Electronic Prayer Book

Tuesday 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 124 [125]

Unshaken Trust of the Faithful
 

Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which is immovable, which abides forever.

Mountains surround Jerusalem: so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

Therefore the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest upon the allotted land of the just, lest the just stretch out their hands toward evil.

 

Deal kindly, O Lord, with the good and the upright of heart.

But as for them who go astray on crooked paths, may the Lord drive them away with the evil-doers: Peace be upon Israel!

 

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 7: 11 — 12 and 17

 
 
 

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, on that very day all the fountains of the great deep bust forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s wife and the three wives of Noah’s sons entered the ark together: they and every kind of wild animal, every kind of cattle, every kind of reptile crawling on the earth and every kind of bird, every kind of winged creature. The flood continued forty days upon the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark and it rose above the earth.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

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 gives 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
   
       
 

For one is your Master, who is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

   
       

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

For one is your Master, who is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

 
 

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