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Sunday Evening

 

Sixteenth 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

 

The supernatural life which we receive in Baptism is like a seed that must be developed. “Rooted and grounded in love,” we pray that God may increase our faith and hope, and that His grace may stir up in us “a never-failing zeal for good works.”

The riches of Christ! The constant comparison of our wretchedness and the infinite mercy of our Saviour inspires the Church not only with the theme of her prayers when she tells God of the tremendous need that we have of Him, but also with the invitation that she addresses to us to contemplate the unfathomable mystery of the riches of Christ. St. Paul, in acknowledging that he is powerless to measure their infinite dimensions, calls to mind the whole work of salvation to praise God for it and to summon us to open our hearts to the graces which God has in store for us. The redeeming death of Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Church, the holy Scriptures, the sacraments — what treasures of divine life are these for the transformation of our lives.

Poverty and riches: man is nothing of himself, but God has given him everything by bestowing on him His Son. Our whole attitude, therefore, while one of dependence towards God, should at the same time be imbued with gratitude and joy. It is therein that the Christian’s humble pride finds bot its justification and its secret.

 

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 110 [111]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
 

I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.

 

Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides 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.

 
 

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 top 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 ios 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
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
   
       
 

When you are invited to a wedding dinner, take the last place at the table. Then your host can say to you. “My friend, take a place higher up!” In that case it will be to your honour before all the other guests, Halleluia.

   
       

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