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Sunday Morning

 

Fourth 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

 

This Sunday brings to our minds the miraculous draught of fishes, at the suggestion of the Master. Let us cast our nets following the Lord’s suggestions. We shall always be spiritually successful if we try to follow God’s will and plan.

The miraculous draught of fishes is symbolic of the triumphs of the Church and the accomplishment of our Lord’s statement to St. Peter that henceforth he would be a fisher of men.

Trust in God amid the struggles and sufferings of this life are the predominant thought in today’s readings and texts. St. Paul reminds us that these struggles and sufferings are temporary; they are bound up with our situation on this earth, which is one of waiting — as is that of the whole of creation with us — until the day appointed for the full manifestation of the glory of the children of God. Meanwhile God comes to our help, He draws us to Him, upholds us, forgives us and raises us up when we fall.

 

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 Law Affords Consolation.
 

Remember your word to your servant by which you have given me hope.

This is my consolation in my affliction, that your word revives me.

The crowd are most insulting to me; but I depart not from your law.

I remember your judgments of old, O Lord, and I am comforted.

Indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.

Your statutes are the theme of my song in the place of my pilgrimage.

In the night I remember your name, O Lord, and I will keep your law.

This happened to me because I observed your precepts.

I have said, O Lord, that my portion is to keep your words.

 

I seek your favour with my whole heart, have mercy on me according to your promise.

I thought over my ways, and turned my steps toward your decrees.

I made haste and delayed not, to keep your commandments.

The snares of the wicked surround me: I have not forgotten your law.

At midnight I rise to thank you because of your just ordinances.

I am a companion of all who fear you, of all that keep your precepts.

The earth, O Lord, is full of your loving kindness; teach me 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 — Romans 6: 3 — 11

 

From Pentecost onwards, the apostles’
preaching was to make innumerable conversions.
Jesus’ words to Simon Peter,
“Henceforth you shall catch men”, were to be accomplished.
Their truth has continually been proved throughout the Church’s history.

 

At that time while the crowds were pressing upon Jesus to hear the word of God, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. And He saw two boats moored by the lake, but the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. And getting into one of the boats, the one that was Simon’s, He asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, He began to teach the crowds from the boat. But when He had ceased speaking He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and lower your nets for a catch”. And Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken nothing; but at Your word I will lower the net”. And when they had done so, they enclosed a great number of fishes, but their net was breaking. And they beckoned to their comrades in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had made; and so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you shall catch men”. And when they had brought their boats to land, they left all and followed Him.

 
 

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
   
       
 

Getting into a boat and sitting down, Jesus began to teach the crowds, 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

 

The Church’s sublime and holy devotion fears war and disturbance;
she asks God, Who governs everything, for the peace which souls need top serve Him well.

 

Grant, we implore You, O Lord, that the course of the world may, by Your governance, be peaceably ordered for us, and that Your Church may rejoice in quiet devotion. 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