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Monday Evening

 

Following Twenty-first 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.

 
  • In Your will are all things, O Lord, and there is none that can resist Your will; for You have made all things, heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven (1). You are the Lord of all.    
        
     (1)   cope of heaven — vault of heaven
 
  • O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations. Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.

 

  • Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. When Israel came forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his domain. Halleluia.

 

 

  • My soul pines for Your salvation; I hope in Your word. When will You do judgment on my persecutors? The wicked persecuted me wrongfully; help me O Lord my God!
 
 

From Psalm 114 [115]

Thanksgiving to God for Help in Need
 

I love the Lord: because he has heard the voice of my pleading,

Because he inclined his ear to me when I called upon him.

The fetters of death encircled me; and the snares of hell seized upon me, I fell into distress and sorrow.

But I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord save my life!”

The Lord is gracious and just, and your God is merciful.

The Lord guards the simple: I was helpless and he saved me.

 

Return O my soul to your rest, for the Lord has dealt kindly with you.

For he has rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

 

 

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 — 2nd St. John 9

 

St. John, in a warning for all ages, teaches that anyone
who forges ahead of Christ’s doctrine
(i.e. the essence of His teaching) and fails to
remain true to that, will not have, or hold on to God.
Some translators have rendered St. John’s words as “Everyone who progresses…..”.
Here St. John signals that those who wish to lead people away
from established teaching will often acclaim themselves and their doctrine as
‘progressive’, meaning — of course — fuller, superior, modern and more relevant!
That is the catch cry of deceivers, he says, and his warning is
for all ages of the Church’s existence in this world.
A sure danger-signal for Christians is when a teacher or preacher comes along
and proclaims a doctrine which is supposed to be “more sophisticated”,
“more appropriate for our times”, “more in keeping with the progress of mankind”.
Some, reflecting this attitude, will refer to those
loyal to the tradition of Christ and the Apostles as “stuck in a past paradigm”,
“obsessed with the safety of old structures in the Church”,
 ”afraid of the modern world”, and so on.
They will be more vehement and odious in their criticism
towards fellow-Christians than towards the enemies of the Church.
One will even hear the false presentation of Christianity as,
 ”the new era of the Holy Spirit: the Church has come of age”.
All this St. John calls failing to “abide in the doctrine of Christ”.

St. John boldly proclaims what true disciples of Christ will always uphold:
fellowship with God (see 1 John 2: 23) is only to be achieved by
adhering to the true doctrine of Christ and His Church.
He does not hesitate to declare as one anointed by Jesus Christ
for this purpose: the Apostles and their lawful successors in the ministry,
determine the true doctrine in points which innovators call into controversy.
When this is done and declared to the faithful they need
no other mark to know a false teacher, but that he comes with another
doctrine other than that which has been delivered!

 

Anyone who advances and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, has not God; he who abides in the doctrine, he has both the Father and the Son.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Monday Evening

God the Saviour

From: Ephesians 1: 3 — 10

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spirited blessing on high in Christ.

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight, in love.

He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ as his sons, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he favoured us in his beloved son.

In him we have our redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace. This grace has abounded beyond measure to us in all wisdom and prudence, so that he may make known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure.

And this, his good pleasure, he purposed in him to be dispensed in all fullness of the times: to re-establish all things in Christ both those in the heavens and those on the 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. 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
   
       
 

My soul magnifies the Lord, because God has regarded my lowliness.

   
       

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 constant help is necessary if we are to lead our lives aright.

 

Guard your household, we implore You, O Lord, with continued goodness; that through Your protection it may be free from all adversaries, and by good works be devoted to Your name. 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