Welcome to the ULC Minister's Network

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

Office of Readings

  • Friday 15 July 2022

    Saint Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor 
    on Friday of week 15 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.



    In ancient times God spoke to us
    Through prophets, and in varied ways,
    But now he speaks through Christ his Son,
    His radiance through eternal days.

    To God the Father of the world,
    His Son through whom he made all things,
    And Holy Spirit, bond of love,
    All glad creation glory sings.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal


    Psalm 68 (69):2-13
    I am consumed with zeal for your house

    “They gave him wine to drink mixed with gall” (Mt 27:34).

    I am wearied with all my crying as I await my God.

    Save me, O God,
    for the waters have risen to my neck.

    I have sunk into the mud of the deep
    and there is no foothold.
    I have entered the waters of the deep
    and the waves overwhelm me.

    I am wearied with all my crying,
    my throat is parched.
    My eyes are wasted away
    from looking for my God.

    More numerous than the hairs on my head
    are those who hate me without cause.
    Those who attack me with lies
    are too much for my strength.

    How can I restore
    what I have never stolen?
    O God, you know my sinful folly;
    my sins you can see.

    Let those who hope in you not be put to shame
    through me, Lord of hosts:
    let not those who seek you be dismayed
    through me, God of Israel.

    It is for you that I suffer taunts,
    that shame covers my face,
    that I have become a stranger to my brothers,
    an alien to my own mother’s sons.
    I burn with zeal for your house
    and taunts against you fall on me.

    When I afflict my soul with fasting
    they make it a taunt against me.
    When I put on sackcloth in mourning
    then they make me a byword,
    the gossip of men at the gates,
    the subject of drunkards’ songs.

    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 wearied with all my crying as I await my God.


    Psalm 68 (69):14-22

    For food they gave me poison, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

    This is my prayer to you,
    my prayer for your favour.
    In your great love, answer me, O God,
    with your help that never fails:
    rescue me from sinking in the mud;
    save me from my foes.

    Save me from the waters of the deep
    lest the waves overwhelm me.
    Do not let the deep engulf me
    nor death close its mouth on me.

    Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
    in your compassion, turn towards me.
    Do not hide your face from your servant;
    answer quickly for I am in distress.
    Come close to my soul and redeem me;
    ransom me pressed by my foes.

    You know how they taunt and deride me;
    my oppressors are all before you.
    Taunts have broken my heart;
    I have reached the end of my strength.
    I looked in vain for compassion,
    for consolers; not one could I find.

    For food they gave me poison;
    in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

    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.

    For food they gave me poison, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.


    Psalm 68 (69):30-37

    Seek the Lord, and he will give life to your soul.

    As for me in my poverty and pain
    let your help, O God, lift me up.

    I will praise God’s name with a song;
    I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
    A gift pleasing God more than oxen,
    more than beasts prepared for sacrifice.

    The poor when they see it will be glad
    and God-seeking hearts will revive;
    for the Lord listens to the needy
    and does not spurn his servants in their chains.
    Let the heavens and the earth give him praise,
    the sea and all its living creatures.

    For God will bring help to Sion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah
    and men shall dwell there in possession.
    The sons of his servants shall inherit it;
    those who love his name shall dwell there.

    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.

    Seek the Lord, and he will give life to your soul.


    God our Father, to show the way of salvation, you chose that the standard of the cross should go before us, and you fulfilled the ancient prophecies in Christ’s passover from death to life. Do not let us rouse your burning indignation by sin, but rather, through the contemplation of his wounds, make us burn with zeal for the honour of your Church and with grateful love for you.


    ℣. You will hear the word from my mouth.
    ℟. You will speak to them in my name.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    2 Chronicles 20:1-9,13-24
    The help God offered to the faithful King Jehoshaphat

