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Saturday Morning


Following Twenty second 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.

  • Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous deeds, and blessed forever be the name of His majesty.
  • To You be praise, to You be glory, to You be thanksgiving for endless ages, O Blessed Trinity.
  • To You be praise, to You be glory, to You be thanksgiving for endless  ages, O Blessed Trinity.

From Psalm 91 [92]

Praise God, the Just Judge

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing to your name, O Most High:

To declare your goodness in the morning and your faithfulness during the hours of the night.

On the ten-stringed instrument and the lyre, with a song on the harp.

For you make me glad, O Lord, by your deeds, I rejoice in the works of your hands.

How great are your works, O Lord, how exceedingly deep your thoughts!

The senseless man knows not, nor does the fool know this.

Even if the wicked flourish like grass, and all evildoers prosper,

they are doomed to eternal ruin: but you are exalted forever, O Lord.

For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for, behold, your enemies shall perish: all evildoers shall be scattered.


You have given me strength like that of the buffalo; you have anointed me with the purest oil.

And my eye has looked down upon my enemies, and my ears have heard glad tidings of the wicked who rise up against me.

The just man shall flourish like the palm tree, like the cedar of Lebanon he shall grow.

Planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God they shall flourish.

They shall bear fruit even in old age., fresh and green shall they be,

that they may declare, that the Lord is righteous, my rock, in whom there is no wrong.


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 — St. Jude 5 — 7



St. Jude calls attention to several instances, already well known
to them, in which God inflicted severe punishment for sin.
The first is taken from Numbers 14: 1 — 36.
The lesson indicated by the destruction of the unbelieving Israelites,
is that no Christian may presume in their privileges, since those who
were brought out of Egypt by a series of astounding miracles
nevertheless died in the wilderness because of their unbelief.

 Our text, following the oldest Greek manuscripts as
well as the Latin Vulgate, have “Jesus” in verse 5.
Here as in 1 Cor. 10: 4 — 9, Christ is said to have accompanied the
Israelites in their wanderings through the wilderness.
It still didn’t stop them losing their faith.
Another timeless warning from the Apostle.

Many of the angels were not satisfied with the dignity conferred
upon them in their creation and rebelled against God.
They lost their dignity and were cast into hell.
There they are kept in everlasting bonds, awaiting the great day,
the day of the general judgment when final sentence will be
passed on them and the fullness of penalty exacted (2 Pet. 2: 4).
The example warns that Christians lose their dignity
by rebellion against God and His divine laws.


But I desire to remind you, though once for all you have come to know things, that Jesus, who saved the people from the land of Egypt, the next time destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels also who did not preserve their original state, but forsook their abode, he has kept in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the neighbouring cities which like them committed sins of immorality and practised unnatural vice, have been made an example, undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

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.


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.


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, 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.




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