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Sunday Evening

 

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.

 

Introduction

 

“Wicked servant,
You did not have pity on your fellow-servant,
even as I had pity on you.”
How then dare you ask pardon for yourself?

 

The law of charity and mercy is one without exception, as we are reminded in today’s Gospel: “Should not you also have had pity on your
fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?” The forgiveness of offence and love of our neighbour are the necessary response, and so to say the prolongation in our own lives of God’s magnanimous forgiveness bestowed on us.

In God the Christian finds his whole rule of life: “Be you therefore merciful as your Father is merciful.” “Be you therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Love one another as I have loved you.”

It is the Christian’s happiness to live in the light of a revelation which gives him, together with a just idea of God, a rule of behaviour based on His conduct towards us. For the man in search of truth and happiness nothing is more helpful than to know the sovereign will of God, to be united to it, and with the arms thus obtained to devote his whole life to doing good.

Those do not forgive who nourish hatred in their hearts, think only of revenge, and never forget an offence. They act like the ‘wicked servant’. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

 

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 110 [111]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
 

I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.

 

Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides 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.

 
 

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

 The Marriage Feast of the Lamb

 From: Revelation 19: 1, 2 and verses 5 — 9

 

Hymn
for
Saturday 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
   
       
 

“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