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Monday Evening

 

Following Twenty-third 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.

The prophet Jeremiah foretells the end of a captivity of which that of Babylon was only a figure.

 
  • The Lord says, “I think thoughts of peace, and not of afflictions. You shall call upon me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places.”
 
  • You have favoured, O Lord, Your land; You have restored the well-being of Jacob.

 

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord hear, my prayer! Halleluia.
 
  • You saved us, O Lord, from our foes, and those who hated us You put to shame. In God we glorified day by day; Your name we praised always.

 

  • Amen I say to you, all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you.
 
 

From Psalm 120 [121]

Confidence in God
 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains: where shall help come to me?

My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer your foot to stumble, your guardian will not slumber.

Behold, he will neither slumber nor sleep, who guards Israel.

The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your protection at your right hand.

 

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall keep you from evil: he shall guard your life.

The Lord shall guard your going and your coming, from now on, and 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

 
 

Reading — St. Jude 8 — 10

 

St. Jude makes a general statement that those promoting false teaching
are guilty of the same sins as he has previously mentioned.
They defile the flesh with impurities and refuse to submit to authority.
They deride majesty”, i.e. the angels, beings in whom the divine majesty is reflected.
They also speak ill of authority, and undermine
the reputation of those by whom we ought to be guided.
Though not in the Latin Vulgate, some Greek manuscripts
contain in verse 8 the phrase “in their dreams”.

This refers to false teachers polluting nature and defying authority – supporting
their doctrinal deviations by alleged ecstatic, visionary experience.
This tendency of false teachers to construct their own subjective
field of reality distinct from and opposed to the authority
of the Apostles and the teaching of Christ they
have passed on is an ever-present danger in the Church.

 

This is so critically important that St. Jude develops
even further his dramatic warning of this great danger.
He uses an example not drawn from Scripture
but from well-known Jewish traditional sources.
In deriding the angels, he says, the unfaithful and false teachers do
what even the Archangel Michael did not venture to do when
disputing with the devil about the body of Moses which God
caused to be buried in a secret place (Deut 34: 6). St.
Jude’s lesson goes like this: “If the great Archangel would
not presume to revile even the devil, how wrong are these
false teachers in our midst to revile, discredit or demean the angels!”

 

St. Jude makes in Verse 10, an important observation.
The teachers who have lost their way and become
agents of error and deviant doctrine have no understanding
of the spiritual and thus deride whatever is above the natural.
Thus their thoughts teaching and actions become
preoccupied with the satisfaction of natural powers and instincts.
When these are accompanied by refusal to respect
authority, they become a source of break-down and destruction in society.

 

In like manner do these men also defile the flesh, disregard authority, deride majesty. Yet when Michael the Archangel was fiercely disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, he did not venture to bring against him a railing accusation of blasphemy, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you”. But these men deride whatever they do not know; and the things they know by instinct like the dumb beasts, become for them a source of destruction.

 
 

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

 

The real captivity of the soul is sin;    
God alone can set us free from it, just as He will
snatch us from death which is the punishment of sin.

 

Absolve Your people from their offences, we implore You, O Lord; that through Your bountiful goodness we may be delivered from the bonds of sin, which through our frailty we have contracted. 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