Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Evening

 

Quinquagesima

 
 

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.

 

Introduction

 

We reach a further stage in the religious history of humanity.
After Adam, “the father of the human race” (Septuagesima),
after Noah, (the father of the new generations) (Sexagesima),
comes the great figure of Abraham, “the father of believers)”, (Quinquagesima).

Because he believed that God’s promises would be carried into effect Abraham is our father in the faith; because he was willing to sacrifice Issac, “the son of the promise”, on whom all his expectations were based, God increased his posterity like the stars in the sky and the sand of the seashore. According to St. Paul we belong to this posterity — Christ and all of us together with Him. And Issac, doomed to sacrifice and then snatched from death, is the figure of Christ who died and rose again (Hebrews 11: 17 — 19)

“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.” The Gospel, while it announces the passion reminds us at the same time of the cure of the man born blind — and example of the gift of faith which takes us from blindness, from darkness and from sin. In the Epistle, St Paul’s fervent hymn in praise of charity also emphasises that supernatural transformation which the redemption wrought by Christ should effect in our human souls.

The Scriptures for this Sunday afford us a good occasion to ask the Master to give us the power of sight to lift up our eyes from the perishable and the transitory.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • In the greatness of Your compassion, Lord, wipe out my offence…
 
  • You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God and I extol You.

 

  • Sing a hymn and exalt Him above all forever.
 
  • For You I watch at break of day, O God, to see Your power.

 

  • All you His Angels, praise the Lord from the heavens.
 
 

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.

 
 

Psalm 133 [134]

Night Prayer
 

 

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 toward 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 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
 
 

A Prayer from the Bible

 The Canticle of the three young men

Daniel 3: 52 — 57

This hymn is the introduction to the longer praise usually called the Benedicite (Blessing God).

     

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;

And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the Cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

 

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praiseworthy and exalt him above all 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.

 
 

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
   
       
 

Then Jesus stopped and commanded that the blind man should be brought to Him, and He said to him, “What would you have me do for you?” “Lord, that I may see!”

   
       

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

Then Jesus stopped and commanded that the blind man should be brought to Him, and He said to him, “What would you have me do for you?” “Lord, that I may see!”

 
 

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