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Wednesday Morning

 Easter Octave


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.





The Octave of Easter (or Easter week as perhaps it is more often called now) was formerly one long festival, during which servile work was forbidden. Each day the new members of the Church were present at the celebration of the Eucharist wearing their white robes, the symbol of their new state. The week for them was a continual spiritual feast. During the whole week we hear sometimes about the Resurrection and some times about Baptism. Let us all be of one mind and heart, in proclaiming together our new faith in the risen Christ Jesus, our Lord, and through baptism our share in His Resurrection.


Acclamations For Reflection


In Time After Easter the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

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.

  • Come blessed of My Father, receive the Kingdom, which was prepared for you from the foundation of the world, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
  • Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all you lands, Halleluia.
  • This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. The right hand of the Lord has struck with power: the right hand of the Lord has exalted me, Halleluia

From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition


Have mercy on me, O God according to your mercy; according to your great clemency blot out my iniquity.

Wash me completely from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

“Against you only have I sinned, and I have done what is evil in your sight”,

This I confess, that you may be known to be just in your sentence, right in your judgment.

Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin…


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.

#  A first dawning of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ.

See Romans 5: 12—19 and Ephesians 2: 3.



Reading — St. John 21: 1 — 14


For the third time Jesus appears to His disciples and on the
Lake of Gennesareth renews the miraculous draught of fishes.
The early Christian Fathers did not fail to see in the 153 great fishes
that Peter brought to land the new Christians born to supernatural life
 in the waters of baptism and brought by Peter to the feet of the risen Christ.


At that time Jesus manifested Himself again at the sea of Tiberias. Now He mainifested Himself in this way. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas, called the Twin, and Nathanael, from Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing”. They said to him, “We are also going with you”. And they went out and got into the boat. And that night they caught nothing. But when day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know it was Jesus. The Jesus said to them, “Young men, have you any fish?” They answered Him, “No”. He said to them, “Cast the net to the right of the boat and you will find them”. They cast therefore, and now they were unable to draw it up for the great number of fishes. The disciple whom Jesus loved said therefore to Peter, “It is the Lord”. Simon Peter therefore, hearing that it was the Lord, girt his tunic about him, for he was stripped, and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came with the boat (for they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits off), dragging the net full of fishes. When, therefore, they had landed, they saw a fire ready, and a fish laid upon it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring here some of the fishes that you caught just now”. Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net onto the land full of large fishes, one hundred and fifty three in number. And though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and breakfast”. And none of those reclining (1) dared ask Him “Who are You?”, knowing that it was the Lord. And Jesus came and took the bread, and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He had risen from the dead.

(1)       In Jewish / Roman New Testament times, people reclined on their left side on a couch at meals. This enabled them with the right hand to take food from a low table surrounded (usually) by three couches holding three diners on each.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Easter Hymn for Morning


V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

R. For it is fitting and proper so to do.

It is fitting indeed and just, right and helpful to salvation for us always to praise You, O Lord, but more gloriously on this day above all others when Christ our Passover was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb Who has taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying has destroyed our death; and by rising again has restored us to life. And therefore with Angels, Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations (1) and with the whole host of the heavenly army, we sing a hymn to Your glory, saying again and again: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

(1) Thrones and Dominations (or Dominions) The ranks of Angels as referred to by
St. Paul in Colossians 1: 15 — 17 and elsewhere.


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.


God has given help to Israel His servant as He promised to Abraham and His descendants forever.


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 Lord, each year You make us happy with the solemnity of the Saviour’s resurrection. May our celebration of these passing festivals bring us to the joy of the eternal feasts.  This we ask of You through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever.




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 Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection