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Wednesday Morning

 

Following 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.

 

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.

 
  • Blessed be the Holy Trinity and undivided Unity: let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.
 
  • We call upon You, we praise You, we adore You, O Blessed Trinity.
 
  • Blessed are You, O Lord, Who look into the depths from Your throne, upon the Cherubim. Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven and praiseworthy forever.
 
 

From Psalm 96 [97]

The Lord of the World.
 

The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice, let the many lands be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him, justice and right are the foundation of his throne.

A fire goes before him, and devours enemies round about.

His lightnings’ illumine the world; the earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens declare his justice; and all people behold his glory.

Confounded are all who worship graven images and boast of their idols; all the gods fall prostrate before him.

 

Zion hears and rejoices, and the cities of Judah are glad, because of your judgments,
O Lord.

For you, O Lord, are sovereign over all the earth, supremely exalted above all gods.

The Lord loves those who hate evil, he preserves the lives of his faithful ones, he saves them from the hand of the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just one, and joy for the upright of heart.

Rejoice in the Lord you just, and praise his holy name.

 

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 — Ecclesiastes 1: 8 — 17

 
 
 
 
 All things are wearisome beyond man’s power to tell. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear filled with hearing. What has been, will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us. There is no remembrance of the men of old; not of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them. I, Coheleth, was king over Israel in Jerusalem, and I applied my mind to search and investigate in wisdom all things that are done under the sun. A thankless task God has appointed for men to be busied about. I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and affliction of spirit. The perverse are hard to correct, and there is no end to the number of fools. I said to myself, “Behold, I have become great and stored up wisdom beyond all who were before me in Jerusalem, and my mind has broad experience of wisdom and knowledge, and I have applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly.”
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
for
Wednesday Morning

 

Good Creator of the world and Ruler of mankind, look down on us and free us, buried in sleep, from sinful sloth.

To You, Holy Christ, we make our prayer; pardon all our sins. It is to own You as Lord that we have risen and now break upon the silence of the night.

We raise up our hearts and lift up our hands in prayer, as the Psalmist commanded to be done at night and as Paul by his actions showed to be the right thing.

You see the evil we have done, and we confess our hidden faults. With penitent hearts we make this earnest prayer: Forgive us our sins.

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
   
       
 

From the hands of all our enemies the Lord has delivered us.

   
       

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, our God, King of heaven and of earth, for this day please direct and sanctify, set right and govern our hearts and our bodies, our sentiments, our words and our actions in conformity with Your law and Your commandments. Thus we shall be able to attain salvation and deliverance, in time and in eternity, by Your help, O Saviour of the world, Who live and reign forever. 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