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

Office Readings


  • Tuesday 28 July 2020

    Tuesday of week 17 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

    Worship, glory, praise and honour
    To our God, high-throned above:
    We, with many generations
    Join to praise thy name of love.

    In the scriptures, by the Spirit,
    May we see the Saviour’s face,
    Hear his word and heed his calling,
    Know his will and grow in grace.


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    Psalm 9B (10)
    Thanksgiving


    “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Lk 6:20).

    The Lord will protect the rights of the oppressed.

    Lord, why do you stand afar off
    and hide yourself in times of distress?
    The poor man is devoured by the pride of the wicked:
    he is caught in the schemes that others have made.

    For the wicked man boasts of his heart’s desires;
    the covetous blasphemes and spurns the Lord.
    In his pride the wicked says: ‘He will not punish.
    There is no God.’ Such are his thoughts.

    His path is ever untroubled;
    your judgement is far from his mind.
    His enemies he regards with contempt.
    He thinks: ‘Never shall I falter:
    misfortune shall never be my lot.’

    His mouth is full of cursing, guile, oppression,
    mischief and deceit under his tongue.
    He lies in wait among the reeds;
    the innocent he murders in secret.

    His eyes are on the watch for the helpless man.
    He lurks in hiding like a lion in his lair;
    he lurks in hiding to seize the poor;
    he seizes the poor man and drags him away.

    He crouches, preparing to spring,
    and the helpless fall beneath his strength.
    He thinks in his heart: ‘God forgets,
    he hides his face, he does not see.’

    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 will protect the rights of the oppressed.


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    Psalm 9B (10)

    Lord, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.

    Arise then, Lord, lift up your hand!
    O God, do not forget the poor!
    Why should the wicked spurn the Lord
    and think in his heart: ‘He will not punish’?

    But you have seen the trouble and sorrow,
    you note it, you take it in hand.
    The helpless trusts himself to you;
    for you are the helper of the orphan.

    Break the power of the wicked and the sinner!
    Punish his wickedness till nothing remains!
    The Lord is king for ever and ever.
    The heathen shall perish from the land he rules.

    Lord, you hear the prayer of the poor;
    you strengthen their hearts; you turn your ear
    to protect the rights of the orphan and oppressed:
    so that mortal man may strike terror 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, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.


    Psalm-prayer

    Rise up, Lord, in defence of your people; do not hide your face from our troubles. Father of orphans, wealth of the poor, we rejoice in making you known; may we find comfort and security in times of pain and anxiety.


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    Psalm 11 (12)
    A prayer against the proud


    “The Father deigned to send his Son for the sake of us, the poor” (St Augustine).

    The words of the Lord are words without alloy, silver from the furnace, seven times refined.

    Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished;
    truth has gone from the sons of men.
    Falsehood they speak one to another,
    with lying lips, with a false heart.

    May the Lord destroy all lying lips,
    the tongue that speaks high-sounding words,
    those who say: ‘Our tongue is our strength;
    our lips are our own, who is our master?’

    ‘For the poor who are oppressed and the needy who groan
    I myself will arise,’ says the Lord,
    ‘I will grant them the salvation for which they thirst.’

    The words of the Lord are words without alloy,
    silver from the furnace, seven times refined.

    It is you, O Lord, who will take us in your care
    and protect us for ever from this generation.
    See how the wicked prowl on every side,
    while the worthless are prized highly by the sons of 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.

    The words of the Lord are words without alloy, silver from the furnace, seven times refined.


    Psalm-prayer

    Your light is true light, Lord, and your truth shines like the day. Direct us to salvation through your life-giving words. May we be saved by always embracing your word.


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    ℣. The Lord guides his humble in the right path.
    ℟. He teaches his way to the poor.


