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Sunday Morning

 

Sixteenth 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

 

The supernatural life which we receive in Baptism is like a seed that must be developed. “Rooted and grounded in love,” we pray that God may increase our faith and hope, and that His grace may stir up in us “a never-failing zeal for good works.”

The riches of Christ! The constant comparison of our wretchedness and the infinite mercy of our Saviour inspires the Church not only with the theme of her prayers when she tells God of the tremendous need that we have of Him, but also with the invitation that she addresses to us to contemplate the unfathomable mystery of the riches of Christ. St. Paul, in acknowledging that he is powerless to measure their infinite dimensions, calls to mind the whole work of salvation to praise God for it and to summon us to open our hearts to the graces which God has in store for us. The redeeming death of Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Church, the holy Scriptures, the sacraments — what treasures of divine life are these for the transformation of our lives.

Poverty and riches: man is nothing of himself, but God has given him everything by bestowing on him His Son. Our whole attitude, therefore, while one of dependence towards God, should at the same time be imbued with gratitude and joy. It is therein that the Christian’s humble pride finds both its justification and its secret.

 

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.
 
  • Prepare your hearts for the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.
 
  • Turn to Him with your whole hearts, and push away the strange Gods from your midst.
 
 

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 hands 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.

 

Would you but listen to his voice today:

“Harden not your hearts as in Meriba, as on the day of Massa in the wilderness,

Where your fathers’ tempted me, tried me, although they had seen my works.

For forty years I was displeased with the generation, and I said: They are a people with wayward hearts, and they have not recognised my ways.

So I swore in my anger: they shall not enter my rest.

 

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

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

 
 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.
 

Happy are the blameless in life’s way, who will walk in the law of the Lord.

Happy are those who observe his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart.

Who do no wrong, but walk in his ways.

You have given us your precepts to be zealously observed.

O that my conduct may be steadfast in observing your statutes.

Then I shall not be put to shame when I have regard for all your commandments.

How can a youth lead a pure life? By heeding your words.

 

I seek you with all my heart; let me not wander from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes

I will meditate on your precepts, 1 will regard your ways.

I will take pleasure in your statutes: I will not forget your words.

 

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

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

 
 

Reading — St. Luke 14: 1 — 11

 

The cure of the man with the dropsy provided Jesus with the
opportunity of castigating the worst of failings, that very great pride
of which we stand in need to be cured.

 

At that time, when Jesus entered the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to take food, they watched Him. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had the dropsy, And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?” But they remained silent. And He took and healed him and let him go. Then addressing them, He said, “Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fall into a pit, and will not immediately draw him up on the Sabbath”? And they could give Him no answer to these things. But He also spoke a parable to those invited, observing how they were choosing the first places at table, and He said to them, “When you are invited to a wedding feast, do not recline in the first place lest one more distinguished than you have been invited by him, and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Make room for this man; and then you begin with shame to take the last place; that when he who invited you comes in, he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher!’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all who are at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.”

 
 

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 Jesus entered the house of a leading Pharisee on the Sabbath day to have a meal, a certain man appeared before him who had the dropsy. Taking hold of him Jesus healed him and sent him away.

   
       

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

 

The Christian knows that he owes all to God and His grace;
he implores His help to be able to go on doing good.

 

Let Your grace, we implore You, O Lord, always go before us and follow us, and make us continually intent upon good works. 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