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Office of Readings

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

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

O God of truth, prepare our minds
To hear and heed your holy word.
Fill every heart that longs for you
With your mysterious presence, Lord.

Almighty Father, with your Son
And blessed Spirit, hear our prayer;
Teach us to love eternal truth
And seek its freedom everywhere.

Tune: Warrington L.M.
Music: R. Harrison, 1748-1810
Text: © Stanbrook Abbey, used with permission

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Show me your mercy, Lord, and keep me safe.

Psalm 6
A suffering man cries to God for mercy


I am filled with dismay . . . Father, save me from this hour (John 12:27).

Lord, do not reprove me in your anger: *
punish me not in your rage.
Have mercy on me, Lord, I have no strength;
Lord, heal me, my body is racked; *
my soul is racked with pain.

But you, O Lord . . . how long? *
Return, Lord, rescue my soul.
Save me in your merciful love;
for in death no one remembers you; *
from the grave, who can give you praise?

I am exhausted with my groaning; *
every night I drench my pillow with tears;
I bedew my bed with weeping.
My eye wastes away with grief; *
I have grown old surrounded by my foes.

Leave me, all you who do evil; *
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea; *
the Lord will accept my prayer.
All my foes will retire in confusion, *
foiled and suddenly confounded.

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, you love mercy and tenderness; you give life and overcome death. Look upon the many wounds of your Church; restore it to health by your risen Son, so that it may sing a new song in your praise.

Ant. Show me your mercy, Lord, and keep me safe.

Ant. 2 The poor are not alone in their distress; God is here to help them.

Psalm 9A
Thanksgiving for victory


You will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; *
I will recount all your wonders.
I will rejoice in you and be glad, *
and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.

See how my enemies turn back, *
how they stumble and perish before you.
You upheld the justice of my cause; *
you sat enthroned, judging with justice.

You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked; *
you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
The foe is destroyed, eternally ruined. *
You uprooted their cities; their memory has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned for ever. *
He has set up his throne for judgment;
he will judge the world with justice, *
he will judge the peoples with his truth.

For the oppressed let the Lord be a stronghold, *
a stronghold in times of distress.
Those who know your name will trust you; *
you will never forsake those who seek 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. The poor are not alone in their distress. God is here to help them.

Ant. 3 I will be the herald of your praises, Lord, where the people of Zion gather.

II

Sing psalms to the Lord who dwells in Zion. *
Proclaim his mighty works among the peoples,
for the Avenger of blood has remembered them, *
has not forgotten the cry of the poor.

Have pity on me, Lord, see my sufferings, *
you who save me from the gates of death;
that I may recount all your praise
at the gates of the city of Zion *
and rejoice in your saving help.

The nations have fallen in the pit which they made, *
their feet caught in the snare they laid.
The Lord has revealed himself, and given judgment. *
The wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.

Let the wicked go down among the dead, *
all the nations forgetful of God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten *
nor the hopes of the poor be in vain.

Arise, Lord, let men not prevail! *
Let the nations be judged before you.
Lord, strike them with terror, *
let the nations know they are but men.

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, when you judge, do not be deaf to the shouts of the poor, bring havoc to the madness of oppressors. Look at our wounds and save us from the gates of death, so that we may always rejoice in your help and speak your praise in the gates of Zion.

Ant. I will be the herald of your praises, Lord, where the people of Zion gather.

Give me insight, Lord, to know your will.
Then I will cherish it with all my heart.

READINGS

FIRST READING

From the book of the prophet Joel
4:1-3, 9-21

The last judgment; thereafter eternal happiness


      Thus says the Lord:
Yes, in those days, and at that time,
   when I would restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will assemble all the nations
   and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
And I will enter into judgment with them there
   on behalf of my people and my inheritance, Israel;
Because they have scattered them among the nations,
   and divided my land.
Over my people they have cast lots;
   they gave a boy for a harlot,
   and sold a girl for the wine they drank.

