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

Office of Readings

  • Tuesday 14 June 2022

    Tuesday of week 11 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.



    Worship, glory, praise and honour
    To our God, high-throned above:
    We, with many generations
    Join to praise thy name of love.

    In the scriptures, by the Spirit,
    May we see the Saviour’s face,
    Hear his word and heed his calling,
    Know his will and grow in grace.


    Psalm 67 (68):2-11
    The Lord's triumphal journey

    “When he ascended on high he led captivity captive, he gave gifts to men” (Eph 4:8).

    Let God arise, let those who hate him flee before him.

    Let God arise, let his foes be scattered.
    Let those who hate him flee before him.
    As smoke is blown away so will they be blown away;
    like wax that melts before the fire,
    so the wicked shall perish at the presence of God.

    But the just shall rejoice at the presence of God,
    they shall exult and dance for joy.
    O sing to the Lord, make music to his name;
    make a highway for him who rides on the clouds.
    Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.

    Father of the orphan, defender of the widow,
    such is God in his holy place.
    God gives the lonely a home to live in;
    he leads the prisoners forth into freedom:
    but rebels must dwell in a parched land.

    When you went forth, O God, at the head of your people,
    when you marched across the desert, the earth trembled:
    the heavens melted at the presence of God,
    at the presence of God, Israel’s God.

    You poured down, O God, a generous rain:
    when your people were starved you gave them new life.
    It was there that your people found a home,
    prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor.

    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.

    Let God arise, let those who hate him flee before him.


    Psalm 67 (68):12-24

    This God of ours is a God who saves. The Lord holds the keys of death.

    The Lord gives the word to the bearers of good tidings:
    ‘The Almighty has defeated a numberless army
    and kings and armies are in flight, in flight
    while you were at rest among the sheepfolds.’

    At home the women already share the spoil.
    They are covered with silver as the wings of a dove,
    its feathers brilliant with shining gold
    and jewels flashing like snow on Mount Zalmon.

    The mountains of Bashan are mighty mountains;
    high-ridged mountains are the mountains of Bashan.
    Why look with envy, you high-ridged mountains,
    at the mountain where God has chosen to dwell?
    It is there that the Lord shall dwell for ever.

    The chariots of God are thousands upon thousands.
    The Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place.
    You have gone up on high; you have taken captives,
    receiving men in tribute, O God,
    even those who rebel, into your dwelling, O Lord.

    May the Lord be blessed day after day.
    He bears our burdens, God our saviour.
    This God of ours is a God who saves.
    The Lord our God holds the keys of death.
    And God will smite the head of his foes,
    the crown of those who persist in their sins.

    The Lord said: ‘I will bring them back from Bashan;
    I will bring them back from the depth of the sea.
    Then your feet will tread in their blood
    and the tongues of your dogs take their share of the foe.’

    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.

    This God of ours is a God who saves. The Lord holds the keys of death.


    Psalm 67 (68):25-36

    Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, praise the Lord.

    They see your solemn procession, O God,
    the procession of my God, of my king, to the sanctuary:
    the singers in the forefront, the musicians coming last,
    between them, maidens sounding their timbrels.

    ‘In festive gatherings, bless the Lord;
    bless God, O you who are Israel’s sons.’
    There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head,
    Judah’s princes, a mighty throng,
    Zebulun’s princes, Naphtali’s princes.

    Show forth, O God, show forth your might,
    your might, O God, which you have shown for us.
    For the sake of your temple high in Jerusalem
    may kings come to you bringing their tribute.

    Threaten the wild beast that dwells in the reeds,
    the bands of the mighty and lords of the peoples.
    Let them bow down offering silver.
    Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
    Princes will make their way from Egypt:
    Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God.

    Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, praise the Lord
    who rides on the heavens, the ancient heavens.
    He thunders his voice, his mighty voice.
    Come, acknowledge the power of God.

    His glory is on Israel; his might is in the skies.
    God is to be feared in his holy place.
    He is the Lord, Israel’s God.
    He gives strength and power to his people.
    Blessed be God!

    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.

    Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, praise the Lord.


    Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe, you have given us joy in your holy meal. Help us to understand the significance of your death and to acknowledge you as the conqueror of death seated at the right hand of the Father.


    God our Father, the Exodus foreshadowed the eternal liberation of all peoples from bondage; by the paschal mystery you have rescued us from our former slavery. Bring us rejoicing to the promised land where we shall sing your glory continually.


