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Sunday Morning

 

Fourteenth 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

 

God’s providence takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. But we, “of little faith’ attend with such anxiety to our temporal interests that we even neglect our religious duties. When we seek the supernatural first, we may confidently rely on God’s fatherly help in our daily affairs.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel insist that we should not allow our lives to be divided between the following of two opposing principles, the spirit and the flesh, God and money. We must choose God and the things of God. Whatever is useful and good will be given us in addition, by the ever-loving Providence of our Father in heaven who feeds the birds and arrays the lilies of the field.

It is the Holy Spirit, the creator within us of the new man, who inspires our choices. There is a continual struggle between our evil tendencies — pride, egoism, a desire for pleasure — which separate us from God, and all that, on the contrary, aspires after God and brings us nearer to Him.

Today’s Collect Prayer is the expression of complete confidence and filial trust in God. The lively consciousness of human weakness does not interfere with the Christian’s peace of mind; it only makes him repeat more insistently his joy at belonging to God and at living under His watchful protection. The Church precedes us in this path; she gives us hymns of confidence and faith to sing: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord, than to trust in man. The angel of the Lord encamps around His people; taste and see how good the Lord is.”

With regard to the duty of not worrying about earthly things, notice that Jesus’ teaching here is the counterpart of His criticism of the foolish rich man in a parable in St. Luke’s Gospel (12: 16) — immediately preceding the passage parallel to today’s Gospel; that is the starting point of the advice about not worrying.

 

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.

 
 
 

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.

 
  • 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.
 
  • O Lord, You keep covenant with Your servants, who walk before You with all their hearts.
 
  • Look down, O Lord, from heaven,  Your holy abode, upon this house, day and night.
 
 

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

 

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice.”
It is a question of the fundamental orientation of our lives.
We must keep our minds fixed on God even in the midst of our greatest anxieties.

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life a greater thing than the food, and the body more than the clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value than they? But which of you, by being anxious about it can add to his stature a single cubit (1)? And as for clothing, why are you anxious? Consider how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which flourishes today but tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O you of little faith! Therefore do not be anxious saying: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or: ‘What shall we put on?’ (for after all these things the Gentiles seek); for your Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice; and all these things shall be given you besides.”

(1)   Cubit   —   The term refers to the forearm. The measurement is from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow joint (a little less than 18 inches or half a metre.)

 
 

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
   
       
 

Do not be anxious, wondering, “What are we to eat?”, or, “What are we to drink”? Your Father knows you need all these things, 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

 

Guard Your Church Lord, we pray, with Your continued mercy, and since our human mortality must fail without You, keep it always by Your help from all that may hurt it and direct it in the way of salvation.

 

Protect, we implore you, O Lord, Your Church with Your perpetual mercy, and because without You human frailty goes astray, may we be ever withheld by Your grace from what is hurtful, and directed to what is profitable. 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