Electronic Prayer Book

Saturday Morning

 

Sexagesima

 
 

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 91 [92]

Praise God, the Just Judge
 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing to your name, O Most High:

To declare your goodness in the morning and your faithfulness during the hours of the night.

On the ten-stringed instrument and the lyre, with a song on the harp.

For you make me glad, O Lord, by your deeds, I rejoice in the works of your hands.

How great are your works, O Lord, how exceedingly deep your thoughts!

The senseless man knows not, nor does the fool know this.

Even if the wicked flourish like grass, and all evildoers prosper,

they are doomed to eternal ruin: but you are exalted forever, O Lord.

For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for, behold, your enemies shall perish: all evildoers shall be scattered.

 

You have given me strength like that of the buffalo; you have anointed me with the purest oil.

And my eye has looked down upon my enemies, and my ears have heard glad tidings of the wicked who rise up against me.

The just man shall flourish like the palm tree, like the cedar of Lebanon he shall grow.

Planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God they shall flourish.

They shall bear fruit even in old age., fresh and green shall they be,

that they may declare, that the Lord is righteous, my rock, in whom there is no wrong.

 

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 11: 10 — 15

 
 
 

These are the descendants of Shem. When Shem was one hundred years old, he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the flood. Shem lived five hundred years after the birth of Arpachshad, and had other sons and daughters. When Arpachshad was thirty-five years old, he became the father of Shelah. Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years after the birth of Shelah, and had other sons and daughters. When Shelah was thirty years old, he became the father of Eber. Shelah lived four hundred and three years after the birth of Eber, and had other sons and daughters.

 
 

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
   
       
 

I will set My bow in the clouds of heaven,” said the Lord to Noah. “And I will remember the covenant I have made with you. When I bring clouds over the earth, My bow shall appear in the clouds.

   
       

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

I will set My bow in the clouds of heaven,” said the Lord to Noah. “And I will remember the covenant I have made with you. When I bring clouds over the earth, My bow shall appear in the clouds.

 
 

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, You see that we do not trust in anything which we ourselves can do; mercifully grant, that by the protection of the teacher of the Gentiles, we may be defended against all adversities. 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