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Sunday Morning

Third 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.

 
 

Introduction

 

Given up to joy in the resurrection,
the Church sings her happiness and proclaims the glory of the Lord

But the Easter celebrations on earth are only a foretaste of the eternal Easter;
perfect joy awaits us in heaven, the crown of a faithfully lived Christian life.

All those who resolve to live up to their
Christian principles will meet with opposition and persecution.
But our life on earth is only “a little while” and “our sorrow shall be turned into joy”.

The simple yet sublime programme of a life true to itself is mapped out by St. Peter.
A traveller making for his heavenly home, the Christian,
as he pursues his path on earth, continues to observe all the obligations
of human existence; he knows that this is pleasing to God.
The trials themselves have their part to play: they form our initiation into eternal life.
Fully directed towards the final triumph, the Christian’s life is a struggle in which the victory,
already won in the person of our Saviour must be progressively consolidated in each one of us.

 

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.

 
  • Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth, sing praise to the glory of His name, proclaim His glorious praise, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds, O Lord! For Your great strength Your enemies fawn upon You.” Halleluia.
 
  • The Lord has sent deliverance to His people. 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.

 

Psalm 118 [119]

The Love helps to Avoid Sin

Show me the way of your statutes, O Lord, and I will keep it perfectly.

Give me understanding that I may observe your law, and keep it with my whole heart.

Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight therein.

Incline my heart to your decrees, and not to greed.

Turn away my eyes from building vanity; through your way give me life.

Fulfill your promise to your servant, which was given to them who fear you.

Take away my shame which I fear, for your ordinances are good.

Behold I long for your precepts: vivify me according to your justice.

Let your mercies come upon me, O Lord, your help, according to your promise.

 

Then shall I answer those who insult me, for I trust in your words.

Take not the word of truth from my mouth, for I trust in your ordinances.

So shall I always keep your law, for ever and ever.

And I will walk on a wide path, for I seek your precepts.

I will also speak of your decrees before kings, and will not be ashamed.

I will be delighted with your commandments, which I love.

I will lift up my hands to your commandments and I will meditate on 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: 16 — 22

 

Christ’s return is both His real presence now in our lives
and the Church’s and His glorious return at the end of time.
Even the second is not far off, says St. Augustine: “It seems long because
now time is still passing by; when the wait is over we shall see how short it was.”

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “A little while and you shall see Me no longer; and again a little while and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father.” Some of His disciples therefore said to one another, “What is this He says to us, ‘A little while and you shall not see me’, and ‘I go to be with the Father’?” They kept saying therefore, “What is this ‘little while’ of which He speaks? We do not know what He is saying.” But Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, and He said to them, “You inquire about this among yourselves because I said, ‘A little while and you shall not see Me, and again a little while and you shall see Me.’ Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman about to give birth has sorrow, because her hour has come. But when she has brought forth the child, she no longer remembers the anguish for her joy that a man is born into the world. And you therefore have sorrow now; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one shall take from you.”

 
 
 
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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
   
       
 

“A little while and you shall not see Me,” says the Lord; “and again a little while and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father,” 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

 
 

O God, to those who go astray, You display the light of your truth that they may return into the way of righteousness; grant to all those who profess themselves Christians, both to avoid the things which are contrary to that name, and to follow those which are agreeable thereto. Through our Lord 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