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Monday Morning – Pentecost Octave


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




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.



Acclamations For Reflection


During Pentecost 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.

  • He fed them with the best of wheat, Halleluia, and filled them with honey from the rock Halleluia, Halleluia. Sing joyfully to God our strength; acclaim the God of Jacob. Halleluia.
  • Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Halleluia.


  • The Lord thundered from heaven, the Most High gave forth His voice; and the fountains of waters appeared, Halleluia.
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. The Apostles spoke in foreign tongues the wonderful works of God. Halleluia.


  • The Holy Spirit will teach you, whatever I have said to you, Halleluia, Halleluia.

From Psalm 14 [15]

The Ideal Man of God


O Lord, who may be a guest in your tabernacle, who may dwell upon your holy mountain?

He who lives blamelessly and practises justice and thinks truthfully in his heart, and has no slander on his tongue;

Who does no evil to his fellow, nor casts slurs upon his neighbour;

Who holds the sinner in disdain, but honours those who fear the Lord.

Who, even if he swears to his own injury, retracts not, who puts not out his money to usury though it be to his loss, changes not his pledged word; who lends not his money for usury, nor takes bribes against the innocent.

Whoever does these things shall never waver.


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 3: 16 — 21

Faith in Jesus as Saviour of the world is an essential condition of salvation;
he who refuses to change his life to believe in Him is already judged.


At that time, Jesus said to Nicodemus: “God so loved the world that He gave His Only-begotten Son, that those who believe in Him might not perish, but have life everlasting. For God did not send His Son into the world in order to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; but he who does not believe in Him is already judged, because he does not believe in the name of the Only-begotten Son of God. Now this is the judgment: The light has come into the world, yet men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, that his deeds may not be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, for they have been performed in God.”


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Morning


The yearly round has brought us once again the day of joy and happiness when the Spirit, the Paraclete, came down upon the Apostles.

He took the appearance of a tongue in the form of a fire’s quivering flame so that they should be eloquent in speech and on fire with love.

The crowds were amazed as the Apostle’s spoke the languages of all present, while the authorities derided those that were full of the Holy Spirit as being drunk with new wine.

These things were done in holy mystery when the paschal season was over and the round of days had reached the sacred number that, by law, meant remission and freedom.

In profound humility we now ask this of you, most loving God: grant us the gifts of the Spirit — the gifts that come down from heaven.

In days gone by You filled with grace Your holy servants’ hearts; and now pardon us, Your sinful servants, and grant us peaceful days.

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.


God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that those who believe life in Him may not perish, but have life everlasting, 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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





O God, Who gave the Holy Spirit to Your Apostles, grant to Your people the effect of their devout prayers, that on those to whom You have given faith, You may also bestow peace. 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.




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.


Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection