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St John Evening

 
 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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.

 

Vigil Morning Acclamations For Reflection

Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming, His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
  • Very highly must we venerate blessed John; for during the Last Supper he reclined on the breast of the Lord.
 
  • This is the disciple who bears witness concerning these things, and we know that his witness is true.

 

  • There are some of those standing here who will not taste death, till they have seen the Son of Man in His Kingdom.
 
  • This is My disciple; I wish him to remain thus until I come.

 

 

  • Behold, My servant, My elect, whom I have chosen; I have put My Spirit upon Him.
 
 

From Psalm 33 [34]

 

Blessings of the Faithful Soul

 

 

Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who is the man who loves life, desires length of days to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil, and your life for deceitful words.

Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the just, his ears open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against evil doers, to destroy the remembrance of them from the earth.

The just cried and the Lord answered them; and delivered them from all their troubles.

 

 

The Lord, is close to the broken hearted, and saves those of contrite spirit.

Many are the trials of the just man; but the Lord delivers him from all.

He guards all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked, and they who hate the just shall be punished.

The Lord delivers the souls of his servants, and whoever flees to him for refuge shall not be punished.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is, was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Reading — Ecclesiasticus 15: 1 — 6

 

He who fears God will do good; he who is practised in the Law will come to wisdom. Like an honourable mother she will meet him, nourish him with the bread of life and understanding, and give him the water of learning to drink. She will be made strong in him, and he shall not be put to shame. She will exalt him above his fellows; in the midst of the assembly she will open his mouth and fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and will clothe him with a robe of glory. The Lord our God will heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and will cause him to inherit an everlasting name.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

Let earth be glad and rejoice, and heaven re-echo with praise. Earth and heaven in unison sing the Apostles’ fame.

To you judges of men and true lights of the world, we tell in prayer our heart’s desires; hear your suppliants’ words.

You shut heaven’s gates and with as word undo their bolts; give the word of command, we beg you, for us sinners to be undone from our guilt.

As sickness and health are instantly subject to your bidding, heal the sickness of our souls and enrich us with virtue.

 

That when Christ comes again at the end of time to be man’s judge, He may graciously call us to possess eternal joy.

 

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

     

V. This is the disciple who bears witness concerning these things.

R. And we know that his witness is true.

     
 
 

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 saying went abroad among the brethren, that the disciple was not to die. But Jesus had not said, “He is not to die”, but rather, “I wish him to remain thus until I come”.

   
       

 

       

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

The saying went abroad among the brethren, that the disciple was not to die. But Jesus had not said, “He is not to die”, but rather, “I wish him to remain thus until I come”.

 
 

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

 
 

O Lord, in Your goodness, shine upon Your Church, that enlightened by the teachings of Blessed John, Your Apostle and Evangelist, she may attain to everlasting gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. 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.

 

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