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Saturday Evening

 

Celebrating the beginning of the Lord’s Day — and the new week. Genesis 1: 5.

 
 

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.

 
  • Have pity on me, O Lord, for to You I call all the day; for Your, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon You. Incline Your ear, O Lord; answer me, for I am afflicted and poor.
 
  • The nations shall revere Your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord has rebuilt Zion, and He shall appear in His glory.

 

  • Deign, O Lord, to rescue me; let all be put to shame and confusion who seek to snatch away my life. Deign, O Lord, to rescue me.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done wondrous deeds. Halleluia.

 

 

  • O Lord, I will tell of Your singular justice; O God, You have taught me from my youth; and now that I am old and grey, O God, forsake me not.
 
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness.
 

I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

They tell of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

 

And they speak of the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice…

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 3: 13 — 21

 

In the midst of his labours St. Paul draws on the riches of
the mystery of Christ which it is his duty to make known to the world
and his prayer becomes a hymn of thanksgiving.

 

Brethren: I pray you not be disheartened at my tribulations for you, for they are your glory. For this reason I bend my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth receives its name, that He may grant you from His glorious riches to be strengthened with power through His Spirit unto the progress of the inner man (1); and to have Christ dwelling through faith in your hearts: so that being rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth (2), and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, in order that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God. Now to Him, who is able to accomplish all things in a measure far beyond what we ask or conceive, in keeping with the power that is at work within us — to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus down through all ages of time without end. Amen.

(1)   ….. the inner man — Man, that is, renewed by baptism and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

(2)   ….. height and depth — Namely, of the divine plan: its dimensions are boundless.

 

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Saturday Evening

Christ, the Servant of God

 Philippians 2: 5 — 11

 

Hymn
for
Saturday Evening

     

Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, though he was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be clung to, but emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men.

Appearing in the form of man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God also has exalted him and has bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

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
   
       
 

God has given help to Israel His servant as He promised to Abraham and His descendants forever.

   
       

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

 

The Christian knows that he owes all to God and His grace;
he implores His help to be able to go on doing good.

 

Let Your grace, we implore You, O Lord, always go before us and follow us, and make us continually intent upon good works. 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