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Wednesday Evening

 

Following Twelfth 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.

 
  • 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 128 [129]

Oppressed but never Conquered
 

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, let Israel now say:

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, but they have not conquered me.

The ploughman ploughed upon my back, they made their furrows long.

But the just Lord has cut the cords of the wicked.

Let them be put to shame and fall back all who hate Zion.

 

Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it is plucked up;

Wherewith the reaper fills not his hand, nor the binder of sheaves his bosom.

Nor do they who pass by, say “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!” “We bless you in the name of the Lord.”

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: 1 — 2

 

Beginning without address or salutation, and even omitting
his name and title, St. John asserts his character as witness
to the actual manifestation of the Word of Life, Jesus Christ.
The Word who was with the Father from all eternity, John 1: 1,
assumed human nature in order to procure eternal life for the human race.
He became man that he might be the life of men.
This great mystery the Apostle now reveals to his readers.
But he reports nothing without sufficient proof; he records
what he himself has seen, pondered, and touched.

 

I write of what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon and our hands have handled: of the Word of Life. And the Life was made known and we have seen, and now testify and announce to you, the Life Eternal; which was with the Father, and has appeared to us.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Wednesday Evening

Christ – the Firstborn of All Creation

Colossians 1: 12 — 20

 

Let us joyfully render thanks to the Father, who has made us worthy to share the lot of the saints in light.

He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have our redemption, the remission of our sins.

He is image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For in him were created all things in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities or Powers#.

# The multitude of the angels.

All things have been created through him and unto (for) him. He is before all creatures, and in him all things hold together.

He is the head of his body, the Church; he who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may have the first place.

For it has pleased God the Father, that in him, all his fullness should dwell, and that through him he should reconcile to himself all things whether on earth, or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of his cross.

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.

 
 

Antiphon

   
       
 

The Lord has regarded my lowliness and He who is mighty has done great things for me.

   
       

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