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 worship the Lord, for he is our God.

Office of Readings
Psalter, Thursday Week III

God, come to my assistance.
 - Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:


Eternal Father, through your Word
You gave new life to Adam's race,
Transformed them into sons of light,
New creatures by your saving grace.

To you who stooped to sinful man
We render homage and all praise:
To Father, Son and Spirit blest
Whose gift to man is endless days.
Text: Stanbrook Abbey; Melody Erhalt uns, Herr L.M.; Midi: Cyberhymnal.


Antiphon 1: Look on us, Lord, and see how we are despised.

Psalm 89:39-53
Lament for the fall of David's dynasty
He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of David his servant. (Luke 1:69)

And yet you have spurned, rejected,
you are angry with the one you have anointed.
You have broken your covenant with your servant
and dishonored his crown in the dust.

You have broken down all his walls
and reduced his fortresses to ruins.
He is despoiled by all who pass by;
he has become the taunt of his neighbors.

You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
You have made his sword give way,
you have not upheld him in battle.

You have brought his glory to an end;
you have hurled his throne to the ground.
You have cut short the years of his youth;
you have heaped disgrace upon him. Glory...

Antiphon 1 Look on us, Lord, and see how we are despised.

Antiphon 2 I am the root and stock of David; I am the morning star.

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?

How long will your anger burn like a fire?
Remember, Lord, the shortness of my life
and how frail you have made the sons of men.
What man can live and never see death?
Who can save himself from the grasp of the grave?

Where are the mercies of the past, O Lord,
which you have sworn in your faithfulness to David?
Remember, Lord, how your servant is taunted,
how I have to bear all the insults of the peoples.
Thus your enemies taunt me, O Lord,
mocking your anointed at every step.

Blessed be the Lord for ever.
Amen, amen! Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Lord, God of mercy and fidelity, you made a new and lasting pact with men and sealed it in the blood of your Son. Forgive the folly of our disloyalty and make us keep your commandments, so that in our new covenant we may be witnesses and heralds of your faithfulness and love on earth, and sharers of your glory in heaven.

Antiphon 2 I am the root and stock of David; I am the morning star.

Antiphon 3 Our years wither away like grass, but you, Lord God, are eternal.

Psalm 90
May we live in the radiance of God
There is no time with God; a thousand years, a single day: it is all one. (2 Peter 3:8)

O Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to the next.
Before the mountains were born
or the earth or the world brought forth,
you are God, without beginning or end.

You turn men back to dust
and say: Go back, sons of men.
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.

You sweep men away like a dream,
like the grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.

So we are destroyed in your anger,
struck with terror in your fury.
Our guilt lies open before you;
our secrets in the light of your face.

All our days pass away in your anger.
Our life is over like a sigh.
Our span is seventy years,
or eighty for those who are strong.

And most of these are emptiness and pain.
They pass swiftly and we are gone.
Who understands the power of your anger
and fears the strength of your fury?

Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.

In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Give us joy to balance our affliction
for the years when we knew misfortune.

Show forth your work to your servants;
let your glory shine on their children.
Let the favor of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands.
give success to the work of our hands. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Eternal Father, you give us life despite our guilt and even add days and years to our lives in order to bring us wisdom. Make us love and obey you, that the work of our hands may always display what your hands have done, until the day we gaze upon the beauty of your face.

Antiphon 3 Our years wither away like grass, but you, Lord God, are eternal.

In you in the source of life.
- In your light we see light itself.


From the beginning of the book of Lamentations           1:1-12,18-20

Jerusalem abandoned

How lonely she is now,
  the once crowded city!
Widowed is she
  who was mistress over nations;
The princess among the provinces
  has been made a toiling slave.

Bitterly she weeps at night,
  tears upon her cheeks,
With not one to console her
  of all her dear ones;
Her friends have all betrayed her
  and become her enemies.

Judah has fled into exile
  from oppression and cruel slavery;
Yet where she lives among the nations
  she finds no place to rest:
All her persecutors come upon her
  where she is narrowly confined.

The roads to Zion mourn
  for lack of pilgrims going to her feasts;
All her gateways are deserted,
  her priests groan,
Her virgins sigh;
  she is in bitter grief.

Her foes are uppermost,
  her enemies are at ease;
The Lord has punished her
  for her many sins.
Her little ones have gone away,
  captive before the foe.

