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Saturday Morning

 

Following Fifteenth 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.

 

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.

 
  • The night is far advanced; the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. Let us all walk becomingly as in the day.
 
  • For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, many as they are, form one body, So also it is with Christ.
 
  • God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
 
 

Exodus 15: 2 — 11; 13 and 18

From: The Canticle of Moses.
 

My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Saviour. He is my God, I praise him, the God of my father, I extol him.

The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

Pharaoh’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone

Your right hand, O Lord, magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

In your great majesty you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble.

At a breath of your anger the waters piled up, the flowing waters stood like a mound, the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea.

 

The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them; I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them”!

When your wind blew, the sea covered them; like lead they sank in the mighty waters.

Who is like to you among the gods,
O Lord? Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness? O terrible# in renown, worker of wonders,…

In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling.

The Lord shall reign forever and ever.

 

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 — Ecclesiasticus 14: 11 — 17

 
 
 

My son, if you have anything, do good to yourself, and offer worthy oblations to God. Remember that death does not tarry, and that the covenant of hell has been shown to you; for it is a law of this world that one must die, be good to your friend; according to your means, extend your hand and give to the poor. Deprive not yourself of present good things, let no choice portion escape you. Will you not leave to others the strength of your pains and labours, to be divided by lot? Give, take and treat yourself well; before your death, practise justice, for in the nether world there is no food to be found.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
for
Saturday Morning

 

Fount and source of infinite mercy, Ruler of the worlds structure, God, one in nature and three in persons,

In Your love graciously receive our “mingled penitence and praise” so that with our soul free from sin we may more fully enjoy You.

Burn away with healing flames what is unhealthy in our affections and thoughts so that with loins well girt (covered but ready for action) and all sinful desires cast out we may keep our prayerful vigil.

May all of us who break the silence of the night with songs of praise be abundantly enriched with graces from heaven.

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
   
       
 

Enlighten those, O Lord, who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace.

   
       

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

 
 
 

Lord, You are the strength of those who hope in You. Listen favourably to our prayers; and since human weakness can accomplish nothing without Your help, may Your grace assist us in observing Your commandments and in pleasing You by our desires and our actions. This we ask of 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