Ordinary Time

WEEK 6 - SUNDAY

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: Come, worship the Lord, for we are his people, the flock he shepherds, alleluia.





Office of Readings
Psalter, Sunday 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.)


HYMN

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.

Holy, holy, holy! All saints adore thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.
Words: Reginald Heber; Melody: Nicaea 11.12.12.10, John B Dykes


PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: Lord God, in splendor and majesty you are clothed, wrapped in light as in a robe, alleluia.

Psalm 104
There are two ways a man may take
They are happy who, putting all their trust in the cross, have plunged into the water of life (from an author of the second century)

                I
Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!

You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
Above the rains you build your dwelling.
You make the clouds your chariot,
you walk on the wings of the wind,
you make the winds your messengers
and flashing fire your servants.

You founded the earth on its base,
to stand firm from age to age.
You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:
the waters stood higher than the mountains.

At your threat they took to flight;
at the voice of your thunder they fled.
They rose over the mountains and flowed down
to the place which you had appointed.
You set limits they might not pass
lest they return to cover the earth.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow in between the hills.
They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
the wild asses quench their thirst.
On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;
from the branches they sing their song. Glory...

Antiphon 1: Lord God, in splendor and majesty you are clothed, wrapped in light as in a robe, alleluia.


Antiphon 2: The Lord has brought forth bread from the earth, and wine to give warmth to our hearts, alleluia.

                   II
From your dwelling you water the hills;
earth drinks its fill of your gift.
You make the grass grow for the cattle
and the plants to serve man's our needs,

that he may bring forth bread from the earth
and wine to cheer man's heart;
oil, to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man's heart.

The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
the cedars he planted on Lebanon;
there the birds build their nests;
on the treetop the stork has her home.
The goats find a home on the mountains
and rabbits hide in the rocks.

You made the moon to mark the months;
the sun knows the time for its setting.
When you spread the darkness it is night
and all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
The young lions roar for their prey
and ask their food from God.

At the rising of the sun they steal away
and go to rest in their dens.
Man goes out to his work,
to labor till evening falls. Glory...

Antiphon 2: The Lord has brought forth bread from the earth, and wine to give warmth to our hearts, alleluia.


Antiphon 3: The Lord looked upon all he had made and saw that it was very good, alleluia.

                  III
How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.

There is the sea, vast and wide,
with its moving swarms past counting,
living things great and small.
The ships are moving there
and the monsters you made to play with.

All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it, they gather it up:
you open your hand, they have their fill.

You hide your face, they are dismayed;
you take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
He looks on the earth and it trembles;
the mountains send forth smoke at his touch.

I will sing to the Lord all my life,
make music to my God while I live.
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.
Let sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked exist no more.

Bless the Lord, my soul. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Father, as you made springs in valleys to form streams between mountains, so you made living streams of grace flow from the Apostles that their teaching may bring salvation to all the nations. May we have a practical knowledge of their doctrine, be obedient to their commands, obtain remission of our sins through their prayers, and finally receive the reward of eternal happiness.

Antiphon 3: The Lord looked upon all he had made and saw that it was very good, alleluia.


Blessed are your eyes, for they see God's works.
- And your ears, for they hear his word.


FIRST READING

The beginning of the book of Proverbs      1:1-7,20-33

An exhortation to choose wisdom

The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David,
  king of Israel:
That men may appreciate wisdom and discipline,
  may understand words of intelligence;
May receive training in wise conduct,
  in what is right, just and honest;
That resourcefulness may be imparted to the simple,
  to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise man by hearing them will advance in learning,
  an intelligent man will gain sound guidance,
That he may comprehend proverb and parable,
  the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
  wisdom and instruction fools despise.

Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
  in the open squares she raises her voice;
Down the crowded ways she calls out,
  at the city gates she utters her words:
"How long, you simple ones,
  will you love inanity,
  how long will you turn away at my reproof?
Lo! I will pour out to you my spirit,
  I will acquaint you with my words.

"Because I called and you refused,
  I extended my hand and no one took notice;
Because you disdained all my counsel,
  and my reproof you ignored--
I, in my turn, will laugh at your doom;
  I will mock when terror overtakes you;
When terror comes upon you like a storm,
  and your doom approaches like a whirlwind;
  when distress and anguish befall you.

"Then they call me, but I answer not;
  they seek me, but find me not;
Because they hated knowledge,
 and chose not the fear of the Lord;
They ignored my counsel,
  they spurned all my reproof;
And in their arrogance they preferred arrogance,
  and like fools they hated knowledge:

"Now they must eat the fruit of their own way,
  and with their own devices be glutted.
For the self-will of the simple kills them,
  the smugness of fools destroys them.
But he who obeys me dwells in security,
  in peace, without fear of harm."


RESPONSORY          Rom. 12:16; 1 Cor. 3:18-19; 1:23, 24
Never allow yourself to be self-satisfied;
if you pride yourself on your worldly wisdom,
you will have to unlearn it all before you are truly wise;
- worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of God.

We preach a crucified Christ,
and he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
- Worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of God.


SECOND READING

From a commentary on the Diatesseron by Saint Ephrem, deacon
(1, 18-19: SC 121, 52-53)

Godís word is an inexhaustible spring of life

Lord, who can comprehend even one of your words. We loose more of it than we grasp, like those who drink from a living spring. For Godís work offers different facets according to the capacity of the listener, and the Lord has portrayed his message in many colors, so that whoever gazes upon it can see in it what suits him. Within it he has buried manifold treasures, so that each of us might grow rich in seeking them out.

The word of God is a tree of life that offers us blessed fruit from each of its branches. It is like that rock which was struck open in the wilderness, from which all were offered spiritual drink. As the Apostle says: They ate spiritual food and they drank spiritual drink.

And so whenever anyone discovers some part of the treasure, he should not think that he has exhausted Godís word. Instead he should feel that this is all that he was able to find of the wealth contained in it. Nor should he say that the word is weak and sterile or look down on it simply because this portion was all that he happened to find. But precisely because he could not capture it all he should give thanks for its riches.

Be glad then that you are overwhelmed, and do not be saddened because he has overcome you. A thirsty man is happy when he is drinking, and he is not depressed because he cannot exhaust the spring. So let this spring quench your thirst, and not you thirst the spring. For from it you can satisfy your thirst without exhausting the spring, then when you thirst again you can drink from it once more; but if when your thirst is sated the spring is also dried up, then your victory would turn to your own harm.

Be thankful then for what you have received, and do not be saddened at all that such an abundance still remains. What you have received and attained is your present share, while what is left will be your heritage. For what you could not take at one time because of your weakness, you will be able to grasp at another if you only persevere. So do not foolishly try to drain in one draught what cannot be consumed all at once, and do not cease out of faintheartedness from what you will be able to absorb as time goes on.


RESPONSORY          1 Peter 1:25; Baruch 4:1
The word of the Lord endures for ever.
- This same word, the Gospel, has been proclaimed to you.

This is the book of the commandments of God,
the law that stands for ever;
all who keep it shall live.
- This same word, the Gospel, has been proclaimed to you.


CANTICLE          TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
  heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
  Father, of majesty unbounded,
  your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
  and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

V.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.  govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.  Day by day we bless you;
R.  we praise your name for ever.
V.  Keep us today, Lord, from all sin;
R.  have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.  for we put our trust in you.
V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.  and we shall never hope in vain.

The concluding part of the hymn may be omitted.


COLLECT
O God, who teach us that you abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
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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