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Sunday Morning Quinquagesima

 

 Quinquagesima

 

 
 

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.

 

Introduction

 

We reach a further stage in the religious history of humanity.
After Adam, “the father of the human race” (Septuagesima),
after Noah, (the father of the new generations) (Sexagesima),
comes the great figure of Abraham, “the father of believers)”, (Quinquagesima).

Because he believed that God’s promises would be carried into effect Abraham is our father in the faith; because he was willing to sacrifice Issac, “the son of the promise”, on whom all his expectations were based, God increased his posterity like the stars in the sky and the sand of the seashore. According to St. Paul we belong to this posterity — Christ and all of us together with Him. And Issac, doomed to sacrifice and then snatched from death, is the figure of Christ who died and rose again (Hebrews 11: 17 — 19)

“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.” The Gospel, while it announces the passion reminds us at the same time of the cure of the man born blind — and example of the gift of faith which takes us from blindness, from darkness and from sin. In the Epistle, St Paul’s fervent hymn in praise of charity also emphasises that supernatural transformation which the redemption wrought by Christ should effect in our human souls.

The Scriptures for this Sunday afford us a good occasion to ask the Master to give us the power of sight to lift up our eyes from the perishable and the transitory.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • The Lord spoke to Abram, saying, “Leave your country and your kinfolk for the land which I will show you; I will make a great nation of you; I will bless you abundantly and make your name great, so that you shall be a blessing.
 
  • The Lord put Abraham to a test. He said to him, “Take your son Issac whom you love and there offer him as a holocaust on the hill which I shall point out to you”.
 
  • A blind man was sitting by the wayside as the Lord was passing by, and he cried out to him; and the Lord said to him, “What would you have me do for you?” “Lord, that I may see the light!” Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he
    should be brought to him. And when he drew near, He asked him, “What would you have me do for you?” “Lord that I may see the light!”
 
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.
 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 
 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Love Helps to Avoid Sin.
 

Show me the way of your statutes,
O Lord, and I will keep it perfectly.

Give me understanding that I may observe your law, and keep it with my whole heart.

Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight therein.

Incline my heart to your decrees, and not to greed.

Turn away my eyes from building vanity; through your way give me life.

Fulfill your promise to your servant, which was given to them who fear you.

Take away my shame which I fear, for your ordinances are good.

Behold I long for your precepts: vivify me according to your justice.

Let your mercies come upon me,
O Lord, your help, according to your promise.

 

Then shall I answer those who insult me, for I trust in your words.

Take not the word of truth from my mouth, for I trust in your ordinances.

So shall I always keep your law, for ever and ever.

And I will walk on a wide path, for I seek your precepts.

I will also speak of your decrees before kings, and will not be ashamed.

I will be delighted with your commandments, which I love.

I will lift up my hands to your commandments and I will meditate on your statutes.

 

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. Luke 18: 31 — 43

 

“The man born blind mentioned by the Gospel is the human race which,
expelled from paradise in the person of our first parent and knowing nothing
of the inspirations of supernatural light, suffers from the darkness to which
it has been condemned. But enlightened by the presence of its Redeemer…..
its good works set it on the path leading to life eternal.”
(St. Gregory the Great.)

 

At that time, Jesus taking to Himself the Twelve said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that have been written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and scourged and spit upon; and after they have scourged Him, they will put Him to death; and on the third day He will rise again.” And they understood none of these things and this saying was hidden from them, neither did they get to know the things that were being said. Now it came to pass as he drew near to Jericho, that a certain blind man was sitting by the wayside, begging; but hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what it might be. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And they who went in front angrily tried to silence him. But he cried out all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he should be brought to Him. And when he drew near, He asked him, saying, “What would you have me do for you?” And he said, “Lord, that I may see!” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight, your faith has saved you.” And at once he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people upon seeing it gave praise to God.

 
 

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 again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we 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
   
       
 

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that have been written concerning the Son of Man. Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and spit upon; and after they have scourged Him, they will put Him to death; and on the third day He will rise again.

   
       

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

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that have been written concerning the Son of Man. Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and spit upon; and after they have scourged Him, they will put Him to death; and on the third day He will rise again.

 
 

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

 
 
 

We implore You, O Lord, graciously hear our prayers; and having freed us from the bonds of our sins, guard us from all adversity. 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.

 

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