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Thursday 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.

 
  • Deign, O God, to rescue me;
    O Lord, make haste to help me.
    Let them be put to shame and confounded who seek my life.
    Let them be turned back in
    disgrace, who desire my ruin.
 
  • I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear and be glad.

 

  • The earth is replete with the fruit of Your works, O Lord; You produce bread from the earth, and wine to gladden men’s hearts, so that their faces gleam with oil, and bread fortifies the hearts of men.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, the God of my salvation, by day I cry out, at night I clamour in Your presence.  Halleluia.

     

  • Moses prayed in the sight of the Lord, his God, and said, “Why,
    O Lord, is Your indignation enkindled against Your people? Let the anger of Your mind cease; remember Abraham, Issac and Jacob, to whom You swore to give a land flowing with milk and honey.” And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which He had spoken of doing against His people.
 
 

From Psalm 70 [71]

Prayer for Perseverance
 

To you, O Lord, I flee for refuge: let me never be put to shame;

In your justice deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

Be a rock of refuge for me, a fortress to  save me: for you are my rock and my stronghold.

O my God, rescue me from the hand of the sinner, from the fist of the evildoer and the violent.

For you are my trust, O my God, O Lord, my hope from my youth.

Upon you have I leaned from birth; from my mother’s womb you were my protector: in you I hoped always.

I have appeared as a marvel to many; for you were my strong refuge.

 

My mouth was full of your praise, of your glory all day long.

Cast me not off in my old age; when my strength fails, forsake me not.

For my enemies talk about me, and they who watch me take counsel together,

Saying: “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.”

O God, be not far from me, O my God hasten 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.

 
 

Reading — 1st St. John 1: 3 — 4

 

The great revelation in this letter about Jesus Christ,
(who was with the Father from all eternity yet assumed human nature for our good),
is made for two reasons.

First: that the readers may share ’fellowship’ with the Apostles,
i.e. may partake of the union that joins all in Christ, and through Christ, with God.
The term ‘fellowship’ is in a sense the key word of the entire Epistle.
It means intimacy, intercourse, communion, a joint sharing.
Christians are partakers of the good things which
they possess in common from God and Jesus Christ.

Secondly: by realising more fully this fellowship
with the Father and the Son they will continually experience increasing joy.

 

What we have seen and have heard we announce to you, in order that you may also have fellowship with us, and that our fellowship may be with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that you may rejoice, and your joy may be full.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

The 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 0 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

 
 
 

Almighty and merciful God, of Whose gift it comes that Your faithful people do You worthy and laudable service, grant we implore You, that we may run without stumbling to the attainment of Your promises. 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