Declare this among the nations:
   proclaim a war,
   rouse the warriors to arms!
Let all the soldiers
   report and march!
Beat your plowshares into swords,
   and your pruning hooks into spears;
   let the weak man say, “I am a warrior!”
Hasten and come, all you neighboring peoples,
   assemble there!
   [Bring down, O Lord, your warriors!]

Let the nations bestir themselves and come up
   to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there I will sit in judgment
   upon all the neighboring nations.
Apply the sickle,
   for the harvest is ripe;
Come and tread,
   for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow,
   for great is their malice.
Crowd upon crowd
   in the valley of decision;
For near is the day of the Lord
   in the valley of decision.

Sun and moon are darkened,
   and the stars withhold their brightness.
The Lord roars from Zion,
   and from Jerusalem raises his voice;
The heavens and the earth quake,
   but the Lord is a refuge to his people,
   a stronghold to the men of Israel.
Then shall you know that I, the Lord, am your God,
   dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;
Jerusalem shall be holy,
   and strangers shall pass through her no more.

And then, on that day,
   the mountains shall drip new wine,
   and the hills shall flow with milk;
And the channels of Judah
   shall flow with water:
A fountain shall issue from the house of the Lord,
   to water the Valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a waste,
   and Edom a desert waste,
Because of violence done to the people of Judah,
   because they shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall abide forever,
   and Jerusalem for all generations.
I will avenge their blood,
   and not leave it unpunished.
The Lord dwells in Zion.

RESPONSORY
Joel 4:18; Revelation 22:17, 1


The mountains shall run with sweet wine,
and all the riverbeds of Judah shall flow with water.
A fountain shall spring from the house of the Lord.
If anyone is thirsty, come forward
and receive the water of life,
freely given to all who desire it.

The angel showed me the river and water of life,
bright as crystal,
which flowed from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
If anyone is thirsty, come forward
and receive the water of life,
freely given to all who desire it.

SECOND READING

From a treatise on Forgiveness by Fulgentius of Ruspe, bishop
(Liber 2, 11,2-12, 1. 3-4: CCL 91 A, 693-695)

He who overcomes shall not be harmed by the second death


In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye as the final trumpet sounds, for the trumpet shall indeed sound, the dead shall rise incorruptible and we shall be changed. In saying “we,” Paul is indicating that the gift of that future change will also be given to those who during their time on earth are united to him and his companions by upright lives within the communion of the Church. He hints at the nature of the change when he says: This corruptible body must put on incorruptibility, this mortal body immortality. In order, then, that men may obtain the transformation which is the reward of the just, they must first undergo here on earth a change which is God’s free gift. Those who in this life have been changed from evil to good are promised that future change as a reward.

Through justification and the spiritual resurrection, grace now effects in them an initial change that is God’s gift. Later on, through the bodily resurrection, the transformation of the just will be brought to completion, and they will experience a perfect, abiding, unchangeable glorification. The purpose of this change wrought in them by the gifts of both justification and glorification is that they may abide in an eternal, changeless state of joy.

Here on earth they are changed by the first resurrection, in which they are enlightened and converted, thus passing from death to life, sinfulness to holiness, unbelief to faith, and evil actions to holy life. For this reason the second death has no power over them. It is of such men that the Book of Revelation says: Happy the man who shares in the first resurrection; over such as he the second death has no power. Elsewhere the same book says: He who overcomes shall not be harmed by the second death. As the first resurrection consists of the conversion of the heart, the second death consists of unending torment.

Let everyone, therefore, who does not wish to be condemned to the endless punishment of the second death now hasten to share in the first resurrection. For if any during this life are changed out of fear of God and pass from an evil life to a good one, they pass from death to life and later they shall be transformed from a shameful state to a glorious one.

RESPONSORY
Colossians 3:3-4; Romans 6:11


You have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your life appears,
you will appear with him in glory.

You must consider yourselves dead to sin,
but alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
When Christ who is your life appears,
you will appear with him in glory.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Father of all that is good,
keep us faithful in serving you,
for to serve you is our lasting joy.
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 us, we pray, O Lord our God,
the constant gladness of being devoted to you,
for it is full and lasting happiness
to serve with constancy
the author of all that is good.
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.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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