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Monday Morning

 

Following the Sunday of Advent Four

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my help me.
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.

Halleluia.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

Week 4.     Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming,
   His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
 
  • In that day the mountains shall drop down sweetness, and the hills shall flow with milk and honey, Halleluia.
 
  • Behold in the clouds of heaven the Lord shall come with great power, Halleluia.
 
  • The Lord will come and not delay. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will manifest Hmself to all nations, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 26 [27]

 

Prayer of Confidence.

The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defence of my life: whom shall I dread?

When evildoers assail me, to devour me, my enemies and my foes, they stumble and fall.

Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, even then will I trust.

One thing I ask of the Lord, this do I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

To enjoy the graciousness of the Lord, and to behold his temple.

 

For he will hide me in his tent In the day of adversity, he will shelter me in the secret place of his tabernacle, he will set me high upon a rock.

Even now my head is lifted up above my enemies round about me,

And I will offer joyful sacrifices in his tabernacle, I will sing and chant praises to the Lord.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Reading — Isaias 35: 1 — 7

 
The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice and shall flourish like the lily. It shall bud forth and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Libanus is given to it: the beauty of Carmel, and Saron, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees. Say to the fainthearted: Take courage and fear not: beloved your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God Himself will come and will save you. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the wilderness. And that which was dry land shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

1. The Baptist’s message of rebuke rings loud and clear through all the world of darkness: Away with dreams of darkness. Jesus the light is shining in the sky.

2. Let the slothful soul now arise and no longer lie earth-bound, for a new sun is now shining, Christ, who will take away every sin.

3. Behold the Lamb is sent to us to pay freely the debt we owe. Therefore let all of us together, with tears of sorrow, ask for His pardon.

 

4. So that when He comes in glory at the end of time and causes fear in all our hearts, He will not then punish us, as our sins deserve. but in His pity be our protector.

5. Strength, honour, praise, glory be to God the Father together with the Son and Holy Paraclete for ever and ever. Amen.

     

V. The voice of one crying in thedesert: Make ready the way of the Lord.

R. Make straight His paths.

     
 
 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon*
   
       
* Antiphon of the day:

Thus says the Lord: Do penance for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, Halleluia.

* 21st December

Do not be afraid! Five more days and our Lord will come to you.

* 23rd December

Behold, all things spoken by the Angel of the Virgin Mary are fulfilled.

   

 

       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us

That, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. —

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 
 
 

O Lord, we implore You, stir up Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins, and to be saved by Your deliverance. Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.

Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection