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Saturday Evening

Celebrating the beginning of the Lord’s day — and the new week.    Genesis 1: 5

 

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.

 
  • Praise the Lord you children, praise the name of the Lord, Halleluia.
 
  • Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and He has given us light, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • All you who have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness
 

 

I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

They tell of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

And they speak oif the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice

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.

 

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Night Prayer

 

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands toward the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

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 — 1 Peter 2: 1 — 10

 

On coming out of the baptismal font the new Christians
(or neophytes as they were called) had received
white garments, a symbol of regeneration o
f their souls, commented on strikingly by St. Paul:
All you who have been baptised have put on Christ.”

It was today that the neophytes put off these garments;
the Saturday on which white garments are laid aside.

But putting off the symbol meant in nowise to them,
giving up the holy life to which they had so recently
been introduced: “Keep your hearts the shining whiteness
which has been given you,” preached St. Augustine.
St. Peter’s Epistle is a magnificent assertion of the nobility
of the baptised, the holy people, the royal priesthood,
the temple of living stones, which God has chosen to proclaim
until the end of the world the mercy that He has bestowed.
Christians should show themselves worthy of their state,
of the great grace which God has given them by calling them
to come from the darkness to the wonderful light of His kingdom.

 

Dearly beloved: Lay aside therefore all malice, and all deceit, and pretense, and envy, and all slander. Crave as newborn babes pure spiritual milk, that by it, you may grow to salvation; if indeed, you have tasted that the Lord is sweet. Draw near to Him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured by God. Be you yourselves as living stones, built thereon into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Hence Scripture says, “Behold I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, precious; and he who believes in it shall not be put to shame.” For you, therefore, who believe, is this honour; but to those who do not believe, “A stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner,” and, “A stumbling-stone, and a rock of scandal,” to those who stumble at the word, and who do not believe. For this also they are destined. You, however, are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people; that you may proclaim the perfections of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. You, who in times past, were not a people but are now the people of God; who had not obtained mercy, but have now obtained mercy.

 
 

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
   
       
 

“When it was late that same day, the first of the week, though the doors where the disciples gathered had been closed, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, “Peace be with you!” 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

 

It is You, God, all-powerful, whom we have celebrated in these paschal festivities; through them may we attain to eternal joys. 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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