Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday Evening – Pentecost Octave

 
 

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 Pentecost 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.

 
  • O God, when You went forth at the head of Your people, making a passage for them, dwelling in their midst, Halleluia: the earth quaked; it rained from heaven, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • God arises; His enemies are scattered, and those who hate Him flee before Him. Halleluia.

 

  • I will delight in Your commands, which I love exceedingly. And I will lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love, Halleluia.
 
  • Halleluia. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth all their host. Halleluia.

 

  • Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
 
 

From Psalm 129 [130]

Prayer for pardon and mercy
 

 

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

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

If you should remember sins, 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 watchman for the dawn.

More than watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy and with him 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 — Acts 5: 12 — 16

This short passage from Acts reminds us not only of the apostles’ miraculous power
and their prestige, but also of the rapid development of the first Christian community.

 
 

Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon’s portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them. Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Hymn for Evening

 

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come
From Your bright heavenly throne,
Come take possession of our souls,
And make them all Your own.

You who are called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.

You who are sevenfold in your grace,
Finger of God’s right hand;
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.

O guide our minds with Your blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with Your strength, which ne’er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.

 

Far from us drive our deadly foe;
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath Your sacred wing.

Through You may we the Father know,
Through You the eternal Son,
And You the blessed Spirit of them both,
Thrice-blessed Three in One.

All glory to the Father be,
With His co-equal Son:
The same to You, great Paraclete
While endless ages run.

[Ascribed to Rabanus Maurus,
776—856.  Tr. Anon.]

 

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
   
       
 

“I am the living bread who have come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world, 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.

 

Pentecost Octave Evening Prayer

 We pray You, Lord, that the strength of the Holy Spirit may be with us,
mercifully cleansing our hearts and defending them from all harm.

 

 Let us Pray

May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we implore You, O Lord, and guide us. As Your Son has promised, into all truth. Who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the same. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the same 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection