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Thursday Evening

 

Following Thirteenth 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.

 
  • 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 130 [131]

Resignation to the Will of God.
 

O Lord my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty.

Neither do I deal in great affairs nor in things too lofty for me.

Truly I have calmed and quieted my soul,

as a little child on its mother’s lap: as a little child, so is my soul within me.

 

O Israel, hope in the Lord, both now and 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.

 
 

Reading — 1st St. John 2: 7 — 8

 

St. John explains: because of its practical character, the
precept of fraternal charity calls for special consideration.
At first the Apostle calls it “an old commandment”, because God
implanted it in the human heart from the beginning,
and he expressly enjoined it on the Chosen People, Lev. 19: 18.
For Christians it received its full significance in the teachings of Christ, Mt 6.
In so far as this commandment was fully carried out, first by
Christ and then by his followers, it may be called a new commandment.
As Christians, their situation was quite different from what it had been
in the time of darkness, when they lived like the Gentiles around them.
They were now united by a new bond of faith, and their charity to one another.

 

Beloved no new commandment am I writing to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you have heard. Again a new commandment I am writing to you, and this is true both in him and in you. Because the darkness has passed away and the true light is now shining.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Thursday Evening

The Judgment of God

From Revelation 11: 17 — 18 plus 12: 10b — 12a

 

We give thanks, O Lord God almighty, who are and who were; because you have taken your great power and have begun your reign.

And the nations were angered but your wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged and for giving the reward to your servants – the prophets, and the saints and those who hear your name, the small and the great.

Now has come the salvation, and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ (Anointed One); for the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their witness (testimony), for they did not love their lives even in the face of death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell therein.

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.

 
 

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 shown might with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

   
       

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