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Sunday Night Week 5 Epiphany

 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

 
 

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.

 

Introduction

 

Two sowings and two harvests.
In the bright sunlight of truth
Jesus sows love and virtue, the good grain of
the heavenly harvest; in the sombre night of deceitfulness
Satan sows sin and hate, the cockle to feed the fires of hell

The devil, the author of evil, sows in darkness the cockle which causes weeds to grow with the corn in the father of the family’s field. The necessary separation will be carried out; if the cockle grows it will be thrown into the fire, but harvest time must be awaited. That is God’s providential plan: the separation of the good from the bad is postponed until the end of time.

Judgment belongs to God, and God is able to wait; He can put off for centuries His time of reckoning which will not fail to take place. For our part we should display goodness, kindness and patience to all men, whatever their condition. This duty is the greater since allowed to enter into the peace of Christ we are ourselves recipients of His mercy. St. Paul reminds us of it as a reason for joy and thanksgiving, but also as a requirement of charity which incumbent on a Christian.

This patient charity implies, it must be said, no compromise or abandoning of principles; it lead, on the contrary, to a persevering will for good. On the part of weak mortals who themselves are constantly in need of God’s pardon and help it is neither presumption nor pride, but a humble awareness of their own obligation to love and pardon as God loves and pardons them.

 

 

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

At this time the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy. Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 
  • Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.
 
  • You, O Lord, I call; O my God, be not deaf to me. The Lord is the strength of my His people, the saving refuge of His anointed. Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; and rule over them forever!
 
  • O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations. Have pity on Your servants!

     

  • 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.
 
  • Alleluia, alleluia. In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me and release me, incline Your ear to me, make haste to deliver me! Alleluia.
  • I will go round and offer in His tent, sacrifices with shouts of gladness; 1 will sing and chant praise to the Lord.
 
 

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]

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 — Colossians 3: 12 — 17

 

Explanation by St. Paul for the practice of the Christian life
of our Lord’s commandment that we should love one another;
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

 

Brethren: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience. Bear with one another and forgive one another, if anyone has a grievance against any other; even as the Lord has forgiven you, so also do you forgive. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts; unto that peace indeed, you were called in one body. Show yourselves thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly: in all wisdom teach and admonish one another by psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing in your hearts to God by His grace. Whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle for Sunday Evening

Christ, the Servant of God

Philippians 2: 5 — 11

 

Hymn

for

Sunday Evening

     

Alleluia!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. True and just are his judgments. Halleluia! Praise our God, all you his servants, and you who fear him, the small and the great!

Alleluia!

The Lord our God almighty now reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him.

Alleluia!

The marriage of the Lamb has come, and his spouse has prepared herself. And she has been permitted to clothe herself in fine linen, shining bright. For the fine linen is the just deeds of the saints.

Alleluia!

Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

 

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. Amen

 

The fiery sun is already going down. O light unending, blessed Godhead, three in one, bring light to our hearts.

We made humble prayer to You this morning when we sang Your praise, and we do so now at eventide. Graciously grant that we, Your suppliants, may praise You for ever in the company of Your saints.

To the Father and the Son together, and to You, Holy Spirit, may glory continue to be for all ages, as it has been. 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
   
       
 

“I have compassion on the crowd, for behold, they have now been with Me three days and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away fasting, they will faint on the way.” Alleluia.

   
       

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

“I have compassion on the crowd, for behold, they have now been with Me three days and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away fasting, they will faint on the way.” Alleluia.

 
 

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

 
 
 

We implore You, O Lord, in Your unceasing goodness, guard Your family; that we who lean only upon the hope of Your heavenly grace, may always be defended by Your protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in 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