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

Office of Readings

  • Sunday 22 May 2022

    6th Sunday of Easter 

    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.



    Love’s redeeming work is done,
    fought the fight, the battle won.
    Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
    Lo, he sets in blood no more!

    Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
    Christ has burst the gates of hell;
    death in vain forbids him rise;
    Christ has opened paradise.

    Lives again our victor King;
    where, O death, is now thy sting?
    Dying once, he all doth save;
    where thy victory, O grave?

    Soar we now where Christ has led,
    following our exalted Head;
    made like him, like him we rise,
    ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

    Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
    Praise to thee by both be given:
    thee we greet triumphant now;
    hail, the Resurrection thou!


    Psalm 103 (104):1-12
    Hymn to God the Creator

    “For everyone who is in Christ there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here” (2 Cor 5:17).

    Alleluia. The stone was rolled back from the door of the tomb. Alleluia.

    Bless the Lord, my soul!
    Lord God, how great you are,
    clothed in majesty and glory,
    wrapped in light as in a robe!

    You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
    Above the rains you build your dwelling.
    You make the clouds your chariot,
    you walk on the wings of the wind,
    you make the winds your messengers
    and flashing fire your servants.

    You founded the earth on its base,
    to stand firm from age to age.
    You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:
    the waters stood higher than the mountains.

    At your threat they took to flight;
    at the voice of your thunder they fled.
    They rose over the mountains and flowed down
    to the place which you had appointed.
    You set limits they might not pass
    lest they return to cover the earth.

    You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow in between the hills.
    They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild-asses quench their thirst.
    On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;
    from the branches they sing their song.

    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.

    Alleluia. The stone was rolled back from the door of the tomb. Alleluia.


    Psalm 103 (104):13-23

    Alleluia. Who are you looking for, woman? Why search among the dead for one who lives? Alleluia.

    From your dwelling you water the hills;
    earth drinks its fill of your gift.
    You make the grass grow for the cattle
    and the plants to serve man’s needs,

    that he may bring forth bread from the earth
    and wine to cheer man’s heart;
    oil, to make him glad
    and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

    The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
    the cedars he planted on Lebanon;
    there the birds build their nests;
    on the tree-top the stork has her home.
    The goats find a home on the mountains
    and rabbits hide in the rocks.

    You made the moon to mark the months;
    the sun knows the time for its setting.
    When you spread the darkness it is night
    and all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
    The young lions roar for their prey
    and ask their food from God.

    At the rising of the sun they steal away
    and go to rest in their dens.
    Man goes forth to his work,
    to labour till evening falls.

    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.

    Alleluia. Who are you looking for, woman? Why search among the dead for one who lives? Alleluia.


    Psalm 103 (104):24-35

    Alleluia. Do not cry, Mary: the Lord has risen from the dead. Alleluia.

    How many are your works, O Lord!
    In wisdom you have made them all.
    The earth is full of your riches.

    There is the sea, vast and wide,
    with its moving swarms past counting,
    living things great and small.
    The ships are moving there
    and the monsters you made to play with.

    All of these look to you
    to give them their food in due season.
    You give it, they gather it up:
    you open your hand, they have their fill.

    You hide your face, they are dismayed;
    you take back your spirit, they die,
    returning to the dust from which they came.
    You send forth your spirit, they are created;
    and you renew the face of the earth.

    May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
    May the Lord rejoice in his works!
    He looks on the earth and it trembles;
    the mountains send forth smoke at his touch.

    I will sing to the Lord all my life,
    make music to my God while I live.
    May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
    I find my joy in the Lord.
    Let sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked exist no more.
    Bless the Lord, my soul.

    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.

    Alleluia. Do not cry, Mary: the Lord has risen from the dead. Alleluia.


    Father, as you made springs in valleys to form streams between mountains, so you made living streams of grace flow from the apostles that their teaching may bring salvation to all nations. May we have a practical knowledge of their doctrine, be obedient to their commands, obtain remission of sins through their prayers, and finally receive the reward of eternal happiness.


    God of all life, light, and love, through the visible things of this world you raise our thoughts to things unseen, and you show us your power and your love. From your dwelling place refresh our hearts and renew the face of the earth with the life-giving water of your word, until the new heaven and new earth resound with the song of resurrection.


    ℣. My heart rejoices, my body is glad, alleluia.
    ℟. I will praise him with my whole being, alleluia.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    1 John 1:1-10
    The Word of Life and the Light of God

    Something which has existed since the beginning,
    that we have heard,
    and we have seen with our own eyes;
    that we have watched
    and touched with our hands:
    the Word, who is life –
    this is our subject.
    That life was made visible:
    we saw it and we are giving our testimony,
    telling you of the eternal life
    which was with the Father and has been made visible to us.
    What we have seen and heard
    we are telling you
    so that you too may be in union with us,
    as we are in union
    with the Father
    and with his Son Jesus Christ.
    We are writing this to you to make our own joy complete.

    This is what we have heard from him,
    and the message that we are announcing to you:
    God is light; there is no darkness in him at all.
    If we say that we are in union with God
    while we are living in darkness,
    we are lying because we are not living the truth.
    But if we live our lives in the light,
    as he is in the light,
    we are in union with one another,
    and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
    purifies us from all sin.

