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

Office of Readings

  • Monday 6 December 2021

    Monday of the 2nd week of Advent 
    or Saint Nicholas, Bishop 

    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.



    The Advent of our God
    With eager prayers we greet
    And singing haste upon the road
    His glorious gift to meet.

    The everlasting Son
    Scorns not a Virgin’s womb;
    That we from bondage may be won
    He bears a bondsman’s doom.

    Daughter of Zion, rise
    To meet thy lowly King;
    Let not thy stubborn heart despise
    The peace he deigns to bring.

    In clouds of awful light,
    As Judge he comes again,
    His scattered people to unite,
    With them in heaven to reign.

    Let evil flee away
    Ere that dread hour shall dawn.
    Let this old Adam day by day
    God’s image still put on.

    Praise to the Incarnate Son,
    Who comes to set us free,
    With God the Father, ever One,
    To all eternity.


    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.


    ℣. Let us see, O Lord, your mercy.
    ℟. And give us your saving help.


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

    First Reading
    Isaiah 24:1-18
    The Lord’s manifestation on his day

    See how the Lord lays the earth waste,
    makes it a desert, buckles its surface,
    scatters its inhabitants,
    priest and people alike, master and slave,
    mistress and maid, seller and buyer,
    lender and borrower, creditor and debtor.
    Ravaged, ravaged the earth,
    despoiled, despoiled,
    as the Lord has said.
    The earth is mourning, withering,
    the world is pining, withering,
    the heavens are pining away with the earth.
    The earth is defiled
    under its inhabitants’ feet,
    for they have transgressed the law, violated the precept,
    broken the everlasting covenant.
    So a curse consumes the earth
    and its inhabitants suffer the penalty,
    that is why the inhabitants of the earth are burnt up
    and few men are left.

    The wine is mourning, the vine is pining away,
    all glad hearts are sighing.
    The merry tambourines are silent,
    the sound of revelling is over,
    the merry lyre is silent.
    They no longer sing over their wine,
    the drunkard finds strong drink revolting.
    The city of emptiness is in ruins,
    the entrance to every house is shut.
    There is lamentation in the streets: no wine,
    joy quite gone,
    gladness banished from the country.
    Nothing but rubble in the city,
    the gate smashed to pieces;
    and so it will be on earth,
    among the peoples,
    as at the beating of the olive trees,
    as at the gleaning of the grapes
    when the grape harvest is over.

    They lift up their voices, singing for joy;
    they acclaim the majesty of the Lord from the sea.
    Therefore in the islands they give glory to the Lord,
    in the islands of the sea, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
    From remotest earth we hear songs, ‘Honour to the upright one.’

    But ‘Enough, enough!’ I say.
    ‘Woe to the traitors who betray,
    to the traitors who treacherously betray!’
    Terror, the pit, the snare
    for you, inhabitants of the earth:
    the man who runs away at the cry of terror
    shall fall into the pit,
    and the man who climbs out of the pit
    shall be caught in the snare.

    Is 24:14-15; Ps 96:1

    ℟. They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;* in the east give glory to the Lord.
    ℣. O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth;* in the east give glory to the Lord.


    Second Reading
    From The Ascent of Mount Carmel, by St John of the Cross
    In Christ, God has spoken to us

    The principal reason why the Old Law permitted us to ask questions of God, and why prophets and priests had to seek visions and revelations of God, was because at that time faith had no firm foundation and the law of the Gospel was not yet established; and thus it was necessary that men should enquire of God and that he should speak, whether by words or by visions and revelations or whether by figures and images or by many other ways of expressing his meaning. For all that he answered and revealed belonged to the mysteries of our faith and things touching it or leading to it.
    But now that the faith is founded in Christ, now that in this era of grace the law of the Gospel has been made manifest, there is no reason to enquire of God in that manner nor for him to speak to us or answer us as he did then. For, in giving us, as he did, his Son, who is his one and only Word, he spoke to us once and for all, in this single Word, and he has no occasion to speak further.
    And this is the meaning of that passage with which the Letter to the Hebrews begins, trying to persuade the Hebrews that they should abandon those first ways of dealing and communicating with God which are in the law of Moses, and should set their eyes on Christ alone: At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, in the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son. That is, God has said so much about so many things through his Word that nothing more is needed, since that which he revealed partially in the past through the prophets, he has now revealed completely by giving us the All, which is his Son.
    Therefore if someone were now to ask questions of God or seek any vision or revelation, he would not only be acting foolishly but would be committing an offence against God – for he should set his eyes altogether upon Christ and seek nothing beyond Christ.
    God might answer him after this manner, saying: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to him. I have spoken all things to you in my Word. Set your eyes on him alone, for in him I have spoken and revealed to thee all things, and in him you shall find more than you ask for, even more than you want.
    I descended upon him with my Spirit on Mount Tabor and said This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to him. You have no reason to ask for new teaching or new answers from me because if I spoke to you in the past then it was to promise Christ. If people asked questions of me in the past then their questions were really a desire of Christ and a hope for his coming. For in him they were to find all good things, as has now been revealed in the teaching of the Evangelists and the Apostles.


    ℟. Many nations shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord:* he will teach us his ways and we will walk in his paths.
    ℣. The Messiah is coming – he who is called Christ. When he comes, he will show us all things:* he will teach us his ways and we will walk in his paths.


    Let us pray.

    Let our prayers rise like incense before you, Lord,
    so that we may come in humility and purity of heart
    to celebrate the great mystery of your Son’s incarnation.
    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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