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Thursday Evening

 

Following 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.

 

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 70 [71]

Prayer for Perseverance
 

To you, O Lord, I flee for refuge: let me never be put to shame;

In your justice deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

Be a rock of refuge for me, a fortress to  save me: for you are my rock and my stronghold.

O my God, rescue me from the hand of the sinner, from the fist of the evildoer and the violent.

For you are my trust, O my God, O Lord, my hope from my youth.

Upon you have I leaned from birth; from my mother’s womb you were my protector: in you I hoped always.

I have appeared as a marvel to many; for you were my strong refuge.

 

My mouth was full of your praise, of your glory all day long.

Cast me not off in my old age; when my strength fails, forsake me not.

For my enemies talk about me, and they who watch me take counsel together,

Saying: “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.”

O God, be not far from me, O my God hasten 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.

 
 

Reading —  St. Jude 1 — 2

 

The Blessed Apostle Jude opens his brief letter by
identifying himself as the brother of James the Less.
He calls himself a servant of Jesus Christ, a designation
not only of every Christian, but especially of the
Apostles, who were in the service of the Gospel.

Christians are called from sin to grace and salvation.
The source of their call is the love of God the Father.
Its purpose is to preserve then for Jesus Christ.
St Jude is writing to warn them against the teachers who
were endeavoring to undermine the teaching authority of the
Apostles and thus weaken their loyalty to the appointed teachers.

His use of the term, ‘the called’ implies that the ultimate
source of the Christian vocation is in God’s gratuitous choice.

The Apostle wishes them a threefold divine blessing in fullest measure:
mercy from God, peace with Him and charity towards their brethren.

 

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and the brother of James, to the called, who have been loved in God the Father and preserved for Christ Jesus: mercy and peace, and charity be given you in abundance.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

The New Testament Canticle
for
Thursday 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
   
       
 

God has given help to Israel His servant as He promised to Abraham and His descendants forever.

   
       

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

 

“I do always the things that please Him.” The Christian strives to make his aspiration that of Christ Himself: to conform his wishes to God’s good pleasure, to the point of having no other prayer.

 

O God of power, to Whom belongs all that is perfect, engraft in our hearts the love of Your name, and grant us an increase of religion; that what in us is good, You may nourish, and, in Your loving-kindness, preserve in us what You have nourished. 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