Ordinary Time

WEEK 20 - WEDNESDAY

Office of Readings



Invitatory
The Invitatory opens the first Office of the day. If Morning Prayer is the first Office of the day, begin below.

Lord, open my lips.
 - And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Psalm 95 is the traditional Invitatory Psalm. Psalm 24, 67, or 100 may be substituted.

Antiphon: Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth; serve the Lord with gladness.





Office of Readings
Psalter, Wednesday Week IV

God, come to my assistance.
 - Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
 -  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
Amen. (Alleluia.)


HYMN

Lord Jesus Christ, be present now,
And let your Holy Spirit bow
All hearts in love and truth today
To hear your word and keep your way.

Give us the grace to grasp your word,
That we may do what we have heard.
Instruct us through the Scriptures, Lord,
As we draw near, O God adored.

May your glad tidings always bring
Good news to men that they may sing
Of how you came to save all men.
Instruct us till you come again.

To God the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit, three in one;
To you, O blessed Trinity
Be praise throughout eternity.

Text: Catherine Winkworth; Melody: Herr Jesu Christ; Midi: Cyberhymnal


PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: Bless the Lord, O my soul; never forget all he has done for you.

Psalm 103
Praise for God's tender compassion
In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us. (See Luke 1:78)

                       I
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.

It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion,
who fills your life with good things,
renewing your youth like an eagle's.

The Lord does deeds of justice,
gives judgment for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses
and his deeds to Israel's sons.  Glory...

Antiphon 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; never forget all he has done for you.


Antiphon 2 As a father is gentle with his children, so is the Lord with those who revere him.


                       II
The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever.
He does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.

For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.

As a father has compassion on his sons,
the Lord has pity on those who fear him;
for he knows of what we are made,
he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
he flowers like the flower of the field;
the wind blows and he is gone
and his place never sees him again.  Glory...


Antiphon 2 As a father is gentle with his children, so is the Lord with those who revere him.


Antiphon 3 Bless the Lord, all you his works.

                           III
But the love of the Lord is everlasting
upon those who hold him in fear;
his justice reaches out to children's children
when they keep his covenant in truth,
when they keep his will in their mind.

The Lord has set his sway in heaven
and his kingdom is ruling over all.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels,
mighty in power, fulfilling his word,
who heed the voice of his word.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his hosts,
his servants who do his will.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his works,
in every place where he rules.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord!  Glory...

Psalm Prayer: You have compassion for the sinner, Lord, as a Father has compassion for his children. Heal the weakness of your people and save us from lasting death that we may praise and glorify you forever.

Antiphon 3 Bless the Lord, all you his works.


Lord, make me understand the way of your precepts,
- And I will marvel at your wisdom.


FIRST READING

From the book of the prophet Isaiah       9:7-10:4

God's wrath against Israel

The Lord has sent word against Jacob,
  it falls upon Israel;
And all the people know it,
  Ephraim and those who dwell in Samaria,
  those who say in arrogance and pride of heart,
"Bricks have fallen,
  but we will build with cut stone;
Sycamores are felled,
  but we will replace them with cedars."
But the Lord raises up their foes against them
  and stirs up their enemies to action:
Aram on the east and the Philistines on the west
  devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this, his wrath is not turned back,
  and his hand is still outstretched!

The people do not turn to him who struck them,
  nor seek the Lord of hosts.
So the Lord severs from Israel head and tail,
  palm branch and reed in one day.
(The elder and the noble are the head,
  the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.)
The leaders of this people mislead them
  and those to be led are engulfed.
For this reason, the Lord does not spare their young men,
  and their orphans and widows he does not pity;
They are wholly profaned and sinful,
  and every mouth gives vent to folly.
For all this, his wrath is not turned back,
  his hand is still outstretched!

For wickedness burns like fire,
  devouring brier and thorn;
It kindles the forest thickets,
  which go up in columns of smoke.
At the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land quakes,
  and the people are like fuel for fire;
No man spares his brother,
  each devours the flesh of his neighbor.
Though they hack on the right, they are hungry;
  though they eat on the left, they are not filled.
Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
  together they turn on Judah.
For all this, his wrath is not turned back,
  his hand is still outstretched!

Woe to those who enact unjust statutes
  and who write oppressive decrees,
Depriving the needy of judgment
  and robbing my people's poor of their rights,
Making widows their plunder,
  and orphans their prey!
What will you do on the day of punishment,
  when ruin comes from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
  Where will you leave your wealth,
Lest it sink beneath the captive
  or fall beneath the slain?
For all this, his wrath is not turned back,
  his hand is still outstretched!


RESPONSORY          Lamentations 2:1
How the Lord in his anger has brought darkness upon daughter Zion;
- he has flung the glory of Israel down from heaven to earth.

In the day of his wrath,
he has forgotten Zion, his footstool.
- He has flung the glory of Israel down from heaven to earth.


SECOND READING

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Sermo Caillau-Saint Yves 2, 92: PLS 2, 441-552)

He who perseveres to the end will be saved

Whenever we suffer some affliction, we should regard it both as a punishment and as a correction. Our holy Scriptures themselves do not promise us peace, security and rest. On the contrary, the Gospel makes no secret of the troubles and temptations that await us, but it also says that he who perseveres to the end will be saved. What good has there ever been in this life since the time when the first man received the just sentence of death and the curse from which Christ our Lord has delivered us?

So we must not grumble, my brothers, for as the Apostle says: Some of them murmured and were destroyed by serpents. Is there any affliction now endured by mankind that was not endured by our fathers before us? What sufferings of ours even bear comparison with what we know of their sufferings? And yet you hear people complaining about this present day and age because things were so much better in former times. I wonder what would happen if they could be taken back to the days of their ancestors - would we not still hear them complaining? You may think past ages were good, but it is only because you are not living in them.

It amazes me that you who have now been freed from the curse, who have believed in the Son of God, who have been instructed in the holy Scriptures - that you can think the days of Adam were good. And your ancestors bore the curse of Adam, of that Adam to whom the words were addressed: With sweat on your brow you shall eat your bread; you shall till the earth from which you were taken, and it will yield you thorns and thistles. This is what he deserved and what he had to suffer; this is the punishment meted out to him by the just judgment of God. How then can you think that the past ages were better than your own? From the time of that first Adam to the time of his descendants today, man's lot has been labor and sweat, thorns and thistles. Have we forgotten the flood and the calamitous times of famine and war whose history has been recorded precisely in order to keep us from complaining to God on account of our own times? Just think what those past ages were like! Is there one of us who does not shudder to hear or read of them? Far from the justifying complaints about our own time, they teach us how much we have to be thankful for.


RESPONSORY          Psalm 77:6-7
I ponder the days of old,
I remember the years long past.
All night long I meditated in my heart,
- I cried out: O God, have pity on me.

I sought God on the day of my suffering,
I held out my hands to him the whole night through. - I cried out: O God, have pity on me.


COLLECT
O God, who have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love,
so that, loving you in all things and above all things,
we may attain your promises,
which surpass every human desire.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Let us praise the Lord.
- And give him thanks.



The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



 
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