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St. Stephen 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.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

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

 
 
  • They stoned Stephen, and he called upon the name of the Lord, saying, “Do not lay this sin against them”.
 
  • The torrent of stones was dear to him; all the souls of the just follow him.

 

  • Stephen saw the heavens opened; he saw, and he entered. Blessed is the man for whom the heavens opened up.
 
  • My soul clings fast to You because my body was stoned for You, my God.

 

  • Behold, I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the power of God.
 
 

From Psalm 109 [110]

 

Messiah, King, Priest, Victor

 

 

The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool”.

From Zion the Lord will stretch forth the sceptre of your power; “Rule in the midst of your enemies!

Royal power is yours on the day of your birth in the splendour of holiness: like dew before the daystar, have I begotten you”.

 

 

The Lord has sworn and he will not repent: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek”…

 

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.

 

From Psalm 131 [132]

Devotion to the Church and Holy Eucharist

 

 

The Lord has sworn to David a lasting promise from which he will not depart: “The offspring of your race I will set upon your throne.

If your children will keep my pact, and the precepts which I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit upon your throne”.

For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling place:

“This is my resting place forever, here will I dwell, for I have desired it.

I will abundantly bless its food stock, I will satiate its poor with bread.

Its priests will I clothe with salvation, and its faithful ones shall shout with joy.

There will I exalt the power of David, I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.

His enemies will I clothe with shame, but upon him my crown shall shine”.

 

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 — Acts 6: 8 — 10 and 7: 54 — 60

 

In those days, Stephen, full of grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. But there arose some from the synagogue which is called that of the Freedmen, and of the Cyrenians and the Alexandrians and of those from Celicia and the province of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to stand the wisdom and the Spirit Who spoke. Now as they heard these things, they were cut to the heart and gnashed their teeth at him. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God”. But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed upon him all together. And they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man Saul. And while they were stoning Stephen he prayed and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”. And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Lord, do not lay this sin against them”. And with these words he fell asleep.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

God, the portion, crown and prize of Your soldiers, we are singing a Martyr’s praises; free us from the bondage of sin.

Your Martyr reckoned the pleasures of the world and its attractive enticements to sin to be as joyless and bitter as gall and so won through to the joys of heaven.

He passed through his tortures bravely and endured them manfully. He shed his blood for You and so obtained his eternal reward.

 

For this reason we turn to You in humble prayer, most loving Lord; forgive your servants’ sins on this day of Your Martyr’s triumph.

Let praise and lasting glory be to the Father and the Son together with the Holy Paraclete, for endless ages. Amen

     

V. Stephen saw the heavens opened.

R. He saw, and he entered; blessed is the man for who the heavens opened up.

     
 
 

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

Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

   
       

 

       

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

Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

 
 

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 us, we implore You, O Lord, so to imitate what we revere, that we may learn to love even our enemies; for we celebrate the heavenly birthday of him who knew how to pray for his very persecutors to our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Who with You lives and reigns in the 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 Throughout Christmastide | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection