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Wednesday 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 145 [146]

 

Prayer Against Over-confidence in Self.

 

Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord my life long; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

Put not your trust in princes, in man in whom there is no help.

When his spirit departs, he returns to dust; then all his plans shall perish. Happy is the man whose helper is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord, his God.

Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is therein.

 

Who remains faithful forever, who renders justice to the oppressed, gives bread to the hungry.

The Lord releases the captives, the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the just.

The Lord watches over strangers, he supports the orphan and the widow, but the way of sinners he thwarts.

The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, throughout the ages.

 

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 — Isaiah 51: 1 — 8

 
Give ear to me, you that follow that which is just, and you that seek the Lord: look unto the rock from which you are hewn and to the hole of the pit from which you are dug out. Look unto Abraham your father and to Sara that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him and multiplied him. The Lord will therefore comfort Zion, and will comfort all the ruins thereof: and he will make her desert as a place of pleasure and her wilderness as the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of praise. Hearken unto me, O my people, and give ear to me O my tribes, for a law shall go forth from me, and my judgment shall rest to be a light of the nations. My just one is near at hand, my Saviour is gone forth, and my arms shall judge the people: the islands shall look for me and shall patiently wait for my arm. Lift up your eyes to heaven, and look down to the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish like smoke, and the earth shall be worn away like a garment, and the inhabitants thereof shall vanish in like manner: but my salvation shall be forever, and my justice shall not fail. Hearken to me, you that know what is just, my people who have my law in your heart: fear ye not the reproach of men and be not afraid of their blasphemies. For the worm shall eat them up as a garment and the moth shall consume them as wool: but my salvation shall be forever, and my justice from generation to generation.
 
 

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:

I will place Salvation in Zion, and My glory in Jerusalem, 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.

* 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