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Saturday Morning

 

Following Twenty-first 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.

 

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.

 
  • You, O Lord of all things, in want for nothing, were pleased that Your temple should be among us. Keep this house forever undefiled O Lord You, O Lord, have chosen this house in which Your name is to be called upon, that it might be a house of prayer and supplication for Your people.
 
  • I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne; all the earth was full of His glory, and the train of his garment filled the temple.
 
  • I will tell you, O man what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: to do the right, to do justice and to walk humbly with your God. Trust in the Lord and do good, and dwell in the land.
 
 

From Psalm 105 [106]

The Mercy of God, the Ingratitude of Man
 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his kindness is everlasting.

Who can recount the mighty deeds of the Lord, or proclaim all his praises?

Happy are they who observe the precepts, who practice justice at all times.

Remember me, O Lord, as you show favour to your people; visit me with your help, that I may take delight in the happiness of your elect, that l may rejoice in the joy of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance.   

 

Save us, O Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations, That we may praise your holy name, and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from age unto age: and let all people say: Amen! Halleluia.

 

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 — Zephaniah (Sophonias) 1: 1 — 3

 
 
 

The word of the Lord (1) which came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah. I will completely sweep away all things from the face of the earth, says the Lord. I will sweep away man and beast, I will sweep away the birds of the sky, and the fishes of the sea. I will overthrow the wicked; I will destroy mankind from the face of the earth, says the Lord (2).

(1)   Zephaniah’s theme is a call to the people to repentance, and an assurance of God’s love for them — but the approach is through the direct threat of calamity: the technique is that of a ‘hell-fire sermon’, demonstrating that this is the only way those who have ignored all other warnings have left the Prophet.

(2)   The scope of the sweeping away will indeed be total, such is the magnitude of the offence in God’s sight. As has always been the case, those who offend most are also most inclined to complain most about the ‘extreme’ nature of the sermon decrying their bold, brazen disregard for the cultural heritage in which God has given them the privilege to be brought up.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
for
Saturday Morning

 

Fount and source of infinite mercy, Ruler of the worlds structure, God, one in nature and three in persons,

In Your love graciously receive our “mingled penitence and praise” so that with our soul free from sin we may more fully enjoy You.

Burn away with healing flames what is unhealthy in our affections and thoughts so that with loins well girt (covered but ready for action) and all sinful desires cast out we may keep our prayerful vigil.

May all of us who break the silence of the night with songs of praise be abundantly enriched with graces from heaven.

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
   
       
 

Enlighten those, O Lord, who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace.

   
       

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

 
 
 

Lord, You are the strength of those who hope in You. Listen favourably to our prayers; and since human weakness can accomplish nothing without Your help, may Your grace assist us in observing Your commandments and in pleasing You by our desires and our actions. 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.

 

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