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Sunday Evening

 

Twenty second 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

 

On these last Sundays of the liturgical year, the Church has much in mind “the day of the Lord”, that is the day when He will return at the end of the world. Today she calls on us to await Him with confidence, not relying on our own merits, for before God man can only be conscious of his wretchedness, but calling on divine mercy and reminding ourselves that Christ, who began the work of salvation in us, never ceases to continue it, in order to bring it to completion.

Christ’s anger with the Pharisees in today’s Gospel should furnish us with a useful lesson; hypocrisy was never more severely condemned. It is always hateful; it is doubly so when it is employed to avoid our obligations towards God. It sometimes happens that a very real concern for our obligation towards others may obscure what we owe Him, who is our Creator and our sovereign Lord. We should consider carefully our Lord’s injunction to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.

Towards His most outspoken enemies, Jesus Christ retains the serenity and all the sweeping force of His reasoning. They sought in His words a motive to accuse Him. The answer of Jesus Christ to the insidious query of His enemies has been transmitted down the centuries” “Render to Caesar the things that are  Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” To Civil Authority we must render taxes, honour and obedience in the temporal sphere. But to God we must render the best: adoration, thanksgiving, humble and perfect obedience to His Will.

Our Lord often uses this technique of comparison.

One might have given the outward appearance of not approving the payment of Caesar his lawful dues; but everyone had to fall into line or else! Jesus is saying, by all means comply with Caesar’s demands. But that accepted, should we not give, even more generously, our respect, time, attention and income towards honouring God, our Father. The question posed by our Lord, indirectly to all, is, do you carry out this higher obligation, or not? If not, why not?

 

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.

 
  • If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, O God of Israel. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

    Esther prepares to plead on behalf of the Jewish people.

 
  • Behold, how good it is and how pleasant where brethren dwell as one! It is as when the precious ointment upon the head runs down over the beard, the beard of Abraham.

 

  • I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me: hear my word.
 
  • Remember me, O Lord, You Who rule above all power: and give a well-ordered speech in my mouth, that my words may be pleasing in the sight of the prince.

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Those who fear the Lord trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 111 [112]

The Blessings of the Just Man:
 

Halleluia.

Happy the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands.

His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth the upright generation shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house; his generosity shall endure forever.

He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just.

 

Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice;

he shall never be moved; the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance.

An evil report he shall not fear; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord…

 

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 1: 6 — 11

 

Awaiting ‘the return of the Lord’ the Church continues her mission of preaching the Gospel; it is her joy, as it was St. Paul’s, to see Christian life spread abroad in the world, and her desire to see it make progress in each one of us until the day of judgment.

 

Brethren: We are confident in the Lord Jesus that He Who has begun a good work (1) in you will bring it to perfection until the day of Christ Jesus (2). And I have the right to feel so about you all, because I have you in my heart, all of you, alike in my chains and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, as sharers in my joy. For God is my witness how I long for you all in the heart of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the better things, that you may be upright and without offence unto the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, to the glory and the praise of God.

(1)    a good work in you — the work of our sanctification.

(2)    the day of Christ Jesus — the day, that is, of the glorious return of Jesus at the end of time.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Sunday Evening

 Christ, the Servant of God

 Philippians 2: 5 — 11

 

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
   
       
 

Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s, 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

 

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

 

O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all piety, give ear to the devout prayers of Your Church; and grant that what we ask with faith, we may obtain effectually.  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