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8th January Evening


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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


At this time the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy. 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.

  • When the kindness and love of  God our Saviour appeared, he saved us. It was not because of any good works we had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us through the washing by which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and new life.
  • Sing in honour of the great deeds the Lord has done, make them known for all the world to hear. Cry aloud in praise, people of Zion; great is the Holy One of Israel, that dwells among you.


  • What great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
  • To us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’.


  • The Gentiles shall leave their idols, and shall come into Jerusalem, and shall dwell in it. And all the kings of the earth shall rejoice in it, adoring the King of Israel.

From Psalm 121 [122]

The Pilgrim’s Greeting to Jerusalem

I rejoiced when they said to me, “We will go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are even now standing within your gates O Jerusalem — Jerusalem, built as a city so compact, so complete.

To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, according to the law of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

There the thrones of judgment are set, the thrones of the house of David.


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! may they be safe who love you!

May peace be within your walls, security within your palaces!

For the sake of my brethren and my friends, I will exclaim: peace be with you!”

For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I will invoke blessings upon you.


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 1: 12 — 16


And I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the midst of the seven lamp-stands One like to a son of man, clothed with a garment reaching to the ankles, and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle. But his head and his hair were white as wool, and as snow, and his eyes were a flame of fire; his feet were like fine brass, as in a glowing furnace, and his voice like the voice of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars. And out of his mouth came forth a shard two-edged sword; and his countenance was like the sun shining in its power.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles


Blessed be Christ the Lord, who came to be with us, to give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death.

Christ our Lord, at your coming your body the Church was born: — may it ever grow on earth and build itself up in love

You hold heaven and earth in your hands: — let all races and nations proclaim you as their Lord.

Through your incarnation you became our eternal High Priest: — renew in all your priests the grace of proclaiming your redemption.

You were born of a virgin mother; — bless all religious women and make them the living sign of the Church which is your bride.

By taking mortal flesh you ended the power of death: — unite the departed with yourself in everlasting life.


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.


You have appeared, O Christ, Light from  Light! To You the Magi offer gifts, Halleluia, 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.


You have appeared, O Christ, Light from  Light! To You the Magi offer gifts, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia..


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.





God, our Father, when Your only-begotten Son revealed Himself in flesh and blood, we came to know Him as our fellow-man. May he transform us inwardly until we bear his likeness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection