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Sunday Morning

 

Eighteenth 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

 

Many of todays Scriptures allude to the consecration of a church: they manifest the joy of Christian people at being able to offer to God, in His house, the praise and the sacrifice worthy of Him. In the Epistle, St. Paul gives thanks to God for all the earthly benefits implied by the Christian vocation, as we await the return of Christ when He will come to take us with Him to the heavenly city. The cure of the paralytic and the pardon of his sins bestowed upon him, remind us, in the Gospel, of the circumstances of human weakness and divine mercy in which our progress Godwards, as a member of the Church, is set here below.

On the cure of the paralytic: notice that it assumes a symbolical value in consequence of the pardon of his sins that Jesus grants him at the same time: paralysis of the body is only an image of the sorry state of the sinful soul, just as leprosy of the body is only an image of that of the soul, namely sin.

 

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.
 
  • My sins outnumber the sands of the seashore, so many have I committed. I am not worthy to see the heights of heaven because of the enormity of my guilt. Against You only have I sinned.
 
  • O Lord, if Your people turn to You, and pray in Your holy place, listen to them from heaven, O Lord, and free them from the hands of their enemies. If Your people sin against You, and turn again and do penance, and if they come and pray to you, listen to them from heaven, O Lord.
 
 

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. Matthew 9: 1 — 8

 

God alone can forgive sins; Jesus did so and gave
to the Apostles the same power of forgiving in His name.

 

At that time, Jesus, getting into a boat, crossed over and came to His own town. And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a pallet. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins have been forgiven you”.  And behold, some of the Scribes said within themselves, “This man blasphemes”. And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you harbour evil thoughts in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’, or to say, ‘Arise, and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins,” — the He said to the paralytic — “Arise, take up your pallet and go to your house”. And he arose, and went away to his house. But when the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear, and glorified God Who had given such power to men.

 
 

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 Lord said to the paralytic, “Take courage My son; your sins are forgiven”.

   
       

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

 

Grace is all pervasive in our lives, including
in the first place even the possibility of pleasing God.

 

May the working of Your mercy direct our hearts, we implore You, O Lord; for without You we are not able to please You. 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