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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.

 
  • Look to Your covenant, O Lord, forsake not forever the lives of Your afflicted ones. Arise, O God; defend Your cause; be not unmindful of the voices of those who ask Why, O God, have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoulder against the sheep of Your pasture?
 
  • Look to Your covenant, O Lord, be not unmindful of the lives of Your afflicted ones. Arise, O Lord, defend Your cause; remember the reproach of Your servants.

 

  • My trust is in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” In Your hands is my destiny.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations. Halleluia.

 

 

  • You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven endowed with all delights and the sweetness of every taste.
 
 

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 — Galatians 3: 16 —22

 

Everything in the salvation offered to us by God is gratuitous: the promise of it,
its accomplishment in Christ, its application to the lives of each one of us;
observance of the Law is required, but that is not what saves us.

 

The promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, “And to his off-springs,” as of many; but as of one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ(1).  Now I mean this: The Law which was made four hundred and thirty years later does not annul the covenant which was ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the right to inherit be from the Law, it is no longer from a promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise. What then was the Law? It was enacted on account of transgressions(2), being delivered by angels through a mediator, until the offering could come to whom the promise was made. Now there is no intermediary where there is only one(3); but God is one. Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? By no means. For if a Law had been given that could give life, justice would truly be from the Law. But the Scripture shut up all things under sin, that by the faith of Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe.

(1)   St. Paul is not unaware of the collective sense of the word; but he notes with satisfaction that in this passage Scripture has used a term which fits Christ perfectly.
(2)   Not to difficult to check them, but to multiply them.
(3)   A difficult verse. The promise made by God alone, is unconditional and remains unaffected; the Law, being a bilateral contract which requires the presence of an intermediary, only procures the advantages attached to it if it is carried out.

 
 

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

 

It is the theological virtues which lift us above ourselves and make
our lives loving and generous responses to the gifts bestowed upon us by God.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of Faith, Hope and Charity; and that we may deserve to obtain that which You promise, make us love that which You command. 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