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Epiphany — Holy Family Saturday — Evening Prayer

Commencement: Feast of the Holy Family

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

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 
 

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

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.
  • And Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, and of her was born Jesus who is called Christ
  • An Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, “Do not be afraid, Joseph, son of David, to take to yourself Mary your wife, for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit”.

  • Entering the house, the Magi found the Child with Mary His Mother

 
  • The shepherds came with haste, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in the manger.

 

  • His Father and Mother were marvelling at the things spoken concerning Him.

  From Psalm 144 [145]

God will protect His Loyal Worshipers. 

The Lord is faithful in all his words, and holy in all his works

The Lord supports all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.

All eyes turn to you, and you give them food in due season.

You open your hand and with benevolence fill every living thing.

Just is the Lord in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who sincerely call upon him.

 

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him, he will hear their cry and save them.

The Lord guards all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

Let my mouth speak the praise of the Lord, and let all mortals bless his holy name for ever 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.

 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. Amen.

 

 Reading — Colossians 3: 12 to 17

The authentic atmosphere of a profoundly Christian life
is made up of kindness, charity, mutual comprehension,
prayer and thanksgiving and joy in the Holy Spirit

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 the 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 Him.

  Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

  

Hymn as a Prayer

     

Jesus, blest light of heaven and highest hope of earth, greeted at birth with the kindly smile of family love —

Mary, rich in grace, singled out to nurse Jesus at your pure breast, feeding and kissing Him —

And you, Joseph, chosen from Jews of former times to protect and watch over Mary and fondly addressed as “Father” by the divine Child —

Listen to the prayers we offer at your altars, for you were born of Jesse’s noble lineage for man’s salvation.

 

Here, we remain, as the sun is setting towards evening and taking its light from the world, and from the bottom of our hearts pour out our prayers to you.

Grant that we may be able to reproduce in our family life the grace of every virtue with which your home is abounded.

To You, Jesus, who made yourself obedient to Your parents, may glory be forever, and likewise to the Father most high and to the Spirit. Amen.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, O Lord. They shall praise You forever and ever.  

     
 
     

  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 Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; and of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace, 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

The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; and of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace, 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

Lord Jesus Christ, obeying Mary and Joseph Your consecrated family life with admirable virtues. Grant that with the help of both of them we may learn from the example of Your holy Family and so become a part of it for eternity. This we ask of You 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 Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection

 

 

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