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

Office of Readings

  • Monday 10 January 2022

    Monday of week 1 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.



    O God of truth, prepare our minds
    To hear and heed your holy word;
    Fill every heart that longs for you
    With your mysterious presence, Lord.

    Almighty Father, with your Son
    And blessed Spirit, hear our prayer:
    Teach us to love eternal truth
    And seek its freedom everywhere.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal


    Psalm 6
    A prayer for relief from affliction

    “Now my spirit is disturbed; Father, save me from this hour” (Jn 12:27).

    Lord, save me in your merciful love.

    Lord, do not reprove me in your anger;
    punish me not in your rage.
    Have mercy on me, Lord, I have no strength;
    Lord, heal me, my body is racked;
    my soul is racked with pain.

    But you, O Lord... how long?
    Return, Lord, rescue my soul.
    Save me in your merciful love;
    for in death no one remembers you;
    from the grave, who can give you praise?

    I am exhausted with my groaning;
    every night I drench my pillow with tears;
    I bedew my bed with weeping.
    My eye wastes away with grief;
    I have grown old surrounded by my foes.

    Leave me, all you who do evil;
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
    The Lord has heard my plea;
    The Lord will accept my prayer.
    All my foes will retire in confusion,
    foiled and suddenly confounded.

    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, save me in your merciful love.


    Lord God, you love mercy and tenderness; you give life and overcome death. Look upon the many wounds of your Church; restore her to health by your risen Son, so that she may sing a new song in your praise.


    Psalm 9A (9):2-11
    Thanksgiving for victory

    “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”

    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.

    I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will recount all your wonders.
    I will rejoice in you and be glad,
    and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.

    See how my enemies turn back,
    how they stumble and perish before you.
    You upheld the justice of my cause;
    you sat enthroned, judging with justice.

    You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;
    you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
    The foe is destroyed, eternally ruined.
    You uprooted their cities; their memory has perished.

    But the Lord sits enthroned for ever.
    He has set up his throne for judgement;
    he will judge the world with justice,
    he will judge the peoples with his truth.

    For the oppressed let the Lord be a stronghold,
    a stronghold in times of distress.
    Those who know your name will trust you;
    you will never forsake those who seek you.

    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.

    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.


    Psalm 9A (9):12-21

    I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.

    Sing psalms to the Lord who dwells in Sion.
    Proclaim his mighty works among the peoples,
    for the Avenger of blood has remembered them,
    has not forgotten the cry of the poor.

    Have pity on me, Lord, see my sufferings,
    you who save me from the gates of death;
    that I may recount all your praise
    at the gates of the city of Sion
    and rejoice in your saving help.

    The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,
    their feet caught in the snare they laid.
    The Lord has revealed himself, and given judgement.
    The wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.

    Let the wicked go down among the dead,
    all the nations forgetful of God;
    for the needy shall not always be forgotten
    nor the hopes of the poor be in vain.

    Arise, Lord, let men not prevail!
    Let the nations be judged before you.
    Lord, strike them with terror,
    let the nations know they are but 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.

    I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.


    Lord God, when you judge, do not be deaf to the shouts of the poor; bring havoc to the madness of oppressors. Look at our wounds and save us from the gates of death, so that we may always rejoice in your help and speak your praise in the gates of Zion.


    ℣. Teach me to observe your law.
    ℟. I will keep it with all my heart.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    Ecclesiasticus 1:1-25
    The mystery of Divine wisdom

    All wisdom is from the Lord,
    and it is his own for ever.
    The sand of the sea and the raindrops,
    and the days of eternity, who can assess them?
    The height of the sky and the breadth of the earth,
    and the depth of the abyss, who can probe them?
    Before all other things wisdom was created,
    shrewd understanding is everlasting.
    For whom has the root of wisdom ever been uncovered?
    Her resourceful ways, who knows them?
    One only is wise, terrible indeed,
    seated on his throne, the Lord.
    He himself has created her, looked on her and assessed her,
    and poured her out on all his works
    to be with all mankind as his gift,
    and he conveyed her to those who love him.

