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Sunday 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.

 

Introduction

 

 

Distrusting our own powers we should always have perfect confidence in God’s grace which will be “sufficient” for us if we humbly ask for it. May then the seed of God’s Word, contained in the Scriptures, or sown by the Teaching Church, find a “right and good heart” in us to receive it, that we may bear much fruit in patience

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • They who keep the word of God in a perfect and good heart bring forth fruit in patience.
 
  • The seed fell on good ground and
    brought forth fruit, some a
    hundredfold, others sixty-fold.
 
  • If truly you wish to be rich, brethren, love true riches.
 
 

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 Blessings of the Law
 

    Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

    Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

    I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

    My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

    You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

    Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

    Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

    For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

    My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

    I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

    Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

    My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

    Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

    I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

    I cling to your decrees; O Lord, put me not to shame.

    I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

 

 

    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

 

 

We are the ground sowed by God and the word of God, the divine seed,
is infinitely fruitful; if we receive it and allow it to spring up it bears eternal fruit.
The whole of Christian life is summed up in these ideas.

 

 

At that time, when a very great crowd was gathering together and men from every town were resorting to Jesus, He said in a parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit, a hundredfold.” As He said these things He cried out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” But his disciples then began to ask Him what this parable meant. He said to them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that, ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand’. Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takers away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.”

 
 

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
   
       
 

When a very great crowd was converging on Jesus, and men from every town were resorting to Him, He said in a parable, “The sower went out to sow his seed.”

   
       

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

When a very great crowd was converging on Jesus, and men from every town were resorting to Him, He said in a parable, “The sower went out to sow his seed.”

 
 

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 Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection