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

Office of Readings

  • Sunday 12 June 2022

    The Most Holy Trinity - Solemnity 

    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.



    Father all-holy, merciful and tender;
    Son co-eternal, worthy to be praised;
    Spirit of comfort, fount of loving kindness;
    God everlasting!

    Trinity holy; Unity unchanging;
    Goodness unbounded; very God of heaven;
    Light of the angels; refuge of the friendless;
    Hope universal.

    All thy works hymn thee; all thy saints adore thee;
    They for thy pleasure are, and were created:
    Now, while we also worship thee devoutly,
    Hear thou our voices.

    Thine be the glory, Deity almighty,
    One in Three Persons, Monarch in the highest:
    Glory and honour, song and praise beseem thee
    Now and for ever.


    Psalm 8
    The greatness of God, the dignity of man

    “He has put all things under his feet, and appointed him to be the head of the whole Church” (Eph 1:22).

    Come and be with us, one almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    How great is your name, O Lord our God,
    through all the earth!

    Your majesty is praised above the heavens;
    on the lips of children and of babes
    you have found praise to foil your enemy,
    to silence the foe and the rebel.

    When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
    the moon and the stars which you arranged,
    what is man that you should keep him in mind,
    mortal man that you care for him?

    Yet you have made him little less than a god;
    with glory and honour you crowned him,
    gave him power over the works of your hand,
    put all things under his feet.

    All of them, sheep and cattle,
    yes, even the savage beasts,
    birds of the air, and fish
    that make their way through the waters.

    How great is your name, O Lord our God
    through all the earth!

    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.

    Come and be with us, one almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


    Almighty Lord, how wonderful is your name. You have made every creature subject to you; make us worthy to give you service.


    Lord, creator of all that is, you made your Son one of us, a little less than the angels. When you crowned him with honour and glory, you raised the dignity of man beyond the skies. Always care for us, your royal children in your Son, the new Adam, so that one day we may be radiant with his splendour.


    Psalm 32 (33):1-11
    The Lord provides

    “All things were made through him” (Jn 1:3).

    The Father is love, the Son is grace, the Holy Spirit is the one who unites, O blessed Trinity.

    Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
    for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

    Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,
    with a ten-stringed harp sing him songs.
    O sing him a song that is new,
    play loudly, with all your skill.

    For the word of the Lord is faithful
    and all his works to be trusted.
    The Lord loves justice and right
    and fills the earth with his love.

    By his word the heavens were made,
    by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
    He collects the waves of the ocean;
    he stores up the depths of the sea.

    Let all the earth fear the Lord
    all who live in the world revere him.
    He spoke; and it came to be.
    He commanded; it sprang into being.

    He frustrates the designs of the nations,
    he defeats the plans of the peoples.
    His own designs shall stand for ever,
    the plans of his heart from age to age.

    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 Father is love, the Son is grace, the Holy Spirit is the one who unites, O blessed Trinity.


    Psalm 32 (33):12-22

    The Father is true, truth the Son and truth the Spirit, O blessed Trinity.

    They are happy, whose God is the Lord,
    the people he has chosen as his own.
    From the heavens the Lord looks forth,
    he sees all the children of men.

    From the place where he dwells he gazes
    on all the dwellers on the earth;
    he who shapes the hearts of them all;
    and considers all their deeds.

    A king is not saved by his army,
    nor a warrior preserved by his strength.
    A vain hope for safety is the horse;
    despite its power it cannot save.

    The Lord looks on those who revere him,
    on those who hope in his love,
    to rescue their souls from death,
    to keep them alive in famine.

    Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
    The Lord is our help and our shield.
    In him do our hearts find joy.
    We trust in his holy name.

    May your love be upon us, O Lord,
    as we place all our hope in 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 Father is true, truth the Son and truth the Spirit, O blessed Trinity.


    Nourish your people, Lord, for we hunger for your word. Rescue us from the death of sin and fill us with your mercy, that we may share your presence and the joys of all the saints.


    Your Son is the firstborn of creation, Lord, and the head of his body, the Church. Through him you founded the heavens and earth; through him you continue to accomplish the intentions of your heart. Make your chosen people witnesses of your truth among the nations and heralds of your glory in the heavens.


    ℣. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
    ℟. By the breath of his mouth all the stars came into being.


