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Saturday 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.

 
  • 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 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness.
 

I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

They tell of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

 

And they speak of the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice…

 

 

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 — Ephesians 6: 10 — 17

 

We must find all our strength in the Lord,
and draw all our power from His sovereign strength.
“Put on the armour of God…..   .” God Himself arms the
Christian for the spiritual combat against Satan, his real enemy.

 

Brethren: Be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of His power. Put on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood (1), but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high. Therefore take up the armour of God, that you may be able to resist the evil day, and stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of justice and having your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace (2), in all things taking up the shield of faith, with which you may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the most wicked one (3). And take unto you the helmet of salvation (4) and the sword of the spirit, that is the word of God.

(1)    not against flesh and blood — That is against merely human strength which is always weak in some degree.  
(2)    gospel of peace — This sentence is inspired by Isaiah 11: 5; 59: 17; 52: 7; 40: 3 and 9.
(3)   “the fiery darts of the most wicked one — are an allusion to the javelin tipped with pitch which, thrown lighted, were repelled by Roman legionaries with their stout shields.
(4)    helmet of salvation — A helmet was intended to protect a soldier’s head from danger largely out of sight. The soldier of Christ need’s to take the greatest care to preserve his or her mind from all that assails us, seen and unseen.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Saturday Evening

Christ, the Servant of God

 Philippians 2: 5 — 11

 

Hymn
for
Saturday Evening

     

Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, though he was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be clung to, but emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men.

Appearing in the form of man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God also has exalted him and has bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

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
   
       
 

“You wicked servant, I cancelled your whole debt because you pleaded with me; should you not have shown leniency to your partner, even as I showed pity to you?” Halleluia.

   
       

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