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Wednesday Evening

 

Following 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.

 
  • I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. The Lord came to my support. He set me free in the open, and rescued me, because He loves me.
 
  • In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. O Lord, deliver me from lying lip, from treacherous tongue.

 

  • Return, O Lord, save my life, rescue me because of Your kindness.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, my God, in You I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me. Halleluia.

 

  • I will sing of the Lord, “He has been good to me”; and I will sing to the name of the Lord the Most High.
 
 

From Psalm 128 [129]

Oppressed but Never Conquered
 

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, let Israel now say:

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, but they have not conquered me.

The ploughman ploughed upon my back, they made their furrows long.

But the just Lord has cut the cords of the wicked.

Let them be put to shame and fall back all who hate Zion.

 

Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it is plucked up;

Wherewith the reaper fills not his hand, nor the binder of sheaves his bosom.

Nor do they who pass by, say “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!” “We bless you in the name of the Lord.”

 

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. James 1: 22 — 24

 

It is unthinkable that we could look at ourselves in
a mirror, and then go away and forget what we look like.
Likewise it should be unthinkable that we
can genuinely hear the word of God and not put it into action.
In Biblical language, to listen to the Divine Word
requires an attitude of ‘listening to do’ — to obey its message.
The mirror is the Gospel.
When we look into it we see what we should be.
If we don’t reflect that in our lives, we haven’t looked or
listened properly, and need to do something about it.

 

For if anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror: for he looks at himself and goes away, and presently he forgets what kind of man he is.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Grant, O Lord, that we may have a constant fear and love of Your Holy name; for You never cease to direct and govern by Your grace those whom You solidly establish in Your love. 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