    The fear of the Lord is glory and pride,
    and happiness and a crown of joyfulness.

    The fear of the Lord will gladden the heart
    giving happiness and joy and long life.
    With him who fears the Lord it will be well at the last,
    and he will be blessed on the day of his death.

    To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    she was created with the faithful in their mothers’ womb;
    she has made a nest among men, an age-old foundation,
    and to their offspring she will cling faithfully.

    To fear the Lord is the perfection of wisdom;
    she intoxicates them with her fruits;
    she fills their whole house with their heart’s desire,
    and their storerooms with her produce.

    The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom;
    it makes peace and health to flourish.
    The Lord has looked on her and assessed her,
    he has showered down learning and discernment,
    and exalted the renown of those who hold her close.

    To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom,
    and her branches are long life.

    Si 1:1,6,9-10

    ℟. To whom was the knowledge of wisdom revealed? The Most High poured her out upon all living things,* and showed her to those who love him.
    ℣. All wisdom comes from the Lord our God; it was he who created her through his Holy Spirit,* and showed her to those who love him.


    Second Reading
    From a letter of Pope St Clement I to the Corinthians
    All wisdom comes from the Word of God on high

    We shall pray without ceasing to the Creator of all things, and beg him to preserve the number of his elect throughout the whole world, through his beloved son Jesus Christ, and not let a single one of them fall away.
    Through him you called us from darkness into light and gave us the knowledge of the glory of your name. He taught us to hope in you, from whom all creation has its being. He opened our eyes so that we would recognise you, most high among the highest, holy and surrounded by holiness. You put an end to the pride of the arrogant, you frustrate the plans of the gentiles, you raise up the lowly and bring down those who are exalted. You give riches and give poverty, you dispense both death and life. You succour every spirit, you are the God of all flesh. You behold what is hidden in the depths, you see all that men do. You give help to those in peril and rescue to those without hope. You create all that has breath and watch over it; you multiply the peoples of the earth, and from among them you choose those who love you through Jesus Christ your beloved Son, through whom you give us wisdom, holiness, and honour.
    We beg you, Lord, to be our help and our support. Free us from our troubles; take pity on the lowly; raise up those who have fallen; give help to the poor, health to the sick, and bring home those who have wandered away. Feed the hungry, ransom captives, give strength to the weak and courage to the faint-hearted. Let all peoples come to know that you alone are God, that Jesus Christ is your son, and that we are your people and the sheep of your flock.
    For by your acts you made visible the everlasting structure of the Universe and set the Earth on its foundations. For all generations you have been faithful and just in your judgements, and wonderful in your power and majesty. Wisely you have created, and wisely you have kept things in being. All that we see shows your goodness; to all who trust in you, you are faithful, kind, and merciful. Forgive us our wickednesses and injustices, our sins and our transgressions.
    Do not weigh down your servants with the burden of their sins, but purify us and direct the paths we take so that we go forward in purity and innocence of heart, so that all that we do is good and acceptable to you and to those who lead us.
    Come, Lord, let your face shine upon us so that we may peacefully enjoy all good things. May your powerful hand be a roof over our heads and may your strength preserve us from all wrongdoing. Free us, Lord, from those who hate us without cause. Give peace and harmony to us and to all the inhabitants of the Earth, as you gave them to our fathers who called on you with trust and faith.
    You alone can give us these gifts and confer these favours on us. We put our trust in you through Jesus Christ, our high priest, the guardian of our souls. Through him be glory and majesty to you now and through all generations until the end of time. Amen.


    ℟. What God is great as our God?* You are the God who works wonders.
    ℣. You showed your power among the peoples, your strong arm redeemed your people.* You are the God who works wonders.


    Let us pray.

    In your love, Lord,
    answer our humble prayer:
    give us the grace to see what we have to do
    and the strength to do it.
    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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