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

Office Readings

  • Friday 17 July 2020

    Friday 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.



    This hymn was composed in the 6th or 7th century. Its author is unknown. It centres on our petition that God forgive us our offences.

    Tu, Trinitátis Unitas,
    orbem poténter qui regis,
    atténde laudum cántica
    quæ excubántes psállimus.

    Nam léctulo consúrgimus
    noctis quiéto témpore,
    ut flagitémus vúlnerum
    a te medélam ómnium,

    Quo, fraude quicquid dǽmonum
    in nóctibus delíquimus,
    abstérgat illud cǽlitus
    tuæ potéstas glóriæ.

    Te corde fido quǽsumus,
    reple tuo nos lúmine,
    per quod diérum círculis
    nullis ruámus áctibus.

    Præsta, Pater piíssime,
    Patríque compar Unice,
    cum Spíritu Paráclito
    regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.

    O You, Unity in Trinity,
    Who rule the world with power
    Attend to the songs of praise
    Which we pour forth as we wake from sleep.

    For we rise from bed,
    In the quiet time of night,
    To entreat from you healing
    Of all our wounds,

    That in whatever [way], through the trickery of demons,
    We have offended during the night
    May the power of your glory
    Wash it away in heaven.

    With a faithful heart we beseech you:
    Fill us with your light,
    By means of which, as the days pass by,
    We may not fail in our actions.

    Grant this, O most merciful Father,
    And O One equal to the Father,
    With the Spirit Paraclete,
    Reigning for ever and ever. Amen.


    Psalm 68 (69)
    I am consumed with zeal for your house

    “They gave him wine to drink mixed with gall” (Mt 27:34).

    I am wearied with all my crying as I await my God.

    Save me, O God,
    for the waters have risen to my neck.

    I have sunk into the mud of the deep
    and there is no foothold.
    I have entered the waters of the deep
    and the waves overwhelm me.

    I am wearied with all my crying,
    my throat is parched.
    My eyes are wasted away
    from looking for my God.

    More numerous than the hairs on my head
    are those who hate me without cause.
    Those who attack me with lies
    are too much for my strength.

    How can I restore
    what I have never stolen?
    O God, you know my sinful folly;
    my sins you can see.

    Let those who hope in you not be put to shame
    through me, Lord of hosts:
    let not those who seek you be dismayed
    through me, God of Israel.

    It is for you that I suffer taunts,
    that shame covers my face,
    that I have become a stranger to my brothers,
    an alien to my own mother’s sons.
    I burn with zeal for your house
    and taunts against you fall on me.

    When I afflict my soul with fasting
    they make it a taunt against me.
    When I put on sackcloth in mourning
    then they make me a byword,
    the gossip of men at the gates,
    the subject of drunkards’ songs.

    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.

    I am wearied with all my crying as I await my God.


    Psalm 68 (69)

    For food they gave me poison, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

    This is my prayer to you,
    my prayer for your favour.
    In your great love, answer me, O God,
    with your help that never fails:
    rescue me from sinking in the mud;
    save me from my foes.

    Save me from the waters of the deep
    lest the waves overwhelm me.
    Do not let the deep engulf me
    nor death close its mouth on me.

    Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
    in your compassion, turn towards me.
    Do not hide your face from your servant;
    answer quickly for I am in distress.
    Come close to my soul and redeem me;
    ransom me pressed by my foes.

    You know how they taunt and deride me;
    my oppressors are all before you.
    Taunts have broken my heart;
    I have reached the end of my strength.
    I looked in vain for compassion,
    for consolers; not one could I find.

    For food they gave me poison;
    in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

    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.

    For food they gave me poison, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.


    Psalm 68 (69)

    Seek the Lord, and he will give life to your soul.

    As for me in my poverty and pain
    let your help, O God, lift me up.

    I will praise God’s name with a song;
    I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
    A gift pleasing God more than oxen,
    more than beasts prepared for sacrifice.

    The poor when they see it will be glad
    and God-seeking hearts will revive;
    for the Lord listens to the needy
    and does not spurn his servants in their chains.
    Let the heavens and the earth give him praise,
    the sea and all its living creatures.

    For God will bring help to Sion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah
    and men shall dwell there in possession.
    The sons of his servants shall inherit it;
    those who love his name shall dwell there.

    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.

    Seek the Lord, and he will give life to your soul.


    God our Father, to show the way of salvation, you chose that the standard of the cross should go before us, and you fulfilled the ancient prophecies in Christ’s passover from death to life. Do not let us rouse your burning indignation by sin, but rather, through the contemplation of his wounds, make us burn with zeal for the honour of your Church and with grateful love for you.


