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Sunday Morning Week 6 Epiphany

 

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

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

 

Jesus, the living Word of God, draws to Himself
the crowds, eager to hear Him; it is the Church which
even now He makes His own and incorporates in Himself.

The works of God follow supernatural laws which often upset our human calculations.

St. Paul points this out to the Thessalonians, emphasizing the success that the preaching of the Gospel has encountered among them. Despite difficulties of all sorts they were converted in great numbers and the ardour of their faith is everywhere quoted as an example; the Holy Spirit was visibly at work. The parables of the grain of mustard seed and of the leaven express the same thought. The word of God renewed or proclaimed by Christ and spread abroad by the Church, acts like the leaven in the dough or the seed in the earth; received by souls ready for it, it contains within itself an astounding power of transformation.

This contrast between difficult human situations and surprising spiritual results is one of the marks of divine action, both in the Church and in the personal life of Christians.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

At this time the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy. Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 
  • Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.
 
  • Hear, O Lord, the hymn and the prayer which your servant prays before You this day: let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive, upon this house, day and night.

 
  • Prepare your hearts for the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.

 
  • Turn to Him with your whole hearts, and put away the strange Gods from your midst.

 
 

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…

 

Would you but listen to his voice today:

“Harden not your hearts as in Meriba, as on the day of Massa in the wilderness,

Where your fathers’ tempted me, tried me, although they had seen my works.

For forty years I was displeased with the generation, and I said: They are a people with wayward hearts, and they have not recognised my ways.

So I swore in my anger: they shall not enter my rest.

 

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.

 
 

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. Matthew 13: 31 — 35

 

Whilst we might be tempted to see the whole world brought
under Christ by whatever it takes, our Lord has chosen
to see the Kingdom of God planted as a mustard seed or
brought about as gently as the action of leaven through dough.
Either way it is seemingly unobtrusive and insignificant
The results however, can be astonishing
       

 

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds: “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. This indeed is the smallest of all seeds; but when it grows up it is larger than any herb and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and buried in three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.” All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and without parables He did not speak to them; and that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, who said, “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Hymn for Sunday Morning

 

On the first day of the week, the day when the blessed Trinity created the world and the risen Creator conquered death and brought us freedom,

Let us cast aside all slothful feelings, rise even more readily than on other days and, as the prophet commands, seek God by night.

May he heed our prayers, stretch out to us His right hand, cleanse us from our sins, restore to us our home in heaven.

And then reward with the gift of unfailing bliss all of us who, assembled at the hallowed part of the present day, sing His praises during the hours of quietness.

We beg You, Redeemer of the world, wash away our shameful sins and of Your bounty grant us the blessings of everlasting life.

Grant this most loving Father and You, the only Son, equal to the Father and, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, reigning through the ages. Amen.

 

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
   
 

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you shall know them, alleluia.

   
       
       

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

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you shall know them, alleluia.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Grant, we implore You, Almighty God, that, ever fixing our thoughts on such things that are reasonable, we may, both in word and in work, do that which is pleasing to You. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in 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