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Sunday Morning

 

Twenty Sixth 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

 

Two sowings and two harvests.
In the bright sunlight of truth
Jesus sows love and virtue, the good grain of
the heavenly harvest; in the sombre night of deceitfulness
Satan sows sin and hate, the cockle to feed the fires of hell

The devil, the author of evil, sows in darkness the cockle which causes weeds to grow with the corn in the father of the family’s field. The necessary separation will be carried out; if the cockle grows it will be thrown into the fire, but harvest time must be awaited. That is God’s providential plan: the separation of the good from the bad is postponed until the end of time.

Judgment belongs to God, and God is able to wait; He can put off for centuries His time of reckoning which will not fail to take place. For our part we should display goodness, kindness and patience to all men, whatever their condition. This duty is the greater since allowed to enter into the peace of Christ we are ourselves recipients of His mercy. St. Paul reminds us of it as a reason for joy and thanksgiving, but also as a requirement of charity which is incumbent on a Christian.

This patient charity implies, it must be said, no compromise or abandoning of principles; it leads, on the contrary, to a persevering will for good. On the part of weak mortals who themselves are constantly in need of God’s pardon and help it is neither presumption nor pride, but a humble awareness of their own obligation to love and pardon as God loves and pardons them.

 

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.

 
  • Put on, as God’s chosen ones, Holy and beloved, a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.
 
  • May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts; to that peace, indeed, you were called in one body. Show yourselves thankful.
 
  • Let the Word of Christ dwell ion you abundantly: in all wisdom teach and admonish one another by psalms. Hymns and spiritual songs, singing in your hearts to God by His grace.
 
 

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, I 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 13: 24 — 30

 

In the field of souls even the cockle may be
changed into wheat by the action of God’s grace.   
Divine patience awaits the sinner’s conversion.

 

At the time, Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes: “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and over-sowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up and had brought forth fruit, there appeared also the cockle. And the servants of the good man of the house coming, said to him: ‘Sir didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then had it cockle?’ And he said to them: ‘An enemy has done this.’ And the servants said to him: ‘Wilt thou that we go up and gather it up?’ And he said: ‘No lest perhaps, gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn’.”

 
 

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 there was a great crowd with Jesus, and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples together and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, for behold they have been with Me three days and have nothing to eat.” Halleluia.

   
       

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

When there was a great crowd with Jesus, and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples together and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, for behold they have been with Me three days and have nothing to eat.” Halleluia.

 
 

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

 
 
 

We implore You, O Lord, in Your unceasing goodness, guard Your family; that we who lean only upon the hope of Your heavenly grace, may always be defended by Your protection. 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