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Sunday Evening

 

Twenty Fifth 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

At the urgent prayer of His disciples a sovereign gesture
of the Creator’s hand calms the angry elements

 ”Lord save us! We perish!…..Then rising up Jesus commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm.”

While the Gospel shows clearly Jesus’ divinity and demands on our part an ever greater faith in His divine power, the prayers of this Sunday emphasise our human weakness; they make us implore the help which we need to remain what we ought to be, to sustain our supernatural life and purify us from sin. In the apostle’s boat Jesus, by a gesture of His sovereign power, calms the furious waves; His presence in our lives brings with it peace and security.

The Epistle continues to explain St. Paul’s teaching on the duties of a Christian towards our neighbour they are all contained in the one word, charity: we cannot really love others without keeping the commandments which regulate our relations with them; love of our neighbour means fulfilling the whole of the Law.

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.

 
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call; be my helper: forsake me not: despise me not, O God, my Saviour.
 
  • Behold, O God, our protector, and look on Your servants. O Lord God of Hosts, hear the prayers of Your servants.

 

  • I bless the Lord Who counsels me; I set God ever before me; with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, in Your strength the king is glad; in Your victory how greatly he rejoices! Halleluia.

 

  • One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
 
 

From Psalm 4

Night Prayer
 

Answer me, when I call, O my just God, you who gave me relief in my distress; have pity on me and answer my prayer.

You men, how long will you be hard- hearted? why do you love vanity and seek after falsehood?

Know that the Lord deals wonderfully with his holy one; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Tremble and sin not, ponder within your hearts, upon your beds, and be silent.

 

Offer fitting sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.

Many say: “Who will show us good things?” Let the light of your countenance shine upon us, O Lord!

You have given joy to my heart greater than when men abound in corn and wine.

As soon as I lie down, I fall asleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, do make me dwell in security.

 

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 — Romans 13: 8 — 10

 

We should remember that our neighbor may be anyone,
even a stranger or an enemy, who also must be loved and respected.

 

Brethren: Owe no man anything except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbour has fulfilled the Law. For “You shall not commit adultery. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet”; and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no evil to a neighbour.

 
 

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, 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
   
       
 

If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift before the altar and go first to your brother; and then
come and offer your gift.”

   
       

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

 
 
 

O God, You know that, placed as we are amid such great dangers, we cannot by reason of our human frailty stand; grant us health of mind and body, that, by Your help, we may overcome the things which we suffer for our sins.  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