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Sunday Evening

First Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Also Called Low Sunday

“My Lord and my God!”
“Because you have seen Me Thomas, you believe;
blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.”
 

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

 

Throughout the week the new Christians kept their white baptismal robes. Yesterday they put them off; but the Church calls on them to prolong the feast of Easter in themselves by remaining faithful to the graces they have drawn from it (Prayer). Renewed ourselves in our spiritual lives by the Easter celebrations, let us listen to the Church’s pressing invitation; she speaks to us as well as to those who have just entered the Christian ranks.

We are not alone or without help in the life that we have embraced. The Church strengthens our faith, feeds our souls “with the pure milk of her teaching”, with the bread of the Eucharist; she makes us witnesses of Christ’s resurrection and of the victory which He won over the forces of evil.

 

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.

 
  • Crave as newborn babes, pure spiritual milk: sing joyfully to God our strength; acclaim the God of Jacob, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • “On the day of My Resurrection”, says the Lord, “I will go before you into Galilee,” Halleluia, Halleluia.

 

  • An Angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and said to the women, “He Whom you seek has risen even as He said.” Halleluia.
 
  • After eight days, the doors being closed, Jesus stood in the midst of His disciples and said, “Peace be to you!” Halleluia.

 

  • Put in your hand, and know the place of the nails, and be not unbelieving but believing: 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 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

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 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your decrees; O Lord, put me not to shame.

I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

 

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 — 1 St. John 5: 4 — 10

 

The victory over sin and death which is asserted in the resurrection of our Lord lies,
for the Christian, in the testimony of his baptism, the guarantee of glorification.

 

Beloved: All that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is there that overcomes the world if not he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He Who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in the water and in the blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God which is greater, for this is the testimony of God which is greater, that He has borne witness concerning His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony of God in himself.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Evening

 

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
   
       
 

After eight days although the doors were closed, the Lord entered and said to them, “Peace be to you, 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

 

Introduction

 

“The people that God has created for Himself in the waters of baptism is a people of pure children;
let it keep unspotted the whiteness of its new life”

(St. Clement of Alexandria)

 

God all-powerful, we have just celebrated the paschal festivals; grant by Your grace that we may preserve the spirit of them in our way of life. 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, 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