Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday Evening

 

Following Sixth 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.

 
  • To You, O Lord, I call; O my God, be not deaf to me. The Lord is the strength of His people, the saving refuge of His anointed. Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; and rule over them forever!
 
  • O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations. Have pity on Your servants!

 

 

 

  • Make my steps steadfast in Your paths, that my feet may not falter. Incline Your ear to me; hear my word. Show Your wondrous kindness, O Lord, O Saviour of those who trust in You.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me and release me, incline Your ear to me, make haste to deliver me! Halleluia.

 

  • I will go round and offer in His tent, sacrifices with shouts of gladness; I will sing and chant praise to the Lord.
 
 

From Psalm 129 [130]

Prayer for pardon and mercy.
 

Out of the depths I cry to you, 0 Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

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

If you should remember sins, 0 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 5: 1 — 3

 

In these verses, St. James denounces the rich pagans
who cruelly and unjustly mistreated the Christians.
His condemnation of riches horded up by rich Christians
guilty of similar crimes applies equally to them.
“Weep and howl”, he says, confident of future punishment, for “in the last
days” (echoing the Final Judgment) you will receive what you deserve.

 

Come now, you rich, weep and howl over your miseries which will come upon you. Your riches have rotted, and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you, and you will devour your flesh as fire does. You have laid up a treasure of wrath in the last days.

 
 

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

 
 
 

O God of power, to Whom belongs all that is perfect, engraft in our hearts the love of Your name, and grant us an increase of religion; that what in us is good, You may nourish, and, in Your loving-kindness, preserve in us what You have nourished. 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