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Saturday Evening

Start of Quinquagesima

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

 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

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

 

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

Each “Acclamation” is, in fact, an antiphon, traditionally said before and after each psalm. Those wishing to follow the custom can choose one of the following for this purpose, or simply pause and meditate on one or more.

 
 
 
 
  • Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for Your name’s sake You will lead and guide me. In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your
    justice rescue me and deliver me.
 
  • You are the God Who alone works wonders; among the peoples You have made known Your power. With Your strong arm You delivered Your people, the son’s of Israel and Joseph.

 

  • Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes. With my lips I declare all the ordinances of Your mouth.
 
  • Sing joyfully to God, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness. Come before Him with joyful song; know that the Lord is God. He made us, His we are; His people the flock he tends.

 

  • They ate and were wholly surfeited; the Lord had brought them what they craved: they were not defrauded of what they craved.
 
 

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.

 

 
 

Reading — 1 Corinthians 1: 1 — 13

 

The value of our life and its influence for good,
supernaturally depend not on our activities but on the charity inspiring us.
Infused into our souls by the Holy Spirit is charity which
enables us to see God face to face in the life to come.

 

Brethren: If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy, and should know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I should have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity is patient, is kind; Charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away; whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle
for
Saturday Evening

 Christ, the Servant of God

Fidelity to God

This is the song of Moses taking leave of his people just before his death. It is a highly poetic song, portraying God’s justice and fidelity towards His chosen people in stirring words and portraits. We can interpret the song for our own lives as God’s constant paternal care over all His children; nor will we fail to recognise our own infidelity to God.

     

Give ear O heavens, while I speak; the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

May my instruction soak in like the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew,

Like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops:

For I will sing the Lord’s renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, how right are his ways!

A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

 

Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!

Is the Lord, to be thus repaid by you,
O stupid and foolish people?

Is he not your father who created you? Has he not made you and established 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.

 
 

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
   
       
 

The father of our faith, Abraham the Great, offered a holocaust upon the altar in place of his son.

   
       

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

The father of our faith, Abraham the Great, offered a holocaust upon the altar in place of his son.

 
 

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

 
 
 

We implore You, O Lord, graciously hear our prayers; and having freed us from the bonds of our sins, guard us from all adversity. 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection