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Thursday Evening

Easter Octave 




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.





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.

  • Christ is risen, Who created all things, and Who had compassion upon the human race,
  • “In the days of your solemnity,” says the Lord, “I will bring you into a land flowing with milk and honey.” Halleluia.
  • O, Purchased people, proclaim the perfections of Him, Who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, Halleluia.

From Psalm 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving


I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth; In the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you,

I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, For you has magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I called upon you, you did answer, you did increase strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth;

And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord;
“Great indeed is the glory 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.



Reading — Acts 8: 26 — 40


The conversion and baptism of the Ethiopian emphasises
the twofold character of the unity and universality of the Church
which stand out from the very beginning as the manifest will of the Holy Spirit.


In those days, an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza”. (This road is desert.) And he arose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of Queen Candace of Ethiopia, who was in charge of all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, sitting in the carriage and reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and keep close to this carriage.” And Philip, running up, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and he said, “Do you then understand what you are reading?” But he said, “How can I, unless someone shows me?” And he asked Philip to get up and sit with him. Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter; and just as a lamb dumb before its shearer, so did He not open His mouth. In humiliation His judgment was denied Him; who shall declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” And the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I pray you of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning from this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. And as they went along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “See, here is water; what is there to prevent me being baptized?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God.” And he ordered the carriage to stop; and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. But when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found in Azotus, and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities till he came to Caesarea, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


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.


“They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. If you have removed Him, tell me and I will take Him away, 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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





Lord, you have united the different peoples in a single, identical belief in Your divinity. To those who have just been re-born at the baptismal font grant that all may have the same faith within their souls, the same piety in their lives. 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.




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.


Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection