Ordinary Time


Office of Readings

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: Come, let us praise the Lord; in him is all our delight.

Office of Readings
Psalter, Friday Week II

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.)


Sing praise to our Creator,
O sons of Adam’s race;
God’s children by adoption,
Baptized into His grace.

Praise the Holy Trinity,
Undivided Unity;
Holy God, Mighty God,
God Immortal, be adored.

To Jesus Christ give glory,
God’s co-eternal Son;
As members of His Body
we live in Him as one.


Now praise the Holy Spirit,
poured forth upon the earth;
Who sanctifies and guides us,
Confirmed in our rebirth.


Melody: Mainz 76.76 with Refrain; Text: Omer Westendorf, 1961


Antiphon 1: Lord, in your anger, do not punish me.

Psalm 38
A sinner in extreme danger prays earnestly to God
All his friends were standing at a distance. (Luke 23:49)

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger;
do not punish me, Lord, in your rage.
Your arrows have sunk deep in me;
your hand has come down upon me.
Through your anger all my body is sick:
through my sin, there is no health in my limbs.

My guilt towers higher than my head;
it is a weight too heavy to bear. Glory...

Antiphon 1 Lord, in your anger, do not punish me.

Antiphon 2 Lord, you know all my longings.

My wounds are foul and festering,
the result of my own folly.
I am bowed and brought to my knees.
I go mourning all the day long.

All my frame burns with fever;
all my body is sick.
Spent and utterly crushed,
I cry aloud in anguish of heart.

O Lord, you know all my longing:
my groans are not hidden from you.
My heart throbs, my strength is spent;
the very light has gone from my eyes.

My friends avoid me like a leper;
those closest to me stand afar off.
Those who plot against my life lay snares;
those who seek my ruin speak of harm,
planning treachery all the day long. Glory...

Antiphon 2 Lord, you know all my longings.

Antiphon 3 I will confess my guilt to you, Lord; do not abandon me, for you are my Savior.

But I am like the deaf who cannot hear,
like the dumb unable to speak.
I am like a man who hears nothing
in whose mouth is no defense.

I count on you, O Lord:
it is you, Lord God, who will answer.
I pray: Do not let them mock me,
those who triumph if my foot should slip."

For I am on the point of falling
and my pain is always before me.
I confess that I am guilty
and my sin fills me with dismay.

My wanton enemies are numberless
and my lying foes are many.
They repay me evil for good
and attack me for seeking what is right.

O Lord, do not forsake me!
My God, do not stay afar off!
Make haste and come to my help,
O Lord, my God, my savior! Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Do not abandon us, Lord our God; you did not forget the broken body of your Christ, nor the mockery his love received. We, your children, are weighed down with sin; give us the fullness of your mercy.

Antiphon 3 I will confess my guilt to you, Lord; do not abandon me, for you are my Savior.

My eyes keep watch for your saving help
- awaiting the word that will justify me.


From the book of the prophet Jeremiah           30:18-31:9

The promise of Israel's restoration

     Thus says the Lord:
See! I will restore the tents of Jacob,
  his dwellings I will pity;
City shall be rebuilt upon hill,
  and palace restored as it was.
From them will resound songs of praise,
  the laughter of happy men.
I will make them not few, but many;
  they will not be tiny, for I will glorify them.
His sons shall be as of old,
  his assembly before me shall stand firm;
  I will punish all his oppressors.
His leader shall be one of his own,
  and his rulers shall come from his kin.
When I summon him, he shall approach me;
  how else should one take the deadly risk
  of approaching me? says the Lord.

You shall be my people,
  and I will be your God.
See, the storm of the Lord!
  His wrath breaks forth
In a whirling storm
  that bursts upon the heads of the wicked.
The anger of the Lord will not abate
  until he has done and fulfilled
  what he has determined in his heart.
When the time comes, you will fully understand.
  At that time, says the Lord,
I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,
  and they shall be my people.

     Thus says the Lord:
The people that escaped the sword
  have found favor in the desert.
As Israel comes forward to be given his rest,
  the Lord appears to him from afar:
With age-old love I have loved you;
  so I have kept my mercy toward you.
Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt,
  O virgin Israel;
Carrying your festive tambourines,
  you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards
  on the mountains of Samaria;
  those who plant them shall enjoy the fruits.
Yes, a day will come when the watchmen
  will call out on Mount Ephraim:
"Rise up, let us go to Zion,
  to the Lord, our God."

     For thus says the Lord:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
  exult at the head of the nations;
  proclaim your praise and say:
The Lord has delivered his people,
  the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
  from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
  with the blind and the lame in their midst,
The mothers and those with child;
  they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
  but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
  on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
  Ephraim is my first-born.

RESPONSORY          Jeremiah 31:6; Isaiah 2:5
A day is coming when the watchmen will shout:
- Rise up, let us go to Zion, to the Lord our God.

O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
- Rise up, let us go to Zion, to the Lord our God.


From a sermon on the beatitudes by Saint Leo the Great, pope
(Sermo 95, 2-3: PL 54, 462)

Blessed are the poor in spirit

It cannot be doubted that the poor can more easily attain the blessing of humility than those who are rich. In the case of the poor, the lack of worldly goods is often accompanied by a quiet gentleness, whereas the rich are more prone to arrogance. Nevertheless, many wealthy people are disposed to use their abundance not to swell their own pride but to perform works of benevolence. They consider their greatest gain what they spend to alleviate the distress of others.

This virtue is open to all men, no matter what their class or condition because all can be equal in their willingness to give, however unequal they may be in earthly fortune. Indeed, their inequality in regard to worldly means is unimportant, provided they are found equal in spiritual possessions. Blessed, therefore, is that poverty which is not trapped by the love of temporal things and does not seek to be enriched by worldly wealth, but desires rather to grow rich in heavenly goods.

The apostles were the first after the Lord himself to provide us with an example of this generous poverty, when they all equally left their belongings at the call of the heavenly master. By an immediate conversion they were turned from the catching of fish to become fishers of men, and by their own example they won many others to the imitation of their own faith. In these first sons of the Church there was but one heart and one soul among all who believed. Abandoning all their worldly property and possessions in their dedicated poverty, they were enriched with eternal goods, and in accordance with the apostolic preaching, they rejoiced to have nothing of this world and to possess all things with Christ.

Therefore, when the apostle Peter was on his way up to the temple and was asked for alms by the lame man, he replied: Silver and gold I have not; but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk. What is more sublime than this humility? And what could be richer than this poverty? Though Peter cannot assist with money, he can confer gifts of nature. With a word Peter brought healing to the man who had been lame from birth; he who did not give a coin with the emperor's image refashioned the image of Jesus in this man.

And by the riches of this treasure, not only did he help the man who recovered the power to walk, but also five thousand others who believed the preaching of the apostle because of this miraculous cure. Thus Peter, who in his poverty had no money to give to the beggar, bestowed such a bounty of divine grace that in restoring to health the feet of one man, he healed the hearts of many thousands of believers. He had found all of them lame; but he made them leap for joy in Christ.

RESPONSORY          Matthew 5:1-3; Isaiah 66:2
The disciples came to Jesus,
and he taught them in these words:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

My eyes will rest on the humble and contrite man
who trembles at my word. - Blessed are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God of might, giver of every good gift,
put into our hearts the love of your name,
so that, by deepening our sense of reverence,
you may nurture in us what is good
and, by your watchful care,
keep safe what you have nurtured.
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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