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Sunday Morning

 

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to 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.

 

Introduction

 

Abba, Father! That is the cry of filial love which the Holy Spirit, the divine guest and guide of our souls, places on our lips; it is a cry that penetrates straight to heaven.

The whole teaching of today’s Gospel, our morning reading, can be summed up as a lesson in Christian prudence and supernatural zeal. What is important, is heaven; and it is there that all our efforts must be directed, by making use of the changing circumstances of life here below in order to enter in to the life of the hereafter. We should be as industrious and active in assuring our eternal future as are the sons of darkness in their worldly affairs.

We shall find in the Epistle, our evening reading, the profound reason behind this detachment from the things of this earth and the secret of the powerful aspiration which should uplift and draw the sons of light to the things of heaven. It is grace that transforms our lives and prepares them for entering the heavenly kingdom. It is the Holy Spirit Himself who gives us souls as of sons and causes us to cry to God: Abba, Father.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

In Time After Pentecost the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy.

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

 
  • Hear, O Lord, the hymn and prayer which Your servant prays before You this day: let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive, upon this house, day and night.
 
  • O Lord, You keep covenant with Your servants, who walk before You with all their hearts.
 
  • Look down, O Lord, from heaven, Your holy abode, upon this house, day and night.
 
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.
 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

 

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.

 
 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Loves helps to Avoid Sin
 

Show me the way of your statutes, O Lord, and I will keep it perfectly.

Give me understanding that I may observe your law, and keep it with my whole heart.

Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight therein.

Incline my heart to your decrees, and not to greed.

Turn away my eyes from building vanity; through your way give me life.

Fulfill your promise to your servant, which was given to them who fear you.

Take away my shame which I fear, for your ordinances are good.

Behold I long for your precepts: vivify me according to your justice.

Let your mercies come upon me, O Lord, your help, according to your promise.

 

Then shall I answer those who insult me, for I trust in your words.

Take not the word of truth from my mouth, for I trust in your ordinances.

So shall I always keep your law, for ever and ever.

And I will walk on a wide path, for I seek your precepts.

I will also speak of your decrees before kings, and will not be ashamed.

I will be delighted with your commandments, which I love.

I will lift up my hands to your commandments and I will meditate on your statutes.

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.

 
 

Reading — St. Luke 16: 1 — 9

 

The parable of the unjust steward needs to be properly understood.
There is no question of commending a piece of dishonest management.
The lesson is clear: just as this man made sure of his future,
we should make sure — and with the same zeal — of eternal life.
Jesus Himself shows how the poor are the privileged of His kingdom:
by our alms we should make them our friends,
then later on they will lead us into heaven.

 

At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, who was reported to him as squandering his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear of you? Make an accounting of your stewardship, for you can be steward no longer’. And the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do, seeing that my master is taking away the stewardship from me? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed. I know what I shall do, that when I am removed from my stewardship they may receive me into their houses.’ And he summoned each of his master’s debtors and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master’? And he said, ‘A hundred jars of oil’. He said, ‘Take your bond and sit down at once and write fifty’. The he said to another, ‘How much do you owe’? He said, ‘A hundred kors# of wheat’. He said to him, ‘Take your bond and write eighty’. And the master commended the unjust steward, in that he had acted prudently; for the children of this world, in relation to their own generation, are more prudent than the children of the light. And I say to you, make friends for yourselves with the mammon of wickedness, so that when you fail they may receive you into the everlasting dwellings.”

#   a kor is a Hebrew unit of dry measure for grain or wheat equivalent to ten or twelve bushels.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Hymn for Sunday Morning

 

On the first day of the week, the day when the blessed Trinity created the world and the risen Creator conquered death and brought us freedom,

Let us cast aside all slothful feelings, rise even more readily than on other days and, as the prophet commands, seek God by night.

May he heed our prayers, stretch out to us His right hand, cleanse us from our sins, restore to us our home in heaven.

And then reward with the gift of unfailing bliss all of us who, assembled at the hallowed part of the present day, sing His praises during the hours of quietness.

We beg You, Redeemer of the world, wash away our shameful sins and of Your bounty grant us the blessings of everlasting life.

Grant this most loving Father and You, the only Son, equal to the Father and, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, reigning through the ages. Amen.

 

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
   
       
 

The master said to the steward, “What is this that I hear of you? Make an accounting of your stewardship.” 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. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

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

 

We owe all to God, both in the natural order and,
still more, in the supernatural order.
But for God, how could we “live according to God”?

 

Graciously impart to us, we implore You, O Lord, the spirit at all times to think and to do the things that are right; that we, who cannot subsist without You, may be enabled to live according to Your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection