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Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

Office Readings


  • Saturday 18 January 2020

    Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary Time
     or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary


    Office of Readings


    Introduction (without Invitatory)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.


    O God, come to our aid.
        O Lord, make haste to help us.
    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. Alleluia.


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    Hymn

    How great the tale, that there should be,
    In God’s Son’s heart, a place for me!
    That on a sinner’s lips like mine
    The cross of Jesus Christ should shine!

    Christ Jesus, bend me to thy will,
    My feet to urge, my griefs to still;
    That e’en my flesh and blood may be
    A temple sanctified to Thee.

    No rest, no calm my soul may win,
    Because my body craves to sin;
    Till thou, dear Lord, thyself impart
    Peace on my head, light in my heart.

    May consecration come from far,
    Soft shining like the evening star.
    My toilsome path make plain to me,
    Until I come to rest in thee.


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    Psalm 130 (131)
    Childlike trust in God


    “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29).

    Whoever humbles himself like a little child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.

    O Lord, my heart is not proud
        nor haughty my eyes.
    I have not gone after things too great
        nor marvels beyond me.

    Truly I have set my soul
        in silence and peace.
    A weaned child on its mother’s breast,
        even so is my soul.

    O Israel, hope in the Lord
        both now and for 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.

    Whoever humbles himself like a little child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you declared that whoever receives a little child in your name receives you, and you promised your kingdom to those who are like children. Never let pride reign in our hearts, but may the Father’s compassion reward and embrace all who willingly bear your gentle yoke.


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    Psalm 131 (132)
    God's promise to the house of David


    “The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father” (Lk 1:32).

    With an honest heart I have offered up all things joyfully, O my God.

    O Lord, remember David
        and all the many hardships he endured,
    the oath he swore to the Lord,
        his vow to the Strong One of Jacob.

    ‘I will not enter the house where I live
        nor go to the bed where I rest.
    I will give no sleep to my eyes,
        to my eyelids I will give no slumber
    till I find a place for the Lord,
        a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.’

    At Ephrata we heard of the ark;
        we found it in the plains of Yearim.
    ‘Let us go to the place of his dwelling;
        let us go to kneel at his footstool.’

    Go up, Lord, to the place of your rest,
        you and the ark of your strength.
    Your priests shall be clothed with holiness;
        your faithful shall ring out their joy.
    For the sake of David your servant
        do not reject your 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.

    With an honest heart I have offered up all things joyfully, O my God.


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    Psalm 131 (132)

    The Lord swore an oath to David and he will not go back on his word; he made his kingdom firm for ever.

    The Lord swore an oath to David;
        he will not go back on his word:
    ‘A son, the fruit of your body,
        will I set upon your throne.

    ‘If they keep my covenant in truth
        and my laws that I have taught them,
    their sons also shall rule
        on your throne from age to age.’

    For the Lord has chosen Sion;
        he has desired it for his dwelling:
    ‘This is my resting-place for ever;
        here have I chosen to live.

    ‘I will greatly bless her produce,
        I will fill her poor with bread.
    I will clothe her priests with salvation
        and her faithful shall ring out their joy.

    ‘There David’s stock will flower;
        I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.
    I will cover his enemies with shame
        but on him my crown shall shine.’

    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.

    The Lord swore an oath to David and he will not go back on his word; he made his kingdom firm for ever.


    Psalm-prayer

    You are our King, Lord God. Help us to find a place for you in our hearts. Clothe your priests with saving power, fill the needy with bread, and let your holiness shine on us all.


    Or:

    You have chosen the new Zion as your dwelling place, Lord God, the Church as your place of rest. You have kindled in her a lamp that will burn brightly for ever before Christ your Anointed One. Make our hearts your tabernacle, clothe your priests with justice, your faithful with holiness and give bread to the poor. May all rejoice with you in heaven.


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    ℣. Come, consider the works of the Lord.
    ℟. He has done wonderful deeds on the earth.


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    First Reading
    Ecclesiasticus 44:1-2,16-45:6
    Praise of the patriarchs from Enoch to Moses


    Let us praise illustrious men,
        our ancestors in their successive generations.
    The Lord has created an abundance of glory,
        and displayed his greatness from earliest times.

    Enoch pleased the Lord and was taken up,
        an example for the conversion of all generations.

