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

Office Readings


  • Sunday 19 January 2020

    2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


    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

    This day at thy creating Word
    First o’er the earth the light was poured:
    O Lord, this day upon us shine
    And fill our souls with light divine.

    This day the Lord for sinners slain
    In might victorious rose again:
    O Jesus, may we raisèd be
    From death of sin to life in thee!

    This day the Holy Spirit came
    With fiery tongues of cloven flame:
    O Spirit, fill our hearts this day
    With grace to hear and grace to pray.

    O day of light and life and grace,
    From earthly toil a resting-place,
    The hallowed hours, blest gift of love,
    Give we again to God above.

    All praise to God the Father be,
    All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
    Whom, with the Spirit, we adore
    For ever and for evermore.


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    Psalm 103 (104)
    Hymn to God the Creator


    “For everyone who is in Christ there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here” (2 Cor 5:17).

    Lord God, how great you are, clothed in majesty and glory, wrapped in light as in a robe. Alleluia.

    Bless the Lord, my soul!
        Lord God, how great you are,
    clothed in majesty and glory,
        wrapped in light as in a robe!

    You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
        Above the rains you build your dwelling.
    You make the clouds your chariot,
        you walk on the wings of the wind,
    you make the winds your messengers
        and flashing fire your servant.

    You founded the earth on its base,
        to stand firm from age to age.
    You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:
        the waters stood higher than the mountains.

    At your threat they took to flight;
        at the voice of your thunder they fled.
    They rose over the mountains and flowed down
        to the place which you had appointed.
    You set limits they might not pass
        lest they return to cover the earth.

    You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
        they flow in between the hills.
    They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
        the wild-asses quench their thirst.
    On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;
        from the branches they sing their song.

    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.

    Lord God, how great you are, clothed in majesty and glory, wrapped in light as in a robe. Alleluia.


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    Psalm 103 (104)

    The Lord brought forth bread from the earth and wine, to cheer man’s heart. Alleluia.

    From your dwelling you water the hills;
        earth drinks its fill of your gift.
    You make the grass grow for the cattle
        and the plants to serve man’s needs,

    that he may bring forth bread from the earth
        and wine to cheer man’s heart;
    oil, to make his face shine
        and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

    The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
        the cedars he planted on Lebanon;
    there the birds build their nests;
        on the tree-top the stork has her home.
    The goats find a home on the mountains
        and rabbits hide in the rocks.

    You made the moon to mark the months;
        the sun knows the time for its setting.
    When you spread the darkness it is night
        and all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
    The young lions roar for their prey
        and ask their food from God.

    At the rising of the sun they steal away
        and go to rest in their dens.
    Man goes forth to his work,
        to labour till evening falls.

    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 brought forth bread from the earth and wine, to cheer man’s heart. Alleluia.


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    Psalm 103 (104)

    God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good. Alleluia.

    How many are your works, O Lord!
        In wisdom you have made them all.
        The earth is full of your riches.

    There is the sea, vast and wide,
        with its moving swarms past counting,
        living things great and small.
    The ships are moving there
        and the monsters you made to play with.

    All of these look to you
        to give them their food in due season.
    You give it, they gather it up:
        you open your hand, they have their fill.

    You hide your face, they are dismayed;
        you take back your spirit, they die,
        returning to the dust from which they came.
    You send forth your spirit, they are created;
        and you renew the face of the earth.

    May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
        May the Lord rejoice in his works!
    He looks on the earth and it trembles;
        the mountains send forth smoke at his touch.

    I will sing to the Lord all my life,
        make music to my God while I live.
    May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
        I find my joy in the Lord.
    Let sinners vanish from the earth
        and the wicked exist no more.
    Bless the Lord, my soul.

    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.

    God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, as you made springs in valleys to form streams between mountains, so you made living streams of grace flow from the apostles that their teaching may bring salvation to all nations. May we have a practical knowledge of their doctrine, be obedient to their commands, obtain remission of sins through their prayers, and finally receive the reward of eternal happiness.


    Or:

    God of all life, light, and love, through the visible things of this world you raise our thoughts to things unseen, and you show us your power and your love. From your dwelling place refresh our hearts and renew the face of the earth with the life-giving water of your word, until the new heaven and new earth resound with the song of resurrection.


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    ℣. Blessed are your eyes, for they see.
    ℟. Blessed are your ears, for they hear.


