Prayers

Common of Holy Women

The following selections are provided from the Common of Saints:

1. To aid those who may wish to use different texts than those provided in the Office of the day
2. To assist those who may wish to celebrate a saint who is an optional memorial, or on a local calendar
3. To assist those praying in a community or group celebrating an Office different from that provided in the ibreviary.

For most saints, nearly the entire Office is taken from the Common with the exception of the Concluding Prayer, and (occasionally) the Antiphon to the Gospel Canticles. Thus it is possible to join in a different Office recited in community using the texts below.


INVITATORY

OFFICE OF READINGS

MORNING PRAYER (Lauds)

DAYTIME PRAYER

EVENING PRAYER (Vespers) II


EVENING PRAYER I (for Solemnities)


INTRODUCTION

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

A valiant woman, strong by grace,
Unites us all in praise this day,
The glory of her holiness
Sheds far and wide its sacred ray.

Her heart aglow with holy love,
The glamour of this earth she spurned,
And chose the hard and narrow way
To reach the home for which she yearned.

By fasts and prayer she overcame
Our fallen nature’s downward trend,
She fed her soul with constant prayer
That heavenwards her mind should tend.

O Jesus, King and Source of strength,
Great things are done by You alone,
So to her supplication’s praise
We humbly strive to join our own,

All glory, Jesus, be to you,
For through your holy handmaid’s love,
You give us hope for our reward
And everlasting joy above. Amen.

Tune: Angelus L.M.
Music: Georg Joseph, 1657
Text: Fortem virili pectore, Silvio Antoniano, 1540-1603
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Blessed be the Lord; he has filled his handmaid with his mercy (alleluia).

Psalm 113
Praise the name of the Lord


He has cast down the mighty and has lifted up the lowly (Luke 1:52).

Praise, O servants of the Lord, *
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed *
both now and for evermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting *
praised be the name of the Lord!

High above all nations is the Lord, *
above the heavens his glory.
Who is like the Lord, our God, *
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down, *
to look down upon heaven and earth?

From the dust he lifts up the lowly, *
from his misery he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes, *
yes, with the princes of his people.
To the childless wife he gives a home *
and gladdens her heart with children.

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 Jesus, Word of God, surrendering the brightness of your glory you became man so that we may be raised from the dust to share your very being. May there be innumerable children of the Church to offer homage to your name from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Ant. Blessed be the Lord; he has filled his handmaid with his mercy (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Blessed be the Lord; he has filled his handmaid with his mercy (alleluia).

Psalm 147:12-20
The restoration of Jerusalem


Come, I will show you the bride of the Lamb (Revelation 21:9).

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! *
Zion, praise your God!

He has strengthened the bars of your gates, *
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders, *
he feeds you with finest wheat.

He sends out his word to the earth *
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow white as wool, *
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

He hurls down hailstones like crumbs. *
The waters are frozen at his touch;
he sends forth his word and it melts them: *
at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

He makes his word known to Jacob, *
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations; *
he has not taught them his decrees.

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

All-powerful God, it is through your Church, generously endowed with gifts of grace and fortified by the Holy Spirit, that you send out your word to all nations. Strengthen your Church with the best of all food and make it dauntless in faith. Multiply its children to celebrate with one accord the mysteries of your love at the altar on high.

Ant. Blessed be the Lord; he has filled his handmaid with his mercy (alleluia).

Ant. 3 The Lord delights in you; you are the joy of his heart (alleluia).

Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10
God our Savior


Praised be the God and Father *
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ *
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

God chose us in him *
before the world began
to be holy *
and blameless in his sight.

He predestined us *
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ,
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor *
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed, *
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous *
is God’s favor to us.

God has given us the wisdom *
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased *
to decree in Christ.

A plan to be carried out *
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him, *
in the heavens and on earth.

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 delights in you; you are the joy of his heart eternity (alleluia).

READING
Philippians 3:7-8

Those things I used to consider gain I have now re-appraised as loss in the light of Christ. I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For his sake I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else rubbish so that Christ may be my wealth.

RESPONSORY

Outside Easter:

Joy and gladness fill my heart; the Lord has been merciful to me.
Joy and gladness fill my heart; the Lord has been merciful to me.

He has looked with favor on his lowly servant,.
The Lord has been merciful to me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Joy and gladness fill my heart; the Lord has been merciful to me.

During Easter:

Joy and gladness fill my heart; the Lord has been merciful to me, alleluia, alleluia.
Joy and gladness fill my heart; the Lord has been merciful to me, alleluia, alleluia.

He has looked with favor on his lowly servant,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Joy and gladness fill my heart; the Lord has been merciful to me, alleluia, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion of Evening Prayer


INVITATORY


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

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

INVITATORY

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

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N.( alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N.(alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).

