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Sunday Morning

 

Seventeenth 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

 

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…thou shalt love thy neighbour.” Love is the great commandment; love of God and of our neighbour is the whole Law and the prophets. Of this we are reminded in today’s Gospel.

The unity of our faith, our baptism and our hopes, as also the unity of the Holy Spirit, Christ and God our Father is, according to St. Paul in the Epistle read today, the very foundation of fraternal charity.

To the cunning question of the Pharisee as to which was the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus Christ replied, “You shall love the Lord , your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.” However, as Jesus Christ knew that we frequently forget another most important obligation, He added and insisted that there is a second commandment, that of loving our neighbour, for it is not possible to love God and at the same time hate our neighbour.

Jesus Christ recommends the love of neighbour as most necessary by reason of the selfishness of mankind. Let us be Christian in our relations with our neighbour, loving not merely in words but with deeds.

 

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 the 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 Blessings of the Law.
 

Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your decrees; O Lord, put me not to shame.

I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

 

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 22: 34 — 46

 

After our Lord’s teaching on the great commandment
there follows a solemn assertion of the divinity of Christ.
By His human origin He is a descendent of David, but by His
divine nature He is far greater than David himself ever foresaw.

 

At that time, the Pharisees came to Jesus and one of them, a doctor of the Law, putting Him to the test, asked Him, “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the Law”? Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and  the Prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus questioned them, saying, “What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is He”? They said to Him, “David’s”. He said to them, “How then does David, in the Spirit call Him Lord, saying ‘The Lord said to my Lord: sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies Your footstool?’ If David, therefore calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?” And no one could answer Him a word; neither did anyone dare from that day forth to ask Him any more questions.

 
 

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
   
       
 

“Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.” 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

 

Love of God must be pure and unalloyed;
it excludes everything that is opposed to God.

 

Grant to Your people we implore You, O Lord, to avoid every contamination of the devil, and with pure minds, to follow You, the only God. 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