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Tuesday 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.

 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. The Lord is risen from the sepulchre, Who has hung upon a tree, Halleluia.
 
  • The Lord thundered from heaven, the Most High gave forth His voice; and the fountains of waters appeared, Halleluia.
 
  • If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God, mind the things that are above, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 121 [122]

The pilgrim’s greeting to Jerusalem
 

 

I rejoiced when they said to me, “We will go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are even now standing within your gates O Jerusalem — Jerusalem, built as a city so compact, so complete.

To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,
according to the law of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

There the thrones of judgment are set, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! may they be safe who love you!

May peace be within your walls, security within your palaces!

For the sake of my brethren and my friends, I will exclaim: peace be with you!”

For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I will invoke blessings upon you.

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 13: 16 and 26 — 33

 

The testimony of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, St. Paul,
concerning Christ’s Resurrection is the same appeal to the Scriptures
confronted with the events which marked the end of our
Saviour’s life on earth — His redeeming Passion, death and resurrection.

 

In those days, Paul arose and motioning with his hand for silence said, “Brethren, children of the race of Abraham, and all among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. For the inhabitants of Jerusalem and its rulers, not knowing Jesus and the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by sentencing Him; and though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked of Pilate permission to kill Him. And when they had carried out all that had been written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead on the third day; and He was seen during many days by those who had come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem; and they are now witnesses for Him to the people. So we now bring you the good news that the promise made to our fathers, God has fulfilled to our children, in raising up Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 
 

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
   
       
 

“See My hands and My feet, that is I Myself,” Halleluia, 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

 

O Lord, You make Your Church grow continually by giving her new children. Grant that Your servants may be faithful, in their way of life, to the paschal mystery which they have received by faith. 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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