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In those places where this Memorial is observed as a Solemnity or Feast, please use the texts found in the Common of Pastors: For a Priest or the Common of Holy Men: For Religious with the proper texts below.

INVITATORY

The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Go to the Hymn

Go to the Psalmody

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God

Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

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.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple

Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

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.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

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.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple

The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

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.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, chief shepherd of the flock.
Or: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint Pius.

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

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

This prudent leader, father to his people
Whose final triumph we rejoice to honor
Rich in true merits, endless joy attaining
     Now reigns in heaven.

Generous leader and a zealous master
His holy teaching showed the path of virtue
Seeking to please God with a pure intention
     At every moment.

Now let us ask him for his intercession
That his compassion may win us forgiveness
Leading us sinners, penitent and contrite
     Home to the Father.

Glory and honor be to God Almighty,
Praise in the highest, power and dominion
Who in his wisdom rules and governs all things
     His love created. Amen.

Tune: Christe Sanctorum 11.11.11.5
Music: Paris Antiphoner, 1683
Text: Inclitus rector
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


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Or:

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness fails me never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
To rest my soul he leads me;
Where fresh and fertile pastures grow,
With heav’nly food he feeds me.

Perverse and foolish I have strayed,
But he with love has sought me,
And on his shoulder gently laid,
And home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill,
With you, dear Lord, beside me;
Your rod and staff my comfort still,
Your cross will ever guide me.

You spread a banquet in my sight,
My head with oil anointing,
And let me taste the sweet delight
From your pure chalice flowing.

And so through all my length of days
Your goodness fails me never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing your praise
Within your house for ever.

Tune: Saint Columba (Erin) 87.87
Music: Traditional Irish Melody
Text: Henry Williams Baker, 1821-1877, alt. by Anthony G. Petti

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 I lift up my heart to you, O Lord, and you will hear my morning prayer.

Psalm 5:2-10, 12-13
A morning prayer asking for help


Those who welcome the Word as the guest of their hearts will have abiding joy.

To my words give ear, O Lord, *
give heed to my groaning.
Attend to the sound of my cries, *
my King and my God.

It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. *
In the morning you hear me;
in the morning I offer you my prayer, *
watching and waiting.

You are no God who loves evil; *
no sinner is your guest.
The boastful shall not stand their ground *
before your face.

You hate all who do evil; *
you destroy all who lie.
The deceitful and bloodthirsty man *
the Lord detests.

But I through the greatness of your love *
have access to your house.
I bow down before your holy temple, *
filled with awe.

Lead me, Lord, in your justice,
because of those who lie in wait; *
make clear your way before me.

No truth can be found in their mouths, *
their heart is all mischief,
their throat a wide-open grave, *
all honey their speech.

All those you protect shall be glad *
and ring out their joy.
You shelter them; in you they rejoice, *
those who love your name.

It is you who bless the just man, Lord: *
you surround him with favor as with a shield.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Lord, all justice and all goodness come from you; you hate evil and abhor lies. Lead us, your servants, in the path of your justice, so that all who hope in you may rejoice with the Church and in Christ.

Ant. I lift up my heart to you, O Lord, and you will hear my morning prayer.

Ant. 2 We praise your glorious name, O Lord, our God.

Canticle: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Glory and honor are due to God alone


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Blessed may you be, O Lord,
God of Israel our father, *
from eternity to eternity.

Yours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, *
majesty, splendor, and glory.

For all in heaven and on earth is yours;
yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty: *
you are exalted as head over all.

Riches and honor are from you, *
and you have dominion over all.
In your hand are power and might; *
it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.

Therefore, our God, we give you thanks *
and we praise the majesty of your name.

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.

Ant. We praise your glorious name, O Lord our God.

Ant. 3 Adore the Lord in his holy court.

Psalm 29
A tribute of praise to the Word of God


The Father’s voice proclaimed: “This is my beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17).

O give the Lord, you sons of God, *
give the Lord glory and power;
give the Lord the glory of his name. *
Adore the Lord in his holy court.

The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters, *
the Lord on the immensity of waters;
the voice of the Lord, full of power, *
the voice of the Lord, full of splendor.

The Lord’s voice shattering the cedars, *
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon;
he makes Lebanon leap like a calf *
and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

The Lord’s voice flashes flames of fire.

The Lord’s voice shaking the wilderness, *
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh;
the Lord’s voice rending the oak tree *
and stripping the forest bare.

The God of glory thunders. *
In his temple they all cry: “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned over the flood; *
the Lord sits as king for ever.

The Lord will give strength to his people, *
the Lord will bless his people with peace.

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.

Psalm Prayer

You live for ever, Lord and King. All things of the earth justly sing your glory and honor. Strengthen your people against evil that we may rejoice in your peace and trust in your eternal promise.

Ant. Adore the Lord in his holy court.

READING
[Pastors] Hebrews 13:7-9a

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you; consider how their lives ended, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.

RESPONSORY

On your walls, Jerusalem, I have set my watchmen to guard you.
On your walls, Jerusalem, I have set my watchmen to guard you.

Day or night, they will not cease to proclaim the name of the Lord.
I have set my watchmen to guard you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
On your walls, Jerusalem, I have set my watchmen to guard you.

READING
[Religious] Romans 12:1-2

Brothers, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.

RESPONSORY

In the depths of his heart, the law of God is his guide.
In the depths of his heart, the law of God is his guide.

He will never lose his way;
the law of God is his guide.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
In the depths of his heart, the law of God is his guide.

The antiphon for the Gospel Canticle and the Intercessions may be taken from the Daily Office.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. [Pastors] What you say of me does not come from yourselves; it is the Spirit of my Father speaking in you.
[Religious] Whoever does my Father’s will, says the Lord, he is my brother, my sister, and my mother.
Or: The Lord is my inheritance; he is good to those who seek him.

Canticle of Zechariah
Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,*
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
  that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
  all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be forever. Amen.

Ant. [Pastors] What you say of me does not come from yourselves; it is the Spirit of my Father speaking in you.
[Religious] Whoever does my Father’s will, says the Lord, he is my brother, my sister, and my mother.
Or: The Lord is my inheritance; he is good to those who seek him.

INTERCESSIONS

[Pastors]

Christ is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. Let us praise and thank him as we pray:
Nourish your people, Lord.

Christ, you decided to show your merciful love through your holy shepherds,
let your mercy always reach us through them.
Nourish your people, Lord.

Through your vicars you continue to perform the ministry of shepherd of souls,
direct us always through our leaders.
Nourish your people, Lord.

Through your holy ones, the leaders of your people, you served as physician of our bodies and our spirits,
continue to fulfill your ministry of life and holiness in us.
Nourish your people, Lord.

You taught your flock through the prudence and love of your saints,
grant us continual growth in holiness under the direction of our pastors.
Nourish your people, Lord.

[Religious]

My brothers, let us praise Christ, asking to serve him and to be holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. Let us acclaim him:
Lord, you alone are the holy one.

You desired to experience everything we experience but sin,
have mercy on us, Lord Jesus.
Lord, you alone are the holy one.

You called us to love perfectly,
make us holy, Lord Jesus.
Lord, you alone are the holy one.

You commissioned us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,
let your light shine on us, Lord Jesus.
Lord, you alone are the holy one.

You desired to serve, not to be served,
help us, Lord Jesus, to give humble service to you and to our neighbors.
Lord, you alone are the holy one.

You are in the form of God sharing in the splendor of the Father,
Lord Jesus, let us see the glory of your face.
Lord, you alone are the holy one.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

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.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
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.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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