    After this the Moabites and Ammonites, with some of the Melinites started to make war on Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat received the following intelligence, ‘A vast horde is advancing against you from Edom, from the other side of the sea; they are already at Hazazon-tamar, that is, En-gedi.’
    Jehoshaphat was alarmed and resolved to have recourse to the Lord; he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; they came seeking the Lord from every single town in Judah.
    At this assembly of the people of Judah and Jerusalem in the Temple of the Lord, Jehoshaphat stood before the new court and said, ‘O Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not the God who dwells in the heavens? Do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Such power and might are in your hands that no one can resist you. Are you not our God, you who have dispossessed the inhabitants of this land for Israel your people, and given it to the descendants of Abraham whom you will love for ever? They have settled in it and built a sanctuary there for your name, saying, “Should calamity befall us, or war, punishment, pestilence, or famine, then we shall stand before this Temple and before you, for your name is in this Temple. From the depths of our distress we shall cry to you, and you will hear and save us.”’
    All the men of Judah, even down to their youngest children and their wives, stood in the presence of the Lord. In the middle of the assembly the spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah the Levite, one of the sons of Asaph. ‘Listen all you men of Judah,’ he cried ‘and you who live in Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! The Lord says this to you, “Do not be afraid, do not be daunted by this vast horde; this battle is not yours but God’s. March out against them tomorrow; they are coming up by the Slope of Ziz and you will come on them in the Valley of Soph, near the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight there. Take up your position, stand firm, and see what salvation the Lord has in store for you. Judah and Jerusalem, be fearless, be dauntless; march out against them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”’
    Jehoshaphat bent his head, his face to the ground, and all Judah with those who lived in Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshipping him. Then the Levites – Kohathites and Korahites – began praising the Lord the God of Israel at the tops of their voices.
    They rose early in the morning and left for the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were setting out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me Judah and all who live in Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be secure; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.’ Then, having held a conference with the people, he set the cantors of the Lord in sacred vestments at the head of the army, to sing praises to him. ‘Give praise to the Lord,’ they sang ‘for his love is everlasting.’ As they began to sing their joy and their praise, the Lord laid an ambush for the Ammonites and Moab and the mountain folk of Seir who had come to attack Judah, and routed them. The Ammonites and Moabites turned on the mountain folk of Seir to inflict the ban on them and destroy them altogether, but they only helped each other to their own undoing.
    When the men of Judah reached the spot that looks out on the wilderness and turned to face the horde, they found only corpses lying on the ground; no one had escaped.

    Ep 6:12-14; 2 Ch 20:17

    ℟. Our fight is not against human foes but against cosmic powers, against the authorities and potentates of this dark world, against the superhuman forces of evil in the heavens.* Stand firm, I say, and fasten onto the belt of truth.
    ℣. You have but to stand firm and watch the Lord coming to your aid.* Stand firm, I say, and fasten onto the belt of truth.


    Second Reading
    From the Journey of the Mind to God by St Bonaventure
    Mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit

    Christ is both the way and the door. Christ is the staircase and the vehicle, like the throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant, and the mystery hidden from the ages. A man should turn his full attention to this throne of mercy, and should gaze at him hanging on the cross, full of faith, hope and charity, devoted, full of wonder and joy, marked by gratitude, and open to praise and jubilation. Then such a man will make with Christ a pasch, that is, a passing-over. Through the branches of the cross he will pass over the Red Sea, leaving Egypt and entering the desert. There he will taste the hidden manna, and rest with Christ in the sepulchre, as if he were dead to things outside. He will experience, as much as is possible for one who is still living, what was promised to the thief who hung beside Christ: Today you will be with me in paradise.
    For this passover to be perfect, we must suspend all the operations of the mind and we must transform the peak of our affections, directing them to God alone. This is a sacred mystical experience. It cannot be comprehended by anyone unless he surrenders himself to it; nor can he surrender himself to it unless he longs for it; nor can he long for it unless the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent into the world, should come and inflame his innermost soul. Hence the Apostle says that this mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
    If you ask how such things can occur, seek the answer in God’s grace, not in doctrine; in the longing of the will, not in the understanding; in the sighs of prayer, not in research; seek the bridegroom not the teacher; God and not man; darkness not daylight; and look not to the light but rather to the raging fire that carries the soul to God with intense fervour and glowing love. The fire is God, and the furnace is in Jerusalem, fired by Christ in the ardour of his loving passion. Only he understood this who said: My soul chose hanging and my bones death. Anyone who cherishes this kind of death can see God, for it is certainly true that: No man can look upon me and live.
    Let us die, then, and enter into the darkness, silencing our anxieties, our passions and all the fantasies of our imagination. Let us pass over with the crucified Christ from this world to the Father, so that, when the Father has shown himself to us, we can say with Philip: It is enough. We may hear with Paul: My grace is sufficient for you; and we can rejoice with David, saying: My flesh and my heart fail me, but God is the strength of my heart and my heritage for ever. Blessed be the Lord for ever, and let all the people say: Amen. Amen!


    ℟. All who keep the commandments of God dwell in him, and he in them:* the gift of his Spirit is our proof that he dwells within us.
    ℣. It is God who created wisdom in the Holy Spirit and poured her out on all mankind, and has given her to those who love him:* the gift of his Spirit is our proof that he dwells within us.


    Let us pray.

    Almighty God and Father,
    on this feast of Saint Bonaventure,
    enlighten our minds with the splendour of his teaching,
    and help us to imitate his ardent love of you.
    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.