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Thursday Morning

 

Following Sunday of Advent Two

 

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

 
 
 
  • Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Jerusalem! See, you’re King shall come to you. Fear not, Zion, for your salvation shall quickly come.
 
  • Christ our King is coming, as John preached that He was to come, calling Him the Lamb.
 
  • Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with Me, says the Lord, to render to each one according to his works.
 
 

From Psalm 65 [66]

 

Gratitude for Deliverance

 

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, chant the glory of his name, render to him noble praise.

Say to God: how wondrous are your works! Because of your great power your enemies respect you.

Let all the earth worship you and sing praise to you, sing praise to your name.

Come and see the works of God: the wondrous works he wrought among men!

He changed the sea into dry land; they crossed the river on foot: therefore let us rejoice in him.

He rules by his might forever; his eyes watch the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

 

Bless our God, O nations, and let his praise resound.

Who has kept us among the living, and has not allowed our foot to stumble…

Come, hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you, what great things he has done for me!

I cried to him with my mouth, and I praised him with my tongue.

If I had intended evil in my heart, the Lord would not have answered.

But God has answered: he gave heed to my prayer.

Blessed be God, who did not reject my prayer, nor withdraw his mercy from me.

 

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 19: 1 — 10

 

Confusion Will Reign in Egypt

The burden of Egypt. Behold the Lord will ascend upon a swift cloud and will enter into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst thereof.

And I will set the Egyptians to fight against the Egyptians: and they shall fight brother against brother, and friend against friend, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

And the spirit of Egypt shall be broken in the bowels thereof, and I will cast down their counsel: and they shall consult their idols, and their diviners, and their wizards and soothsayers.

And I will deliver Egypt into the hands of cruel masters, and a strong king shall rule over them, saith the Lord the God of hosts.

And the water of the sea shall be dried up, and the river shall be wasted and dry.

And the rivers shall fail: the streams of the banks shall be diminished and be dried up. The reed and the bulrush shall wither away.

The channel of the river shall be laid bare from its fountain, and every thing sown by the water shall be dried up, it shall wither away and shall be no more.

The fishers also shall mourn, and all that cast a hook into the river shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish away.

They shall be confounded that wrought in flax, combing and weaving fine linen.

And its watery places shall be dry, all they shall mourn that made pools to take fishes.

 
 

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 Lord and the ruler comes from heaven; in his hand are honour and dominion.

Tuesday

Upon you, Jerusalem, the Lord will rise like the sun, and his glory will be visible upon you.

Wednesday

Behold, I am sending My Angel, who shall prepare My way before your face.

Thursday

O Lord, You are the One who is to come! We have been waiting for you; do save Your people.

Friday

Tell the timid: Cheer up! See, the Lord our God is coming.

 

       

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

 
 
 

Stir up, we implore You, O Lord, Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening danger of our sins, and through Your deliverance be saved. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. 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