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Thursday Morning


Following Thirteenth 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.

  • Behave yourselves with fear in the time of your sojourning. You know that you were redeemed not with perishable things, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
  • Blessed is the man that finds wisdom and is rich in prudence. She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are compared with her.
  • Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the lamb. Blessings and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God forever and ever.

From Psalm 97 [98]

The Lord, Judge and Ruler of the Universe

Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

His right hand and his holy arm have brought him victory.

The Lord has made known his salvation, in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.

He has been mindful of his goodness and faithfulness toward the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, be glad, rejoice and sing praises.


Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody,

with trumpets and the sound of the horn: shout joyfully before the king, the Lord.

Let the sea roar and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains; sing in chorus,

before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity.


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 — Ecclesiasticus 4: 29 — 36


For it is through speech that wisdom becomes known;
and understanding, knowledge and learning, through the word of
the thoughtful man; and steadfastness, through the works of justice.
Never gainsay (‘say against’, i.e. contradict, deny.) the truth,
and be ashamed of the lie that results from your ignorance.

Be not ashamed to acknowledge your guilt.
Do not abase yourself before an impious man, nor refuse to do so
before rulers, and struggle not against the rushing stream.
Even to the death fight for truth and the Lord your God will battle for you.
Be not surly in your speech, nor lazy and slack in your deeds.
Be not a lion in your home, terrifying your servants and oppressing your subordinates.
Let not your hand be open to receive and clenched when it is time to give.


Brethren: All we who have been baptised into Christ Jesus have been baptised into His death. For we were buried with Him by means of Baptism into death , in order that, just as Christ has arisen from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall be so in the likeness of His resurrection also. For we know that our old self has been crucified with Him, in order that the body of sin may be destroyed, that we may no longer be slaves to sin; for he who is dead is acquitted of sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live together with Christ; for we know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no longer have dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives unto God. Thus do you consider yourselves also as dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Thursday Morning


Holy Spirit, one with the Father and the Son, deign at this hour to come down on us without delay and pour out Your graces over our soul.

Let mouth, tongue, soul, thought and strength make Your praise resound. Let our love be set aflame by the fire of Your love and its heat in turn enkindle love in our neighbours.

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.


In holiness let us serve the Lord, and He will deliver us from our enemies.


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.





O God, it is above all in forgiving us and showing us mercy that You show Your omnipotence. Pour out abundant graces on us, and we shall advance joyfully toward the things You have promised, to share one day the treasures of heaven. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.     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