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

Office Readings


  • Thursday 30 July 2020

    Thursday of week 17 in Ordinary Time 
    or Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor 


    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

    Eternal Father, through your Word
    You gave new life to Adam’s race,
    And call us now to live in light,
    New creatures by your saving grace.

    To you who stooped to all who sin
    We render homage and give praise:
    To Father, Son and Spirit blest
    Whose loving gift is endless days.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    Psalm 17 (18)
    Thanksgiving


    “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).

    The word of the Lord is a shield for all who make him their refuge.

    As for God, his ways are perfect;
    the word of the Lord, purest gold.
    He indeed is the shield
    of all who make him their refuge.

    For who is God but the Lord?
    Who is a rock but our God?
    the God who girds me with strength
    and makes the path safe before me.

    My feet you made swift as the deer’s;
    you have made me stand firm on the heights.
    You have trained my hands for battle
    and my arms to bend the heavy bow.

    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 word of the Lord is a shield for all who make him their refuge.


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    Psalm 17 (18)

    Lord, your right hand upheld me.

    You gave me your saving shield;
    you upheld me, trained me with care.
    You gave me freedom for my steps;
    my feet have never slipped.

    I pursued and overtook my foes,
    never turning back till they were slain.
    I smote them so they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.

    You girded me with strength for battle;
    you made my enemies fall beneath me,
    you made my foes take flight;
    those who hated me I destroyed.

    They cried, but there was no one to save them;
    they cried to the Lord, but in vain.
    I crushed them fine as dust before the wind;
    trod them down like dirt in the streets.

    You saved me from the feuds of the people
    and put me at the head of the nations.
    People unknown to me served me:
    when they heard of me they obeyed me.

    Foreign nations came to me cringing:
    foreign nations faded away.
    They came trembling out of their strongholds.

    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, your right hand upheld me.


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    Psalm 17 (18)

    Long life to the Lord! Praised be the God who saves me.

    Long life to the Lord, my rock!
    Praised be the God who saves me,
    the God who gives me redress
    and subdues people under me.

    You saved me from my furious foes.
    You set me above my assailants.
    You saved me from violent men,
    so I will praise you, Lord, among the nations:
    I will sing a psalm to your name.

    He has given great victories to his king
    and shown his love for his anointed,
    for David and his sons for ever.

    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.

    Long life to the Lord! Praised be the God who saves me.


    Psalm-prayer

    To protect your people, Father, you opened a new passage through the sea. May you be both the road we travel and the peaceful reward at the end of our journey.


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    ℣. Lord, open my eyes.
    ℟. Let me consider the wonders of your law.


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    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    2 Corinthians 11:7-29
    Against false apostles

    Was I wrong, lowering myself so as to lift you high, by preaching the gospel of God to you and taking no fee for it? I was robbing other churches, living on them so that I could serve you. When I was with you and ran out of money, I was no burden to anyone; the brothers who came from Macedonia provided me with everything I wanted. I was very careful, and I always shall be, not to be a burden to you in any way, and by Christ’s truth in me, this cause of boasting will never be taken from me in the regions of Achaia. Would I do that if I did not love you? God knows I do. I intend to go on doing what I am doing now – leaving no opportunity for those people who are looking for an opportunity to claim equality with us in what they boast of. These people are counterfeit apostles, they are dishonest workmen disguised as apostles of Christ. There is nothing unexpected about that; if Satan himself goes disguised as an angel of light, there is no need to be surprised when his servants, too, disguise themselves as the servants of righteousness. They will come to the end that they deserve.
    As I said before, let no one take me for a fool; but if you must, then treat me as a fool and let me do a little boasting of my own. What I am going to say now is not prompted by the Lord, but said as if in a fit of folly, in the certainty that I have something to boast about. So many others have been boasting of their worldly achievements, that I will boast myself. You are all wise men and can cheerfully tolerate fools, yes, even to tolerating somebody who makes slaves of you, makes you feed him, imposes on you, orders you about and slaps you in the face. I hope you are ashamed of us for being weak with you instead!
    But if anyone wants some brazen speaking – I am still talking as a fool – then I can be as brazen as any of them, and about the same things. Hebrews, are they? So am I. Israelites? So am I. Descendants of Abraham? So am I. The servants of Christ? I must be mad to say this, but so am I, and more than they: more, because I have worked harder, I have been sent to prison more often, and whipped many times more, often almost to death. Five times I had the thirty-nine lashes from the Jews; three times I have been beaten with sticks; once I was stoned; three times I have been shipwrecked and once adrift in the open sea for a night and a day. Constantly travelling, I have been in danger from rivers and in danger from brigands, in danger from my own people and in danger from pagans; in danger in the towns, in danger in the open country, danger at sea and danger from so-called brothers. I have worked and laboured, often without sleep; I have been hungry and thirsty and often starving; I have been in the cold without clothes. And, to leave out much more, there is my daily preoccupation: my anxiety for all the churches. When any man has had scruples, I have had scruples with him; when any man is made to fall, I am tortured.


    Responsory
    Ga 1:11-12; 2 Co 11:10,7

    ℟. The Good News you have heard me preach is no human invention.* I did not take it over from any man, but received it through a revelation from Jesus Christ.
    ℣. By Christ’s truth in me, it is the Good News that I preach to you.* I did not take it over from any man, but received it through a revelation from Jesus Christ.


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    Second Reading
    From the Instructions to Catechumens by St Cyril of Jerusalem
    The Church, the bride of Christ

    The Church is called ‘Catholic’: such is the proper name of the holy Church which is the mother of us all. She is also the bride of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God (for it is written in the scripture, ‘Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her,’ and so on). Moreover she fulfils the type and carries out the pattern of the Jerusalem which is from above, which is free and the mother of us all. Though she was at first childless, she is now the parent of a mighty family.
    After the former Church had been rejected, in the second, that is, the Catholic Church, God has appointed, as Paul says, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues and every type of virtue: I mean wisdom and intelligence, self-control and justice, mercy and humanity, and invincible endurance in persecution.
    However, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, through honour and dishonour, first in persecutions and distress she wreathed her sacred martyrs with crowns of endurance interwoven with manifold and varied flowers; now in times of peace, she receives by the grace of God due honour from kings and men of rank, in a word from every sort and kind of person. And though the kings of nations spread round the world have limits to their sovereignty, it is the holy Catholic Church alone which in the whole earth rejoices in unlimited sovereignty; as it is written, God ‘has appointed peace as his boundary.’
    In this holy Catholic Church, formed by its teaching and living as we ought, we shall possess the kingdom of heaven and inherit eternal life. For the sake of this we endure everything, that we may gain that life from the Lord. We have no modest aim, but the gaining of eternal life; that is the object of our striving. For this reason we are taught in the Creed that after ‘And in the resurrection of the flesh’ that is, of the dead, which we have already discussed, we affirm our belief ‘in life everlasting’. This is the object of our efforts as Christians.
    Therefore, the Father is life really and truly. Through the Son he pours forth upon all in the Holy Spirit the gifts of heaven as from a fountain, and in his kindness to us men he has promised truly to each the good gift of eternal life.


    Responsory

    ℟. Blessed are the people of Israel whom the Lord of Hosts has chosen,* to whom he has said: You are the work of my hands; you are my very own.
    ℣. Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his heritage,* to whom he has said: You are the work of my hands; you are my very own.


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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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