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

Office Readings

  • Wednesday 15 July 2020

    Saint Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor 
    on Wednesday of week 15 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.



    Bright as fire in darkness,
    Sharper than a sword,
    Lives throughout the ages
    God’s eternal word.

    Father, Son and Spirit,
    Trinity of might,
    Compassed in your glory,
    Give the world your light.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal


    Psalm 88 (89)
    The Lord's kindness to the house of David

    “God has raised up one from the house of David, as he promised: Jesus the Saviour” (Acts 13:22,23).

    Love and truth walk in your presence, Lord.

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;
    through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
    Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
    that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

    ‘With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    I will establish your dynasty for ever
    and set up your throne through all ages.’

    The heavens proclaim your wonders, O Lord;
    the assembly of your holy ones proclaims your truth.
    For who in the skies can compare with the Lord
    or who is like the Lord among the sons of God?

    A God to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    great and dreadful to all around him.
    O Lord God of hosts, who is your equal?
    You are mighty, O Lord, and truth is your garment.

    It is you who rule the sea in its pride;
    it is you who still the surging of its waves.
    It is you who trod Rahab underfoot like a corpse,
    scattering your foes with your mighty arm.

    The heavens are yours, the world is yours.
    It is you who founded the earth and all it holds;
    it is you who created the North and the South.
    Tabor and Hermon shout with joy at your name.

    Yours is a mighty arm, O Lord;
    your hand is strong, your right hand ready.
    Justice and right are the pillars of your throne,
    love and truth walk in your presence.

    Happy the people who acclaim such a king,
    who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
    who find their joy every day in your name,
    who make your justice the source of their bliss.

    For you, O Lord, are the glory of their strength;
    by your favour it is that our might is exalted;
    for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;
    our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel.

    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.

    Love and truth walk in your presence, Lord.


    Psalm 88 (89)

    The Son of God was born into the house of David when he came into this world.

    Of old you spoke in a vision.
    To your friends the prophets you said:
    ‘I have set the crown on a warrior,
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.

    ‘I have found David my servant
    and with my holy oil anointed him.
    My hand shall always be with him
    and my arm shall make him strong.

    ‘The enemy shall never outwit him
    nor the evil man oppress him.
    I will beat down his foes before him
    and smite those who hate him.

    ‘My truth and my love shall be with him;
    by my name his might shall be exalted.
    I will stretch out his hand to the Sea
    and his right hand as far as the River.

    ‘He will say to me: “You are my father,
    my God, the rock who saves me.”
    And I will make him my first-born,
    the highest of the kings of the earth.

    ‘I will keep my love for him always;
    with him my covenant shall last.
    I will establish his dynasty for ever,
    make his throne endure as the heavens.’

    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.

    The Son of God was born into the house of David when he came into this world.


    Psalm 88 (89)

    Once for all, I have sworn to David my servant: his dynasty shall last for ever.

    ‘If his sons forsake my law
    and refuse to walk as I decree
    and if ever they violate my statutes,
    refusing to keep my commands;

    ‘then I will punish their offences with the rod,
    then I will scourge them on account of their guilt.
    But I will never take back my love,
    my truth will never fail.

    ‘I will never violate my covenant
    nor go back on the word I have spoken.
    Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness.
    “I will never lie to David.

    ‘“His dynasty shall last for ever.
    In my sight his throne is like the sun;
    like the moon, it shall endure for ever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.”’

    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.

    Once for all, I have sworn to David my servant: his dynasty shall last for ever.


    Lord, God of mercy and fidelity, you made a new and lasting pact with men and sealed it in the blood of your Son. Forgive the folly of our disloyalty and make us keep your commandments, so that in your new covenant we may be witnesses and heralds of your faithfulness and love on earth, and sharers of your glory in heaven.


    ℣. You will hear the word from my mouth.
    ℟. You will speak to them in my name.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    1 Kings 21:1-21,27-29
    Elijah, defender of justice for the poor

