Electronic Prayer Book

Thursday Evening

 

Sexagesima

 
 

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 Your great goodness have mercy on me,
    O God.
 
  • If the Lord has been my Saviour, I shall not fear what man can do against me.

 

  • Let us sing a hymn to the Lord our
    God.
 
  • Under the veil I cried out very early,
    “O God, my God, for You I watch at
     break of day”.

 

  • In the heights, praise God.
 
 

From Psalm 70 [71]

Prayer for Perseverance
 

To you, O Lord, I flee for refuge: let me never be put to shame;

In your justice deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

Be a rock of refuge for me, a fortress to  save me: for you are my rock and my stronghold.

O my God, rescue me from the hand of the sinner, from the fist of the evildoer and the violent.

For you are my trust, O my God, O Lord, my hope from my youth.

Upon you have I leaned from birth; from my mother’s womb you were my protector: in you I hoped always.

 

I have appeared as a marvel to many; for you were my strong refuge.

My mouth was full of your praise, of your glory all day long.

Cast me not off in my old age; when my strength fails, forsake me not.

For my enemies talk about me, and they who watch me take counsel together,

Saying: “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.”

O God, be not far from me, O my God hasten 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.

 
 

Reading — Genesis 9: 23 — 29

 
 
 
But Shem and Japheth took a robe, and laying it upon their shoulders, went backward and covered their father’s nakedness; as their faces were turned away, they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his drunkenness and learned what youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Cannan; meanest of slaves shall he be to his brethren.” The he said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem; let Cannan be his slave. May God expand Japheth; let him dwell in the tents of Shem; let Cannan be his slave.” Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. The whole lifetime of Noah was nine hundred and fifty years; then he died.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Exodus 15: 1 — 18

This is the song of thanksgiving sung by Moses after the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea and the armies of Pharoah had been annihilated. This canticle is one of the best models of Hebrew poetry. The Christian will have thoughts of redemption and baptism as he prays: deliverance from Egypt and passing through the Red Sea are figures for these two mysteries.

Jubilation over Pharoah’s ruin.

I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my saviour.

He is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him. —

    The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

    Pharoah’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

    The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone.

God’s power and fidelity.

    Your right hand, O Lord magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

    In your great majesty, you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble…

 

Who is like to you among the gods,
O Lord Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness, terrible in renown, worker of wonders?

When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling…

And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat,
O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.

The Lord shall reign forever and ever.

 

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
   
       
 

But that which fell upon good ground, these are they who with a right and good heart bear fruit in patience.

   
       

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

But that which fell upon good ground, these are they who with a right and good heart bear fruit in patience.

 
 

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