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Monday Morning


Following Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




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.



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.

  • Send forth Wisdom, Lord, from Your glorious throne, that she may be with me, that I may know what is pleasing to you at all times. Give me Wisdom, Lord, the attendant at Your throne.
  • Great are Your judgments, Lord, and hardly to be described. You have magnified and glorified Your people. You took them across the Red Sea and brought them through the deep waters.
  • What is in the heart of man Your eyes have seen Lord; in Your book it is all written. Man sees what is on the surface, but God looks into the heart. For He sees what is in every heart. And understands what everyone is thinking.

From Psalm 14 [15]

The Ideal Man of God

O Lord, who may be a guest in your tabernacle, who may dwell upon your holy mountain?

He who lives blamelessly and practises justice and thinks truthfully in his heart, and has no slander on his tongue;

Who does no evil to his fellow, nor casts slurs upon his neighbour;

Who holds the sinner in disdain, but honours those who fear the Lord.


Who, even if he swears to his own injury, retracts not, who puts not out his money to usury though it be to his loss, changes not his pledged word; who lends not his money for usury, nor takes bribes against the innocent.

Whoever does these things shall never waver.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now, was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Reading — Ecclesiasticus 21: 1 — 5


My son, have you sinned? Do so no more, and for your past sins pray to be forgiven. Flee from sin as from a serpent that will bite you if you go near it; its teeth are lion’s teeth, destroying the souls of men. Every offence is a two edged sword; when it cuts there can be no healing. Violence and arrogance wipe out wealth, a home that is too rich is destroyed by pride; so too the wealth of a proud man is wiped out.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Monday Morning


Radiance of the Father’s splendour that brings light from light, come as light of light, the source of light, the day that gives days their light.

And the true sun that shines with everlasting brilliance. Direct on to our thoughts the light of the Holy Spirit.

Let this day pass for us in joy. Let our purity be as the dawn, our faith strong like the noonday sun, and our soul unacquainted with the twilight regions of sin.

Dawn is bringing the light of day. With the light may there come to us the whole Son in the Father, and the whole Father in the Son.

To God the Father be glory, and to His only Son, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, now and forever.   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.


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and 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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





Lord, God all powerful, You have brought us to the beginning of this day. By Your power keep us on the road to salvation: do not let us fall into any sin today, but grant that all our words, all our thoughts and our actions may tend toward the fulfillment of Your law of holiness. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   Amen.




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.


Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection