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

Office Readings


  • Wednesday 20 May 2020

    Wednesday of the 6th week of Eastertide 
    or Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest 


    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

    Love’s redeeming work is done,
    fought the fight, the battle won.
    Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
    Lo, he sets in blood no more!

    Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
    Christ has burst the gates of hell;
    death in vain forbids him rise;
    Christ has opened paradise.

    Lives again our victor King;
    where, O death, is now thy sting?
    Dying once, he all doth save;
    where thy victory, O grave?

    Soar we now where Christ has led,
    following our exalted Head;
    made like him, like him we rise,
    ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

    Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
    Praise to thee by both be given:
    thee we greet triumphant now;
    hail, the Resurrection thou!


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    Psalm 38 (39)
    A prayer in sickness


    “Creation was unable to attain its purpose because of him who kept it so in a state of hope” (Rom 8:20).

    We groan inwardly and await the redemption of our bodies.

    I said: ‘I will be watchful of my ways
    for fear I should sin with my tongue.
    I will put a curb on my lips
    when the wicked man stands before me.’
    I was dumb, silent and still.
    His prosperity stirred my grief.

    My heart was burning within me.
    At the thought of it, the fire blazed up
    and my tongue burst into speech:
    ‘O Lord, you have shown me my end,
    how short is the length of my days.
    Now I know how fleeting is my life.

    ‘You have given me a short span of days;
    my life is as nothing in your sight.
    A mere breath, the man who stood so firm,
    a mere shadow, the man passing by;
    a mere breath the riches he hoards,
    not knowing who will have 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.

    We groan inwardly and await the redemption of our bodies.


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    Psalm 38 (39)

    Lord, hear my prayer: do not be deaf to my tears.

    And now, Lord, what is there to wait for?
    In you rests all my hope.
    Set me free from all my sins,
    do not make me the taunt of the fool.
    I was silent, not opening my lips,
    because this was all your doing.

    Take away your scourge from me.
    I am crushed by the blows of your hand.
    You punish man’s sins and correct him;
    like the moth you devour all he treasures.
    Mortal man is no more than a breath;
    O Lord, hear my prayer.

    O Lord, turn your ear to my cry.
    Do not be deaf to my tears.
    In your house I am a passing guest,
    a pilgrim, like all my fathers.
    Look away that I may breathe again
    before I depart to be no more.

    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, hear my prayer: do not be deaf to my tears.


    Psalm-prayer

    Through your Son you taught us, Father, not to be fearful of tomorrow but to commit our lives to your care. Do not withhold your Spirit from us but help us find a life of peace after these days of trouble.


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    Psalm 51 (52)
    Against calumny


    “Let the one who glories glory in the Lord” (1 Cor 1:31).

    I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever. Alleluia.

    Why do you boast of your wickedness,
    you champion of evil,
    planning ruin all day long,
    your tongue like a sharpened razor,
    you master of deceit?

    You love evil more than good,
    lies more than truth.
    You love the destructive word,
    you tongue of deceit.

    For this God will destroy you
    and remove you for ever.
    He will snatch you from your tent and uproot you
    from the land of the living.

    The just shall see and fear.
    They shall laugh and say:
    ‘So this is the man who refused
    to take God as a stronghold,
    but trusted in the greatness of his wealth
    and grew powerful by his crimes.’

    But I am like a growing olive tree
    in the house of God.
    I trust in the goodness of God
    for ever and ever.

    I will thank you for evermore;
    for this is your doing.
    I will proclaim that your name is good,
    in the presence of your friends.

    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 trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, hear the prayer of your family. Make us flourish in your domain like fruitful olive trees, confiding in your loving kindness here and longing to see your face when we take our place among the blessed in heaven.


    Or:

    Father, you cut down the unfruitful branch for burning and prune the fertile to make it bear more fruit. Make us grow like laden olive trees in your domain, firmly rooted in the power and mercy of your Son, so that you may gather from us fruit worthy of eternal life.


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    ℣. God raised Christ from the dead, alleluia.
    ℟. So that we would have faith and hope in God, alleluia.