    ℣. The Lord will teach us his ways.
    ℟. We will walk in his paths.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    2 Chronicles 20:1-9,13-24
    The help God offered to the faithful King Jehoshaphat

    After this the Moabites and Ammonites, with some of the Melinites started to make war on Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat received the following intelligence, ‘A vast horde is advancing against you from Edom, from the other side of the sea; they are already at Hazazon-tamar, that is, En-gedi.’
    Jehoshaphat was alarmed and resolved to have recourse to the Lord; he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; they came seeking the Lord from every single town in Judah.
    At this assembly of the people of Judah and Jerusalem in the Temple of the Lord, Jehoshaphat stood before the new court and said, ‘O Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not the God who dwells in the heavens? Do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Such power and might are in your hands that no one can resist you. Are you not our God, you who have dispossessed the inhabitants of this land for Israel your people, and given it to the descendants of Abraham whom you will love for ever? They have settled in it and built a sanctuary there for your name, saying, “Should calamity befall us, or war, punishment, pestilence, or famine, then we shall stand before this Temple and before you, for your name is in this Temple. From the depths of our distress we shall cry to you, and you will hear and save us.”’
    All the men of Judah, even down to their youngest children and their wives, stood in the presence of the Lord. In the middle of the assembly the spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah the Levite, one of the sons of Asaph. ‘Listen all you men of Judah,’ he cried ‘and you who live in Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! The Lord says this to you, “Do not be afraid, do not be daunted by this vast horde; this battle is not yours but God’s. March out against them tomorrow; they are coming up by the Slope of Ziz and you will come on them in the Valley of Soph, near the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight there. Take up your position, stand firm, and see what salvation the Lord has in store for you. Judah and Jerusalem, be fearless, be dauntless; march out against them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”’
    Jehoshaphat bent his head, his face to the ground, and all Judah with those who lived in Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshipping him. Then the Levites – Kohathites and Korahites – began praising the Lord the God of Israel at the tops of their voices.
    They rose early in the morning and left for the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were setting out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me Judah and all who live in Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be secure; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.’ Then, having held a conference with the people, he set the cantors of the Lord in sacred vestments at the head of the army, to sing praises to him. ‘Give praise to the Lord,’ they sang ‘for his love is everlasting.’ As they began to sing their joy and their praise, the Lord laid an ambush for the Ammonites and Moab and the mountain folk of Seir who had come to attack Judah, and routed them. The Ammonites and Moabites turned on the mountain folk of Seir to inflict the ban on them and destroy them altogether, but they only helped each other to their own undoing.
    When the men of Judah reached the spot that looks out on the wilderness and turned to face the horde, they found only corpses lying on the ground; no one had escaped.

    Ep 6:12-14; 2 Ch 20:17

    ℟. Our fight is not against human foes but against cosmic powers, against the authorities and potentates of this dark world, against the superhuman forces of evil in the heavens.* Stand firm, I say, and fasten onto the belt of truth.
    ℣. You have but to stand firm and watch the Lord coming to your aid.* Stand firm, I say, and fasten onto the belt of truth.


    Second Reading
    From the treatise "On the Mysteries" by St Ambrose, bishop
    To the newly baptized on the Eucharist

    Fresh from the waters and resplendent in these garments, God’s holy people hasten to the altar of Christ, saying: I will go in to the altar of God, to God who gives joy to my youth. They have sloughed off the old skin of error, their youth renewed like an eagle’s, and they make haste to approach that heavenly banquet. They come and, seeing the sacred altar prepared, cry out: You have prepared a table in my sight. David puts these words into their mouths: The Lord is my shepherd and nothing will be lacking to me. He has set me down there in a place of pasture. He has brought me beside refreshing water. Further on, we read: For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I shall not be afraid of evils, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff have given me comfort. You have prepared in my sight a table against those who afflict me. You have made my head rich in oil, and your cup, which exhilarates, how excellent it is.
    It is wonderful that God rained manna on our fathers and they were fed with daily food from heaven. And so it is written: Man ate the bread of angels. Yet those who ate that bread all died in the desert. But the food that you receive, that living bread which came down from heaven, supplies the very substance of eternal life, and whoever will eat it will never die, for it is the body of Christ.
    Consider now which is the more excellent: the bread of angels or the flesh of Christ, which is indeed the body that gives life. The first was manna from heaven, the second is above the heavens. One was of heaven, the other is of the Lord of the heavens; one subject to corruption if it was kept till the morrow, the other free from all corruption, for if anyone tastes of it with reverence he will be incapable of corruption. For our fathers, water flowed from the rock; for you, blood flows from Christ. Water satisfied their thirst for a time; blood cleanses you for ever. The Jew drinks and still thirsts, but when you drink you will be incapable of thirst. What happened in symbol is now fulfilled in reality.
    If what you marvel at is a shadow, how great is the reality whose very shadow you marvel at. Listen to this, which shows that what happened in the time of our fathers was but a shadow. They drank, it is written, from the rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. All this took place as a symbol for us. You know now what is more excellent: light is preferable to its shadow, reality to its symbol, the body of the Giver to the manna he gave from heaven.


    ℟. Our ancestors passed through the Red Sea, and so they all received baptism into the fellowship of Moses in cloud and sea:* all these things that happened to them were symbolic.
    ℣. They all ate the same supernatural food and all drank the same supernatural drink:* all these things that happened to them were symbolic.


    Let us pray.

    God and Father,
    to those who go astray
    you reveal the light of your truth
    and enable them to return to the right path.
    Grant that all who have received the grace of baptism
    may strive to be worthy of their Christian calling
    and reject everything opposed to it.
    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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