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Sunday Morning

Fifth Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

“FATHER!

This is the prayer of Jesus to His Father, the model of all Christian prayer.

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

 

On this last Sunday after Easter the Acclamations are still, as they were a the beginning of Eastertide, hymns of triumph and joy.
The Church never tires of celebrating Christ’s resurrection and the redemptive graces which have transformed our lives.

But man forgets his better self with disconcerting ease.
Today’s Epistle exhorts us to the serious practice of Christian life, and the prayer asks God not only for the grace of thinking aright but also for that of conforming our lives to the ideal thus indicated to us.
This double invitation to a constant personal effort as well as to prayer leads to a properly balanced Christian Life.
Exhortation to prayer is frequent in the Gospels of these last Sundays after Easter; it is connected with the sending of the Holy Spirit and Our Lord’s own prayer for His disciples.

This Sunday teaches us to have confidence in prayer that is made in Christ’s name, in and with His Holy Spirit.
We are permitted to pray above all that God’s Kingdom will come on earth, that Christ may be served and honoured and loved by all.
“Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

 

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. Halleluia.

 
  • Declare the word of joy, and let it be heard: declare it even to the ends of the earth; the Lord has delivered His people: Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth, sing praise to the glory of His name; proclaim His glorious praise. Halleluia.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia, Christ is risen and has shone upon us, whom he redeemed with His Blood. Halleluia.
 
  • If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.
 

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 hands are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his: for hew 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.

 

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, 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 — St John 16: 23 — 30

 

The union of the disciples with Jesus is so close that
their prayer makes one with His and the Father loves them and
grants their prayers as He loves and grants the prayers of His Son.

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you. Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name. Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things I have spoken to you in parables. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in parables, but will speak to you plainly of the Father. In that day you shall ask in My name; and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father for you, for the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again I leave the world and go to the Father.” His disciples said to Him, “Behold, now You speak plainly, and utter no parable. Now we know that You know all things, and do not need that anyone should question You. For this reason we believe that You came forth from God.”

 
 
Press here for commentary on the above reading.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul  
 

Hymn for Morning

 

Eternal King of the blessed Creator of all things and the Father’s co-equal Son from all eternity.

When the world was at its beginning You created Adam and gave him the image of Your own likeness, joining a soul of noble destiny with substance of the earth.

But when an envious, deceitful enemy had covered mankind with the filth of sin, You clothed Yourself in man’s flesh and, a creator once again, gave man back the beauty he had lost.

Once You were born of a Virgin. Now born from the tomb, You command us, buried in sin to rise with You from the dead.

As our eternal shepherd You wash Your flock in the waters of baptism, where souls are cleansed and sins are buried.

And as our Redeemer, fastened to the Cross that we ought to have suffered, You gave Your blood to the last drop as the price of our salvation.

Free from sin’s foul death those who have been born again unto life and so, Jesus may You be our soul’s unending paschal joy.

 

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever. 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
   
       
 

“Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name. Ask and you shall receive, Halleluia.”

   
       

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

The absolute need of grace invites to prayer;
all our thoughts and actions must come from God if they are to be good.

 

O God, from Whom all good things proceed, grant to your suppliants, that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and under Your guidance perform them. Through the same Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the 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.

 

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