Electronic Prayer Book

Saturday Morning

 

Septuagesima

 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

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

 

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

Each “Acclamation” is, in fact, an antiphon, traditionally said before and after each psalm. Those wishing to follow the custom can choose one of the following for this purpose, or simply pause and meditate on one or more.

 
 
 
 
  • Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.
    I said: O Lord, have mercy on me.
    Be my helper, forsake me not. Despise me not, O God, my Saviour.
 
  • I will bless the Lord at all times.
    His praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not
    want.
    In verdant pastures He gives me
    repose.
 
  • I have called out with all my heart; Answer me, O Lord. I will observe Your statutes. Lord cleanse me from my unknown faults. And from those of others spare your servant.
 
 

From Psalm 105 [106]

The Mercy of God, the Ingratitude of Man
 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his kindness is everlasting.

Who can recount the mighty deeds of the Lord, or proclaim all his praises?

Happy are they who observe the precepts, who practice justice at all times.

Remember me, O Lord, as you show favour to your people; visit me with your help, that I may take delight in the happiness of your elect, that I may rejoice in the joy of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance.

 

Save us, O Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations. That we may praise your holy name, and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from age unto age: and let all people say: Amen! Halleluia.

 

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 — Genesis 5: 15 — 21

 
 
 

When Mahalalel was sixty-five years old, he became the father of Jared. Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty five years after the birth of Jared, and had other sons and daughters. The whole lifetime of Mahalalel was eight hundred and ninety-five years; then he died. When Jared was one hundred and sixty-two years old, he became the father of Enoch. Jared lived eight hundred years after the birth of Enoch, and had other sons and daughters. The whole lifetime of Jared was nine hundred and sixty-two years; then he died. When Enoch was sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

Jesus salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

Having given us this “acceptable time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

 

The day — Your day — is coming, when everything begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, we may too rejoice on that day.

May the world that You constructed humbly adore You merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   Amen

V.    To His Angels God has given command about you.

R.    They that guard you in all your ways.

 
 

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
   
       
 

O Lord, for the sake of Your promise give me life, that I may know Your decrees.

   
       

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

O Lord, for the sake of Your promise give me life, that I may know Your decrees.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Graciously hear the prayers of Your people, we implore You, O Lord, who are justly punished for our sins, may be mercifully delivered for the glory of Your name.  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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection