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Wednesday Morning


Following Twentieth 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.

  • For you have been bought at a great price. Glorify God and bear Him in your body.
  • Remember that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and was descended from David. This saying is true: if we have died with Him, we shall always live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign with Him.
  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, that we also may be able to comfort those who are in any distress by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God.

From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition

Behold, you delight in sincerity of heart, and teach me wisdom in the depths of my soul.

Sprinkle me with hyssop, that I may be cleansed; wash me, that I may become whiter than snow.

Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness, let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out my guilt.

Create a clean heart for me, O God, and renew in me a steadfast spirit.

Cast me not off from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and strengthen me with a generous spirit.


I will teach the unjust your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.

Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, God my saviour; let my tongue rejoice because of your justice.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For you do not delight in sacrifice; and a burnt-offering you would not accept, if I offered it.

My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit, a contrite and humbled heart, O God you will not despise.


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 — Jonah 2: 3 — 10


Out of my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me; from the womb of Sheol I cried for help, and you heard my voice. You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea, and the flood enveloped me; all your breakers and your billows passed over me. Then I said, “I am banished from your sight! How will I again look upon your holy temple?” The waters surged around me up to my neck; the deep enveloped me; seaweed wrapped around my head. I went down to the roots of the mountains; to the land whose bars closed behind me forever, But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God. When I became faint, I remembered the Lord; My prayer came to you in your holy temple. Those who worship worthless idols abandon their hope for mercy. But I, with thankful voice, will sacrifice to you; What I have vowed I will pay: deliverance is from the Lord (1).

(1)   By this incident God brings home to the prophet what were the divine sentiments towards the inhabitants of Nineveh, pagan city though it was, and how reluctant he was to destroy the men — and the beasts — he had made.  


Whatever Jonah’s defects he displays true magnanimity in his readiness to die that the crew may be saved. The peril of the storm brings home to him the gravity of his disobedience. Seeing that the others are in danger on his account, whereas he alone deserves punishment, he suggests to the sailors to remove him from the ship by casting him overboard. From the moral point of view this is similar to the action of a person who jumps into the sea from a burning ship. The sailors repay generosity with generosity , pagans though they were, and at the risk of their lives attempt to row back to land. As the men were polytheists, their prayers and sacrifices to God do not prove they have embraced the religion of Israel, only that they acknowledge his to have been the divine power that saved them.


The prayer recorded does not purport to give exactly the prayer the prophet prayed. Reminiscences of the psalms readily occur in the prayers of those who constantly recite them. Jonah cried out of the belly of Sheol (or the underworld), but this does not imply his actual death; ‘Thy mercy is great towards me; and You have delivered my soul out of the lower hell’ — the prayer of one delivered from what was only imminent danger of death. To be cast away out of the sight of God’s eyes is to be far removed from his temple, where he had deigned to manifest his presence. The mountains are spoken of as sending their roots down into the depths of the sea. Those that observe empty vanities are the worshippers of idols, and such forsake God the source of all mercy.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Wednesday Morning


Good Creator of the world and Ruler of mankind, look down on us and free us, buried in sleep, from sinful sloth.

To You, Holy Christ, we make our prayer; pardon all our sins. It is to own You as Lord that we have risen and now break upon the silence of the night.

We raise up our hearts and lift up our hands in prayer, as the Psalmist commanded to be done at night and as Paul by his actions showed to be the right thing.

You see the evil we have done, and we confess our hidden faults. With penitent hearts we make this earnest prayer: Forgive us our sins.

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.


From the hands of all our enemies the Lord has delivered us.


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, our God, King of heaven and of earth, for this day please direct and sanctify, set right and govern our hearts and our bodies, our sentiments, our words and our actions in conformity with Your law and Your commandments. Thus we shall be able to attain salvation and deliverance, in time and in eternity, by Your help, O Saviour of the world, Who live and reign forever.  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