Electronic Prayer Book

Tuesday 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 15 [16]

Our Inheritance: Eternal Life
 

Preserve me, O God, for in you I seek refuge,

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you”.

As for the faithful who dwell in his land, how wonderfully he has fulfilled all my desires.

They multiply their sorrows who follow strange gods. I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips…

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, because even during the night my heart admonishes me.

 

I keep the Lord always before me; since he is at my right, I shall not waver.

Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul is glad, and my body, too, rests secure.

For you will not abandon my soul to the abode of the dead, nor will you let your holy one see corruption.

You will show me the way of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, bliss at your right hand 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.

 
 

Reading — 1st St. John 5: 21

 

We end our series of forty short readings from St. John’s First Epistle
with the shortest of all: a timeless warning in seven words plus a closing Amen.
This final admonition may in fact, be the most practical advice in a world
surrounded by paganism and countless false idols, if one is to remain faithful to God.
His seemingly abrupt ending needed no elaboration.
There would be on-going attraction to go with the crowd
and live a life pre-occupied with seeking popular approval,
pleasure and amusement as well as personal gain and self-promotion.
Many false teachers would merge these pursuits with
their compromised doctrine to gain followers.
His Epistle had warned his readers that there would be an ever-present
danger of false teaching gaining entry into the Church like a
Trojan Horse and spreading its disastrous influence whilst being
welcomed and praised as — of all things — the work of the Holy Spirit.
Take guard, he warns. No one can presume they will never be
hoodwinked, misled, and ultimately destroyed.

Each person, says St John, must take personal responsibility to guard themselves, implying never let down your defenses. He had already explained in detail how to keep idols at a safe distance:

•    rejoice constantly in your fellowship with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
•    love your sisters and brothers and thus abide in the Light;
•    keep your heart full of gratitude for your sins have been forgiven;
•    be faithful to your anointing from the Holy One;
•    as children of God be ready to see Him as He is for when He appears we shall be “like to Him” and we shall see Him just as He is;
•    keep the Commandments and thus abide in God — as God will abide in you;
•    value the abiding of Jesus Christ within you above all else — “He who has the Son has the Life”;
•    remain confident that anything you ask Of God which is within His Holy Will is yours for the asking;
•    follow the teachings of the Apostles and those whom they appointed, always on guard against antichrist and false teaching;
•    keep your eyes, ears, mind and heart focused on your heavenly home where you will take your rightful place as a member of God’s household.

To God be the glory.
Amen.

 

Dear children, guard yourselves from the idols.   Amen.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Tuesday Evening

Hymn of the Redeemed

From Revelation 4: 11 and 5: 9 — 12

 

Worthy are you, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power; for you have created all things, and because of your will they existed, and were created.

Worthy are you, O Lord, to take the scroll and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us for God with your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

You have made them for our God a Kingdom, and priests, and they shall reign over the earth.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing.

To him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing and honour and glory and dominion forever and ever.

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
   
       
 

My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

   
       

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