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Thursday 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 God the Father, and the Only-begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit: because He has shown His mercy to us.
  • Be ever blessed, now and through endless ages, O holy Creator and Governor of all, most blessed and undivided Trinity.
  • Glory be Yours, O Trinity of equal person one Deity, before all ages, now and forever.

From Psalm 65 [66]

Gratitude for Deliverance

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, chant the glory of his name, render to him noble praise.

Say to God: how wondrous are your works! Because of your great power your enemies respect you.

Let all the earth worship you and sing praise to you, sing praise to your name.

Come and see the works of God: the wondrous works he wrought among men!

He changed the sea into dry land; they crossed the river on foot: therefore let us rejoice in him.

He rules by his might forever; his eyes watch the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O nations, and let his praise resound.


Who has kept us among the living, and has not allowed our foot to stumble…

Come, hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you, what great things he has done for me!

I cried to him with my mouth, and I praised him with my tongue.

If I had intended evil in my heart, the Lord would not have answered.

But God has answered: he gave heed to my prayer.

Blessed be God, who did not reject my prayer, nor withdraw his mercy from 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.


Reading — Haggai 1: 3 — 6


Then the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet: Is it time for you to dwell in your panelled houses while this house lies in ruins? Now thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways (1)! You have sown much, but have brought in little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; you have drunk, but have not been exhilarated; have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed; and he who earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it.

(1)   The people felt they were too poor for the undertaking; Haggai rejects this reason and accuses them of sloth in building God’s house. He is right. Down the ages it has so often been this way. People complain that they are struggling to keep their own house in good order, let alone taking on a massive house of God. Anyway, (goes their theory) a house of worship shouldn’t be ‘too’ impressive — rather just modest and plain. The prophets were not slow to see through this hypocrisy!


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Thursday Morning


Holy Spirit, one with the Father and the Son, deign at this hour to come down on us without delay and pour out Your graces over our soul.

Let mouth, tongue, soul, thought and strength make Your praise resound. Let our love be set aflame by the fire of Your love and its heat in turn enkindle love in our neighbours.

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.


In holiness let us serve the Lord, and He will deliver us from our enemies.


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.





O God, it is above all in forgiving us and showing us mercy that You show Your omnipotence. Pour out abundant graces on us, and we shall advance joyfully toward the things You have promised, to share one day the treasures of heaven. 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