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Wednesday 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 129 [130]

A Penitential Prayer
 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

I hope in the Lord, my soul hopes in his word.

 

My soul waits for the Lord, more than the watchman for the dawn.

More than the watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord.

For with the Lord is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption:

And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

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 1 — 3

 

In this short reading St. John greets the recipient(s) of his letter
introducing himself as the “presbyter” or (in some translations) the “ancient”.
Here this title, however it is translated into English,
is used more in its original meaning “elder”, without
excluding the added meaning of priest or even bishop.
Since St. John calls himself “the elder”, the title was probably conferred on him by
Christians of Asia Minor because of his advanced age and their high regard for him.
The title always indicates authority.

Typically, St. John launches straight into the heart of the matter:
it is the common possession of the truth which unites Christians.
He is thought to be making reference here to the divine presence itself,
echoing our Lord’s teaching in the Gospel St. John
himself recorded (See St. John 14).
He will develop this a little further on.

The Apostle expresses his regard for the persons addressed,
which sentiments, he remarks, are shared by all the faithful.
He wishes them grace…..mercy and peace.
This is not a mere politeness.
These are three special words used in the Covenant writings
of the Old Testament and are used here to refer
to the relationship between God and each Christian.
This relationship is built on the means God has provided
for us — His Son, Jesus Christ — dispenser of divine grace.

 

The presbyter to the Elect Lady and to her children whom I love in truth — and not I alone, but also all who have known the truth — for the sake of the truth which abides in us, and will be with us forever: grace, mercy and peace be with you from God the Father and from Christ Jesus, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle for Wednesday 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
   
       
 

The Lord has regarded my lowliness and He who is mighty has done great things for me.

   
       

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