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Saint John of Kanty, Priest, may be commemorated today. The ending of the Collect of the Day is omitted, the Antiphon for the Gospel Canticle is said, and the Collect for the Saint used as the Concluding Prayer. In those places where this day is kept as a Solemnity or Feast, the texts can be found in the Common of Pastors, found in the ‘Prayers’ section of the iBreviary.

INVITATORY

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

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

The antiphon is repeated.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Ant. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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. The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him.

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

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child, and yet a king,
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

Tune: Stuttgart 87.87
Music: adapted from C. F. Witt, 1660-1716
Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788


Or:

Wake, awake, for night is flying;
The watchmen on the heights are crying:
Awake, Jerusalem, at last!
Midnight hears the welcome voices
And at the thrilling cry rejoices;
Come forth, ye virgins, night is past;
The Bridegroom comes, awake;
Your lamps with gladness take;
Alleluia!
And for His marriage feast prepare
For you must go and meet Him there.

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
And all her heart with joy is springing;
She wakes, she rises from her gloom;
For her Lord comes down all glorious,
The strong in grace, in truth victorious.
Her Star is risen, her Light is come.
Ah come, Thou blessed One,
God’s own beloved Son:
Alleluia!
We follow till the halls we see
Where Thou hast bid us sup with Thee.

Now let all the heavens adore Thee,
And saints and angels sing before Thee,
With harp and cymbal’s clearest tone;
Of one pearl each shining portal,
Where we are with the choir immortal
Of angels round Thy dazzling throne;
Nor eye hath seen, nor ear
hath yet attained to hear
What there is ours,
But we rejoice and sing to Thee
Our hymn of joy eternally.

Tune: Wachet Auf 898.898.664.88
Music: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608
Text: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Philipp Nicolai
Translation: Catherine Winkworth, 1858


Or:

Praise we the Lord this day,
This day so long foretold,
Whose promise shone with cheering ray
On waiting saints of old.

The prophet gave the sign
That those with faith might read;
A virgin, born of David’s line
Shall bear the promised seed.

Ask not how this should be,
But worship and adore;
Like her whom heaven’s majesty
Came down to shadow o’er.

She meekly bowed her head
To hear the gracious word,
Mary, the pure and lowly maid,
The favored of the Lord.

Blessed shall be her name
In all the church on earth,
Through whom that wondrous mercy came,
The incarnate Savior’s birth.

Jesus, the virgin’s son,
We praise you and adore,
Who are with God the Father one
And Spirit evermore.

Tune: Sandys S.M.
Music: English Carol, 1833
Text: Anonymous in Hymns for the Festivals and Saints’ Days of the Church of England, 1846

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The Lord will come from his holy place to save his people.

Psalm 101
Avowal of a good ruler


If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).

My song is of mercy and justice; *
I sing to you, O Lord.
I will walk in the way of perfection. *
O when, Lord, will you come?

I will walk with blameless heart *
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes *
whatever is base.

I will hate the ways of the crooked; *
they shall not be my friends.
The false-hearted must keep far away; *
the wicked I disown.

The man who slanders his neighbor in secret *
I will bring to silence.
The man of proud looks and haughty heart *
I will never endure.

I look to the faithful in the land *
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of perfection *
shall be my friend.

No man who practices deceit *
shall live within my house.
No man who utters lies shall stand *
before my eyes.

Morning by morning I will silence *
all the wicked in the land,
uprooting from the city of the Lord *
all who do evil.

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

So that your people may walk in innocence, you came to us, Lord Jesus, and told us to be holy as your Father is holy. Help your children to love what is truly perfect, so that we may neither speak what is evil nor do what is wrong. Let us stand in your sight and celebrate with you the Father’s love and justice.

Ant. The Lord will come from his holy place to save his people.

Ant. 2 Zion is our mighty citadel, our saving Lord its wall and its defense; throw open the gates, for our God is here among us, alleluia.

Canticle: Daniel 3: 26, 27, 29, 34-41
Azariah’s Prayer in the furnace


With your whole hearts turn to God and he will blot out all your sins (Acts 3:19).

Blessed are you, and praiseworthy,
O Lord, the God of our fathers, *
and glorious forever is your name.