    ℣. I will listen to what the Lord has to say.
    ℟. He speaks of peace for his people.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    Judges 6:1-6,11-24
    The call of Gideon

    The Israelites did what displeases the Lord; the Lord gave them over for seven years into the hands of Midian, and Midian bore down heavily on Israel. To escape from Midian the Israelites used the mountain clefts and the caves and shelters. Whenever Israel sowed seed, Midian would march up with Amalek and the sons of the East; they would march up against Israel and encamp on their territory and destroy the produce of the country as far as Gaza. They left Israel nothing to live on, not a sheep or ox or donkey, for they came up as thick as locusts with their own cattle and their tents; they and their camels were past counting, they overran and pillaged the country. Thus Midian brought Israel to great distress, and the Israelites cried to the Lord.
    The angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah which belonged to Joash of Abiezer. Gideon his son was threshing wheat inside the winepress to keep it hidden from Midian, when the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘The Lord is with you, valiant warrior!’ Gideon answered him, ‘Forgive me, my lord, but if the Lord is with us, then why is it that all this is happening to us now? And where are all the wonders our ancestors tell us of when they say, “Did not the Lord bring us out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has deserted us; he has abandoned us to Midian.’
    At this the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength now upholding you, and you will rescue Israel from the power of Midian. Do I not send you myself?’ Gideon answered him, ‘Forgive me, my lord, but how can I deliver Israel? My clan, you must know, is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least important in my family.’ The Lord answered him, ‘I will be with you and you shall crush Midian as though it were a single man.’ Gideon said to him, ‘If I have found favour in your sight, give me a sign that it is you who speak to me. I beg you, do not go away until I come back. I will bring you my offering and set it down before you.’ And he answered, ‘I will stay until you return.’
    Gideon went away and prepared a young goat and made unleavened cakes with an ephah of flour. He put the meat into a basket and the broth into a pot, then brought it all to him under the terebinth. As he came near, the angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Take the meat and unleavened cakes, put them on this rock and pour the broth over them.’ Gideon did so. Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff in his hand and touched the meat and unleavened cakes. Fire sprang from the rock and consumed the meat and unleavened cakes, and the angel of the Lord vanished before his eyes. Then Gideon knew this was the angel of the Lord, and he said, ‘Alas, my Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!’ The Lord answered him, ‘Peace be with you; have no fear; you will not die.’ Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it The-Lord-is-Peace. This altar still stands at Ophrah of Abiezer.

    Is 45:4-6; Jg 6:14

    ℟. I am the Lord who calls you by name for the sake of Jacob my servant and Israel my chosen one.* Go in your might and deliver Israel.
    ℣. I will strengthen you, so that all men may know that I am the Lord.* Go in your might and deliver Israel.


    Second Reading
    St Cyprian's treatise on the Lord's Prayer
    Hallowed be thy name

    How great is the Lord’s indulgence! How kindly he bends down to us, how he overflows with goodness towards us! For he wishes us to pray in the sight of God in such a way as to call God Father and to call ourselves sons of God, just as Christ is the Son of God. No-one would have dared to claim such a name in prayer, unless he himself had given us permission to pray this. And so, beloved brethren, we should know and remember that when we call God our Father, we must behave as children of God, so that whatever pleasure we take in having God for our Father, he may take the same pleasure in us.
    Let us behave like temples of God, so that it may be clear that God dwells in us. Let our doings not fall away from the Spirit, but let us, who have begun to be heavenly and spiritual, consider and do nothing but heavenly and spiritual things. As the Lord God himself has said: Those who honour me, I will honour them; but those who despise me will be despised. And the blessed apostle has also said in his letters: You are not your own property: you have been bought at a great price. Glorify God and carry him in your bodies.
    After this we say Hallowed be thy name. This is not because we want God to be made holy by our prayers: what we are asking God is that his name should be hallowed within us. After all, how can anything be needed to sanctify God, who himself is the source of sanctity? But because he says be holy, as I am holy, we ask and beg of him that we, who have been sanctified in baptism, may continue in that which we have begun to be. And this we pray daily, for our need is for daily sanctification so that we who daily fall away may wash away our crimes by continual sanctification.
    As for the nature of the sanctification that comes to us from God, the Apostle tells us when he says: They will not inherit the kingdom of God, who fornicate, or worship idols, or commit adultery; catamites or sodomites, thieves, cheats, drunkards, slanderers or extortioners. You were like this once, but you were washed, you were justified, you were made holy in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. He says that we are sanctified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. We pray that this sanctification may remain with us; and because our Lord and Judge warns the man who was healed and given life by him not to sin again, lest something worse happen to him, we make this prayer without ceasing, we beg for it day and night, that the sanctification and life that comes from God may be preserved by his protection.


    ℟. I will vindicate the holiness of my great name. I will sprinkle clean water over you, and will give you a new heart.* I will put my Spirit into you, so that you may obey my commands, keep my laws and live by them.
    ℣. You shall make yourselves holy and keep yourselves holy, because I am holy.* I will put my Spirit into you, so that you may obey my commands, keep my laws and live by them.


    Let us pray.

    Lord God, strength of those who hope in you,
    support us in our prayer:
    because we are weak and can do nothing without you,
    give us always the help of your grace
    so that, in fulfilling your commandments,
    we may please you in all we desire and do.
    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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