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Sunday Morning

 

Twentieth 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

 Like the three youths unharmed in the fiery furnace let us,
“filled with the Holy Spirit”, sing hymns of thanksgiving to God who saves us.


Man’s position in God’s sight is that of the sinner who is aware of his responsibilities; there can be no question of his possessing any rights, he can only confess himself guilty and appeal to the God’s mercy.

But we have some claim on this mercy; to begin with our very condition of sinners gives us reason for confidence. Far from being an obstacle to redemption, our sins are its cause: “I came not for the just”, says our Saviour one day when He was blamed for conversing with sinners in his usual merciful fashion. The great revelation that has been made to us is the gratuitous nature of the salvation that God has sent us compared with man’s universal and complete powerlessness to save himself.

It only remains for us to plead the glory of God, engaged in His work of mercy; to ask with confidence His pardon and peace, and, surer of Him than of ourselves, to give expression to our joy as the redeemed of God within the context of a life which is directed towards Him among all our trials and struggles.

The words of the Master: “Unless you see signs and wonders, you do not believe,” apply to those Christians who judge that the supernatural revelation of our religion lacks a solid foundation and thus an intelligent and modern man cannot give credence to revealed truths. “The days are evil.” Numberless sins, committed daily on earth, cry to heaven for punishment. Let us appease God by leading a good Christian life. The Holy Sacraments are the medicine to ‘cleanse away the vices of our hearts.’

 

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 the 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.
 
  • O Lord, You keep covenant with Your servants, who walk before You with all their hearts.
 
  • Look down, O Lord, from heaven,  Your holy abode, upon this house, day and night.
 
 

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 hand 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…

 

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.

 
 

From Psalm 118 [119]

God’s Goodness in the Law
 

You have dealt kindly with your servant, O Lord, according to your word.

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I trust in your commandments.

Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your word.

You are good and beneficient; teach me your statutes.

The proud invent lies against me, I observe your precepts with my whole heart.

Their heart is as gross as fat; I delight in your law.

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.

The law of your mouth is dearer to me, than immeasurable gold and silver.

Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.

 

They who fear you, see me and are glad, for I have hoped in your word.

I know, O Lord, that your ordinances are right, and justly have you afflicted me.

Let your loving kindness be present to comfort me; according to the promise you gave to me your servant.

Let your tender mercies come unto me that I may live, for your law is my delight.

Let the proud be put to shame, for they afflict me unjustly; I will meditate on your precepts.

Let those who fear you turn to me, and those who know your decrees.

Let my heart be perfect in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame.

 

Glory be to the Father, …

As it was in the beginning…..  Amen.

 
 

Reading — St. John 4: 46 — 53

 

The humble, unwavering confidence of the rule of Capernaum,
praised by Jesus Himself, was doubly rewarded by
the cure of his son and the gift of faith.

 

At that time, there was a certain royal official whose son was lying sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him, and besought Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you do not believe.” The royal official said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies”. Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your son lives”. The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and departed. But even as he was now going down, his servants met him and brought him word saying that his son lived. He asked of them therefore, the hour in which he had got better. And they told him, “Yesterday, at the seventh hour, the fever left him”. The father knew then that it was at that very hour in which Jesus had said to him, “Your son lives”. And he himself believed, and his whole household.

 
 

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
   
       
 

There was a certain royal official whose son was lying sick at Capernaum, When he heard that Jesus had come into Galilee, he requested him to heal his son.

   
       

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

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

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

 

Guilty man needs God’s pardon and peace.

 

Be appeased, O Lord, we implore You, and grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace; that they may both be cleansed from all their offences, and serve You with secure minds. 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