For you are just in all you have done;
all your deeds are faultless, all your ways right, *
and all your judgments proper.

For we have sinned and transgressed
by departing from you, *
and we have done every kind of evil.

For your name’s sake, do not deliver us up forever, *
or make void your covenant.

Do not take away your mercy from us,
for the sake of Abraham, your beloved, *
Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,

to whom you promised to multiply their offspring
like the stars of heaven, *
or the sand on the shore of the sea.

For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
brought low everywhere in the world this day *
because of our sins.

We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
no holocaust, sacrifice, oblation, or incense, *
no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.

But with contrite heart and humble spirit *
let us be received;
as though it were holocausts of rams and bullocks, *
or thousands of fat lambs,
so let our sacrifice be in your presence today
as we follow you unreservedly; *
for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.

And now we follow you with our whole heart, *
we fear you and we pray to you.

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. Zion is our mighty citadel, our saving Lord its wall and its defense; throw open the gates, for our God is here among us, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Lord, make known your will throughout the earth; proclaim your salvation to every nation.

Psalm 144:1-10
Prayer for victory and peace


I can do all things in him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my arms for battle, *
who prepares my hands for war.

He is my love, my fortress; *
he is my stronghold, my savior
my shield, my place of refuge. *
He brings peoples under my rule.

Lord, what is man that you care for him, *
mortal man, that you keep him in mind;
man, who is merely a breath, *
whose life fades like a passing shadow?

Lower your heavens and come down; *
touch the mountains; wreathe them in smoke.
Flash your lightnings; rout the foe, *
shoot your arrows and put them to flight.

Reach down from heaven and save me; *
draw me out from the mighty waters,
from the hands of alien foes
whose mouths are filled with lies, *
whose hands are raised in perjury.

To you, O God, will I sing a new song; *
I will play on the ten-stringed harp
to you who give kings their victory, *
who set David your servant free.

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, God of strength, you gave your Son victory over death. Direct your Church’s fight against evil in the world. Clothe us with the weapons of light and unite us under the one banner of love, that we may receive our eternal reward after the battle of earthly life.

Ant. Lord, make known your will throughout the earth; proclaim your salvation to every nation.

READING
Jeremiah 30:21, 22

      Thus says the Lord:
His leader shall be from Jacob,
   and his rulers shall come from his kin.
When I summon him, he shall approach me;
You shall be my people,
   and I will be your God.

RESPONSORY

Your light will come, Jerusalem;
the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.
Your light will come, Jerusalem;
the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

You will see his glory within you;
the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Your light will come, Jerusalem;
the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. All that God promised to the virgin through the message of the angel has been accomplished.

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 for ever. Amen.

Ant. All that God promised to the virgin through the message of the angel has been accomplished.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us pray to God our Father who sent his Son to save mankind:
Show us your mercy, Lord!

Father most merciful, we confess our faith in your Christ with our words,
keep us from denying him in our actions.
Show us your mercy, Lord!

You have sent your Son to rescue us,
remove every sorrow from the face of the earth and from our country.
Show us your mercy, Lord!

Our land looks forward with delight to the approach of your Son,
let it experience the fullness of your joy.
Show us your mercy, Lord!

Through your mercy make us live holy and chaste lives in this world,
eagerly awaiting the blessed hope and coming of Christ in glory.
Show us your mercy, Lord!

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

Father,
we contemplate the birth of your Son.
He was born of the Virgin Mary
and came to live among us.
May we receive forgiveness and mercy.
[through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen]

Or:

Almighty ever-living God,
as we see how the Nativity of your Son
according to the flesh draws near,
we pray that to us, your servants,
mercy may flow from your Word,
who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary
and establish among us his dwelling,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever
Amen]

If St. John of Kanty is commemorated, the conclusion in brackets is omitted and the following prayed.

Ant. All the world will recognize you as my disciples when they see the love you have one for another.

Almighty Father,
through the example of John of Kanty
may we grow in the wisdom of the saints.
As we show understanding and kindness to others,
may we receive your forgiveness.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by the example of the Priest Saint John of Kanty
we may advance in the knowledge of holy things
and, by showing compassion to all,
may gain forgiveness in your sight.
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

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

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