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Thursday Evening

 

Following 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.

 

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.

 
  • All that You have done to us, O Lord,  You have done in true judgment; because we have sinned against You, and we have not obeyed Your commandments; but give glory to Your name, and deal with us according to the multitude of Your mercy. Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
 
  • The eyes of all look hopefully to You, O Lord, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

 

  • By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered you, O Zion.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast; I will sing and chant praise to You, my glory. Halleluia.

 

 

  • Remember Your word to your servant, O Lord, since You have given me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction.
 
 

From Psalm 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving.
 

I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;

In the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you, I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, for you have magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I call upon you, you answered me you increased strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth.

And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”

 

Indeed the Lord is high, yet he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he regards from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of tribulation, you preserve my life, you stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, your right hand saves me.

The Lord will complete his work in my behalf. O Lord, your kindness is everlasting; forsake not the works of your hands.

 

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 — 2nd St. John 4 — 6

 

The writer opens on a note of joy, the cause of which is
the faith and charity ‘of some of your children’.
He praises what he can, before pointing out what needs correction.
The ‘commandment from the Father’ is to walk in truth,
i.e. live according to Christian principles
as they have been expounded by the Apostles.

The local Church to which the epistle is addressed has been exposed
to the false doctrine which St. John dealt with in his first epistle.
He is concerned that some of its members are in danger of being infected by it.
However, others have resisted the destructive teaching,
and the purpose of the epistle is to encourage further resistance.

As was his constant advice, the safeguard against every evil is in fulfilling
the commandment of love, which includes every other commandment.
This is not intended to be a mind-stretcher.
It is a simple truth that when we love, in the true sense of the word,
we draw on every virtue we have tried to practise, and this makes our love
stronger, purer and more powerful.
Whilst this is true for an individual, it is true also for a community.
He implies that when the strength and purity of our love are allowed to dwindle,
the power to resist false teaching and its allurements will likewise weaken,
and a flood of error could potentially overcome us at any time.

 

I rejoiced greatly that I found some of your children walking in truth, according to the commandment that that we have received from the Father. And now I implore you, lady, not as writing to you as a new commandment, but that which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that, just as you heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Thursday Evening

The Judgment of God

From Revelation 11: 17 — 18 plus 12: 10b — 12a

 

We give thanks, O Lord God almighty, who are and who were; because you have taken your great power and have begun your reign.

And the nations were angered but your wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged and for giving the reward to your servants – the prophets, and the saints and those who hear your name, the small and the great.

Now has come the salvation, and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ (Anointed One); for the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their witness (testimony), for they did not love their lives even in the face of death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell therein.

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
   
       
 

God has shown might with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

   
       

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