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Wednesday Evening – 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 129 [130]

A Penitential Prayer
 

 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

I hope in the Lord, my soul hopes in his word.

My soul waits for the Lord, more than the watchman for the dawn.

More than the watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord.

For with the Lord is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption:

And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

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: 10 — 15

 
 
 

And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand. He who does wrong, let him do wrong still; and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he who is just, let him be just still; and he who is holy, let him be hallowed still. Behold I come quickly! And my reward is with me, to render to each one according to his works. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end!” Blessed are they who wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and that by the gates they may enter into the city. Outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.

 
 

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 Six of Novena

 

Prayer To The Holy Spirit

 

Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son grant that the whole universe may be consecrated to you, and that there may not be a single heart in which you, who are Love, Union, and Peace, do not reign.

Holy Spirit, Creator, look with favour upon the Church and by your heavenly power make it strong and secure against the attacks of its enemies.

Renew in charity and in grace the spirit of your servants, whom you have anointed, that they may give glory to you, with the Father, and his only begotten Son.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, come into our hearts; shed the brightness of your light upon all nations, that all may be one in faith, and pleasing to you. 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