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Thursday Morning

 

Following 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.

 

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.

 
  • Behave yourselves with fear in the time of your sojourning. You know that you were redeemed not with perishable things, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
 
  • Blessed is the man that finds wisdom and is rich in prudence. She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are compared with her.
 
  • •    Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the lamb. Blessings and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God forever and ever.
 
 

From Psalm 22 [23]

The Good Shepherd
 

The Lord is my shepherd: I want for nothing; he makes me rest in green pastures.

He leads me to waters where I may rest;

He revives my spirit

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in a dark valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me.

Your rod and your staff: these comfort me.

 

You set a table for me in the sight of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for a long time.

 

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 — Micah (Micheas) 1: 1 — 3

 
 
 

The word of the Lord which came to Micah (1) of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah: that is, the vision he received concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Hear O peoples, all of you, give heed, O earth, and all that fills you! Let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple! For see, the Lord comes forth from his place, he descends and treads upon the heights of the earth. (2)

(1)    The thought of Micah is simple: he proclaims that the political disasters which threaten Israel and Judah come from the anger of God which the people have excited by their sins. These sins were oppression, dishonesty, superstition, and general lack of morality. God will not save their culture from erosion and collapse due to infiltration or attack when His people fail to remain faithful to the foundation upon which their society was built — the Law of God. This is true for times ancient and modern.

(2)    The Temple itself will not save Judah; for the presence of the Holy One of Israel is regarded perversely as a shield for sin, and not recognised as a call for repentance.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
for
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.

 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

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.

 
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

 
 
 

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.

 

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