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Wednesday Morning

 

Following Second Sunday After Epiphany

 
 

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

 

At this time the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy.  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.

 
  • We call upon You, we praise You, we adore You, O Blessed Trinity.
 
  • Blessed be the Holy Trinity and undivided Unity: let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.
 
  • Blessed are You, O Lord, Who look into the depths from Your throne upon the Cherubim. Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven and praiseworthy forever.
 
 

From Psalm 45 [46]

Confidence in God
 

God is our refuge and our strength; he has indeed proved himself a great help in times of distress.

Therefore we do not fear, though the earth be overthrown, and the mountains crash into the midst of the sea.

Let its waters roar and rage, let the mountains be shaken by its violence: The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The streams of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High.

God is in the midst of it, nor shall it be disturbed; God will help it at the break of day.

Nations were in tumult, kingdoms tottered; his voice thundered, the earth dissolved.

 

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what wonders he has done upon earth.

Who makes wars to cease even unto the ends of the earth, he breaks the bows and shatters the spears, and the shields he burns with fire.

Desist and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

 

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 — Revelation 15: 5 — 8

 
 
 

And after this, I looked and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony was opened in heaven, and there came forth out of the temple the seven Angels who had the seven plagues, clothed with clean white linen, and girt about their breasts with golden girdles. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven Angels seven golden bowls, full of the wrath of who lives forever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the majesty of God, and from his power; and no-one could enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven Angels were finished.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
for
Wednesday Morning

Good Creator of the world and Ruler of mankind, look down on us and free us, buried in sleep, from sinful sloth.

To You, Holy Christ, we make our prayer; pardon all our sins. It is to own You as Lord that we have risen and now break upon the silence of the night.

We raise up our hearts and lift up our hands in prayer, as the Psalmist commanded to be done at night and as Paul by his actions showed to be the right thing.

You see the evil we have done, and we confess our hidden faults. With penitent hearts we make this earnest prayer: Forgive us our sins.

Grant this, most loving Father and You, the only Son, equal to the Father and, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, reigning through the ages. 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
   
       
 

From the hands of all our enemies the Lord has delivered us.

   
       

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

From the hands of all our enemies the Lord has delivered us.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Lord, our God, King of heaven and of earth, for this day please direct and sanctify, set right and govern our hearts and our bodies, our sentiments, our words and our actions in conformity with Your law and Your commandments. Thus we shall be able to attain salvation and deliverance, in time and in eternity, by Your help, O Saviour of the world, Who live and reign forever. 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection

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