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Thursday 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.
 
 

Psalm 146 [147]

 

Praise the Lord: the Provider of his People.

 

Praise the Lord, for he is good, sing praises to our God, for he is gracious: praise befits him.

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, he gathers together the dispersed of Israel.

He heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds

He determines the number of the stars, he calls each one by name.

Great is the Lord, and mighty in his strength, there is no limit to his wisdom.

The Lord lifts up the lowly; the wicked he casts to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving, sing praises to our God on the lyre.

 

Who covers the heavens with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth;

Who makes grass to grow on the mountains, and plants for the service of man;

Who gives to the cattle their food, to the young ravens that cry to him.

He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does he take pleasure in the fleetness of man.

The Lord’s delight is in them who fear him, who put their trust in his goodness.

 

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 64: 1 — 4

 
O that You would rend the heavens, and would come down: the mountains would melt away at your presence. They would melt as at the burning of fire, the waters would burn with fire, that your name might be made known to your enemies: that the nations might tremble at your presence. When you shall do wonderful things, we shall not bear them; you came down and at your presence the mountains melted away. From the beginning of the world, they have not heard, nor perceived with the ears: the eye has not seen, O God, besides you, what things you have prepared for them that wait for you.
 
 

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 the desert: 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:

Be comforted, be comforted, My people, says the Lord your God.

* 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.

* Note:

During the last 7 days before Christmas the antiphon of the day is said, unless it is the 21st or 23rd of December when special antiphons are used.

 
 

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