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

Office of Readings

  • Monday 7 June 2021

    Monday of week 10 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.



    Come, Spirit blest, with God the Son
    and God the Father, ever one:
    shed forth your grace within our breast
    and live in us, a ready guest.

    By every power, by heart and tongue,
    by act and deed, your praise be sung.
    Inflame with perfect love each sense,
    that others’ souls may kindle thence.


    Psalm 30 (31):2-9
    Trustful prayer in time of adversity

    “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk 23:46).

    Hear me, Lord, and come to rescue me.

    In you, O Lord, I take refuge.
    Let me never be put to shame.
    In your justice, set me free,
    hear me and speedily rescue me.

    Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a mighty stronghold to save me,
    for you are my rock, my stronghold.
    For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

    Release me from the snares they have hidden
    for you are my refuge, Lord.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit.
    It is you who will redeem me, Lord.

    O God of truth, you detest
    those who worship false and empty gods.
    As for me, I trust in the Lord:
    let me be glad and rejoice in your love.

    You who have seen my affliction
    and taken heed of my soul’s distress,
    have not handed me over to the enemy,
    but set my feet at large.

    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.

    Hear me, Lord, and come to rescue me.


    Psalm 30 (31):10-17

    Lord, let your face shine on your servant.

    Have mercy on me, O Lord,
    for I am in distress.
    Tears have wasted my eyes,
    my throat and my heart.

    For my life is spent with sorrow
    and my years with sighs.
    Affliction has broken down my strength
    and my bones waste away.

    In the face of all my foes
    I am a reproach,
    an object of scorn to my neighbours
    and of fear to my friends.

    Those who see me in the street
    run far away from me.
    I am like a dead man, forgotten,
    like a thing thrown away.

    I have heard the slander of the crowd,
    fear is all around me,
    as they plot together against me,
    as they plan to take my life.

    But as for me, I trust in you, Lord;
    I say: ‘You are my God.
    My life is in your hands, deliver me
    from the hands of those who hate me.

    Let your face shine on your servant.
    Save me in your love.’

    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.

    Lord, let your face shine on your servant.


    Psalm 30 (31):20-25

    Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love.

    How great is the goodness, Lord,
    that you keep for those who fear you,
    that you show to those who trust you
    in the sight of men.

    You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plotting of men;
    you keep them safe within your tent
    from disputing tongues.

    Blessed be the Lord who has shown me
    the wonders of his love
    in a fortified city.

    ‘I am far removed from your sight’
    I said in my alarm.
    Yet you heard the voice of my plea
    when I cried for help.

    Love the Lord, all you saints.
    He guards his faithful
    but the Lord will repay to the full
    those who act with pride.

    Be strong, let your heart take courage,
    all who hope in the Lord.

    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.

    Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love.


    God of kindness and truth, you saved your Chosen One, Jesus Christ, and you gave your martyrs strength. Watch over your people who come to you here and strengthen the hearts of those who hope in you, that they may proclaim your saving acts of kindness in the eternal city.


    ℣. Lead me in the way of your truth and teach me, O Lord.
    ℟. You are the God who saves me.


    The one-year and two-year cycles of readings are identical today.

