Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Awake! Why are You asleep, O Lord? Arise! Cast us off not 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.
 
  • 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.
 
  • 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, Saviour of those who trust in You.

 

  • 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.
 
 

From Psalm 128 [129]

Oppressed but Never Conquered
 

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, let Israel now say:

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, but they have not conquered me.

The ploughman ploughed upon my back, they made their furrows long.

But the just Lord has cut the cords of the wicked.

Let them be put to shame and fall back all who hate Zion.

 

Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it is plucked up;

Wherewith the reaper fills not his hand, nor the binder of sheaves his bosom.

Nor do they who pass by, say “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!” “We bless you in the name 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.

 
 

Reading — Genesis 8: 21 — 9: 6

 
 
 

When the Lord smelled the sweet odour he said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the inclination of a man’s heart is evil from his youth; I will never again destroy every living creature, as I have done. As long as the earth shall last, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

God bless Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you shall be upon all the wild animals of the earth and upon every bird of the air, upon all creatures that crawl on the ground, and all the fish of the sea; into your power they are delivered. Every creature that moves and lives shall be food for you; as I gave the green plants, I give you everything. But flesh with its life — that is, its blood — you shall not eat. Surely I will require an account of your life’s blood; from every beast I will require it, and from man; from every man I will require the life of his fellow. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God man was made.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great Prophet Samuel, after she had been barren all her life. In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise. Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…

 

For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

Now may he give strength to his King, and exalt the horn of His Anointed.

 

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 seed is the Word of God, the sower is Christ; he who finds Him will abide forever.

   
       

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 seed is the Word of God, the sower is Christ; he who finds Him will abide forever.

 
 

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