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 God, wonderful in his saints (alleluia).
Or: Let us sing praise to God, as we acclaim Saint N. (alleluia).


OFFICE of READINGS


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, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

You holy angels bright
Who wait at God’s right hand,
Or through the realms of light
Fly at your Lord’s command,
Assist our song,
For else the theme
Too high will seem
For mortal tongue.

You blessed souls at rest,
Who ran this earthly race,
And now, from sin released,
Behold the Savior’s face;
His praises sound,
As in his sight
With sweet delight
You all abound.

Let all who toil below
Adore our heav’nly King,
And onward as we go
Our joyful anthem sing:
With one accord,
Through good or ill,
We praise him still,
Eternal Lord.

My soul, now take your part,
Acclaiming God above;
And with a well-tuned heart
Sing out the songs of love,
Let all our days
Till life shall end,
Whate’er he send,
Be filled with praise.

Tune: Darwall’s 148th 66.66.44.44
Music: John Darwall, 1731-1789
Text: Richard Baxter, 1615-1691, et al., adapted by Anthony G. Petti

PSALMODY (For Solemnities and Feasts)

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current Weekday.

Ant. 1
Her mouth uttered words of wisdom; her tongue spoke words of compassion (alleluia).

Psalm 19A
Praise of the Lord, Creator of all


The dawn from on high shall break on us . . . to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78, 79).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God *
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story *
and night unto night makes known the message.

No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth, *
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

There he has placed a tent for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent, *
rejoices like a champion to run its course.

At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun;
to the furthest end of the sky is its course. *
There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.

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

To enlighten the world, Father, you sent to us your Word as the sun of truth and justice shining upon mankind. Illumine our eyes that we may discern your glory in the many works of your hand.

Ant. Her mouth uttered words of wisdom; her tongue spoke words of compassion (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Trusting themselves to God, these holy women sang his praises with heartfelt love (alleluia).

Psalm 45
The marriage of the king


The Bridegroom is here; go out and welcome him (Matthew 25:6).

I

My heart overflows with noble words.
To the king I must speak the song I have made; *
my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.

You are the fairest of the children of men
and graciousness is poured upon your lips: *
because God has blessed you for evermore.

O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh;
in splendor and state, ride on in triumph *
for the cause of truth and goodness and right.

Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand.
Your arrows are sharp: peoples fall beneath you. *
The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.

Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.
A scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom. *
Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness above other kings: *
your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.

From the ivory palace you are greeted with music.
The daughters of kings are among your loved ones. *
On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

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. Trusting themselves to God, these holy women sang his praises with heartfelt love (alleluia).

Ant. 3 Singing for joy, they are brought into the King’s presence (alleluia).

II

Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words: *
forget your own people and your father’s house.
So will the king desire your beauty: *
he is your lord, pay homage to him.

And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts, *
the richest of the people shall seek your favor.
The daughter of the king is clothed with splendor, *
her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.

She is led to the king with her maiden companions.
They are escorted amid gladness and joy; *
they pass within the palace of the king.

Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers: *
you will make them princes over all the earth.
May this song make your name for ever remembered. *
May the peoples praise you from age to age.

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

When you took on flesh, Lord Jesus, you made a marriage of mankind with God. Help us to be faithful to your word and endure our exile bravely, until we are called to the heavenly marriage feast, to which the Virgin Mary, exemplar of your Church, has preceded us.

Ant. Singing for joy, they are brought into the King’s presence (alleluia).

The thoughts of my heart are always before you, O Lord (alleluia).
You are my help and my redeemer (alleluia).

READINGS

For Memorials, the First Reading is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and Feasts, one of the following is used:

FIRST READING

In Ordinary Time


Readings for Advent, Lent and Christmas

Readings for Easter

Readings for a Married Woman

Readings for a Religious

Readings for Works of Mercy

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Colossians
3:1-17

Your life is hidden with Christ in God


Since you have been raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.

But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

RESPONSORY
Galatians 3:27-28; Ephesians 4:24


All who have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ;
there is no longer Jew or Greek;
you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Put on the new man who is created in the image of God,
in justice and in true holiness.
You are all one in Christ Jesus.

Or:

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Romans
12:1-21

The Christian life; spiritual worship


I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.

For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith; if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.

If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.

RESPONSORY
Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23-24


Be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may be able to discover what is God’s will,
what is good, pleasing and perfect.

You must be renewed in mind and spirit,
and put on the new man.
So that you may be able to discover what is God’s will,
what is good, pleasing and perfect.

