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Sunday Morning

 

Fifth 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

 

“He is our peace.” From His cross and from the altar it comes to us,
the sign of His love and forgiveness.

 

One heart and one mind with Christ and through Him with our neighbour, such is the Christian ideal so much insisted upon by our Lord. Hence His severe condemnation of hatred and unjust anger, and His demand that we seek reconciliation with an offended person before making our offering at the altar. First “hallow the Lord Christ in your hearts,” and from this inner life will spring forth compassionate love, mutual understanding, and readiness to assist others in their needs of body and soul.

Both morning and evening readings today strongly inculcate the duty of fraternal charity. We are responsible before God for each and every failure in charity towards our brothers, even in our most secret thoughts. We must return good for evil and take every opportunity of acting as peacemakers, suffering for the sake of justice, if need be, and unswervingly doing what is right.

Otherwise we can have no access to God; for it is our relations with God that dictate our attitude towards our neighbour. No one is good as God is good; no one pardons as God pardons. So it is up to us to be full of compassion, fraternal love and mercy. Let us try to make others happy, since we are called to inherit the happiness of God.

 
 

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.
 
  • Prepare your hearts for the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.
 
  • Turn to Him with your whole hearts, and put away the strange gods from your midst.
 
 

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…

 

Would you but listen to his voice today:

“Harden not your hearts as in Meriba, as on the day of Massa in the wilderness,

Where your fathers’ tempted me, tried me, although they had seen my works.

For forty years I was displeased with the generation, and I said: They are a people with wayward hearts, and they have not recognised my ways.

 So I swore in my anger: they shall not enter my rest.

 

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]

God’s Goodness in the Law
 

You have dealt kindly with your servant, O Lord, according to your word.

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,  for I trust in your commandments.

Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your word.

You are good and beneficient; teach me your statutes.

The proud invent lies against me, I observe your precepts with my whole heart.

Their heart is as gross as fat; I delight in your law.

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.

The law of your mouth is dearer to me, than immeasurable gold and silver.

Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.

 

They who fear you, see me and are glad, for I have hoped in your word.

I know, O Lord, that your ordinances are right, and justly have you afflicted me.

Let your loving kindness be present to comfort me; according to the promise you gave to me your servant.

Let your tender mercies come unto me that I may live, for your law is my delight.

Let the proud be put to shame, for they afflict me unjustly; I will meditate on your precepts.

Let those who fear you turn to me, and those who know your decrees.

Let my heart be perfect in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame.

 

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 15: 20 — 24

 

The demands of Christian charity extend to our most secret thoughts and feelings.
We must be reconciled with our brother before approaching God.

 

At that time, the Jesus said to His disciples: “Unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to the ancients, ‘You shall not kill’; and that whoever shall kill shall be liable to judgment. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca’, shall be liable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, ‘You fool’, shall be liable to the fire of Gehenna. Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift before the altar and go first to your brother; and then come and offer your gift.”

 
 

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
   
       
 

You have heard that it was said to the ancients, “You shall not kill”; and that whoever shall murder shall be liable to judgment.

   
       

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

 
 
 

O God, You have prepared invisible good things for those who love You; pour into our hearts an ardent love of You, that loving You in all things, and above all things, we may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire. 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