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St John Morning

 
 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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.

 

Apostle and Evangelist

In his Gospel, St John calls himself the disciple whom Jesus loved. It was he who reclined on the chest of the Saviour at the Last Supper. He is the author of the sublime Gospel which so powerfully proclaims the Divinity of Christ. To Him also our Lord, hanging on the Cross, entrusted His beloved Mother, and likewise he to His Mother. In this gesture the early Church saw out Lord bequeath all her Son’s followers to her as her children, and she to them as a spiritual mother.

Unlike the other Apostles, he escaped martyrdom and died at an advanced age around 100AD. At Ephesus. He appears to have spent the last years of his life at the head of the Churches of Asia Minor.

Acclamations For Reflection

Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming, His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
  • He who overcomes, I will make Him a pillar in My temple, says the Lord; and I will write upon him My name and the name of the city, the new Jerusalem. Him who overcomes I will permit to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of My God.
 
  • On that day I will take you for My servant and I will set you as a signet ring in My sight; for I have chosen you, says the Lord. Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life.
 
  • This is John, who during the Last Supper reclined on the breast of the Lord. Blessed is the Apostle to whom the secrets of heaven are revealed.
 
 

Psalm 33

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

 

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

Let my soul glory in the Lord: let the humble hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; and let us together exalt his name.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; and he delivered me from all my fears.

Look unto him, that you may be filled with joy, and your face be not covered with shame.

Behold, the poor man cried, and the Lord heard, and helped him out of all his troubles.

 

 

The angel of the Lord encamps round those who fear him, and he rescues them.

Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the man wo takes refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his faithful ones, for nothing is wanting to those who fear him.

The powerful have become poor and hungry; but they who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is, was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Reading — St. John 21: 19 — 24

 

At that time, Jesus said to Peter, “Follow Me”. Turning around, Peter saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, the one who, at the supper, had leaned back upon His breast and said, “Lord, who is it that will betray You”? Peter, therefore seeing him, said to Jesus, Lord, and what of this man”? Jesus said to him, “If I wish him to remain until I come, what is it to you? You follow Me”. This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren that the disciple was not to die. But Jesus had not said to him, “He is not to die”, but rather, “If I wish him to remain until I come, what is it to you”? This is the disciple who bears witness concerning these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his witness is true.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

Let us sing joyfully songs of victory and pay our tribute of praise in hymns to commemorate Christ’s eternal gifts, the Apostles’ glory.

Princes of the churches, war-leaders that were honoured with a triumph, picked soldiers of the heavenly court and true lights of the world —

 

The devoted faith of these holy men, the immovable hope that was theirs as believers and their perfect love of Christ resulted in triumph over the prince of this world.

In their persons the glory of the Father was enhanced, the will of the Spirit was fulfilled and the Son rejoiced; all heaven was filled with joy.

To the Father and the Son together, and to You Holy Spirit, may glory continue to be for all ages, as it has been. 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

This is John, who during the Last Supper reclined on the breast of the Lord. Blessed is the Apostle to whom the secrets of heaven were revealed.

   
       

 

       

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. —

 

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

This is John, who during the Last Supper reclined on the breast of the Lord. Blessed is the Apostle to whom the secrets of heaven were revealed.

 
 

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 Lord, in Your goodness, shine upon Your Church, that enlightened by the teachings of Blessed John, Your Apostle and Evangelist, she may attain to everlasting gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. 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.

 

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