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Sunday Morning


Twenty-first 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.





“Wicked servant,
You did not have pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you.”
How then dare you ask pardon for yourself?


The law of charity and mercy is one without exception, as we are reminded in today’s Gospel: “Should not you also have had pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?” The forgiveness of offence and love of our neighbour are the necessary response, and so to say the prolongation in our own lives of God’s magnanimous forgiveness bestowed on us.

In God the Christian finds his whole rule of life: “Be you therefore merciful as your Father is merciful.” “Be you therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Love one another as I have loved you.”

It is the Christian’s happiness to live in the light of a revelation which gives him, together with a just idea of God, a rule of behaviour based on His conduct towards us. For the man in search of truth and happiness nothing is more helpful than to know the sovereign will of God, to be united to it, and with the arms thus obtained to devote his whole life to doing good.

Those do not forgive who nourish hatred in their hearts, think only of revenge, and never forget an offence. They act like the ‘wicked servant’. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”


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.
  • My sins outnumber the sands of the seashore, so many have I committed. I am not worthy to see the heights of heaven because of the enormity of my guilt. Against You only have I sinned.
  • O Lord, if Your people turn to You, and pray in Your holy place, listen to them from heaven, O Lord, and free them from the hands of their enemies. If Your people sin against You, and turn again and do penance, and if they come and pray to you, listen to them from heaven, O Lord.

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. Matthew 18: 23 — 35


Peter has just asked this question:
“Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me,
and I forgive him? Till seven times?”
Jesus answered him, “Not till seven times, but till seventy times seven times”.
The following parable is a commentary on this short dialogue.


At that time, Jesus spoke to his disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king who desired to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun the settlement, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents (1). And as he had no means of paying, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. But the servant fell down and besought him saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will pay you all’!  And moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him, and forgave him the debt. But as that servant went out, he met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a hundred denarii (2), and he laid hold of him and throttled him saying, ‘Pay what you owe’. His fellow-servant therefore fell down before him saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will pay you all’. But he would not; but went away and cast him into prison until he should pay what was due. His fellow servants therefore seeing what had happened, were very much saddened, and they went and informed their master of what had happened. Then his master called him and said, ‘Wicked servant! I forgave you all the debt because you entreated me. Should not you also have pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?’ And his master, being angry, handed him over to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts.”

(1)   ten thousand talents — A very large sum indeed, something like two and a half million pounds sterling, or twelve million U.S.A. dollars at pre-war values.

(2)   one hundred denarii  — A comparatively small sum, less than four pounds sterling or twenty dollars U.S.A. at pre-war values.


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.


The lord said to his servant, “Pay your debt”. But his servant went down on his knees and pleaded, “Give me an extension of time, and I will make full payment to you”.


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.





God’s constant help is necessary if we are to lead our lives aright.


Guard your household, we implore You, O Lord, with continued goodness; that through Your protection it may be free from all adversaries, and by good works be devoted to Your name. 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