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

Office Readings


  • Monday 10 February 2020

    Saint Scholastica, Virgin
     on Monday of week 5 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

    O God of truth, prepare our minds
    To hear and heed your holy word;
    Fill every heart that longs for you
    With your mysterious presence, Lord.

    Almighty Father, with your Son
    And blessed Spirit, hear our prayer:
    Teach us to love eternal truth
    And seek its freedom everywhere.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    Psalm 6
    A prayer for relief from affliction


    “Now my spirit is disturbed; Father, save me from this hour” (Jn 12:27).

    Lord, save me in your merciful love.

    Lord, do not reprove me in your anger;
        punish me not in your rage.
        Have mercy on me, Lord, I have no strength;
    Lord, heal me, my body is racked;
        my soul is racked with pain.

    But you, O Lord... how long?
        Return, Lord, rescue my soul.
        Save me in your merciful love;
    for in death no one remembers you;
        from the grave, who can give you praise?

    I am exhausted with my groaning;
        every night I drench my pillow with tears;
        I bedew my bed with weeping.
    My eye wastes away with grief;
        I have grown old surrounded by my foes.

    Leave me, all you who do evil;
        for the Lord has heard my weeping.
    The Lord has heard my plea;
        The Lord will accept my prayer.
    All my foes will retire in confusion,
        foiled and suddenly confounded.

    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, save me in your merciful love.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, you love mercy and tenderness; you give life and overcome death. Look upon the many wounds of your Church; restore her to health by your risen Son, so that she may sing a new song in your praise.


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    Psalm 9A (9)
    Thanksgiving for victory


    “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”

    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.

    I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
        I will recount all your wonders.
    I will rejoice in you and be glad,
        and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.

    See how my enemies turn back,
        how they stumble and perish before you.
    You upheld the justice of my cause;
        you sat enthroned, judging with justice.

    You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;
        you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
    The foe is destroyed, eternally ruined.
        You uprooted their cities; their memory has perished.

    But the Lord sits enthroned for ever.
        He has set up his throne for judgement;
    he will judge the world with justice,
        he will judge the peoples with his truth.

    For the oppressed let the Lord be a stronghold,
        a stronghold in times of distress.
    Those who know your name will trust you;
        you will never forsake those who seek you.

    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 is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.


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    Psalm 9A (9)

    I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.

    Sing psalms to the Lord who dwells in Sion.
        Proclaim his mighty works among the peoples,
    for the Avenger of blood has remembered them,
        has not forgotten the cry of the poor.

    Have pity on me, Lord, see my sufferings,
        you who save me from the gates of death;
    that I may recount all your praise
        at the gates of the city of Sion
        and rejoice in your saving help.

    The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,
        their feet caught in the snare they laid.
    The Lord has revealed himself, and given judgement.
        The wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.

    Let the wicked go down among the dead,
        all the nations forgetful of God;
    for the needy shall not always be forgotten
        nor the hopes of the poor be in vain.

    Arise, Lord, let men not prevail!
        Let the nations be judged before you.
    Lord, strike them with terror,
        let the nations know they are but men.

    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.

    I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, when you judge, do not be deaf to the shouts of the poor; bring havoc to the madness of oppressors. Look at our wounds and save us from the gates of death, so that we may always rejoice in your help and speak your praise in the gates of Zion.


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    ℣. Teach me to observe your law.
    ℟. I will keep it with all my heart.


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    First Reading
    Galatians 1:13-2:10
    Paul’s vocation and apostolate

    You must have heard of my career as a practising Jew, how merciless I was in persecuting the Church of God, how much damage I did to it, how I stood out among other Jews of my generation, and how enthusiastic I was for the traditions of my ancestors.
        Then God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans. I did not stop to discuss this with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me, but I went off to Arabia at once and later went straight back from there to Damascus. Even when after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him for fifteen days, I did not see any of the other apostles; I only saw James, the brother of the Lord, and I swear before God that what I have just written is the literal truth. After that I went to Syria and Cilicia, and was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judaea, who had heard nothing except that their one-time persecutor was now preaching the faith he had previously tried to destroy; and they gave glory to God for me.
        It was not till fourteen years had passed that I went up to Jerusalem again. I went with Barnabas and took Titus with me. I went there as the result of a revelation, and privately I laid before the leading men the Good News as I proclaim it among the pagans; I did so for fear the course I was adopting or had already adopted would not be allowed. And what happened? Even though Titus who had come with me is a Greek, he was not obliged to be circumcised. The question came up only because some who do not really belong to the brotherhood have furtively crept in to spy on the liberty we enjoy in Christ Jesus, and want to reduce us all to slavery. I was so determined to safeguard for you the true meaning of the Good News, that I refused even out of deference to yield to such people for one moment. As a result, these people who are acknowledged leaders – not that their importance matters to me, since God has no favourites – these leaders, as I say, had nothing to add to the Good News as I preach it. On the contrary, they recognised that I had been commissioned to preach the Good News to the uncircumcised just as Peter had been commissioned to preach it to the circumcised. The same person whose action had made Peter the apostle of the circumcised had given me a similar mission to the pagans. So, James, Cephas and John, these leaders, these pillars, shook hands with Barnabas and me as a sign of partnership: we were to go to the pagans and they to the circumcised. The only thing they insisted on was that we should remember to help the poor, as indeed I was anxious to do.


    Responsory
    1 Co 15:10; Ga 2:8

    ℟. By God’s grace I am what I am,* and the grace he has shown me has not abandoned me nor has it been without fruit.
    ℣. He whose power enabled Peter to become the apostle of the circumcised enabled me to become the apostle of the Gentiles,* and the grace he has shown me has not abandoned me nor has it been without fruit.


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    Second Reading
    From the books of Dialogues by Saint Gregory the Great, pope
    She who loved more could do more

    Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate.
        One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together.
        Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late. The holy nun said to her brother: “Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life.” “Sister,” he replied, “what are you saying? I simply cannot stay outside my cell.”
        When she heard her brother refuse her request, the holy woman joined her hands on the table, laid her head on them and began to pray. As she raised her head from the table, there were such brilliant flashes of lightning, such great peals of thunder and such a heavy downpour of rain that neither Benedict nor his brethren could stir across the threshold of the place where they had been seated. Sadly he began to complain: “May God forgive you, sister. What have you done?” “Well,” she answered, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery.”
        Reluctant as he was to stay of his own will, he remained against his will. So it came about that they stayed awake the whole night, engrossed in their conversation about the spiritual life.
        It is not surprising that she was more effective than he, since as John says, God is love, it was absolutely right that she could do more, as she loved more.
        Three days later, Benedict was in his cell. Looking up to the sky, he saw his sister’s soul leave her body in the form of a dove, and fly up to the secret places of heaven. Rejoicing in her great glory, he thanked almighty God with hymns and words of praise. He then sent his brethren to bring her body to the monastery and lay it in the tomb he had prepared for himself.
        Their minds had always been united in God; their bodies were to share a common grave.


    Responsory

    ℟. The holy virgin Scholastica prayed to God that her brother would not leave her;* she was able to obtain more than he did from the Lord of her heart, because her love was greater.
    ℣. How good and how pleasant it is when brother and sister live in unity;* she was able to obtain more than he did from the Lord of her heart, because her love was greater.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord God, may we, like Saint Scholastica,
        serve you with an unsullied love.
    Then our joy will be full
        as we receive from your loving hand
        all that we desire and ask.
    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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