    Naboth of Jezreel had a vineyard close by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria, and Ahab said to Naboth, ‘Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it adjoins my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it or, if you prefer, I will give you its worth in money.’ But Naboth answered Ahab, ‘The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors!’
    Ahab went home gloomy and out of temper at the words of Naboth of Jezreel, ‘I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.’ He lay down on his bed and turned his face away and refused to eat. His wife Jezebel came to him. ‘Why are you so dispirited’ she said ‘that you will not eat?’ He said, ‘I have been speaking to Naboth of Jezreel; I said: Give me your vineyard either for money or, if you prefer, for another vineyard in exchange. But he said, “I will not give you my vineyard.”’ Then his wife Jezebel said, ‘You make a fine king of Israel, and no mistake! Get up and eat; cheer up, and you will feel better; I will get you the vineyard of Naboth of Jezreel myself.’
    So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, sending them to the elders and nobles who lived where Naboth lived. In the letters she wrote, ‘Proclaim a fast, and put Naboth in the forefront of the people. Confront him with a couple of scoundrels who will accuse him like this, “You have cursed God and the king.” Then take him outside and stone him to death.’
    The men of Naboth’s town, the elders and nobles who lived in his town, did what Jezebel ordered, what was written in the letters she had sent them. They proclaimed a fast and put Naboth in the forefront of the people. Then the two scoundrels came and stood in front of him and made their accusation, ‘Naboth has cursed God and the king.’ They led him outside the town and stoned him to death. They then sent word to Jezebel, ‘Naboth has been stoned to death.’ When Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, ‘Get up! Take possession of the vineyard which Naboth of Jezreel would not give you for money, for Naboth is no longer alive, he is dead.’ When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth of Jezreel and take possession of it.
    Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth’s vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it. You are to say this to him, “The Lord says this: You have committed murder; now you usurp as well. For this – and the Lord says this – in the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, the dogs will lick your blood too.”’ Ahab said to Elijah, ‘So you have found me out, O my enemy!’ Elijah answered, ‘I have found you out. For your double dealing, and since you have done what is displeasing to the Lord, I will now bring disaster down on you; I will sweep away your descendants, and wipe out every male belonging to the family of Ahab, fettered or free in Israel.’
    When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments and put sackcloth next his skin and fasted; he slept in the sackcloth; he walked with slow steps. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; I will bring the disaster down on his House in the days of his son.’

    Jm 4:8,10, 5:6

    ℟. Wash your hands, you sinners! Cleanse your hearts, you hypocrites!* Weep and mourn, and humble yourselves before the Lord.
    ℣. You have condemned and murdered the innocent man, while he offered no resistance.* Weep and mourn, and humble yourselves before the Lord.


    Second Reading
    From the Journey of the Mind to God by St Bonaventure
    Mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit

    Christ is both the way and the door. Christ is the staircase and the vehicle, like the throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant, and the mystery hidden from the ages. A man should turn his full attention to this throne of mercy, and should gaze at him hanging on the cross, full of faith, hope and charity, devoted, full of wonder and joy, marked by gratitude, and open to praise and jubilation. Then such a man will make with Christ a pasch, that is, a passing-over. Through the branches of the cross he will pass over the Red Sea, leaving Egypt and entering the desert. There he will taste the hidden manna, and rest with Christ in the sepulchre, as if he were dead to things outside. He will experience, as much as is possible for one who is still living, what was promised to the thief who hung beside Christ: Today you will be with me in paradise.
    For this passover to be perfect, we must suspend all the operations of the mind and we must transform the peak of our affections, directing them to God alone. This is a sacred mystical experience. It cannot be comprehended by anyone unless he surrenders himself to it; nor can he surrender himself to it unless he longs for it; nor can he long for it unless the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent into the world, should come and inflame his innermost soul. Hence the Apostle says that this mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
    If you ask how such things can occur, seek the answer in God’s grace, not in doctrine; in the longing of the will, not in the understanding; in the sighs of prayer, not in research; seek the bridegroom not the teacher; God and not man; darkness not daylight; and look not to the light but rather to the raging fire that carries the soul to God with intense fervour and glowing love. The fire is God, and the furnace is in Jerusalem, fired by Christ in the ardour of his loving passion. Only he understood this who said: My soul chose hanging and my bones death. Anyone who cherishes this kind of death can see God, for it is certainly true that: No man can look upon me and live.
    Let us die, then, and enter into the darkness, silencing our anxieties, our passions and all the fantasies of our imagination. Let us pass over with the crucified Christ from this world to the Father, so that, when the Father has shown himself to us, we can say with Philip: It is enough. We may hear with Paul: My grace is sufficient for you; and we can rejoice with David, saying: My flesh and my heart fail me, but God is the strength of my heart and my heritage for ever. Blessed be the Lord for ever, and let all the people say: Amen. Amen!


    ℟. All who keep the commandments of God dwell in him, and he in them:* the gift of his Spirit is our proof that he dwells within us.
    ℣. It is God who created wisdom in the Holy Spirit and poured her out on all mankind, and has given her to those who love him:* the gift of his Spirit is our proof that he dwells within us.


    Let us pray.

    Almighty God and Father,
    on this feast of Saint Bonaventure,
    enlighten our minds with the splendour of his teaching,
    and help us to imitate his ardent love of you.
    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.


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

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