Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday 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 129 [130]

Prayer for pardon and mercy.
 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

 

I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes in his word;

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchman for the dawn.

More than watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy and with him plenteous redemption:

And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

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 12 — 13

 

St. John brings his rather brief letter to a conclusion.
As his reader, we need to remember that there were no Bibles
as we know them for everyone to open and check out a text or teaching.
The Old Testament scrolls were in the synagogues.
When he was writing, it was 300 years before the New Testament
was agreed upon at synods of bishops and theologians in A.D. 393 and A.D. 397
and finally promulgated at the Second Council of Carthage in A.D. 419.
Until that time there were many, many both partial and complete copies of Gospels,
Epistles as well as other unapproved (and often misleading) documents in circulation.
They were written on papyrus, the ink being made of pine-soot
and glue dissolved in water and applied with a reed-pen.
The process was a slow, and able to
be performed only by those trained for the purposes.

 

Our Lord commissioned His Apostles, not to write a book
as the ultimate receptacle of His teaching, but to go, teach
and baptise. (See St. Matthew 28: 19 and 20.)
He Himself was the Word, the holy receptacle of the Divine Truth, and their job was to
ensure the people remained attached to Him Who could then, through the Holy Spirit,
use other people, Sacred Scripture or teaching materials to strengthen their faith.

 

At the close of his letter St. John, in true Apostolic tradition, chooses to go and to teach
in person, to reinforce the teaching of Christ and thus to build up the Body of Christ.
This is our Lord’s primary method of building up His Church: a heart to heart talk,
so that the joy of those present may be full and complete.
At this point, St. John signs off.

 

 

 

Though I have much to write to you, I do not wish to do so with paper and ink, for I hope to be with you and to speak face to face, that you joy may be full. The children of your sister Elect greet you.

 
 

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

 

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