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Sunday Evening

 

Twentieth 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

 Like the three youths unharmed in the fiery furnace let us,
“filled with the Holy Spirit”, sing hymns of thanksgiving to God who saves us.


Man’s position in God’s sight is that of the sinner who is aware of his responsibilities; there can be no question of his possessing any rights, he can only confess himself guilty and appeal to the God’s mercy.

But we have some claim on this mercy; to begin with our very condition of sinners gives us reason for confidence. Far from being an obstacle to redemption, our sins are its cause: “I came not for the just”, says our Saviour one day when He was blamed for conversing with sinners in his usual merciful fashion. The great revelation that has been made to us is the gratuitous nature of the salvation that God has sent us compared with man’s universal and complete powerlessness to save himself.

It only remains for us to plead the glory of God, engaged in His work of mercy; to ask with confidence His pardon and peace, and, surer of Him than of ourselves, to give expression to our joy as the redeemed of God within the context of a life which is directed towards Him among all our trials and struggles.

The words of the Master: “Unless you see signs and wonders, you do not believe,” apply to those Christians who judge that the supernatural revelation of our religion lacks a solid foundation and thus an intelligent and modern man cannot give credence to revealed truths. “The days are evil.” Numberless sins, committed daily on earth, cry to heaven for punishment. Let us appease God by leading a good Christian life. The Holy Sacraments are the medicine to ‘cleanse away the vices of our hearts.’

 

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.
 
 

Psalm 4

Night Prayer
 

Answer me, when I call, O my just God, you who gave me relief in my distress; have pity on me and answer my prayer.

You men, how long will you be hard hearted? why do you love vanity and seek after falsehood?

Know that the Lord deals wonderfully with his holy one; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Tremble and sin not, ponder within your hearts, upon your beds, and be silent.

 

Offer fitting sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.

Many say: “Who will show us good things?” Let the light of your countenance shine upon us, O Lord!

You have given joy to my heart greater than when men abound in corn and wine.

As soon as I lie down, I fall asleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, do make me dwell in security.

 

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 — Ephesians 5: 15 — 21

 

The Christian’s life is led in the sight of God, who is ready to do what he asks,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit infuses into the soul joy and thanksgiving.

 

Brethren: See to it that you walk with care: not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not become foolish, but understand what the will of your of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, for in that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord, giving thanks always for all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

 
 

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
   
       
 

The father knew then that it was the very hour at which Jesus had said, “Your son lives”. And he himself believed, and his whole household.

   
       

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

 

Guilty man needs God’s pardon and peace.

 

Be appeased, O Lord, we implore You, and grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace; that they may both be cleansed from all their offences, and serve You with secure minds. 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