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    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    2 Corinthians 9:1-15
    The collection’s spiritual fruits

    There is really no need for me to write to you on the subject of offering your services to the saints, since I know how anxious you are to help; in fact, I boast about you to the Macedonians, telling them, ‘Achaia has been ready since last year.’ So your zeal has been a spur to many more. I am sending the brothers all the same, to make sure that our boasting about you does not prove to have been empty this time, and that you really are ready as I said you would be. If some of the Macedonians who are coming with me found you unprepared, we should be humiliated – to say nothing of yourselves – after being so confident. That is why I have thought it necessary to ask these brothers to go on to you ahead of us, and make sure in advance that the gift you promised is all ready, and that it all comes as a gift out of your generosity and not by being extorted from you.
    Do not forget: thin sowing means thin reaping; the more you sow, the more you reap. Each one should give what he has decided in his own mind, not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver. And there is no limit to the blessings which God can send you – he will make sure that you will always have all you need for yourselves in every possible circumstance, and still have something to spare for all sorts of good works. As scripture says: He was free in almsgiving, and gave to the poor: his good deeds will never be forgotten.
    The one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide you with all the seed you want and make the harvest of your good deeds a larger one, and, made richer in every way, you will be able to do all the generous things which, through us, are the cause of thanksgiving to God. For doing this holy service is not only supplying all the needs of the saints, but it is also increasing the amount of thanksgiving that God receives. By offering this service, you show them what you are, and that makes them give glory to God for the way you accept and profess the gospel of Christ, and for your sympathetic generosity to them and to all. And their prayers for you, too, show how they are drawn to you on account of all the grace that God has given you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!


    Responsory
    Lk 6:38; 2 Co 9:7

    ℟. Give to others, and God will give to you: you will receive a full measure, a generous helping poured into your hands – all you can hold.* The measure you use for others is the one God will use for you.
    ℣. Each one should give as he has decided, not regretting his decision, or from a sense of duty.* The measure you use for others is the one God will use for you.


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    Second Reading
    A homily of St Basil the Great
    Sow for the sake of your own righteousness

    O man, be like the earth. Bear fruit like her and do not fall short of what mere inanimate matter can achieve. The earth bears crops not for her own benefit but for yours. You, on the other hand, when you give to the poor, are bearing fruit which you will gather in for yourself, since the reward for good deeds goes to those who perform them. Give to a hungry man, and what you give becomes yours, and indeed it returns to you with interest. Just as the wheat that falls on the ground falls there to the great profit of the one who sowed it, so the bread given to a hungry man will bring you great profit in the world to come. Let your husbandry be aimed at sowing this heavenly seed: as scripture says, Sow integrity for yourselves.
    You are going to leave your money behind you here whether you want to or not. As for whatever share of glory you have received through your good works, that you can take with you to the Lord. All the people will stand round you in the presence of him who judges you all: they will acclaim you as one who feeds the hungry and gives to the poor, they will name you as a merciful benefactor.
    Do you not see how people throw away their wealth for a moment’s glory, for the shouts and praise of the crowds in the theatre, at sporting events, at fights with wild beasts in the arena? Where can you get that sort of glory for yourself if you hold on to your money or spend it meanly? God will give his approbation; the angels will praise you; all people who have existed since the beginning of the world will call you blessed. You will receive eternal glory and the crown of righteousness as a prize for rightly disposing of your wealth – wealth that in any case cannot last and must decay.
    Why do you think nothing of the future hopes that are stored up by those who despise the cares of the present time? Come, spread your wealth around, be generous, give splendidly to those who are in need. Then it will be said of you as it is in the psalms: He gave alms and helped the poor: his righteousness will endure for ever.
    How grateful you should be to your own benefactor; how cheerful you should be at the honour he has conferred on you, that you do not have to make a nuisance of yourself at other people’s doors, but other people come and bother you at your own! But at the moment you are grumpy and no-one can get to you. You avoid meeting people in case you might be obliged to part with even a little of what you have. You can say only one thing: “I have nothing to give you. I am only a poor man.” Indeed you are poor and utterly destitute. Poor in love, poor in humanity, poor in faith in God, and destitute of any hope of eternal happiness.


    Responsory

    ℟. Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house.* Then shall your light break forth like dawn and your good work go before you.
    ℣. Clothe the man you see to be naked and do not turn from your own kin.* Then shall your light break forth like dawn and your good work go before you.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord God, protector of those who hope in you,
    without whom nothing is strong, nothing holy,
    support us always with your love.
    Guide us so to use the good things of this world,
    that even now we may hold fast to what endures for ever.
    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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