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

Office of Readings

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022

    Wednesday 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.



    Bright as fire in darkness,
    Sharper than a sword,
    Lives throughout the ages
    God’s eternal word.

    Father, Son and Spirit,
    Trinity of might,
    Compassed in your glory,
    Give the world your light.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal


    Psalm 88 (89):2-19
    The Lord's kindness to the house of David

    “God has raised up one from the house of David, as he promised: Jesus the Saviour” (Acts 13:22,23).

    Love and truth walk in your presence, Lord.

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;
    through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
    Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
    that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

    ‘With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    I will establish your dynasty for ever
    and set up your throne through all ages.’

    The heavens proclaim your wonders, O Lord;
    the assembly of your holy ones proclaims your truth.
    For who in the skies can compare with the Lord
    or who is like the Lord among the sons of God?

    A God to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    great and dreadful to all around him.
    O Lord God of hosts, who is your equal?
    You are mighty, O Lord, and truth is your garment.

    It is you who rule the sea in its pride;
    it is you who still the surging of its waves.
    You crushed the monster Rahab and killed it,
    scattering your foes with your mighty arm.

    The heavens are yours, the world is yours.
    It is you who founded the earth and all it holds;
    it is you who created the North and the South.
    Tabor and Hermon shout with joy at your name.

    Yours is a mighty arm, O Lord;
    your hand is strong, your right hand ready.
    Justice and right are the pillars of your throne,
    love and truth walk in your presence.

    Happy the people who acclaim such a king,
    who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
    who find their joy every day in your name,
    who make your justice the source of their bliss.

    For you, O Lord, are the glory of their strength;
    by your favour it is that our might is exalted;
    for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;
    our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel.

    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.

    Love and truth walk in your presence, Lord.


    Psalm 88 (89):20-30

    The Son of God was born into the house of David when he came into this world.

    Of old you spoke in a vision.
    To your friends the prophets you said:
    ‘I have set the crown on a warrior,
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.

    ‘I have found David my servant
    and with my holy oil anointed him.
    My hand shall always be with him
    and my arm shall make him strong.

    ‘The enemy shall never outwit him
    nor the evil man oppress him.
    I will beat down his foes before him
    and smite those who hate him.

    ‘My truth and my love shall be with him;
    by my name his might shall be exalted.
    I will stretch out his hand to the Sea
    and his right hand as far as the River.

    ‘He will say to me: “You are my father,
    my God, the rock who saves me.”
    And I will make him my first-born,
    the highest of the kings of the earth.

    ‘I will keep my love for him always;
    with him my covenant shall last.
    I will establish his dynasty for ever,
    make his throne endure as the heavens.’

    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 Son of God was born into the house of David when he came into this world.


    Psalm 88 (89):31-38

    Once for all, I have sworn to David my servant: his dynasty shall last for ever.

    ‘If his sons forsake my law
    and refuse to walk as I decree
    and if ever they violate my statutes,
    refusing to keep my commands;

    ‘then I will punish their offences with the rod,
    then I will scourge them on account of their guilt.
    But I will never take back my love,
    my truth will never fail.

    ‘I will never violate my covenant
    nor go back on the word I have spoken.
    Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness.
    “I will never lie to David.

    ‘“His dynasty shall last for ever.
    In my sight his throne is like the sun;
    like the moon, it shall endure for ever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.”’

    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.

    Once for all, I have sworn to David my servant: his dynasty shall last for ever.


    Lord, God of mercy and fidelity, you made a new and lasting pact with men and sealed it in the blood of your Son. Forgive the folly of our disloyalty and make us keep your commandments, so that in your new covenant we may be witnesses and heralds of your faithfulness and love on earth, and sharers of your glory in heaven.


    ℣. The unfolding of your word gives light.
    ℟. It teaches the simple.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    Judges 6:33-7:8,16-22
    Gideon conquers with a smaller army

