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Sunday Evening

Third Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

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.

 
 

Introduction

 

Given up to joy in the resurrection, the Church sings her happiness and proclaims the glory of the Lord

But the Easter celebrations on earth are only a foretaste of the eternal Easter;
perfect joy awaits us in heaven, the crown of a faithfully lived Christian life.

All those who resolve to live up to their Christian principles will meet with opposition and persecution.
But our life on earth is only “a little while” and “our sorrow shall be turned into joy”.

The simple yet sublime programme of a life true to itself is mapped out by St. Peter.
A traveller making for his heavenly home, the Christian, as he pursues his path on earth,
continues to observe all the obligations of human existence; he knows that this is pleasing to God.
The trials themselves have their part to play: they form our initiation into eternal life.
Fully directed towards the final triumph, the Christian’s life is a struggle in which the victory,
already won in the person of our Saviour must be progressively consolidated in each one of us.

 

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 112 [113]

A Call to Praise the Lord
 

Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever.

From sunrise to sunset may the name of the Lord be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord, our God, who is enthroned on high and looks down upon heaven and earth.

 

He raises the needy from the dust, he lifts the poor man from the dunghill, to place him with princes, with the princes of his people.

He makes her, who was barren, to dwell in a home, the joyful mother of children.

 

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.

 

From 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

 

At the Lamb’s royal banquet, clothed in white robes and with the journey through the Red Sea behind us, let us sing to Christ our King…

The destroying Angel left alone houses that were marked with blood; the sea divided and fled top either bank; the enemy are drowned by the returning waters.

But now our Pasch is Christ. He is both the paschal victim and the pure unleavened bread of sincerity of souls that are pure.

In very truth You are a victim from heaven, for You vanquished hell, unloosed death’s bonds and regained for man life’s rewards.

Now triumphant, Christ displays the spoils of His victory over hell, opens the gates of heaven and drags the king of darkness at His chariot’s tail.

Free from sin’s foul death those who have been born again unto life and so, Jesus may You be our soul’s unending paschal joy.

 

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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
   
       
 

“Amen. I say to you, that you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy, 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.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. — the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

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