Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Evening

 

Third 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

Two parables in today’s Gospel speak of the day of regaining what had been lost, as a symbol of the joy in heaven at the conversion of one sinner. Christ came to seek souls that had wandered away. He lived, taught, suffered, and died to regain what was lost.

The whole of today’s theme celebrates the mercy of God towards mankind. This mercy finds its touching expression in Jesus’ concern for sinners.

While the devil remains a redoubtable foe, ever striving to secure our downfall, God continues untiringly the work of salvation which He has begun in us. St. Peter calls on us to remain watchful, steadfast in faith, and to cast all our anxiety upon the Lord, “because He cares for you.”

 

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 toward me and have pity on me, O Lord, for I am alone and afflicted. Put an end to my affliction and my suffering, and take away all my sins, O my God.
 
  • They trust in You who cherish Your name,
    O Lord, for You forsake not those who seek You. Sing praise to the Lord enthroned in Zion, for He has not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.

 

  • To You, I lift up my soul, O Lord. In You, O my God, I trust; let me not e put to shame.
 
  • Cast your care upon the Lord, and He will support you. When I called upon the Lord, He heard my voice from those who war against me.

 

 

  • I say to you: there is joy among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
 
 

From Psalm 112 [113]

A Call to Praise the Lord
 

Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever.

From sunrise to sunset may the name of the Lord be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord, our God, who is enthroned on high and looks down upon heaven and earth.

 

He raises the needy from the dust, he lifts the poor man from the dunghill,

to place him with princes, with the princes of his people.

He makes her, who was barren, to dwell in a home, the joyful mother of children.

 

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 — 1 St Peter 5: 6 — 11

 

“Brethren, be sober, be watchful,” Every evening at Compline (night prayer),
the Church repeats to the faithful the advice of St. Peter.
We see here to what an encouraging context it belongs.

 

Beloved: Be humbled under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in the time of visitation; cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. Be sober, be watchful! For your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking someone he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith; knowing that the same suffering befalls your brethren all over the world. But the God of all grace, Who has called us unto His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself, after you have suffered a little, perfect, strengthen and establish us. To Him be glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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. 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
   
       
 

What woman, having ten drachmas, if
she loses one drachma, does not light
a lamp and sweep the house and
search carefully until she finds it?

   
       

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

 

God’s providence extends to all that concerns us, in order to guide us
and to imbue everything with His grace in the unity of a life
which is to lead us through temporal blessings to those of eternity.

 

O God, the Protector of all those who hope in You, without Whom nothing is strong, nothing holy, multiply upon us Your mercy, that with You as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through temporal things, as not to lose those which are eternal. 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