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Saturday Evening

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

 

Week Five following 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.

 

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.

 
  • I came forth from the Father, and have come into the world. Again I leave the world, and go to the Father. Halleluia.
 
  • Bless the Lord our God, you peoples, loudly sound His praise; He has given life to my soul, and has not let my feet slip. Blessed be the Lord, Who refused me not my prayer, or His kindness. Halleluia.
 
  • Sing to the Lord, Halleluia; sing to the Lord; bless His name; announce His salvation, day after day, Halleluia, 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, not the things that are on earth.
 

From Psalm 102 [103]

Praise of God for His Mercies
 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let my whole being bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

Who forgives all your faults, who heals all your infirmities,

Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with grace and mercy,

Who fills you life with good things: your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord performs works of justice, and renders justice to all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the children of Israel.

 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness.

He will not always contend, nor will he be angry forever.

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults.

For as high as heaven is above the earth, so great is his goodness toward those who fear him;

As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our offences from us.

 

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.

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch to Bless the Lord.

 

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 towards 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 — James 1: 22 — 27

 

The Christian who studies closely the law of his life
and afterwards takes care to put it into practice finds
his happiness in what he does; if not his religion is vain and empty.

 

Beloved: Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror: for he looks at himself and goes away, and presently forgets what kind of man he is. But he who has looked carefully into the perfect law of liberty and has remained in it, not becoming a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word shall be blessed in his deed. And if anyone thinks himself to be religious, not restraining his tongue but deceiving his own heart, that man’s religion is vain. Religion pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to give aid to orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself unspotted from this world.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

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
   
       
 

“Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name. Ask and you shall receive, 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

 

The absolute need of grace invites to prayer;
all our thoughts and actions must come from God if they are to be good.

 

O God, from Whom all good things proceed, grant to your suppliants, that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and under Your guidance perform them. Through the same Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You 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 Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection