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Monday Evening — Week After Ascension

 Week following the Sunday after Ascension




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.



Acclamations For Reflection


During Ascensiontide 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.

  • “The time has come for Me to return to Him who sent Me,” says the Lord. “Be not sorrowful: let not your heart be troubled. I pray to the Father for you, that He may guard you, Halleluia. If I do not go, the Advocate will not come. When I have been taken up, I will send Him to you.” Halleluia.
  • “Let not your hearts be troubled. I am going to the Father; and when I have been taken up from you, I will send you the Spirit of truth, and you heart shall rejoice, Halleluia. I w ill ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate, The Spirit of truth.” Halleluia.
  • If anyone speaks, let it be as words with God. If anyone ministers, let it be from the strength that God furnishes; that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ our Lord. Halleluia.

From Psalm 32 [33]

A Splendid Poem of Peace, Thanksgiving and Confidence


Rejoice in the Lord, you just; praise befits the righteous.

Give thanks to the Lord on the lyre, sing praises to him on the ten-stringed harp.

Sing to him a new canticle, play skillfully to him amid shouts of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work trustworthy.

He loves justice and equity: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host thereof by the breath of his mouth…


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 22: 3 — 5


And there shall be no more any accursed thing; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face and his name shall be upon their foreheads. And night shall be no more, and they shall have no need of light of lamp, or light of sun, for the Lord God will shed light upon them; and they shall reign forever and ever.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Nine Days of Prayer to the Holy Spirit


A ‘novena’ [from the Latin 'novem', meaning 9] is nine days of prayer, waiting on the Lord,
based on the model of the first disciples who prayed in common for 9 days
culminating in the coming of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1: 12 — 2: 5).


Day Four of Novena


Prayer To The Holy Spirit


Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, you who came down upon the Apostles in a mighty wind and with fire, and, filling the house where they were, gave them the gift of tongues to proclaim the wonders of God, come down now upon me also.

Fill me with your own Self; and make me a temple wherein you dwell.

Open my lips to proclaim your praise, to ask your guidance, and to declare your love.

Holy Light, divine Fire, eternal Might, enlighten my mind to know you, inflame my heart to love you, and strengthen my will to seek and find you.

Be you yourself, living and life-giving Breath of God, the very air I breathe, and only sky in which my spirit soars. Amen.


From “Devotions to the Holy Spirit,” by Brian Moore, S.J.
Published by St. Paul Publications 1976.
Used with permission.

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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.


When the Advocate has come, whom I will send You, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness concerning Me, 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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





Almighty and Everlasting God, grant us both ever to have a will devoted to You, and to serve Your Majesty with a sincere heart. 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.




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.


Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection