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Sunday Morning

 

Last 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

 

At the sound of the last trump when this world shall pass away,
Christ, the supreme Judge, will weigh our souls in His unerring scales.

 

At the end of the ecclesiastical year, the Church calls on us to meditate on the Gospel of the Last Judgement. On the day fixed by God, the Son of man will appear in His glory on the clouds of heaven and all the nations of the earth will gather together before Him to be judged.

It is obvious that by this reminder the Church desires to make us realise our responsibilities, but she also desires to show us in Christ’s judgement His crowning victory and the completion of His work of redemption. We should be inspired with confidence and very great hope at the thought that He who will come to judge us is the very same who came into the world to save us. Throughout the liturgical year the Church never ceases to remind us of this. She recalled it with especial emphasis on Christmas Eve as she was about to celebrate the first coming of the Son of God into this world; she returns to it again today teaching us by the mouth of St. Paul. Rescued from the power of the devil, we already belong to the kingdom of the well beloved Son in whom we have redemption and the pardon of our sins.

It is wise to anticipate Christ’s Final Judgement in frequent and contrite confession, and always live in friendly union with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament through frequent and devout communion, and constantly in worship and private prayer.

 

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 — St. Matthew 24: 15 — 35

 

The Gospel of the end of the world should not frighten us;
it is the necessary passage from time to eternity.
Those who accepted Christ on earth will be taken by Him
into His kingdom: those who rejected Him will be cast out.
The destruction of Jerusalem, an image of the end of the world,
foretold by Jesus, came to pass less than fourty years
afterwards; we do not know when the end of the world will occur,
and there is no other way for us to prepare for it than by putting all
our trust in Christ and leading faithfully on earth our life as baptised Christians.

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “When you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, which was spoke by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything from his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. But woe to those who are with child, or have infants at the breast in those days! But pray that your flight may not be in winter, or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation (1), such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor will be. And unless those days have been shortened, no living creature would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Then if anyone say to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Behold I have told it to you beforehand. If therefore they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the desert,’ do not go forth; ‘Behold, He is in the inner chambers,’ do not believe it. For as the lightening comes forth from the east and shines even to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever the body is, there will the eagles be gathered together. But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven; and then will all tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty. And He will send forth His angels with a trumpet and a great sound, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch is now tender, and the leaves break forth, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door. Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things have been accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

(1)   the ‘Great tribulation’ — In the first place refers to the disasters that preceded, accompanied and followed the destruction of Jerusalem, and then gradually, we are led to consider the end of the world and the coming of the Son of Man.

 
 

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
   
       
 

When you see the ‘abomination of the desolation’, which was spoke by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place — let him who reads understand.

   
       

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

 

God’s only purpose is to lead us all to Him;
our zeal in corresponding with this divine work
incites Him to strengthen in us the action of His grace.

 

Stir up we implore You, O Lord, the wills of Your faithful people; that more earnestly seeking after the fruit of good works, they may receive abundant helps from Your mercy. 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