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Thursday Morning

 

 Following the Sunday of Advent One

 

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

 
 
 
  • Look, the most high King is coming with great power to save the nations, Halleluia.
 
  • Strengthen the hands that are feeble. Be strong and say: Here is our God; He is coming to save us, Halleluia.
 
  • Rejoice, all of you, and be glad; for Here is the Lord, coming with vindication, Bringing a recompense: He is coming to save us.
 
 

From Psalm 61 [62]

 

The Guest of God

 

Only in God is my soul at rest; from him comes my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.

How long will you set upon a man and altogether beat him down as though he were a sagging fence, a battered wall?

Truly from my place on high they plan to dislodge me;
they delight in lies;

They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.

 

Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope.

He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold: I shall not be disturbed.

With God is my safety and my glory, he is the rock of my strength; my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!

 

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

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

 

Reading — Isaiah 5: 1 — 7

 
Let me now sing of my friend, my friend’s song concerning his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside;

He spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; Within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press. Then he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes.

Now inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard; what more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done? Why when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?

Now, I will let you know what I mean to do to my vineyard: take away its hedge, give it to grazing, break through its wall, let it be trampled!

Yes, I will make it a ruin: it shall not be pruned or hoed. but overgrown with thorns and briars; I will command the clouds not to send rain upon it.

The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his cherished plant; He looked for judgement, but see bloodshed! for justice, but hark the outcry!

 
 

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
   
       

Monday

The Angel of the Lord made the announcement to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit, Halleluia.

Tuesday

Before they came together, Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit, Halleluia.

Wednesday

After me is coming One mightier than I, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to loose, Halleluia.

Thursday

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Halleluia.

Friday

Behold, He shall come who is both God and Man, from the house of David, and sit upon the throne, Halleluia.

 

       

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.

 

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