Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Evening

 

Septuagesima

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

    The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice

 
  • A stronghold in times of distress; they trust in You who cherish You; for You forsake not those who seek You, O Lord. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; nor shall the hope of the afflicted forever perish; rise, O Lord, let not men prevail.

 

  • It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praise to Your name, Most High.
 
  • Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the prayer of Your servant. If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand it? But with You is forgiveness, and by reason of Your law I have waited for You. O Lord.

 

  • Let Your face shine upon Your servant; save me in Your kindness. O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon You.
 
 

From Psalm 110 [111]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
 

I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.

 

Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides 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.

 
 

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 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 9: 24 — 10: 5

 

It is not enough to belong to God’s people and have the advantage of His grace.
For Christians, as for the Jews, final victory will only be won after a struggle;
we must fight against the temptations of evil and show ourselves faithful to God.

 

Brethren: Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receives the prize? So run as to obtain it. And everyone in a contest abstai8ns from all things — and they indeed to receive a perishable crown, but we, an imperishable. I, therefore, so run as not without a purpose; I so fight as not beating the air; but I chastise my body and bring it into subjection, less perhaps after preaching to others I myself should be rejected. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptised in Moses, in the cloud and in the sea. And all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink (for they drank from the spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ). Yet with most of them God was not well pleased.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Deuteronomy 32: 1 — 18

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 householder said to his labourers, “Why do you stand here all day idle?” But they answered, “Because no man has hired us”. “Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you whatever is just.”

   
       

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 householder said to his labourers, “Why do you stand here all day idle?” But they answered, “Because no man has hired us”. “Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you whatever is just.”

 
 

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

 
 
 

 

Graciously hear the prayers of Your people, we implore You, O Lord, who are justly punished for our sins, may be mercifully delivered for the glory of Your name.  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