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Saturday Evening

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

 

Week of the Third Sunday after the Octave of Easter

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

 

In Time After Easter 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.

 
  • It was right for (behooved) Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, and so to enter into His glory. Halleluia.
 
  • Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live. Halleluia.
 
  • A little while and you shall not see Me, and again a little while, and you shall see Me: because I go to the Father, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness
 

 

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in kindness.

The Lord is good to all, and merciful toward all his works.

Let all your works praise you, O Lord and let your faithful bless you.

Let them tell of the glory of your kingdom, and proclaim your might,

to make men know your might and the glory of your magnificent kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all ages.

 

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 2: 11 — 19

 
 
 

Beloved: I exhort you as strangers and pilgrims to abstain from carnal desires which war against the soul. Behave yourselves honourably among the pagans; that, whereas they slander you as evildoers, they may, through observing you, by reason of your good works glorify God in the day of visitation. Be subject therefore of every human creature for God’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors as sent through him for vengence on evildoers and for the praise of the good. For such is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. Live as free men, yet not using your freedom as a cloak for malice but as servants of God. Honour all men; love the brotherhood; fear God; honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters in all fear, not only to the good and moderate, but also to the severe. This is indeed grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Evening

 

We call on the whole of creation
(the heavens, the earth and the Church)
to join us in rejoicing at the Lord’s victory over death.

  • Let the angelic choirs of heaven now rejoice; let the divine mysteries be celebrated with joy; and let the trumpet of salvation resound for victory of so great a King.
  • Let the earth also rejoice, illumined with such resplendent rays; and enlightened with the brightness of the eternal King, let it feel that the darkness of the whole world is dispersed.
  • Let also our mother the Church rejoice, adorned with the brightness of so great a light; and may this temple (1) resound with the joyful voices of the people.

(1) This temple — echoes of the Dedication of the temple in 2 Chronicles 7: 9.
Here the Church, the Body of Christ, is the new temple of God’s Presence in the world.
(John 2: 19 and 1 Cor. 12: 12 — 14)

 

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
   
       
 

“A little while and you shall not see Me,” says the Lord; “and again a little while and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father,” Halleluia, 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

 
 
 

O God, to those who go astray, You display the light of your truth that they may return into the way of righteousness; grant to all those who profess themselves Christians, both to avoid the things which are contrary to that name, and to follow those which are agreeable thereto. 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