    First Reading
    Joshua 1:1-18
    Joshua exhorts the tribes to unity

    When Moses the servant of the Lord was dead, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ adjutant. He said, ‘Moses my servant is dead; rise – it is time – and cross the Jordan here, you and all this people with you, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel. Every place you tread with the soles of your feet I shall give you as I declared to Moses that I would. From the wilderness and Lebanon to the great river Euphrates and to the Great Sea westwards, this shall be your territory. As long as you live, no one shall be able to stand in your way: I will be with you as I was with Moses; I will not leave you or desert you.
    ‘Be strong and stand firm, for you are the man to give this people possession of the land that I swore to their fathers I should give to them. Only be strong and stand firm and be careful to keep all the Law which my servant Moses laid on you. Never swerve from this to right or left, and then you will be happy in all you do. Have the book of this Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may carefully keep everything that is written in it. Then you will prosper in your dealings, then you will have success. Have I not told you: Be strong and stand firm? Be fearless then, be confident, for go where you will, the Lord your God is with you.’
    Then Joshua gave the officers of the people this order: ‘Go through the camp and say to the people, “Get provisions ready, for in three days you will cross the Jordan here and go on to take possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving you as your very own.”’
    Then to the Reubenites and Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, ‘Remember what the Lord’s servant Moses told you, “The Lord your God, granting you a place to find rest, has given you this land.” Your wives, your little ones and your cattle may remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan. But all you who are fighting men must go over with your weapons in front of your brothers and fight with them till the Lord grants rest, to your brothers and you alike, when they too have taken possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. Then you may go back again to the land that is yours to hold, which the Lord’s servant Moses gave you eastwards beyond the Jordan.’
    Then they answered Joshua, ‘We will do all that you have told us, and wherever you send us we will go. We obeyed Moses in all things, and now we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses! If anyone rebels against your direction and does not obey whatever orders you lay on him, let him be put to death. Only be strong and stand firm.’

    Jos 1:5-7,9; Dt 31:20

    ℟. Thus says the Lord: As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.* Be strong and of good courage. You shall lead my people into a land flowing with milk and honey.
    ℣. Be not dismayed, for I am with you. I will not fail you or forsake you wherever you go.* Be strong and of good courage. You shall lead my people into a land flowing with milk and honey.


    Second Reading
    From St Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Romans
    Let me not only be called a Christian, but prove to be one

    You have never begrudged the martyrs their triumph but rather trained them for it. And so I am asking you to be consistent with the lessons you teach them. Just beg for me the courage and endurance not only to speak but also to will what is right, so that I may not only be called a Christian, but prove to be one. For if I prove myself to be a Christian by martyrdom, then people will call me one, and my loyalty to Christ will be apparent when the world sees me no more. Nothing you can see is truly good. For our Lord Jesus Christ, now that he has returned to his Father, has revealed himself more clearly. Our task is not one of producing persuasive propaganda; Christianity shows its greatness when it is hated by the world.
    I am writing to all the churches to declare to them all that I am glad to die for God, provided you do not hinder me. I beg you not to show me a misplaced kindness. Let me be the food of beasts that I may come to God. I am his wheat, and I shall be ground by the teeth of beasts, that I may become Christ’s pure bread.
    I would rather that you coaxed the beasts to become my tomb and to leave no scrap of me behind; then when I have died I will be a burden to no one. I shall be a true disciple of Christ when the world no longer sees my body. Pray to Christ for me that by these means I may become a sacrifice to God. I do not give you orders like Peter and Paul. They were apostles, I am a condemned criminal; they were free, I am still a slave. But if I suffer, I shall become the freedman of Jesus Christ and I shall rise again to freedom in him.
    Now as a prisoner I am learning to give up my own wishes. All the way from Syria to Rome I am fighting wild beasts, by land and by sea, by day and by night, chained as I am to ten leopards, I mean the detachment of soldiers who guard me; the better you treat them, the worse they become. I am more and more trained in discipleship by their ill usage of me, but I am not therefore justified. How happy I will be with the beasts which are prepared for me! I hope that they will make short work of me. I shall even coax them to devour me quickly and not to be afraid of touching me, as sometimes happens; in fact, if they hold back, I shall force them to it. Bear with me, for I know what is good for me. Now I am beginning to be a disciple. May nothing visible or invisible rob me of my prize, which is Jesus Christ! The fire, the cross, packs of wild beasts, lacerations, rendings, wrenching of bones, mangling of limbs, crushing of the whole body, the horrible tortures of the devil – let all these things come upon me, if only I may gain Jesus Christ!


    ℟. I am dead to the law, so that I can live for God. The life I now live in this body I live in faith: faith in the Son of God,* who loved me and sacrificed himself for my sake.
    ℣. I have been crucified with Christ, and I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me,* who loved me and sacrificed himself for my sake.


    Let us pray.

    Lord God, source of all good,
    hear our prayer:
    inspire us with good intentions,
    and help us to fulfil them.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    God, for ever and ever.


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

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