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Tuesday Evening – Week After Ascension

Week following the Sunday after Ascension

 

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

 

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.

 
  • For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. But when He has come, He will teach you all the truth, Halleluia.
  • For He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He will hear He will speak, and the things that are to come He will declare to you. Halleluia.
 
  • You make the clouds Your chariot, Lord; You travel on the wings of the wind, Halleluia. You are clothed with majesty and glory, robed in light as with a cloak. Halleluia.
 
  • I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate To dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth, Halleluia. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you, To dwell with you forever. Halleluia.
 
 
 

From Psalm 15 [16]

Our Inheritance: Eternal Life
 

 

Preserve me, O God, for in you I seek refuge,

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you”.

As for the faithful who dwell in his land, how wonderfully he has fulfilled all my desires.

They multiply their sorrows who follow strange gods.

I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips…

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, because even during the night my heart admonishes me.

I keep the Lord always before me; since he is at my right, I shall not waver.

Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul is glad, and my body, too, rests secure.

For you will not abandon my soul to the abode of the dead, nor will you let your holy one see corruption.

You will show me the way of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, bliss at your right hand 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: 6 — 9

 
 
 

And he said to them, “These words are trustworthy and true; and the Lord, the God of the spirits and the prophets, sent his Angel to show to his servants what must shortly come to pass. And behold, I come quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words and the prophecy of this book.” And I, John, am he who heard and saw these things. “And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the Angel who showed me these things. And he said to me, “You must not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets, and those who the words of this book. Worship God.

 
 

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 Five of Novena

 

Prayer To The Holy Spirit

 

O Holy Spirit, Divine Spirit of light and of love, to you I consecrate my understanding, my heart and my will, and my whole being, in time and in eternity.

May my understanding always be submissive to your heavenly inspirations and to the teachings of the holy Church of which you are the infallible Guide.

May my heart be ever on fire with the love of my God and my neighbour.

May my will always be in harmony with the will of God.

And may my whole life be a faithful copy o0f the life and virtues of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ — to whom, with the Father and with you, be honour and glory for ever. Amen.

Traditional

 

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.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

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.

       
     
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

 
 
 

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.

 

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