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Office Readings


  • Saturday 1 August 2020

    Saint Alphonsus Mary de' Liguori, Bishop, Doctor 
    on Saturday 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

    How great the tale, that there should be,
    In God’s Son’s heart, a place for me!
    That on a sinner’s lips like mine
    The cross of Jesus Christ should shine!

    Christ Jesus, bend me to thy will,
    My feet to urge, my griefs to still;
    That e’en my flesh and blood may be
    A temple sanctified to Thee.

    No rest, no calm my soul may win,
    Because my body craves to sin;
    Till thou, dear Lord, thyself impart
    Peace on my head, light in my heart.

    May consecration come from far,
    Soft shining like the evening star.
    My toilsome path make plain to me,
    Until I come to rest in thee.


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    Psalm 130 (131)
    Childlike trust in God


    “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29).

    Whoever humbles himself like a little child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.

    O Lord, my heart is not proud
    nor haughty my eyes.
    I have not gone after things too great
    nor marvels beyond me.

    Truly I have set my soul
    in silence and peace.
    A weaned child on its mother’s breast,
    even so is my soul.

    O Israel, hope in the Lord
    both now and 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.

    Whoever humbles himself like a little child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you declared that whoever receives a little child in your name receives you, and you promised your kingdom to those who are like children. Never let pride reign in our hearts, but may the Father’s compassion reward and embrace all who willingly bear your gentle yoke.


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    Psalm 131 (132)
    God's promise to the house of David


    “The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father” (Lk 1:32).

    With an honest heart I have offered up all things joyfully, O my God.

    O Lord, remember David
    and all the many hardships he endured,
    the oath he swore to the Lord,
    his vow to the Strong One of Jacob.

    ‘I will not enter the house where I live
    nor go to the bed where I rest.
    I will give no sleep to my eyes,
    to my eyelids I will give no slumber
    till I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.’

    At Ephrata we heard of the ark;
    we found it in the plains of Yearim.
    ‘Let us go to the place of his dwelling;
    let us go to kneel at his footstool.’

    Go up, Lord, to the place of your rest,
    you and the ark of your strength.
    Your priests shall be clothed with holiness;
    your faithful shall ring out their joy.
    For the sake of David your servant
    do not reject your anointed.

    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.

    With an honest heart I have offered up all things joyfully, O my God.


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    Psalm 131 (132)

    The Lord swore an oath to David and he will not go back on his word; he made his kingdom firm for ever.

    The Lord swore an oath to David;
    he will not go back on his word:
    ‘A son, the fruit of your body,
    will I set upon your throne.

    ‘If they keep my covenant in truth
    and my laws that I have taught them,
    their sons also shall rule
    on your throne from age to age.’

    For the Lord has chosen Sion;
    he has desired it for his dwelling:
    ‘This is my resting-place for ever;
    here have I chosen to live.

    ‘I will greatly bless her produce,
    I will fill her poor with bread.
    I will clothe her priests with salvation
    and her faithful shall ring out their joy.

    ‘There David’s stock will flower;
    I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.
    I will cover his enemies with shame
    but on him my crown shall shine.’

    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 swore an oath to David and he will not go back on his word; he made his kingdom firm for ever.


    Psalm-prayer

    You are our King, Lord God. Help us to find a place for you in our hearts. Clothe your priests with saving power, fill the needy with bread, and let your holiness shine on us all.


    Or:

    You have chosen the new Zion as your dwelling place, Lord God, the Church as your place of rest. You have kindled in her a lamp that will burn brightly for ever before Christ your Anointed One. Make our hearts your tabernacle, clothe your priests with justice, your faithful with holiness and give bread to the poor. May all rejoice with you in heaven.


