Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Brethren: You gladly put up with fools, because you are wise yourselves! For you suffer it if a man enslaves you, if a man devours you, if a man takes from you, if a man is arrogant, if a man slaps your face.
 
  • Thrice I was scourged, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck,
    a night and a day I was adrift on the sea.
 
  • Gladly therefore I will glory in my infirmities, that the strength of Christ may dwell in me.
 
 

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 — Genesis 8: 15 — 20

 
 
 

Then God said to Noah, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing you have of all flesh: birds, cattle, and every creature crawling on the earth, that they may abound on the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” Noah went forth with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. All wild animals, all cattle, all birds and all creatures crawling on the earth: according to their kinds they went out of the ark.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord; he took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered holocausts on the altar.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

 

 

Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants.    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
   
       
 

The Lord remembered Noah and sent a wind over the earth and the water5s subsided; And the rain from the heavens was withheld. The waters steadily receded from the earth. They subsided at the ends of one hundred and fifty days.

   
       

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

The Lord remembered Noah and sent a wind over the earth and the water5s subsided; And the rain from the heavens was withheld. The waters steadily receded from the earth. They subsided at the ends of one hundred and fifty days.

 
 

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