Electronic Prayer Book

Tuesday Evening

 

Quinquagesima

 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

Opening

 

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.

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.

 
 
 
 
  • 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.
 
 

Psalm 126 [127]

Without Me You Can Do Nothing.
 

Behold children are a gift from God, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

What arrows are in the hands of a warrior, such are the sons of one’s youth.

 

Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them: they shall not be put to shame, when they contend their enemies at the city-gate.

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 — Genesis 14: 14 — 16

 
 
 

When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken prisoner, he called out three hundred and eighteen of his trained men, born in his house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He and his servants formed parties against them by night, defeated them and pursued them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods; and his kinsman Lot and his goods he also recovered, besides the women and the people.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias] during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery. It falls logically into two parts: 1. description of the sickness; 2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin, from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.

Sickness — Sin

Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.

I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —

 

Redemption

What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

For it is not the nether world that givs you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms, all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.

 

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
   
       
 

“Have mercy on me Son of David.” “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

“Have mercy on me Son of David.” “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