Electronic Prayer Book

Saturday Morning

 

Week following Fourth Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

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.

 
  • Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new dough. For Christ our Passover, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep festival in the Lord. He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification. Halleluia.
 
  • Behold the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome to open the scroll and its seven seals. Worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing. Amen.
 
  • From the mouth of the wise man proceeds honey, the sweetness of honey is under his tongue; A dripping honeycomb are his lips. Wisdom abides in his heart, and prudence in his speech. 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 150

Let All Creation Praise God!
 

Praise the Lord in his sanctuary, praise him in his majestic firmament.

Praise him for his mighty deeds, praise him for his supreme majesty.

Praise him with the blast of the horn, praise him with the harp and lyre.

Praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe.

Praise him with loud sounding cymbals, praise him with crashing cymbals: let every being that breathes praise the Lord!

 

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 — Philippians 1: 8 — 18

 
 
 

For God is my witness how I long for you all in the heart of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the better things, that you may be upright and without offence unto the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Now I wish you to know, brethren, that my experiences have turned out rather for the advancement of the Gospel, so that the chains I bear for the sake of Christ have become manifest as such throughout the praetorium and in all other places. And the greater number of the brethren in the Lord, gaining courage from my chains, have dared to speak the word of God more freely and without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and contentiousness, but some also out of good will. Some proclaim Christ out of love since they know I am appointed for the defence of the Gospel; but some out of contentiousness, not sincerely, thinking to stir up affliction for me in my chains. But what of it? Provided only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed; in this I rejoice, yes and I shall rejoice.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Morning

 

Dawn gives its light to the sky, heaven re-echoes with praises, the world in triumph shouts aloud its joy and hell in terror roars out its rage.

As He, the king most mighty, comes from death’s underworld cavern and brings in freedom the holy ones, there assembled, to light and life.

His tomb was well guarded, a stone, sealed, covered its entrance. Yet He makes His way out in triumph, a conqueror, and His tomb becomes death’s burial place.

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
   
       
 

Give to the Lord glory and honour, give to the Lord the glory due His name. Sing a psalm to Him. 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

 

To live as baptised Christians, loyal to God, in the shifting and difficult
conditions of life on earth is only possible with the help of His grace,
which alone keeps our hearts “where true joys are”.

 

O God, You make the minds of the faithful to be of one will; grant to Your people to love that which You command, and to desire that which You promise; that amidst the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where there are true joys. 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.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection