; show Your face upon Your sanctuary, and favourably look down upon this people, upon whom Your name is invoked, O God.”
 
  • O almighty God, may our vices be cured by Your sanctifying graces, and may everlasting remedies be bestowed upon 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.

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You. Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 111 [112]

The Blessings of the Just Man:
 

Halleluia.

Happy the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands.

His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth the upright generation shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house; his generosity shall endure forever.

He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just.

 

Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice;

he shall never be moved; the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance.

An evil report he shall not fear; his heart is firm, trusting in 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.

 
 

Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch To Bless the Lord.
 

 

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

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.

 

 
 

Reading — Ephesians 4: 1 — 6

 

The foundation of fraternal charity is formed by the bonds uniting us to God in Christ;
the creator of these bonds and the living source of charity is the Holy Spirit.

 

Brethren: I, the prisoner in the Lord (1); exhort you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, careful to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit even as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is above all, and throughout all, and in us all, Who is blessed forever and ever.   Amen.

(1)   When he wrote this letter St. Paul was a prisoner in Rome.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Sunday Evening

 The Marriage Feast of the Lamb

 From: Revelation 19: 1, 2 and
verses 5 — 9

 

Hymn
for
Sunday Evening

     

Halleluia!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. True and just are his judgments.

Halleluia!

Praise our God, all you his servants, and you who fear him, the small and the great!

Halleluia!

The Lord our God almighty now reigns!
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him.

Halleluia!

The marriage of the Lamb has come, and his spouse has prepared herself. And she has been permitted to clothe herself in fine linen, shining bright. For the fine linen is the just deeds of the saints.

Halleluia!

Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

 

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.

 

The fiery sun is already going down. O light unending, blessed Godhead, three in one, bring light to our hearts.

We made humble prayer to You this morning when we sang Your praise, and we do so now at eventide. Graciously grant that we, Your suppliants, may praise You for ever in the company of Your saints.

 

To the Father and the Son together, and to You, Holy Spirit, may glory continue to be for all ages, as it has been. 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
   
       
 

“What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is He?” They all said to Him, “David’s”. Jesus said to them, “How does David under inspiration call Him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at My right hand’?”

   
       

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

 

Love of God must be pure and unalloyed;
it excludes everything that is opposed to God.

 

Grant to Your people we implore You, O Lord, to avoid every contamination of the devil, and with pure minds, to follow You, the only God. 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