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Thursday 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 71 [72]

The Blessing of Christ’s Reign


And he shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.

His foes shall bow down before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust.

The kings of Tharsis and of the islands shall offer tribute; the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts.

And all of the kings shall worship him, all nations shall serve him.

For he shall deliver the needy one, when he cries, and the poor man, who has no helper.

He shall take pity on the needy and the poor, and save the life of the poor.

He shall redeem th3em from harm and oppression, and precious shall be their blood
in his sight.

Therefore, he shall live, and they shall give him the gold of Arabia, and they shall pray for him constantly: they shall bless him perpetually.

There shall be abundance of grain in the land; on the mountain-tops its fruit shall rustle like Lebanon, and the people of the cities shall flourish like the grass of the field.

His name shall be blessed forever; as long as the sun shines, his name shall endure.

And all the tribes of the earth shall be blessed in him, all nations shall proclaim him

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

And blessed be his glorious name 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.



Reading — Revelation 22: 16 — 17


“I, Jesus, have sent my Angel to testify to you these things concerning the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come; and he who wishes, let him receive the water of life freely.


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 Seven of Novena


Prayer To The Holy Spirit


Holy Spirit, infinite Love of the Father and the Son, through the hands of Mary, your immaculate Spouse, (1) and upon the altar of the heart of Jesus, I offer you myself today, and every day of my life.

I offer you my Lord, my daily labours: may they be fragrant with the spirit of love, and of the Cross.

I offer you my life and my death, my head and my hands, my every step, my every breath, all the love of my soul and every beat of my heart.

And I firmly resolve faithfully to hear your voice, and, in all things, to do your will. Amen.

Anonymous [adapted]

(1) St. Luke 1: 30 — 35 and 38

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

[Click here for full acknowledgement]



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