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    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    1 John 2:18-29
    Concerning Antichrist


    Children, these are the last days;
    you were told that an Antichrist must come,
    and now several antichrists have already appeared;
    we know from this that these are the last days.
    Those rivals of Christ came out of our own number, but they had never really belonged;
    if they had belonged, they would have stayed with us;
    but they left us, to prove that not one of them
    ever belonged to us.
    But you have been anointed by the Holy One,
    and have all received the knowledge.
    It is not because you do not know the truth that I am writing to you
    but rather because you know it already
    and know that no lie can come from the truth.

    The man who denies that Jesus is the Christ –
    he is the liar,
    he is Antichrist;
    and he is denying the Father as well as the Son,
    because no one who has the Father can deny the Son,
    and to acknowledge the Son is to have the Father as well.
    Keep alive in yourselves what you were taught in the beginning:
    as long as what you were taught in the beginning is alive in you,
    you will live in the Son
    and in the Father;
    and what is promised to you by his own promise
    is eternal life.

    This is all that I am writing to you about the people who are trying to lead you astray.
    But you have not lost the anointing that he gave you,
    and you do not need anyone to teach you;
    the anointing he gave teaches you everything;
    you are anointed with truth, not with a lie,
    and as it has taught you, so you must stay in him.
    Live in Christ, then, my children,
    so that if he appears, we may have full confidence,
    and not turn from him in shame
    at his coming.
    You know that God is righteous –
    then you must recognise that everyone whose life is righteous
    has been begotten by him.


    Responsory
    1 Jn 2:27; cf. Jl 2:23 & Is 48:17

    ℟. You have not lost the anointing God gave you:* you do not need anyone else to teach you, since in the anointing he teaches you everything, alleluia.
    ℣. Be glad, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you a teacher of justice:* you do not need anyone else to teach you, since in the anointing he teaches you everything, alleluia.


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    Second Reading
    From a sermon of Saint Leo the Great, pope
    The days between the resurrection and the ascension of the Lord

    Dearly beloved, those days which intervened between the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension did not pass by in uneventful leisure, but great mysteries were ratified in them and deep truths were revealed.
    In those days the fear of death was removed with all its terrors, and the immortality not only of the soul but also of the flesh was established. In those days the Holy Ghost is poured upon all the Apostles through the Lord’s breathing upon them, and to the blessed Apostle Peter, set above the rest, the keys of the kingdom are entrusted and the care of the Lord’s flock.
    It was during that time that the Lord joined the two disciples as a companion on the way, and, to sweep away all the clouds of our uncertainty, reproached them for the slowness of their timid and trembling hearts. Their enlightened hearts catch the flame of faith, and lukewarm as they have been, they are made to burn while the Lord unfolds the Scriptures. In the breaking of bread also their eyes are opened as they eat with him. How much more blessed is that opening of their eyes, to the glorification of their nature, than the time when our first parents’ eyes were opened to the disastrous consequences of their transgression.
    Dearly beloved, through all this time which elapsed between the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension, God’s Providence had this in view, to teach his own people and impress upon their eyes and their hearts that the Lord Jesus Christ had risen, risen as truly as he had been born and had suffered and died.
    Hence the most blessed Apostles and all the disciples, who had been both bewildered at his death on the cross and backward in believing his Resurrection, were so strengthened by the clearness of the truth that when the Lord entered the heights of heaven, not only were they affected with no sadness, but were even filled with great joy.
    Truly it was great and unspeakable, that cause of their joy, when in the sight of the holy multitude the Nature of mankind went up: up above the dignity of all heavenly creatures, to pass above the angels’ ranks and to rise beyond the archangels’ heights, and to have its uplifting limited by no elevation until, received to sit with the Eternal Father, it should be associated on the throne with his glory, to whose Nature it was united in the Son.


    Responsory

    ℟. I am going now to prepare a place for you.* I shall return to take you with me, so that where I am you may be too, alleluia.
    ℣. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, the Spirit of truth. I will not leave you orphans.* I shall return to take you with me, so that where I am you may be too, alleluia.


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    Let us pray.

    God and Father,
    we honour the yearly feast of your Son’s resurrection
    by celebrating it in the sacramental mystery.
    Give us likewise the grace
    to rejoice with all the saints
    when he comes in glory.
    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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