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


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    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    2 Corinthians 12:14-13:13
    Paul’s forthcoming visit to the Corinthians

    I am all prepared now to come to you for the third time, and I am not going to be a burden on you: it is you I want, not your possessions. Children are not expected to save up for their parents, but parents for children. I am perfectly willing to spend what I have, and to be expended, in the interests of your souls. Because I love you more, must I be loved the less?
    All very well, you say: I personally put no pressure on you, but like the cunning fellow that I am, I took you in by a trick. So we exploited you, did we, through one of the men that I have sent to you? Well, Titus went at my urging, and I sent the brother that came with him. Can Titus have exploited you? You know that he and I have always been guided by the same spirit and trodden in the same tracks.
    All this time you have been thinking that our defence is addressed to you, but it is before God that we, in Christ, are speaking; and it is all, my dear brothers, for your benefit. What I am afraid of is that when I come I may find you different from what I want you to be, and you may find that I am not as you would like me to be; and then there will be wrangling, jealousy, and tempers roused, intrigues and backbiting and gossip, obstinacies and disorder. I am afraid that on my next visit, my God may make me ashamed on your account and I shall be grieving over all those who sinned before and have still not repented of the impurities, fornication and debauchery they committed.
    This will be the third time I have come to you. The evidence of three, or at least two, witnesses is necessary to sustain the charge. I gave warning when I was with you the second time and I give warning now, too, before I come, to those who sinned before and to any others, that when I come again, I shall have no mercy. You want proof, you say, that it is Christ speaking in me: you have known him not as a weakling, but as a power among you? Yes, but he was crucified through weakness, and still he lives now through the power of God. So then, we are weak, as he was, but we shall live with him, through the power of God, for your benefit.
    Examine yourselves to make sure you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you acknowledge that Jesus Christ is really in you? If not, you have failed the test, but we, as I hope you will come to see, have not failed it. We pray to God that you will do nothing wrong: not that we want to appear as the ones who have been successful – we would rather that you did well even though we failed. We have no power to resist the truth; only to further it. We are only too glad to be weak provided you are strong. What we ask in our prayers is for you to be made perfect. That is why I am writing this from a distance, so that when I am with you I shall not need to be strict, with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for destroying.
    In the meantime, brothers, we wish you happiness; try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
    Greet one another with the holy kiss. All the saints send you greetings.
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


    Responsory
    2 Co 13:11; Ph 4:7

    ℟. Farewell, my brothers. Strive for perfection and live in peace,* and the God of love and peace will be with you.
    ℣. May God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, keep your hearts and minds safe, in union with Christ Jesus.* And the God of love and peace will be with you.


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    Second Reading
    From a sermon by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop
    On the love of Christ

    All holiness and perfection of soul lies in our love for Jesus Christ our God, who is our Redeemer and our supreme good. It is part of the love of God to acquire and to nurture all the virtues which make a man perfect.
    Has not God in fact won for himself a claim on all our love? From all eternity he has loved us. And it is in this vein that he speaks to us: “O man, consider carefully that I first loved you. You had not yet appeared in the light of day, nor did the world yet exist, but already I loved you. From all eternity I have loved you.”
    Since God knew that man is enticed by favours, he wished to bind him to his love by means of his gifts: “I want to catch men with the snares, those chains of love in which they allow themselves to be entrapped, so that they will love me.” And all the gifts which he bestowed on man were given to this end. He gave him a soul, made in his likeness, and endowed with memory, intellect and will; he gave him a body equipped with the senses; it was for him that he created heaven and earth and such an abundance of things. He made all these things out of love for man, so that all creation might serve man, and man in turn might love God out of gratitude for so many gifts.
    But he did not wish to give us only beautiful creatures; the truth is that to win for himself our love, he went so far as to bestow upon us the fullness of himself. The eternal Father went so far as to give us his only Son. When he saw that we were all dead through sin and deprived of his grace, what did he do? Compelled, as the Apostle says, by the superabundance of his love for us, he sent his beloved Son to make reparation for us and to call us back to a sinless life.
    By giving us his Son, whom he did not spare precisely so that he might spare us, he bestowed on us at once every good: grace, love and heaven; for all these goods are certainly inferior to the Son. He who did not spare his own Son, but handed him over for all of us: how could he fail to give us along with his Son all good things?


    Responsory

    ℟. The Lord grants the desires of those who fear him, he hears their cry and he saves them.* The Lord protects all who love him.
    ℣. A child of God does not commit sin, because the divine seed remains in him.* The Lord protects all who love him.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord God,
    you never cease to give new saints to your Church
    as a pattern for holy living.
    Help us to imitate Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls,
    that we may share his reward in heaven.
    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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