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Thursday Morning

 

Following Sunday of Advent Three

 

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

 
 
 
  • Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with Me, says the Lord, to render to each one according to his works.
 
  • The Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, saying, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women”.
 
  • At the coming of the most high King let the hearts of men be purified, that we may worthily go to meet Him; for He really will come and without delay.
 
 

From Psalm 97 [98]

 

The Lord, Judge and Ruler of the Universe.

 

Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

His right hand and his holy arm have brought him victory.

The Lord has made known his salvation, in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.

He has been mindful of his goodness and faithfulness toward the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, be glad, rejoice and sing praises.

 

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody,

with trumpets and the sound of the horn: shout joyfully before the king, the Lord.

Let the sea roar and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains; sing in chorus,

before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity.

 

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 32: 1 — 8

 
Behold a King shall reign in Justice, and the princes shall rule in Judgement. And a man shall be as when one is hid from the wind, and hides himself from a storm, as rivers of waters in drought, and the shadow of a rock that stands out in the desert land. The eyes of them that see shall not be dim, ad the ears of them that hear shall hearken diligently. And the heart of fools shall understand knowledge, and the tongues of stammerers shall speak readily and plain. The fool shall no more be called prince: neither shall the deceitful be called great, for the fool will speak foolish things, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and speak to the Lord deceitfully, and to make empty the soul of the hungry, and take away drink from the thirsty. The vessels of the deceitful are most wicked: for he has framed devices to destroy the meek with his lying words, when the poor man speaks judgement. But the prince will devise such things as are worthy of a prince, and he shall stand above the rulers.
 
 

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

There will come forth a bud out of the root of Jesse, and the whole earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord; all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Tuesday

You Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are not the least of all! Out of you the Ruler will come who will rule my people Israel.

Wednesday

The Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary, a virgin espoused to Joseph.

Thursday

Watch zealously; the Lord our God is near at hand.

Friday

As soon as I heard the voice of your greeting, the babe in my womb leapt for joy, 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

 
 
 

Incline Your ear to our prayers, we implore You, O Lord, and brighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Your visitation. 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