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Wednesday Morning


Following 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.



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.

  • Lord, Father and God of my life, abandon me not to evil thoughts. A brazen look allow me not; ward of evil passion from my heart, O Lord; let no lustful cravings master me. Surrender me not to a spirit of irreverence and folly, O Lord. Abandon me not, O Lord, lest my failings increase, and my sins be multiplied.
  • The vault of heaven I compassed alone; over the waves of the sea I walked; over every nation and people I held sway. By my own power I have trodden upon the necks of the proud and the haughty. In the highest heavens I dwell, my throne on a pillar of cloud.
  • We accept good things from God; and why should we not accept evil? The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; as it pleased the Lord, so has it been done; blessed be the name of the Lord!

From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition

Have mercy on me, O God according to your mercy; according to your great clemency blot out my iniquity.

Wash me completely from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

“Against you only have I sinned, and I have done what is evil in your sight”,

This I confess, that you may be known to be just in your sentence, right in your judgment.


Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin. #


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.

#   A first dawning of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ

See Romans 5: 12 — 19 and Ephesians 2: 3.


Reading — Habakkuk (Habacuc) 1: 1 — 4


The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet received in a vision (1). How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not intervene. Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and clamorous discord. This is why the law is benumbed (2) and judgment is never rendered: because the wicked circumvent the just; this is why judgment comes forth perverted.

(1)   Habakkuk is deeply preoccupied with the age-old problem of injustice on earth, and God’s apparent inactivity. St. Jerome called him a ‘wrestler with God’. St. Paul draws on this book in several places.

His carefully constructed work opens with a dialogue between the Prophet and God; its novelty consists in its daring but respectful demand that God explain His strange way of governing the world.  To be sure Jacob has sinned, but why should God, the holy one whose eyes are too pure to gaze upon evil, have chosen to punish evildoers with those who are more wicked than themselves? Can it be that the Lord is on the side of injustice? Habakkuk is intensely preoccupied with the problem of evil, the perennial stumbling block for all earnest thinking people.

(Based on Jerome Bible Commentary,)

(2)   benumbed — made powerless.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Wednesday Morning


Good Creator of the world and Ruler of mankind, look down on us and free us, buried in sleep, from sinful sloth.

To You, Holy Christ, we make our prayer; pardon all our sins. It is to own You as Lord that we have risen and now break upon the silence of the night.

We raise up our hearts and lift up our hands in prayer, as the Psalmist commanded to be done at night and as Paul by his actions showed to be the right thing.

You see the evil we have done, and we confess our hidden faults. With penitent hearts we make this earnest prayer: Forgive us our sins.

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.


From the hands of all our enemies the Lord has 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, our God, King of heaven and earth, for this day please direct and sanctify, set right and govern our hearts and our bodies, our sentiments, our words and our actions in conformity with Your law and Your commandments. Thus we shall be able to attain salvation and deliverance, in time and in eternity, by Your help, O Saviour of the world, who live and reign forever. 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