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

Office of Readings

  • Wednesday 13 July 2022

    Wednesday of week 15 in Ordinary Time 
    or Saint Henry 

    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
    1 Kings 21:1-21,27-29
    Elijah, defender of justice for the poor

    Naboth of Jezreel had a vineyard close by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria, and Ahab said to Naboth, ‘Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it adjoins my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it or, if you prefer, I will give you its worth in money.’ But Naboth answered Ahab, ‘The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors!’
    Ahab went home gloomy and out of temper at the words of Naboth of Jezreel, ‘I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.’ He lay down on his bed and turned his face away and refused to eat. His wife Jezebel came to him. ‘Why are you so dispirited’ she said ‘that you will not eat?’ He said, ‘I have been speaking to Naboth of Jezreel; I said: Give me your vineyard either for money or, if you prefer, for another vineyard in exchange. But he said, “I will not give you my vineyard.”’ Then his wife Jezebel said, ‘You make a fine king of Israel, and no mistake! Get up and eat; cheer up, and you will feel better; I will get you the vineyard of Naboth of Jezreel myself.’
    So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, sending them to the elders and nobles who lived where Naboth lived. In the letters she wrote, ‘Proclaim a fast, and put Naboth in the forefront of the people. Confront him with a couple of scoundrels who will accuse him like this, “You have cursed God and the king.” Then take him outside and stone him to death.’
    The men of Naboth’s town, the elders and nobles who lived in his town, did what Jezebel ordered, what was written in the letters she had sent them. They proclaimed a fast and put Naboth in the forefront of the people. Then the two scoundrels came and stood in front of him and made their accusation, ‘Naboth has cursed God and the king.’ They led him outside the town and stoned him to death. They then sent word to Jezebel, ‘Naboth has been stoned to death.’ When Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, ‘Get up! Take possession of the vineyard which Naboth of Jezreel would not give you for money, for Naboth is no longer alive, he is dead.’ When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth of Jezreel and take possession of it.
    Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth’s vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it. You are to say this to him, “The Lord says this: You have committed murder; now you usurp as well. For this – and the Lord says this – in the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, the dogs will lick your blood too.”’ Ahab said to Elijah, ‘So you have found me out, O my enemy!’ Elijah answered, ‘I have found you out. For your double dealing, and since you have done what is displeasing to the Lord, I will now bring disaster down on you; I will sweep away your descendants, and wipe out every male belonging to the family of Ahab, fettered or free in Israel.’
    When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments and put sackcloth next his skin and fasted; he slept in the sackcloth; he walked with slow steps. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; I will bring the disaster down on his House in the days of his son.’

    Jm 4:8,10, 5:6

    ℟. Wash your hands, you sinners! Cleanse your hearts, you hypocrites!* Weep and mourn, and humble yourselves before the Lord.
    ℣. You have condemned and murdered the innocent man, while he offered no resistance.* Weep and mourn, and humble yourselves before the Lord.


    Second Reading
    From the treatise "On the Mysteries" by St Ambrose, bishop
    Water does not sanctify without the Holy Spirit

    You were told before not to believe only what you saw. This was to prevent you from saying: Is this the great mystery that eye has not seen nor ear heard nor man’s heart conceived? I see the water I used to see every day; does this water in which I have often bathed without being sanctified really have the power to sanctify me? Learn from this that water does not sanctify without the Holy Spirit.
    You have read that the three witnesses in baptism – the water, the blood and the Spirit – are one. This means that if you take away one of these the sacrament is not conferred. What is water without the cross of Christ? Only an ordinary element without sacramental effect. Again, without water there is no sacrament of rebirth: Unless a man is born again of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. The catechumen believes in the cross of the Lord with which he too is signed, but unless he is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit he cannot receive the forgiveness of sins or the gift of spiritual grace.
    The Syrian Naaman bathed seven times under the old law, but you were baptized in the name of the Trinity. You proclaimed your faith in the Father – recall what you did – and the Son and the Spirit. Mark the sequence of events. In proclaiming this faith you died to the world, you rose again to God, and, as though buried to sin, you were reborn to eternal life. Believe, then, that the water is not without effect.
    The paralytic at the pool was waiting for someone. Who was this if not the Lord Jesus, born of a virgin? At his coming it is not a question of a shadow healing an individual, but Truth himself healing the universe. He is the one whose coming was expected, the one of whom God the Father spoke when he said to John the Baptist: He on whom you see the Spirit coming down from heaven and resting, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. He is the one witnessed to by John: I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven as a dove and resting on him. Why did the Spirit come down as a dove if not to let you see and understand that the dove sent out by holy Noah from the ark was a figure of this dove? In this way you were to recognise a type of this sacrament.
    Is there any room left for doubt? The Father speaks clearly in the Gospel: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; the Son too, above whom the Holy Spirit showed himself in the form of a dove; and also the Holy Spirit, who came down as a dove. David too speaks clearly: The voice of the Lord is above the waters; the God of glory has thundered; the Lord is above the many waters. Again, Scripture bears witness for you that fire came down from heaven in answer to Gideon’s prayers, and that when Elijah prayed, God sent fire which consumed the sacrifice.
    Do not consider the merits of individuals but the office of the priests. If you do look at merits, consider the merits of Peter and also of Paul in the same way you consider the merits of Elijah; they have handed on to us this sacrament which they received from the Lord Jesus. Visible fire was sent upon them to give them faith; in us who believe an invisible fire is at work. That visible fire was a sign, our invisible fire is for our instruction. Believe then that the Lord Jesus is present when he is invoked by the prayers of the priests. He said: Where two or three are gathered, there I am also. How much more does he give his loving presence where the Church is, where the sacraments are!
    You went down into the water. Remember what you said: I believe in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Not: I believe in a greater, a lesser and a least. You are committed by this spoken understanding of yours to believe the same of the Son as of the Father, and the same of the Holy Spirit as of the Son, with this one exception: you proclaim that you must believe in the cross of the Lord Jesus alone.


    ℟. The one who comes after me is mightier than I. I am not fit to take off his shoes.* He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
    ℣. Cease to do evil and learn to do right, says the Lord.* He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.


    Let us pray.

    God and Father,
    to those who go astray
    you reveal the light of your truth
    and enable them to return to the right path.
    Grant that all who have received the grace of baptism
    may strive to be worthy of their Christian calling
    and reject everything opposed to it.
    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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