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    First Reading
    Deuteronomy 1:1,6-18
    The last words of Moses in Moab

    These are the words that Moses spoke beyond Jordan to the whole of Israel:
        ‘The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Move on from here, continue your journey, go to the highlands of the Amorites, to those who make their home in the Arabah, in the highlands, in the lowlands, in the Negeb and in the coastland; go into the land of Canaan and to Lebanon as far as the great river Euphrates. This is the land I have made over to you; go and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to their descendants after them.”
        ‘It was then that I told you: I cannot carry the burden of you by myself. The Lord your God has multiplied you, till now you are like the stars of heaven in number. And the Lord your God is going to increase you a thousand times more, and bless you as he promised. So how can I carry the heavy burden of you and your bickerings, all by myself? Bring me wise men, shrewd and tested, out of each of your tribes, therefore, and I will make them your leaders. And you answered me, “Your plan is a good one.” And so I selected tribal leaders for you, wise men and tested, and appointed them to lead you: captains of thousands, hundreds, fifties, tens, and scribes for your tribes too. At that same time I told your judges: You must give your brothers a fair hearing and see justice done between a man and his brother or the stranger who lives with him. You must be impartial in judgement and give an equal hearing to small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man, for the judgement is God’s. Should a case be too difficult, bring it to me and I will hear it. And I gave you directions at that time for everything you were to do.’


    Responsory
    Dt 10:17, 1:17

    ℟. The Lord your God is God of gods, the great God, triumphant and terrible,* who is never partial, never deceived by bribes.
    ℣. Give an equal hearing to small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man, for judgement belongs to God,* who is never partial, never deceived by bribes.


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    Second Reading
    From St Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Ephesians
    The harmony of unity

    It is right for you to give glory in every way to Jesus Christ who has given glory to you; you must be made holy in all things by being united in perfect obedience, in submission to the bishop and the presbyters.
        I am not giving you orders as if I were a person of importance. Even if I am a prisoner for the name of Christ, I am not yet made perfect in Jesus Christ. I am now beginning to be a disciple and I am speaking to you as my fellow-disciples. It is you who should be strengthening me by your faith, your encouragement, your patience, your serenity. But since love will not allow me to be silent about you, I am taking the opportunity to urge you to be united in conformity with the mind of God. For Jesus Christ, our life, without whom we cannot live, is the mind of the Father, just as the bishops, appointed over the whole earth, are in conformity with the mind of Jesus Christ.
        It is fitting, therefore, that you should be in agreement with the mind of the bishop as in fact you are. Your excellent presbyters, who are a credit to God, are as suited to the bishop as strings to a harp. So in your harmony of mind and heart the song you sing is Jesus Christ. Every one of you should form a choir, so that, in harmony of sound through harmony of hearts, and in unity taking the note from God, you may sing with one voice through Jesus Christ to the Father. If you do this, he will listen to you and see from your good works that you are members of his Son. It is then an advantage to you to live in perfect unity, so that at all times you may share in God.
        If in a short space of time I have become so close a friend of your bishop – in a friendship not based on nature but on spiritual grounds – how much more blessed do I judge you to be, for you are as united with him as the Church is to Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ to the Father, so that all things are in harmony through unity. Let no one make any mistake: unless a person is within the sanctuary, he is deprived of God’s bread. For if the prayer of one or two has such power, how much more has the prayer of the bishop and the whole Church.


    Responsory

    ℟. I implore you, for the sake of the Lord, to lead a life worthy of your vocation.* Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.
    ℣. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.* Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.


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    Vigils

    If time allows, those who celebrate the Office of Readings of a Sunday (or solemnity, or feast of the Lord) on the evening before, or at the crack of dawn on the day itself, may enrich the celebration with three Old Testament canticles and a Gospel reading.


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    Hymn
    Te Deum

    We praise you, O God:
    we acclaim you as the Lord.

        Everlasting Father,
        all the world bows down before you.

    All the angels sing your praise,
    the hosts of heaven and all the angelic powers,

        all the cherubim and seraphim
        call out to you in unending song:

        Holy, Holy, Holy,
        is the Lord God of angel hosts!

    The heavens and the earth are filled
    with your majesty and glory.

        The glorious band of apostles,
        the noble company of prophets,

    the white-robed army who shed their blood for Christ,
    all sing your praise.

        And to the ends of the earth
        your holy Church proclaims her faith in you:

        Father, whose majesty is boundless,
        your true and only Son, who is to be adored,
        the Holy Spirit sent to be our Advocate.

    You, Christ, are the king of glory,
    Son of the eternal Father.

        When you took our nature to save mankind
        you did not shrink from birth in the Virgin’s womb.

    You overcame the power of death
    opening the Father’s kingdom to all who believe in you.

        Enthroned at God’s right hand in the glory of the Father,
        you will come in judgement according to your promise.

    You redeemed your people by your precious blood.
    Come, we implore you, to our aid.

        Grant us with the saints
        a place in eternal glory.

    The final part of the hymn may be omitted:

    Lord, save your people
    and bless your inheritance.

        Rule them and uphold them
        for ever and ever.

    Day by day we praise you:
    we acclaim you now and to all eternity.

    In your goodness, Lord, keep us free from sin.
        Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

    May your mercy always be with us, Lord,
    for we have hoped in you.

        In you, Lord, we put our trust:
        we shall not be put to shame.


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    Let us pray.

    Almighty God,
        ruler of all things in heaven and on earth,
    listen favourably to the prayer of your people,
        and grant us your peace in our day.
    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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