Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Evening

 

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.

 

Introduction

 

Jesus, the Master of life, took the dead girl by the hand and she arose.
For us too, He is the very source of life, life eternal.

 

Note: When Easter comes very late, on April 24th or 25th, there are only 23 Sundays after Pentecost: the liturgy appointed for the last Sunday is then said on the 23rd Sunday, and the 23rd Sunday is omitted.

The season after Pentecost is, as it were, the symbol of the Church’s long pilgrimage here on earth; the last Sundays of the liturgical year, forming its last stages, put before us the end of time.

Our Lord himself announced that the end of the world would be marked by great upheavals and a recurrence of evil, that the charity of many would grow cold. It seems that the Church will then experience heavy trials. In reminding us of these misfortunes and struggles the liturgy is at pains to imbue us with confidence.

The same Jesus Who raised the young woman to life again will conform our body ‘to the body of his glory’. Therefore let us not walk as ‘enemies of the Cross’ yielding to blind passions, but rather let us consider all that we do in the light of eternity.

 

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.

Thinking of the Lord’s coming, the Church asks God to forget our sins and to listen only to His mercy.

 
  • 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.
 
 

Psalm 112 [113]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
 

Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever.

From sunrise to sunset may the name of the Lord be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord, our God, who is   enthroned on high and looks down upon heaven and earth.

 

He raises the needy from the dust, he lifts the poor man from the dunghill,

to place him with princes, with the princes of his people.

He makes her, who was barren, to dwell in a home, the joyful mother of children.

 

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 — Philippians 3: 17 — 4: 3

 

We must detach ourselves from the things of this earth
and direct all our efforts towards heaven whither Christ summons us
to share in His glory in a completely transformed state of our whole being.

 

Brethren, be imitators of me, and mark those who walk after the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the Cross of Christ. Their end is ruin, their god is the belly, their glory is in their shame, they mind the things of earth. But our citizenship is in heaven from which also we eagerly await a Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will refashion the body of our lowliness, conforming it to the body of His glory by exerting the power by which He is able also to subject all things to Himself. So then, my brethren, beloved and longed for, my joy and my crown, stand fast thus in the Lord, beloved. I entreat Euodia and I exhort Syntyche (1) to be of one mind in the Lord. And I beseech you also, my loyal comrade (2), help them, for they have toiled with me in the gospel, as have Clement and the rest of my fellow-workers whose names are in the book of life.

(1)    Two Christians of Philippi who were on bad terms with each other.
(2)    An influential member of the community.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Sunday Evening

 The Marriage Feast of the Lamb

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

 

Hymn
for
Sunday 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. 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
   
       
 

But Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, “Take courage, daughter, your faith has saved you.

   
       

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