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Sunday Morning

Sunday Week Four following 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.

 
 

Introduction

 

As the Ascension and Pentecost draw near, our morning Gospel readings remind us how Jesus prepared the disciples for His departure by telling them of the coming of the Holy Spirit, who would be their light, their strength and their support. This teaching about the mission of the Spirit has its value for us as well as for the Apostles. To the Holy Spirit is entrusted the guidance of the Church, whose leader and inspiration He is, just as also the very source of Christian life for each of the faithful “baptised in water and the Spirit”. By the permanent part He plays in the Church, the Holy Spirit carries on Christ’s work and bears witness to Him; at the same time he convicts the world of error and sin in its refusal to accept the Saviour.

 

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.

 
  • Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done wondrous deeds; in the sight of the nations He has revealed His justice: Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • His right hand has won victory for Him, His holy arm, Halleluia.
 
  • The right hand of the Lord has struck with power; the right hand of the Lord has exalted me, 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 hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed: shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

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.

 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Law Affords Consolation

 

Remember your word to your servant by which you have given me hope.

This is my consolation in my affliction, that your word revives me.

The crowd are most insulting to me; but I depart not from your law.

I remember your judgments of old, O Lord, and I am comforted.

Indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.

Your statutes are the theme of my song in the place of my pilgrimage.

In the night I remember your name, 0 Lord, and I will keep your law.

This happened to me because I observed your precepts.

I have said, O Lord, that my portion is to keep your words.

 

I seek your favour with my whole heart, have mercy on me according to your promise.

I thought over my ways, and turned my steps toward your decrees.

I made haste and delayed not, to keep your commandments.

The snares of the wicked surround me: I have not forgotten your law.

At midnight I rise to thank you because of your just ordinances.

I am a companion of all who fear you, of all that keep your precepts.

The earth, O Lord, is full of your loving kindness; teach me your statutes.

 

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: 5 — 14

 

What the Spirit reveals to the faithful is the authenticity of
Christ’s mission and the meaning of His redemptive death.
He does so by denouncing the sin of the world which would not believe
in Him; by showing that Jesus was the supremely just man; the only just man,
raised from the dead by God and welcomed back into heaven whence He had come;
and by assuring the ruin of Satan, who condemned himself by wishing to destroy the Author of life.

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “I am going to Him Who sent Me, and no one of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have spoken to you these things, sorrow has filled your heart. But I speak the truth to you; it is expedient for you that I depart. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He has come He will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgement: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of justice because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no more; and of judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged. Many things yet I have to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will teach you all the truth. For He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He will hear He will speak, and the things that are to come He will declare to you. He will glorify Me, because He will receive of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

 
 
Press here for commentary on the above reading.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter 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
   
       
 

“I am going to Him who sent Me, and no one of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going’?” Halleluia, 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