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Wednesday 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 50 [51]

 
 

Prayer of repentance composed by David when Nathan the Prophet came to him after his sin with Bathsheba.

 

Have mercy on me, O God in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offence.

Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

For I acknowledge my offence, and my sin is before me, always:

“Against you only have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight”—

That you may be justified in your sentence, vindicated when you condemn.

Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

 

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart. and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.

 

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.

 

# A foreshadowing of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ.

See Romans 5: 12—19 and Ephesians 2: 3.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Reading — From Isaiah 3

 
 
 
 

The Lord, the Lord of hosts, shall take away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and prop [all supplies of bread and water]…

And the people shall oppress one another yes every man his neighbour. The child shall be bold toward the elder, and the base toward the honourable…

Jerusalem is crumbling, Judah is falling; for their speech and their deeds are before the Lord, a provocation in the sight of his majesty.

Their very look bears witness against them; their sin like Sodom they vaunt, They hide it not. Woe to them! they deal out evil to themselves.

Happy the just, for it will be well with them, the fruit of their works they will eat.

Woe to the wicked man! All goes ill, with the work of his hands he will be repaid.

 
 

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

 

“I do always the things that please Him.”
The Christian strives to make his aspiration that of Christ Himself:
to conform his wishes to God’s good pleasure, to the point of having no other 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