4. Maundy Thursday – Evening Prayer

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated)

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • 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.

Opening Hymn ;

O thou our reminder · of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of · us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness · man was meant to find.

Bring the tender tale true · of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in · what thy bosom ran –
Blood whereof a single · drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness · of its world of sin.

Jesu, whom I look at · shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me · what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze ón thee · face to face in light
And be blest for ever · with thy glory’s sight.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : Christ is the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He has made us a kingdom for his God and Father.

Psalm 71 (72)

Give the king your judgement, O God,
give the king’s son your righteousness.
Let him judge your people with justice
and your poor ones with wisdom.

Let the mountains bring peace to your people,
let the hills bring righteousness.
He will give his judgement to the poor among the people,
he will rescue the children of the destitute,
he will lay low the false accuser.

He will endure with the sun, beneath the moon,
from generation to generation.
He will come down like rain on the pasture,
like a shower that waters the earth.
In his time, righteousness will flourish
and abundance of peace,
until the moon itself is no more.
He will rule from coast to coast,
from the world’s centre to its farthest edge.

The desert-dwellers will cast themselves down before him;
his enemies will eat dust at his feet.
The kings of Tharsis and the islands will bring tribute,
the kings of Arabia and Sheba will bring gifts.
All the kings will worship him,
all nations will serve him.

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.

Anthipon 1 : Christ is the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He has made us a kingdom for his God and Father.

Anthipon 2 : The Lord shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless.

Psalm 71 (72)

Because he has given freedom to the destitute who called to him,
to the poor, whom no-one will hear.
He will spare the poor and the needy,
he will keep their lives safe.

He will rescue their lives from oppression and violence,
their blood will be precious in his sight.
He will live long, and receive gifts of gold from Arabia;
they will pray for him always,
bless him all through the day.
There will be abundance of grain in the land,
it will wave even from the tops of the mountains;
its fruit will be richer than Lebanon.
The people will flourish as easily as grass.

Let his name be blessed for ever,
let his name endure beneath the sun.
All the nations of the earth will be blessed in him,
all nations will acclaim his greatness.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone works wonders.
Let his majesty be blessed for ever;
let it fill all the earth. Amen, amen.

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.

Anthipon 2 : The Lord shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless.

Anthipon 3: The saints have triumphed by the sacrifice of the Lamb, and by the testimony which they uttered.

Canticle (Apocalypse 11)

We thank you,
Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
that you have taken up your great power and begun to reign.

The nations were angered,
but your anger came, the time for the dead to be judged,
the time to reward the prophets and saints, your servants,
and those who feared your name, both great and small.

Now have come the salvation and might and kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Anointed,
for the accuser of our brethren has been brought down,
who accused them day and night in the sight of God.

But they vanquished him through the blood of the Lamb
and through their own witness.
They did not cling to life,
even in the face of death.
Therefore rejoice, heavens,
and you who dwell in them.

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.

Anthipon 3 : The saints have triumphed by the sacrifice of the Lamb, and by the testimony which they uttered.

Scripture (Hebrews 13:12-15)

Jesus suffered outside the gate to sanctify the people with his own blood. Let us go to him, then, ‘outside the camp’, and share his degradation. For there is no eternal city for us in this life but we look for one in the life to come. Through him, let us offer God an unending sacrifice of praise, a verbal sacrifice that is offered every time we acknowledge his name.

Short Responsory

  • We worship you, Christ, and we bless you.
  • By your cross you have redeemed the world.
  • 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.

Magnificant

Anthipon: As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to his disciples.

Magnificant (Canticle of Mary) Canticle used every evening and never changes.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
For He has looked with favour on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him
In every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
And has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel
For He has remembered His promise of mercy,
The promise He made to our fathers,
To Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Anthipon: As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to his disciples.

Intercessions

  • Let us adore our Saviour, who at the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, entrusted to the Church the memorial of his death and resurrection to be celebrated throughout the ages. Confident that he will hear us, we pray:
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Christ, our Redeemer, let us share in your passion by works of penance; let us attain the glory of your resurrection.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Grant us the protection of your Mother, the comforter of the afflicted; may we bring to others the consolation you have given us.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Unite the faithful to your passion in times of trouble and distress; let the power of your salvation shine forth in their lives.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • You humbled yourself even to accepting death, death on a cross; grant to your servants obedience and patience.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Share with the dead your bodily glory; let us rejoice one day with them in the fellowship of the saints.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.
  • Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.

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.

Concluding Prayer

Lord God,
since for your glory and our salvation
you willed Christ your Son to be the eternal High Priest,
grant that the people he gained for you by his blood
may be strengthened by his cross and resurrection
when they take part in his memorial sacrifice.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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NOTE: Please do take note. The readings are taken from https://universalis.com/ and compressed on this site to reduce confusion (basing on the confusions I had when I started Divine Office Readings)