    Noah was found perfectly virtuous,
        in the time of wrath he became the scion:
    because of him a remnant was preserved for the earth
        at the coming of the Flood.
    Everlasting covenants were made with him
        that never again should every living creature perish by flood.

    Abraham, the great forefather of a host of nations,
        no one was ever his equal in glory.
    He observed the Law of the Most High,
        and entered into a covenant with him.
    He confirmed the covenant in his own flesh,
        and proved himself faithful under ordeal.
    The Lord therefore promised him on oath
        to bless the nations through his descendants,
    to multiply him like the dust on the ground,
        to exalt his descendants like the stars,
    and give them the land for their inheritance,
        from sea to sea,
    from the River to the ends of the earth.

    To Isaac too, for the sake of Abraham his father,
        he assured the blessing of all mankind;
        he caused the covenant to rest on the head of Jacob.
    He confirmed him in his blessings
        and gave him the land for his inheritance;
    he divided it into portions,
        and shared it out among the twelve tribes.

    From him he produced a generous man
        who found favour in the eyes of all mankind,
    beloved by God and men,
        Moses, of blessed memory.
    He made him the equal of the holy ones in glory
        and made him strong, to the terror of his enemies.
    At the word of Moses he made the miracles stop,
        he raised him high in the respect of kings;
    he gave him commandments for his people,
        and showed him something of his glory.
    For his loyalty and gentleness he sanctified him,
        choosing him alone out of all mankind;
    he allowed him to hear his voice,
        and led him into the darkness;
    he gave him the commandments face to face,
        the law of life and knowledge,
    to teach Jacob his ordinances
        and Israel his decrees.


    Responsory

    ℟. Hear, O Israel, and be careful to keep the commandments which the Lord has given you,* and you will come to know that the Lord is a faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him.
    ℣. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might,* and you will come to know that the Lord is a faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him.


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    Second Reading
    From a letter of Pope St Clement I to the Corinthians
    From the first, faith has been God's means of justifying men

    God’s blessing must be our objective, and the way to win it our study. Search the records of ancient times. Why was our father Abraham blessed? Was it not because his upright and straightforward conduct was inspired by faith? As for Isaac’s faith, it was so strong that, assured of the outcome, he willingly allowed himself to be offered in sacrifice. Jacob had the humility to leave his native land on account of his brother, and go and serve Laban. He was given the twelve tribes of Israel.
        Honest reflection upon each of these examples will make us realise the magnitude of God’s gifts. All the priests and levites who served the altar of God were descended from Jacob. The manhood of the Lord Jesus derived from him. Through the tribe of Judah, kings, princes and rulers sprang from him. Nor are his other tribes without their honour, for God promised Abraham: “Your descendants shall be as the stars of heaven.”
        It is obvious, therefore, that none of these owed their honour and exaltation to themselves, or to their own labours, or to their deeds of virtue. No; they owed everything to God’s will. So likewise with us, who by his will are called in Christ Jesus. We are not justified by our wisdom, intelligence, piety, or by any action of ours, however holy, but by faith, the one means by which God has justified men from the beginning. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
        What must we do then, brothers? Give up good works? Stop practising Christian love? God forbid! We must be ready and eager for every opportunity to do good, and put our whole heart into it. Even the Creator and Lord of the universe rejoices in his works. By his supreme power he set the heavens in their place; by his infinite wisdom he gave them their order. He separated the land from the waters surrounding it and made his own will its firm foundation. By his command he brought to life the beasts that roam the earth. He created the sea and all its living creatures, and then by his power set bounds to it. Finally, with his own holy and undefiled hands, he formed man, the highest and most intelligent of his creatures, the copy of his own image. “Let us make man,” God said, “in our image and likeness. And God made man, male and female he made them.” Then, when he had finished making all his creatures, God gave them his approval and blessing: “Increase and multiply,” he charged them.
        We must recognise, therefore, that all upright men have been graced by good works, and that even the Lord himself took delight in the glory his works gave him. This should inspire us with a resolute determination to do his will and make us put our whole strength into the work of living a Christian life.


    Responsory

    ℟. The Lord God is a strong and faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him,* with those who keep his commandments.
    ℣. In everything God works for good with those who love him,* with those who keep his commandments.


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    Let us pray.

    In your love, Lord,
        answer our humble prayer:
    give us the grace to see what we have to do
        and the strength to do it.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
        who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
        one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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    Let us praise the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God.


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