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Saturday Evening

Start of Sexagesima

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

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Awake! Why are You asleep, O Lord?
    Arise! Cast us not off forever! Why do You hide Your face, forgetting our oppression? Our bodies are pressed to the earth. Arise, O Lord, help us, and deliver us. O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us.
 
  • Let the nations know that God is
    Your name; You alone are the Most
    High over all the earth. O my God,
    make them like leaves in a
    whirlwind, like chaff before the wind.

 

 

  • Make my steps steadfast in Your paths, that my feet may not falter. Incline Your ear to me; hear my word. Show Your wondrous kindness, O Lord, O Saviour of those who trust in You.
 
  • You have rocked the country,
    O Lord, and split it open. Repair
    the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
    That they may flee out of
    bowshot; that Your loved ones
    may escape.

 

 

  • I will go into the altar of God,
    the God of my gladness and
    joy.
 
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness.
 

I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

They tell of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

 

And they speak of the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice…

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 — 2 Corinthians 11: 19 to 12: 9

 

This powerful passage in which, to silence his opponents,
St. Paul is obliged to describe the heroic life which he leads in service of the Church,
concludes with a confession of weakness — divine power in human frailty

 

Brethren: You gladly suffer the foolish: whereas yourselves are wise. For you suffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take from you, if a man be lifted up, if a man strike you in the face. I speak according to dishonor, as if we had been weak in this part. Wherein if any man dare (I speak foolishly), I dare also. They are Hebrews, so am I. They are Israelites, so am I. They are the seed of Abraham, so am I. They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as one less wise), I am more: in many labours, in prisons more frequently, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. Of the Jews five times did I receive forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I was in the depths of the sea: in journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false brethren: in labour and painfulness, in much watching, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness; besides those things which are without my daily instance, the solicitude for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalised, and I am not on fire? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my infirmity. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knoweth that I lie not. At Damascus the governor of the nation under Aretas the king guarded the city of Damascenes, to apprehend me: and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and so escaped his hands. If I must glory (it is not expedient indeed), but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ about fourteen years ago, whether in the body I know not, or out of the body I know not, God knoweth, such a one caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man, whether in the body or out of the body I known not, God knoweth: that he was caught up into paradise, and heard secret words which it is not granted man to utter. For such an one I will glory: but for myself I will glory nothing but in my infirmities. For though I should have a mind to glory, I shall not be foolish: for will say the truth: but I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth in me, or anything he heareth from me. And less the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me. For which thing, thrice I besought the Lord that it might depoart from me. And He said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee, for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

 A 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.

 

V.    To His Angels God has given command about you.

R.    That they guard you in all your ways.

 
 

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 Lord said to Noah, “The end of all creatures of flesh is in My mind. Make an ark of resin-wood, that in it the seed of every creature may be saved”.

   
       

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 Lord said to Noah, “The end of all creatures of flesh is in My mind. Make an ark of resin-wood, that in it the seed of every creature may be saved”.

 
 

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

 
 
 

O God, You see that we do not trust in anything which we ourselves can do; mercifully grant, that by the protection of the teacher of the Gentiles, we may be defended against all adversities. 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