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Monday Evening


Following Tenth 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.

  • Hearken, O God, to my prayer; turn not away from my pleading; give heed to me, and answer me.
    When I called upon the Lord, He heard my voice, from those who war against me; and He humbled them, Who is before all ages, and remains forever: cast your care upon the Lord, and He will support you.
  • From You let judgment come; Your eyes uphold what is right.
    Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings


  • You shall be pleased with due sacrifices, burnt offerings and holocausts on Your altar, O Lord.
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. To You we owe our hymn of praise, O God, in Zion; to You must vows be fulfilled in Jerusalem. Halleluia.


  • To You I lift up my soul, O Lord. In You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame, let not my enemies exult over me. No one who waits for You shall be put to shame.

From Psalm 32 [33]

A splendid Poem of Praise,
Thanksgiving and Confidence

Rejoice in the Lord, you just; praise befits the righteous.

Give thanks to the Lord on the lyre, sing praises to him on the ten-stringed harp.

Sing to him a new canticle, play skillfully to him amid shouts of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work trustworthy.

He loves justice and equity: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host thereof by the breath of his mouth…


Behold the eyes of the Lord rest upon those who fear him: on those who hope in his goodness,

That he may deliver their souls from death and keep them alive in time of famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.

In him, therefore, our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust.

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in you!


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 — 1st St. Peter 4: 3 — 7


St. Peter continues his lesson on holiness through suffering.
Many come to Christ after having lived lives characterised
by pagan acts of which they were ashamed.
After conversion they remained aloof from the sinful character
from the sinful character of many pagan gatherings.
This silent rebuke stirred pagan resentment which
vented itself by calumniating the Christians,
who placed their hope in Christ as a just judge.
All must undergo judgment. Christ demonstrated, this by
preaching the Gospel ‘even to the dead’ i.e. those for instance who
paid for their unbelief by a form of temporal death in the time of Noah
(though they repented when the flood came, 3: 19 and 20).
The first Christians saw Christ’s action in doing this,
as seeking to restore them to Himself.
Though restrained from entering heaven because of human frailty,
they were not beyond the reach of salvation.
This state was often referred to as ‘prison’ where just souls
were detained until heaven was opened to them #.
This is a very important teaching of the Apostles and
became one of the references associated with
prayers for the departed, awaiting God’s mercy.
Some commentators dismiss this by claiming Christ preached to those
living at the time but now dead (at the time of St. Peter writing).
However this ignores the very specific language
he uses – not a participle (‘having since died’) but a noun
(the preaching of Christ to people who are ‘dead’ in the human sense).

St. Peter thereby emphasises that all must undergo judgment
before the tribunal of Christ who hears the prayers of the just
for His mercy which is available to all who will humbly receive it.

# This is not a facile merging with verse 19
of the previous chapter as some object.
It is a reflection of the growing insight of the infant Church
concerning the universality of
Christ’s mission in and beyond time and space.


For sufficient is the time past for those to have accomplished the desire of the pagans, walking, as they did, in dissipation and drunkenness, revellings, carousings and unlawful worship of idols. They are amazed that you do not run with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they abuse you. But they will render an account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For to this end was the Gospel preached even to the dead, that they may be judged indeed as men in flesh but may live as God lives in spirit. But the end of all things is at hand.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

New Testament Canticle
Monday Evening

God the Saviour

From: Ephesians 1: 3 — 10


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spirited blessing on high in Christ.

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight, in love.

He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ as his sons, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he favoured us in his beloved son.

In Him we have our redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace. This grace has abounded beyond measure to us in all wisdom and prudence, so that he may make known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure.

And this, his good pleasure, he purposed in him to be dispensed in all fullness of the times: to re-establish all things in Christ both those in the heavens and those on the earth.

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.



My soul magnifies the Lord, because God has regarded my lowliness.


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.




 If God puts His omnipotence in the service of His mercy,
we can go to Him in spite of our faults and, lifted up by hope,
make haste towards the accomplishment of His promises.

O God, You manifest Your almighty power most of all in sparing and showing mercy, that we, running to Your promises, may be made partakers of Your heavenly goods. 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