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

Office Readings


  • Friday 14 February 2020

    Saints Cyril, monk, and Methodius, Bishop
     on Friday 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

    In ancient times God spoke to us
    Through prophets, and in varied ways,
    But now he speaks through Christ his Son,
    His radiance through eternal days.

    To God the Father of the world,
    His Son through whom he made all things,
    And Holy Spirit, bond of love,
    All glad creation glory sings.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    Psalm 34 (35)
    The Lord, a saviour in time of persecution


    “They united in making plans to arrest Jesus by treachery and have him put to death” (Mt 26:3,4).

    O Lord, arise to help me.

    O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;
        fight those who fight me.
    Take up your buckler and shield;
        arise to help me.

    O Lord, say to my soul:
        ‘I am your salvation.’

    But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord
        and rejoice in his salvation.
    My whole being will say:
        ‘Lord, who is like you
    who rescue the weak from the strong
        and the poor from the oppressor?’

    Lying witnesses arise
        and accuse me unjustly.
    They repay me evil for good;
        my soul is forlorn.

    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.

    O Lord, arise to help me.


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    Psalm 34 (35)

    Lord, plead my cause; defend me with your strength.

    When they were sick I went into mourning,
        afflicted with fasting.
    My prayer was ever on my lips,
        as for a brother, a friend.
    I went as though mourning a mother,
        bowed down with grief.

    Now that I am in trouble they gather,
        they gather and mock me.
    They take me by surprise and strike me
        and tear me to pieces.
    They provoke me with mockery on mockery
        and gnash their teeth.

    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, plead my cause; defend me with your strength.


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    Psalm 34 (35)

    My tongue shall speak of your justice, all day long.

    O Lord, how long will you look on?
        Come to my rescue!
    Save my life from these raging beasts,
        my soul from these lions.
    I will thank you in the great assembly,
        amid the throng I will praise you.

    Do not let my lying foes
        rejoice over me.
    Do not let those who hate me unjustly
        wink eyes at each other.

    O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,
        do not stand afar off!
    Awake, stir to my defence,
        to my cause, O God!

    Let there be joy for those who love my cause.
        Let them say without end:
    ‘Great is the Lord who delights
        in the peace of his servant.’
    Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,
        all day long of your praise.

    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.

    My tongue shall speak of your justice, all day long.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, you rescue the poor from their oppressors, and you rose to the aid of your beloved Son against those who unjustly sought his life. Look on your Church as we journey to you, that the poor and weak may recognize the help you provide and proclaim your saving acts.


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    ℣. My son, keep my words.
    ℟. Keep my commandments, and live.


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    First Reading
    Galatians 5:1-25
    Freedom in the life of the faithful

    When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who tell you this: if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all. With all solemnity I repeat my warning: Everyone who accepts circumcision is obliged to keep the whole Law. But if you do look to the Law to make you justified, then you have separated yourselves from Christ, and have fallen from grace. Christians are told by the Spirit to look to faith for those rewards that righteousness hopes for, since in Christ Jesus whether you are circumcised or not makes no difference – what matters is faith that makes its power felt through love.
        You began your race well: who made you less anxious to obey the truth? You were not prompted by him who called you! The yeast seems to be spreading through the whole batch of you. I feel sure that, united in the Lord, you will agree with me, and anybody who troubles you in future will be condemned, no matter who he is. As for me, my brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? If I did that now, would there be any scandal of the cross? Tell those who are disturbing you I would like to see the knife slip.
        My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community.
        Let me put it like this: if you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.
        Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.


    Responsory
    Ga 5:18,22,25

    ℟. It is by letting the Spirit lead you that you free yourselves from the yoke of the law.* The Spirit yields a harvest of love, joy and peace.
    ℣. Since we live by the Spirit, let the Spirit be our rule of life.* The Spirit yields a harvest of love, joy and peace.


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    Second Reading
    From an Old Slavonic Life of Constantine
    Build up your church and gather all into unity

    Constantine, already burdened by many hardships, became ill. At one point during his extended illness, he experienced a vision of God and began to sing this verse: “My spirit rejoiced and my heart exulted because they told me we shall go into the house of the Lord.”
        Afterwards he remained dressed in the vestments that were to be venerated later, and rejoiced for an entire day, saying: “From now on, I am not the servant of the emperor or of any man on earth, but of almighty God alone. Before, I was dead, now I am alive and I shall live for ever. Amen.”
        The following day, he assumed the monastic habit and took the religious name Cyril. He lived the life of a monk for fifty days.
        When the time came for him to set out from this world to the peace of his heavenly homeland, he prayed to God with his hands outstretched and his eyes filled with tears: “O Lord, my God, you have created the choirs of angels and spiritual powers; you have stretched forth the heavens and established the earth, creating all that exists from nothing. You hear those who obey your will and keep your commands in holy fear. Hear my prayer and protect your faithful people, for you have established me as their unsuitable and unworthy servant.
        “Keep them free from harm and the worldly cunning of those who blaspheme you. Build up your Church and gather all into unity. Make your people known for the unity and profession of their faith. Inspire the hearts of your people with your word and your teaching. You called us to preach the Gospel of your Christ and to encourage them to lives and works pleasing to you.
        “I now return to you, your people, your gift to me. Direct them with your powerful right hand, and protect them under the shadow of your wings. May all praise and glorify your name, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”
        Once he had exchanged the gift of peace with everyone, he said: “Blessed be God, who did not hand us over to our invisible enemy, but freed us from his snare and delivered us from perdition.” He then fell asleep in the Lord at the age of forty-two.
        The Patriarch commanded all those in Rome, both the Greeks and Romans, to gather for his funeral. They were to chant over him together and carry candles; they were to celebrate his funeral as if he had been a pope. This they did.


    Responsory

    ℟. To your friends the prophets you said, I have exalted one chosen from the people. I have found David, my servant;* with my holy oil I have anointed him, and my hand shall always be with him.
    ℣. I will give you shepherds after my own heart, and these shall feed you on knowledge and discretion;* with my holy oil I have anointed him, and my hand shall always be with him.


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    Let us pray.

    Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius were your instruments, Lord,
        in bringing the light of the gospel to the Slavonic peoples.
    May we take your word into our hearts
        and be at one in professing the true faith.
    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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