    Then all Midian and Amalek and the sons of the East joined forces, crossed the Jordan and encamped in the plain of Jezreel. And the spirit of the Lord came on Gideon; he sounded the horn and Abiezer rallied behind him. He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, and Manasseh too rallied behind him; he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, and they too marched out to meet him.
    Gideon said to God, ‘If you really mean to deliver Israel by my hand, as you have declared, see now, I spread out a fleece on the threshing-floor; if there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is left dry, then I shall know that you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have declared.’ And so it happened. Gideon rose the next morning, squeezed the fleece and wrung enough dew out of the fleece to fill a drinking cup. Then Gideon spoke to God again, ‘Do not be angry with me if I speak once again. Let me make trial with the fleece just once more. Let the fleece alone be dry, and let there be dew on the ground all round it.’ And God did so that night. The fleece alone stayed dry, and there was dew on the ground all round it.
    Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) got up very early, as did all the people with him; he pitched camp at En-harod; the camp of Midian was north of his, under the Hill of Moreh in the valley. Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘There are too many people with you for me to put Midian into their power; Israel might claim the credit for themselves at my expense: they might say, “My own hand has rescued me.” Therefore, make this proclamation now to the people: “Let anyone who is frightened or fearful go home!”’ Gideon put them to the test. Twenty-two thousand men went home, and ten thousand were left.
    The Lord said to Gideon, ‘There are still too many people. Take them down to the waterside and I will sift them there. If I say of a man: He is to go with you, that man is to go with you. And if I say of a man: He is not to go with you, that man is not to go.’ So Gideon took the people down to the waterside, and the Lord said to him, ‘All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, place these on one side. And all those who kneel down to drink, place these on the other side.’ The number of those who lapped with their tongues was three hundred; all the rest of the people had knelt to drink. Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred who lapped the water I will rescue you and put Midian into your power. Let all the others go back, every man to his own home.’ Gideon made the people give him what pitchers and horns they had, then sent away all the Israelites, each to his own tent, keeping only the three hundred with him. The camp of Midian was below his own in the valley.
    Gideon then divided his three hundred men into three companies. To each man he gave a horn and an empty pitcher, with a torch inside each pitcher. He said to them, ‘Watch me, and do as I do. When I reach the edge of the camp, whatever I do, you do too. When I sound the horn, I and those with me, then you too must sound your horns all round the camp and shout, “For the Lord and for Gideon!”’
    Gideon and his hundred companions reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when the new sentries had just been posted; they sounded their horns and smashed the pitchers in their hands. The three companies sounded their horns and smashed their pitchers; with their left hands they grasped the torches, with their right hands the horns ready to blow; and they shouted, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’ And they stood still, spaced out all round the camp. Then the whole camp woke and the Midianites fled, shouting. While the three hundred kept sounding their horns, the Lord made every man in the camp turn his sword against his comrade. They all fled as far as Beth-shittah towards Zarethan, as far as the bank of Abel-meholah opposite Tabbath.

    2 M 8:18; 1 Jn 5:4

    ℟. God chose what the world considers weak in order to bring down powerful men. He chose what the world looks down on, despises and counts as nothing; he uses it to overthrow the existing order.* This means that pride has no place in God’s presence.
    ℣. The Lord has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.* This means that pride has no place in God’s presence.


    Second Reading
    St Cyprian's treatise on the Lord's Prayer
    Thy kingdom come

    The prayer continues: Thy kingdom come. We ask that the kingdom of God may appear to us, just as we ask that his name may be sanctified in us. For when does God not reign, or when does his kingdom begin, for it always has been and never ceases to be? We are praying that our kingdom, which has been promised to us by God, may come, the kingdom that was acquired by the blood and passion of Christ; and that we who started off as his subjects in this world may hereafter reign with Christ when he reigns, as he himself promised when he said: Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take up the kingdom which has been prepared for you from the beginning of the world.
    But it may be, dearest brethren, that Christ himself is the kingdom of God, for whose coming we daily ask. For since he himself is our resurrection, since in him we rise again, so also the kingdom of God may be understood to be himself, since it is in him that we shall reign. We do well to ask for the coming of the kingdom of God – that is, the heavenly kingdom – for there is also an earthly kingdom, and he who has already renounced this world is greater than any of its honours or powers.
    We add: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. This is not that God should do what he wills, but so that we may be able to do what God wills. For who could resist God in such a way as to prevent him doing what he wills? But since the devil hinders us from obeying, by thought and by deed, God’s will in all things, we pray and ask that God’s will may be done in us. For this to happen, we need God’s good will – that is, his help and protection, since no-one is strong in and of himself but is kept safe by the grace and mercy of God. Moreover, the Lord, showing the weakness of the humanity which he bore, said Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, and showing his disciples an example, that they should do not their own will but God’s, he went on to say nevertheless, let it not be my will, but yours.
    But it is the will of God that Christ both did and taught. Humility in dealings with others; steadfastness in faith; modesty in words; justice in deeds; mercifulness in works; discipline in morals. To be unable to do a wrong, and to be able to bear a wrong when it is done; to keep peace with the brethren; to love God with all one’s heart; to love God because he is a Father but fear him because he is God; to prefer nothing whatever to Christ because he preferred nothing to us; to adhere inseparably to his love; to stand faithfully and bravely by his cross; when there is any conflict over his name and honour, to exhibit in discourse that steadfastness in which we proclaim him; in torture, to show that confidence in which we unite; in death, that patience in which we are crowned – this is what it means to want to be co-heirs with Christ, this is what it means to do what God commands, this is what it is to fulfil the will of the Father.


    ℟. He who does the will of my Father in heaven,* he shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
    ℣. Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother:* he shall enter the kingdom of heaven.


    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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