Gone from daughter Zion
  is all her glory:
Her princes, like rams
  that find no pasture,
Have gone off without strength
  before their captors.

Jerusalem is mindful of the days
  of her wretched homelessness,
When her people fell into enemy hands,
  and she had no one to help her;
When her foes gloated over her,
  laughed at her ruin.

Through the sin of which she is guilty,
  Jerusalem is defiled;
All who esteemed her think her vile
  now that they see her nakedness;
She herself groans
  and turns away.

Her filth is on her skirt;
  she gave no thought how she would end.
Astounding is her downfall,
  with no one to console her.
Look, O Lord, upon her misery,
  for the enemy has triumphed!

The foe stretched out his hand
  to all her treasures;
She has seen those nations
  enter her sanctuary
Whom you forbade to come
  into your assembly.

All her people groan,
  searching for bread;
They give their treasures for food,
  to retain the breath of life.
"Look O Lord, and see
  how worthless I have become!

"Come, all you who pass by the way,
  look and see
Whether there is any suffering like my suffering,
  which has been dealt me
When the Lord afflicted me
  on the day of his blazing wrath.

"The Lord is just;
  I had defied his command.
Listen, all you peoples,
  and behold my suffering:
My maidens and my youths
  have gone into captivity.

"I cried out to my lovers,
  but they failed me.
My priests and my elders
  perished in the city;
Where they sought food for themselves,
  they found it not.

"Look, O Lord, upon my distress:
  all within me is in ferment,
My heart recoils within me
  from my monstrous rebellion.
In the streets the sword bereaves,
  at home death stalks."

RESPONSORY          Job 16:17; Lamentations 1:16, 18, 12
My eyes grow dark from weeping,
for my comforter is far from me.
Listen, all you peoples:
- Is there any sorrow like my sorrow?

All you people who pass by,
look and see.
- Is there any sorrow like my sorrow?


From a discourse on the psalms by Saint Bruno, priest
(Ps. 83: edit. Cartusiae de Pratis, 1891, 376-377)

If I should forget you Jerusalem

How beautiful are your tabernacles! My soul longs to reach the courts of the Lord, the fullness of the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Lord. He then explains why he desires to enter the courts of the Lord. It is because they are blessed who dwell in your house, the heavenly Jerusalem, Lord, God of the heavenly powers, my King and my God. It is as if he were to say: Who does not long to enter your courts since you are God, the Creator and King and Lord of hosts, and all who dwell in your house are blessed? For him courts and house are the same. When he says blessed, he means that they enjoy as much happiness as can be conceived. Clearly they are blessed because out of their devoted love they will praise you for ever, that is, for all eternity. For they would not offer praise for all eternity unless they were blessed for all eternity.

Now even though we may have faith, hope and love, none of us can attain this state of blessedness by ourselves. Rather, blessed is the man - he alone attains blessedness - whose help is from you in rising tot he heights of happiness on which he has set his heart. In other words, he alone can be said to come to true blessedness who, having resolved in his heart to rise to this state of happiness by the many stages of the virtues and good works, receives the help of your grace. No one can rise up by himself as the Lord testifies: No one ascends into heaven, of his own power, except the Son of Man who is in heaven. Thus he contemplates this journey, living as he does in a vale of tears, for this life is lowly and full of tears and sorrow. The life of heaven, by contrast, is called a mountain of joy. But since the psalmist said: Blessed is the man whose help comes from you, someone might ask: Does God really help us in this? And the answer is that God does help the blessed. For our lawgiver Christ, who gave us the law, gives now and will continue to give his blessings, the abundant gifts of grace, by which he will bless his own, that is, raise them to beatitude. By these blessings, then, they will rise from strength to strength. One day in the heavenly Zion they will see Christ as the God of gods, as the one who, being God, will deify his own. Or, again, those who are to be the new Zion will see in spirit the God of gods - the Trinity. In other words, then their minds will see God, who cannot be seen in this life. For then God will be all in all.

RESPONSORY          1 John 3:2-3
We are already God's children;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed to us.
- We know that when he appears
we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

All who hope in him
must purify themselves
as Christ is pure.
- We know that when he appears
we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption,
look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters,
that those who believe in Christ
may receive true freedom
and an everlasting inheritance.
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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