Electronic Prayer Book

Thursday Evening

Week following Fourth Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

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.

 
  • Stay with us Lord, for it is getting towards evening, Halleluia.
 
  • The stone was rolled back from the doorway of the tomb, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Over Your resurrection, O Christ — Let heaven and earth rejoice, 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 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. Amen.

 

 

Reading — Revelation 16: 1 — 6

 
 
 

And I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven Angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God upon the earth.” And the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a sore and grievous wound was made upon the men who have the mark of the beast, and upon those who worshipped its image. And the second Angel poured out his bowl upon the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every live thing in the sea died. And the third poured out his bowl upon the rivers and fountains of waters, and they became blood. And I heard the Angel of the waters saying, “You are just, O Lord, who are and who were, O Holy One, because you have judged these things; because they poured out the blood of the saints and prophets, blood also you have given them to drink; they deserve it!”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Evening

 

To the Paschal Victim let Christians offer a sacrifice of praise.

The Lamb redeemed the sheep. Christ, sinless, reconciled sinners to the Father.

Death and life were locked together in a unique struggle. Life’s captain died; now He reigns, never more to die.

Tell us Mary. “What did you see on the way?”

“I saw the tomb of the now living Christ. I saw the glory of Christ, now risen. I saw angels who gave witness; the cloths too which once had covered head and limbs.

Christ my hope has risen. He will go before His own in Galilee.”

We know that Christ has indeed risen from the dead. Conqueror and King, have mercy on us. Amen. Halleluia!

 

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
   
       
 

For He will not speak on His authority; but whatever He will hear He will speak, and the things that are to come He will declare to 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

 

To live as baptised Christians, loyal to God, in the shifting and difficult
conditions of life on earth is only possible with the help of His grace,
which alone keeps our hearts “where true joys are”.

 

O God, You make the minds of the faithful to be of one will; grant to Your people to love that which You command, and to desire that which You promise; that amidst the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where there are true joys. 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