Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Evening

 Sunday Week Five following Easter Octave

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

FATHER!

This is the prayer of Jesus to His Father, the model of all Christian prayer.

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

 

On this last Sunday after Easter the Acclamations are still, as they were a the beginning of Eastertide, hymns of triumph and joy.
The Church never tires of celebrating Christ’s resurrection and the redemptive graces which have transformed our lives.

But man forgets his better self with disconcerting ease.
Today’s Epistle exhorts us to the serious practice of Christian life, and the prayer asks God not only for the grace of thinking aright but also for that of conforming our lives to the ideal thus indicated to us.
This double invitation to a constant personal effort as well as to prayer leads to a properly balanced Christian Life.
Exhortation to prayer is frequent in the Gospels of these last Sundays after Easter; it is connected with the sending of the Holy Spirit and Our Lord’s own prayer for His disciples.

This Sunday teaches us to have confidence in prayer that is made in Christ’s name, in and with His Holy Spirit.
We are permitted to pray above all that God’s Kingdom will come on earth, that Christ may be served and honoured and loved by all.
“Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

 

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 4

Night Call
 

Answer me, when I call, O my just God, you who gave me relief in my distress; have pity on me and answer my prayer.

You men, how long will you be hard hearted? why do you love vanity and seek after falsehood?

Know that the Lord deals wonderfully with his holy one; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Tremble and sin not, ponder within your hearts, upon your beds, and be silent.

Offer fitting sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.

 

Many say: “Who will show us good things?” Let the light of your countenance shine upon us, O Lord!

You have given joy to my heart greater than when men abound in corn and wine.

As soon as I lie down, I fall asleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, do make me dwell in security.

 

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.

 

From 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 Morning

 

At the Lamb’s royal banquet, clothed in white robes and with the journey through the Red Sea behind us, let us sing to Christ our King…

The destroying Angel left alone houses that were marked with blood; the sea divided and fled top either bank; the enemy are drowned by the returning waters.

But now our Pasch is Christ. He is both the paschal victim and the pure unleavened bread of sincerity of souls that are pure.

In very truth You are a victim from heaven, for You vanquished hell, unloosed death’s bonds and regained for man life’s rewards.

Now triumphant, Christ displays the spoils of His victory over hell, opens the gates of heaven and drags the king of darkness at His chariot’s tail.

Free from sin’s foul death those who have been born again unto life and so, Jesus may You be our soul’s unending paschal joy.

 

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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
   
       
 

“Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full; for the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me, and have believed, 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.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. — the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

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