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Saturday Evening – Week after Ascension

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


Week 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.

  • I will not leave you orphans; I go away and I come to you, and your heart shall rejoice. Halleluia.
  • God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts. Halleluia
  • Father, while I was with them, I kept them whom You have given Me, Halleluia; but now I am coming to You: I do not pray that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from evil, Halleluia, Halleluia.

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 — 1 Peter 4: 7 — 11


“That in all things God may be honoured”: transformed by charity,
the Christian’s life continually bears witness to the presence and action of God in it.


Beloved: Be prudent and watchful in prayers. But above all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves; for charity covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without murmuring. According to the gift that each has received, administer it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as with words of God. If anyone ministers, let it be as from the strength that God furnishes: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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



Day Two of Novena


Prayer To The Holy Spirit:


Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Guard me, O Holy Spirit, that I myself may always be holy. Amen.

St. Augustine

Holy Spirit, love of my heart, I adore you.
Enlighten me, guide me; strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what I must do — command me.
I promise to submit myself to all that you will of me,
and accept all you permit to befall me.
Let me only know your will. Amen.

Cardinal Mercier


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