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Wednesday 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.

  • O God, when You went forth at the head of Your people, making a passage for them, dwelling in their midst, Halleluia: the earth quaked; it rained from heaven, Halleluia, Halleluia.
  • God arises; His enemies are scattered, and those who hate Him flee before Him. Halleluia.



  • I will delight in Your commands, which I love exceedingly. And I will lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love, Halleluia.
  • Halleluia. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth all their host. Halleluia.


  • Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, Halleluia, Halleluia.

From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition


Have mercy on me, O God according to your mercy; according to your great clemency blot out my iniquity.

Wash me completely from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

“Against you only have I sinned, and I have done what is evil in your sight”,

This I confess, that you may be known to be just in your sentence, right in your judgment.

Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin.


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.


# A first dawning of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ.

See Romans 5: 12—19 and Ephesians 2: 3.



Reading — St. John 6: 44 — 52

Our fellowship in Christ is the work of the Father who draws us to Him,
of the Spirit who opens our hearts to divine teaching and of Christ Himself
who feeds us with His flesh and shares His life with us.


At that time Jesus said to the Jews: “No one can come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they all shall be taught of God.’ Everyone who has listened to the Father, and has learned, comes to Me; not that anyone has seen the Father except Him who is from God, He has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, he who believes in Me has life everlasting. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert, and have died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that if anyone eat of it he will not die. I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.”


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Morning


Christ had now ascended to the heaven He had left, to send the Holy Spirit who was to be received as the Father’s gift.

The day appointed was now at hand that would mark the beginning of the age of blessedness, for the cycle of seven days had revolved in the holy number of seven.

When suddenly at the third hour of the day (1) a mighty sound is heard on earth, telling the Apostles at prayer that God had come.

From the Father’s light there comes the kindly, gracious fire of love to fill with burning eloquence those that believed in Christ.

And then, their hearts filled with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, rejoice, speak in different tongues and tell of God’s wonders.

They are understood by men from all parts, whether civilised (Greek or Latin) or not, as they speak, to the universal astonishment of those present, in their respective languages.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, forever and ever. Amen.

(1)   Third hour of the day — The Roman day started at 6 a.m..
Thus the third hour of daytime is 9 a.m.


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.


“I am the living bread,” says the Lord, “Who have come down from heaven, 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.


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.





May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we implore You, O Lord, and guide us. As Your Son has promised, into all truth. Who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the same. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the same 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