    If we say we have no sin in us,
    we are deceiving ourselves
    and refusing to admit the truth;
    but if we acknowledge our sins,
    then God who is faithful and just
    will forgive our sins and purify us
    from everything that is wrong.
    To say that we have never sinned
    is to call God a liar
    and to show that his word is not in us.

    1 Jn 1:2, 5:20

    ℟. This life was made visible: we have seen it and we here declare to you the eternal life* which was with the Father and has been made visible to us, alleluia.
    ℣. We know that the Son of God has come: this is the true God, this is eternal life,* which was with the Father and has been made visible to us, alleluia.


    Second Reading
    From the commentary on the second letter to the Corinthians by Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop
    God has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation

    Those who have a sure hope, guaranteed by the Spirit, that they will rise again lay hold of what lies in the future as though it were already present. They say: “Outward appearances will no longer be our standard in judging other men. Our lives are all controlled by the Spirit now, and are not confined to this physical world that is subject to corruption. The light of the Only-begotten has shone on us, and we have been transformed into the Word, the source of all life. While sin was still our master, the bonds of death had a firm hold on us, but now that the righteousness of Christ has found a place in our hearts we have freed ourselves from our former condition of corruptibility.”
    This means that none of us lives in the flesh any more, at least not in so far as living in the flesh means being subject to the weaknesses of the flesh, which include corruptibility. Once we thought of Christ as being in the flesh, but we do not do so any longer, says Saint Paul. By this he meant that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us; he suffered death in the flesh in order to give all men life. It was in this flesh that we knew him before, but we do so no longer. Even though he remains in the flesh, since he came to life again on the third day and is now with his Father in heaven, we know that he has passed beyond the life of the flesh; for having died once, he will never die again, death has no power over him any more. His death was a death to sin, which he died once for all; his life is life with God.
    Since Christ has in this way become the source of life for us, we who follow in his footsteps must not think of ourselves as living in the flesh any longer, but as having passed beyond it. Saint Paul’s saying is absolutely true that when anyone is in Christ he becomes a completely different person: his old life is over and a new life has begun. We have been justified by our faith in Christ and the power of the curse has been broken. Christ’s coming to life again for our sake has put an end to the sovereignty of death. We have come to know the true God and to worship him in spirit and in truth, through the Son, our mediator, who sends down upon the world the Father’s blessings.
    And so Saint Paul shows deep insight when he says: This is all God’s doing: it is he who has reconciled us to himself through Christ. For the mystery of the incarnation and the renewal it accomplished could not have taken place without the Father’s will. Through Christ we have gained access to the Father, for as Christ himself says, no one comes to the Father except through him. This is all God’s doing, then. It is he who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.


    ℟. We exult in God through our Lord Jesus,* through whom we have now been granted reconciliation, alleluia.
    ℣. In him the complete being of God, by God’s own choice, came to dwell. God chose to reconcile the whole universe to himself through him,* through whom we have now been granted reconciliation, alleluia.



    If time allows, those who celebrate the Office of Readings of a Sunday (or solemnity, or feast of the Lord) on the evening before, or at the crack of dawn on the day itself, may enrich the celebration with three Old Testament canticles and a Gospel reading.


    Te Deum

    We praise you, O God:
    we acclaim you as the Lord.

    Everlasting Father,
    all the world bows down before you.

    All the angels sing your praise,
    the hosts of heaven and all the angelic powers,

    all the cherubim and seraphim
    call out to you in unending song:

    Holy, Holy, Holy,
    is the Lord God of angel hosts!

    The heavens and the earth are filled
    with your majesty and glory.

    The glorious band of apostles,
    the noble company of prophets,

    the white-robed army who shed their blood for Christ,
    all sing your praise.

    And to the ends of the earth
    your holy Church proclaims her faith in you:

    Father, whose majesty is boundless,
    your true and only Son, who is to be adored,
    the Holy Spirit sent to be our Advocate.

    You, Christ, are the king of glory,
    Son of the eternal Father.

    When you took our nature to save mankind
    you did not shrink from birth in the Virgin’s womb.

    You overcame the power of death
    opening the Father’s kingdom to all who believe in you.

    Enthroned at God’s right hand in the glory of the Father,
    you will come in judgement according to your promise.

    You redeemed your people by your precious blood.
    Come, we implore you, to our aid.

    Grant us with the saints
    a place in eternal glory.

    The final part of the hymn may be omitted:

    Lord, save your people
    and bless your inheritance.

    Rule them and uphold them
    for ever and ever.

    Day by day we praise you:
    we acclaim you now and to all eternity.

    In your goodness, Lord, keep us free from sin.
    Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

    May your mercy always be with us, Lord,
    for we have hoped in you.

    In you, Lord, we put our trust:
    we shall not be put to shame.


    Let us pray.

    Almighty God,
    give us the grace of an attentive love
    to celebrate these days of joy
    devoted to the honour of the Risen Lord.
    Teach us to hold fast in our actions
    to the mystery we recall in worship.
    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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