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

    First Reading
    1 Corinthians 2:1-16
    Wisdom revealed by the Spirit of God

    As for me, brothers, when I came to you, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great ‘fear and trembling’ and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.
    But still we have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity: not a philosophy of our age, it is true, still less of the masters of our age, which are coming to their end. The hidden wisdom of God which we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began. It is a wisdom that none of the masters of this age have ever known, or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory; we teach what scripture calls: the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.
    These are the very things that God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says: Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him? But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

    Dn 2:22,28; 1 Co 2:9-10

    ℟. May he who is the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-glorious Father, grant us a spirit of wisdom and insight, to give us fuller knowledge of himself. May our inward eye be enlightened,* so that we may understand to what hopes he has called us, how rich in glory is this inheritance of his, promised to the saints.
    ℣. What we have received is no spirit of worldly wisdom, but the Spirit that comes from God.* So that we may understand to what hopes he has called us, how rich in glory is this inheritance of his, promised to the saints.


    Second Reading
    A letter of St Athanasius
    Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

    It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name.
    We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energising reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.
    Writing to the Corinthians about spiritual matters, Paul traces all reality back to one God, the Father, saying: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.
    Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so the graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text: My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him. For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace.
    This is also Paul’s teaching in his second letter to the Corinthians: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. For grace and the gift of the Trinity are given by the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we possess the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit himself.


    ℟. Let us bless the Father and the Son together with the Holy Spirit.* Let us praise and exalt them above all for ever.
    ℣. Blessed be God in the firmament of heaven, to be praised and glorified for ever.* Let us praise and exalt them above all for ever.



    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.

    God our Father,
    you revealed the great mystery of your godhead to men
    when you sent into the world
    the Word who is Truth
    and the Spirit who makes us holy.
    Help us to believe in you and worship you,
    as the true faith teaches:
    three Persons, eternal in glory,
    one God, infinite in majesty.
    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.


    The week’s sequence of readings from Scripture has been interrupted today, because today’s feast has a First Reading of its own.
    The reading you would otherwise have seen is shown below. It is perfectly reasonable (and encouraged) to join it on to yesterday’s or tomorrow’s First Reading, if it goes well with one of them and you think this is a sensible way of avoiding a gap.

    Judges 2:6-3:4
    The time of the Judges

    Then Joshua told the people to go, and the Israelites went away, each to his own possession, to occupy the land. The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the lifetime of those elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the great deeds that the Lord had done for the sake of Israel. Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died when he was a hundred and ten years old. They buried him on the estate he had received for inheritance, at Timnath-heres in the highlands of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. And when that generation too had been gathered to its fathers, another generation followed it which knew neither the Lord nor the deeds that he had done for the sake of Israel.
    Then the sons of Israel did what displeases the Lord and served the Baals. They deserted the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from the gods of the peoples round them. They bowed down to these; they provoked the Lord; they deserted the Lord to serve Baal and Astarte. Then the Lord’s anger flamed out against Israel. He handed them over to pillagers who plundered them; he delivered them to the enemies surrounding them, and they were not able to resist them. In every warlike venture, the hand of the Lord was there to foil them, as the Lord had warned, as the Lord had sworn to them. Thus he reduced them to dire distress.
    Then the Lord appointed judges for them, and rescued the men of Israel from the hands of their plunderers. But they would not listen to their judges. They prostituted themselves to other gods, and bowed down before these. Very quickly they left the path their ancestors had trodden in obedience to the orders of the Lord; they did not follow their example. When the Lord appointed judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and rescued them from the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived, for the Lord felt pity for them as they groaned under the iron grip of their oppressors. But once the judge was dead, they relapsed and behaved even worse than their ancestors. They followed other gods; they served them and bowed before them, and would not give up the practices and stubborn ways of their ancestors at all.
    Then the Lord’s anger flamed out against Israel, and he said, ‘Since this people has broken the covenant I laid down for their ancestors, since they have not listened to my voice, in future I will not evict any of the nations that Joshua left in the land when he died’; this was to test them by means of these nations, to see whether Israel would or would not tread the paths of the Lord as once their ancestors had trodden them. So the Lord allowed these nations to remain; he did not hurry to drive them out, and did not deliver them into the hands of Joshua.
    These are the nations that the Lord let remain, to use them to test all those in Israel who had never known war in Canaan (this was only in the interest of the generations of the sons of Israel, to teach them the art of war, those at least who had never known the former wars): the five chiefs of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hittites who lived in the range of Lebanon, from the uplands of Baal-hermon to the Pass of Hamath. They were used to put Israel to the test and see if they would keep the orders that the Lord had given their fathers through Moses.

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