Electronic Prayer Book

Monday Evening

Easter Octave 

 

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.

 

Introduction

 

The Octave of Easter (or Easter week as perhaps it is more often called now) was formerly one long festival, during which servile work was forbidden. Each day the new members of the Church were present at the celebration of the Eucharist wearing their white robes, the symbol of their new state. The week for them was a continual spiritual feast. During the whole week we hear sometimes about the Resurrection and some times about Baptism. Let us all be of one mind and heart, in proclaiming together our new faith in the risen Christ Jesus, our Lord, and through baptism our share in His Resurrection.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

In Time After Easter the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

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.

 
  • An Angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and drawing near rolled back the stone, and sat upon it, Halleluia.
 
  • An Angel of the Lord came down from heaven and said to the women, “He Whom you seek is risen as He said”, Halleluia.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. The Lord is risen from the sepulchre, Who has hung upon a tree.
 
 

From Psalm 114 [115]

Thanksgiving to God for Help in Need
 

 

I love the Lord: because he has heard the voice of my pleading,

Because he inclined his ear to me when I called upon him.

The fetters of death encircled me; and the snares of hell seized upon me, I fell into distress and sorrow.

But I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord save my life!”

The Lord is gracious and just, and your God is merciful.

The Lord guards the simple: I was helpless and he saved me.

Return O my soul to your rest, for  the Lord has dealt kindly with you.

For he has rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

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.

 

 

Reading — Acts 10: 37 — 43

 

St. Peter was the first Apostle to whom our Lord appeared on Easter morning.
We hear later Peter’s voice in the following reading.
After summarising our Lord’s life, St. Peter bears witness to the resurrection
and cites the prophets in confirmation of his statements:
it was our Lord of whom they spoke and it is faith
in the risen Christ which gives us the forgiveness of our sins.

 

In those days, Peter, standing in the midst of the people, said, “You know what took place throughout Judea; for He began in Galilee after the baptism preached by John: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all who were in the power of the devil; for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all that He did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; and yet they killed Him, hanging Him on a tree. But God raised Him up on the third day and caused Him to be plainly seen, not by all the people, but by witnesses designated beforehand by God, that is, by us, who ate and drank with Him after He had risen from the dead. And He charged us to preach to the people and to testify that He it is Who has been appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead. To Him all the prophets bear witness, that through His name all who believe in Him may receive forgiveness of sins.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Evening

 

We call on the whole of creation (the heavens, the earth and the Church) to join us in rejoicing at the Lord’s victory over death.

  • Let the angelic choirs of heaven now rejoice; let the divine mysteries be celebrated with joy; and let the trumpet of salvation resound for victory of so great a King.
  • Let the earth also rejoice, illumined with such resplendent rays; and enlightened with the brightness of the eternal King, let it feel that the darkness of the whole world is dispersed.
  • Let also our mother the Church rejoice, adorned with the brightness of so great a light; and may this temple (1) resound with the joyful voices of the people.

(1) This temple — echoes of the Dedication of the temple in 2 Chronicles 7: 9.
Here the Church, the Body of Christ, is the new temple of God’s Presence in the world.
(John 2: 19 and 1 Cor. 12: 12 — 14)

 

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
   
       
 

“What words are these that you are exchanging as you walk and are sad?” Halleluia!

   
       

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

 

Lord, in this Paschal mystery You have saved the world. Please support Your people with Your grace, that they main attain to perfect freedom and walk in the way of eternal life. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever.

 

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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