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

Office of Readings

  • Thursday 16 June 2022

    Thursday 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.



    Eternal Father, through your Word
    You gave new life to Adam’s race,
    And call us now to live in light,
    New creatures by your saving grace.

    To you who stooped to all who sin
    We render homage and give praise:
    To Father, Son and Spirit blest
    Whose loving gift is endless days.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal


    Psalm 88 (89):39-46
    A lament at the ruin of the house of David

    “He has raised up for us a horn of salvation in the house of David” (Lk 1:69).

    Pay heed, Lord, and see how we are taunted.

    And yet you have rejected and spurned
    and are angry with the one you have anointed.
    You have broken your covenant with your servant
    and dishonoured his crown in the dust.

    You have broken down all his walls
    and reduced his fortresses to ruins.
    He is despoiled by all who pass by;
    he has become the taunt of his neighbours.

    You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
    you have made all his enemies rejoice.
    You have made his sword give way,
    you have not upheld him in battle.

    You have brought his glory to an end;
    you have hurled his throne to the ground.
    You have cut short the years of his youth;
    you have heaped disgrace upon him.

    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.

    Pay heed, Lord, and see how we are taunted.


    Psalm 88 (89):47-53

    I am the root and stock of David; I am the splendid morning star.

    How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?
    How long will your anger burn like a fire?
    Remember, Lord, the shortness of my life
    and how frail you have made the sons of men.
    What man can live and never see death?
    Who can save himself from the grasp of the grave?

    Where are your mercies of the past, O Lord,
    which you have sworn in your faithfulness to David?
    Remember, Lord, how your servant is taunted,
    how I have to bear all the insults of the peoples.
    Thus your enemies taunt me, O Lord,
    mocking your anointed at every step.

    Blessed be the Lord for ever.
    Amen, amen!

    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 am the root and stock of David; I am the splendid morning star.


    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.


    Psalm 89 (90)
    Let the Lord's glory shine upon us

    “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day” (2 Pet 3:8).

    Our years pass like grass; but you, God, are without beginning or end.

    O Lord, you have been our refuge
    from one generation to the next.
    Before the mountains were born
    or the earth or the world brought forth,
    you are God, without beginning or end.

    You turn men back into dust
    and say: ‘Go back, sons of men.’
    To your eyes a thousand years
    are like yesterday, come and gone,
    no more than a watch in the night.

    You sweep men away like a dream,
    like grass which springs up in the morning.
    In the morning it springs up and flowers:
    by evening it withers and fades.

    So we are destroyed in your anger,
    struck with terror in your fury.
    Our guilt lies open before you;
    our secrets in the light of your face.

    All our days pass away in your anger.
    Our life is over like a sigh.
    Our span is seventy years,
    or eighty for those who are strong.

    And most of these are emptiness and pain.
    They pass swiftly and we are gone.
    Who understands the power of your anger
    and fears the strength of your fury?

    Make us know the shortness of our life
    that we may gain wisdom of heart.
    Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
    Show pity to your servants.

    In the morning, fill us with your love;
    we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
    Give us joy to balance our affliction
    for the years when we knew misfortune.

    Show forth your work to your servants;
    let your glory shine on their children.
    Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:
    give success to the work of our hands,
    give success to the work of our hands.

    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.

    Our years pass like grass; but you, God, are without beginning or end.


    Eternal Father, you give us life despite our guilt and even add days and years to our lives in order to bring us wisdom. Make us love and obey you, so that the works of our hands may always display what your hands have done, until the day we gaze upon the beauty of your face.


    ℣. With you, O Lord, is the source of life.
    ℟. It is your light that enlightens us.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    Judges 8:22-23,30-32,9:1-15,19-20
    God’s people struggle to appoint a king

    The men of Israel said to Gideon, ‘Rule over us, you and your sons and your grandson, because you have rescued us from the power of Midian.’ But Gideon answered them, ‘It is not I who shall rule over you, nor my son; the Lord must be your lord.’
    Gideon had seventy sons begotten by him, for he had many wives. His concubine, who lived in Shechem, bore him a son too, whom he called Abimelech. Gideon son of Joash was blessed in his old age; he died, and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, at Ophrah of Abiezer.
    Abimelech son of Jerubbaal came to his mother’s brothers at Shechem and said to them and the whole clan of his mother’s family, ‘Please put this question to the leading men of Shechem: Which is better for you, to be ruled by seventy – I mean all the sons of Jerubbaal – or to be ruled by one? Remind yourselves also that I am your own flesh and blood.’ His mother’s brothers spoke of him to all the leading men of Shechem in these terms, and their hearts inclined towards Abimelech, for they told themselves, ‘He is our brother.’ So they gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of Baal-berith, and with this Abimelech paid worthless scoundrels to follow him. Then he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and murdered his brothers, the seventy sons of Jerubbaal, on the selfsame stone. Only the youngest son of Jerubbaal escaped, for he had gone into hiding; this was Jotham. Then all the leading men of Shechem and all Beth-millo gathered, and proclaimed Abimelech king by the terebinth of the pillar at Shechem.
    News of this was brought to Jotham. He came and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted aloud for them to hear:

