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Wednesday Morning

 

Week following Fifth Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

The Church prepares for the great feast
of the Ascension with a Vigil. There is nothing penitential about this vigil.
Our Lord has finished His task, and He tells us Himself with what feelings He returns
to His Father after glorifying His name on earth by making it known to men.

 

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 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.

 
  • 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 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, 0 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, 0 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 — St. John 17: 1 — 11

 
 
 

At that time, raising His eyes to heaven, Jesus said, “Father, the hour has come! Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You, even as You have given Him power over all flesh, in order that to all You have given Him He may give everlasting life. Now this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ. I have glorified You on earth; and I have accomplished the work that You have given Me to do. And now You, Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory that I had with You before the world existed. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You have given them to Me, and they have kept Your word Now they have learnt that whatever You have given Me I have given to them. And they have received them, and have known of a truth that I came forth from You, and they have believed that You did send Me. I pray for them; not for the world do I pray but for those whom you have given Me, because they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world and I am coming to You.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

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
   
       
 

“Father, the hour has come! Glorify Your Son with the glory that I had with You before the world existed, 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.

At the onset of evening today Eastertide ends
and Ascensiontide commences.

 

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