    ‘Hear me, leaders of Shechem,
    that God may also hear you!

    ‘One day the trees went out
    to anoint a king to rule over them.
    They said to the olive tree, “Be our king!”

    ‘The olive tree answered them,
    “Must I forego my oil
    which gives honour to gods and men,
    to stand swaying above the trees?”

    ‘Then the trees said to the fig tree,
    “Come now, you be our king!”

    ‘The fig tree answered them,
    “Must I forego my sweetness,
    forego my excellent fruit,
    to stand swaying above the trees?”

    ‘Then the trees said to the vine,
    “Come now, you be our king!”

    ‘The vine answered them,
    “Must I forego my wine
    which cheers the heart of gods and men,
    to stand swaying above the trees?”

    ‘Then all the trees said to the thorn bush,
    “Come now, you be our king!”

    ‘And the thorn bush answered the trees,
    “If in all good faith you anoint me king to reign over you,
    then come and shelter in my shade.
    If not, fire will come from the thorn bush
    and devour the cedars of Lebanon.”

    ‘If, I say, you have acted in sincerity and good faith towards Jerubbaal and his family, then may Abimelech be your joy and may you be his. If not, may fire come out of Abimelech and devour the leading men of Shechem and Beth-millo, and fire come out of the leading men of Shechem and Beth-millo to devour Abimelech.’

    Jg 8:23; Rv 5:13

    ℟. I will not rule over you, neither will my son rule over you:* the Lord himself will rule over you.
    ℣. To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour, glory and might for ever and ever.* The Lord himself will rule over you.


    Second Reading
    St Cyprian's treatise on the Lord's Prayer
    After the support of bread, we ask for the forgiveness of sins

    As the prayer continues, we ask Give us this day our daily bread. This can be understood both spiritually and literally, because either way of understanding is rich in divine usefulness to our salvation. For Christ is the bread of life, and this bread does not belong to anyone at all, but to us. And so, just as we say Our Father, because he is the father of those who understand and believe, so also we call it our bread, because Christ is the bread of us who come into contact with his body.
    We ask that this bread should be given to us daily, that we who are in Christ and daily receive the Eucharist as the food of salvation may not be prevented, by the interposition of some heinous sin, from partaking of the heavenly bread and be separated from Christ’s body, for as he says: I am the bread of life which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of my bread, he will live for ever; and the bread I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.
    So when he says that whoever eats of his bread will live for ever; and as it is clear that those are indeed living who partake of his body and, having the right of communion, receive the Eucharist, so, on the other hand, we must fear and pray lest anyone should be kept at a distance from salvation who, being withheld from communion, remains separate from Christ’s body. For he has given us this warning: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you. And therefore we ask that our bread – that is, Christ – may be given to us daily, so that we who live in Christ may not depart from his sanctification and his body.
    After this we entreat for our sins, saying Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. After the supply of food, pardon of sin is also asked for.
    How necessary, how provident, how salutary are we reminded that we are sinners, since we have to beg for forgiveness, and while we ask for God’s pardon, we are reminded of our own consciousness of guilt! Just in case anyone should think himself innocent and, by thus exalting himself, should more utterly perish, he is taught and instructed that he sins every day, since he is commanded to pray daily for forgiveness.
    This is what John warns us in his epistle: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, the Lord is faithful and just and will forgive us. In his epistle he combines two things, both that we ought to beg for mercy because of our sins and that we will receive forgiveness when we ask for it. This is why he says that the Lord is faithful to forgive sins, keeping faith with what he promised; because he who taught us to pray for our debts and sins has promised that his fatherly mercy and pardon will follow.


    ℟. In you, O Lord, I take refuge, let me never be put to shame, for you are my rock, my stronghold.* For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.
    ℣. See my affliction and my toil and take all my sins away.* For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.


    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.

    Copyright © 1996-2022 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963, The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd. All rights reserved.