Advent, Christmas and Lent

From the Book of Wisdom
5:1-16

The righteous are indeed the sons of God


The righteous one with great assurance shall confront
   his oppressors who set at nought his labors.
Seeing this, the wicked shall be shaken with dreadful fear,
   and be amazed at the unexpected salvation.
They shall say among themselves, rueful
   and groaning through anguish of spirit:

“This is the one whom once we held as a laughingstock
   and as a type for mockery, fools that we were!
His life we accounted madness,
   and death dishonored.
See how he is accounted among the heavenly beings;
   how his lot is with the holy ones!

We, then, have strayed from the way of truth,
   and the light of righteousness did not shine for us,
   and the sun did not rise for us.
We were entangled in the thorns of mischief and of ruin;
   we journeyed through trackless deserts,
   but the way of the Lord we never knew.

What did our pride avail us?
   What have wealth and its boastfulness afforded us?
All of them passed like a shadow
   and like a fleeting rumor;
Like a ship traversing the heaving water:
   of which, when it has passed, no trace can be found,
   no path of its keel in the waves.
Or like a bird flying through the air;
   no evidence of its course is to be found—
But the fluid air, lashed by the beating of pinions,
   and cleft by the rushing force
Of speeding wings, is traversed;
   and afterward no mark of passage can be found in it.
Or as, when an arrow has been shot at a mark,
   the parted air straightway flows together again
   so that none discerns the way it went—
Even so, once born, we abruptly came to nought
   and held no sign of virtue to display,
   but were consumed in our wickedness.”

Yes, the hope of the wicked is like chaff borne by the wind,
   and like fine, storm-driven foam;
Like smoke scattered by the wind,
   and like the passing memory of the nomad camping for a single day.

But the righteous live forever,
   and in the Lord is their recompense,
   and the thought of them is with the Most High.

RESPONSORY
1 John 3:7, 8, 10


Let no one deceive you;
the just man is the one who does what is right;
the man who sins belongs to the devil,
for the devil has sinned from the beginning.

In this way we see who are the children of God and the children of the devil.
The man who sins belongs to the devil,
for the devil has sinned from the beginning.

Or:

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Philippians
1:29-2:16

Let your mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus


To you has been granted, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him. Yours is the same struggles as you saw in me and now hear about me.

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,

   Who, though he was in the form of God,
      did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
   Rather, he emptied himself,
      taking the form of a slave,
      coming in human likeness;

   and found human in appearance,
      he humbled himself,
      becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

   Because of this, God greatly exalted him
      and bestowed on him the name
      that is above every name,
   that at the name of Jesus
      every knee should bend,
      of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
      and every tongue confess that
      Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.

So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.

Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

RESPONSORY
Philippians 2:12-13; John 15:3


In fear and trembling work out your salvation;
it is God who is working in you
so that you both will and do
according to his own good purpose.

The Lord says: Without me you can do nothing.
It is God who is working in you
so that you both will and do
according to his own good purpose.

Easter

From the book of Revelation
14:1-5; 19:5-10

Happy are those who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb


I, John, looked and there was the Lamb appeared in my vision standing on Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn this hymn except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been ransomed from the earth.
These are they who were not defiled with women; they are virgins and these are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed as the firstfruits of the human race for God and the Lamb. On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.

   A voice coming from the throne said:
   “Praise our God, all you his servants,
      and you who revere him, small and great.”

Then I heard something like the sound of a great multitude or the sound of rushing water or mighty peals of thunder, as they said:

         ”Alleluia!
   The Lord has established his reign,
      our God, the almighty.
   Let us rejoice and be glad
      and give him glory.
   For the wedding day of the Lamb has come,
   his bride has made herself ready.
   She was allowed to wear
      a bright, clean linen garment.”

(The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones.)

Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These words are true; they come from God.” I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t! I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brothers who bear witness to Jesus. Worship God. Witness to Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

RESPONSORY
Revelation 14:23, 19:6; 12:10; 19:5


I heard a voice from heaven
like the roar of mighty thunder:
The Lord our God reigns for ever;
now the salvation and power and authority of Christ have come, alleluia.

A voice from the throne proclaimed:
Praise God, all you saints;
praise him, all you who revere him, both great and small.
Now the salvation and power and authority of Christ have come, alleluia.

For a married woman:

From the book of Proverbs
31:10-31

A woman who reveres the Lord


Who can find a woman of worth?
   Far beyond jewels is her value.
Her husband trusts her judgment;
   he does not lack income.
She brings him profit, not loss,
   all the days of her life.

She seeks out wool and flax
   and weaves with skillful hands.
Like a merchant fleet,
   she secures her provisions from afar.
She rises while it is still night,
   and distributes food to her household,
   a portion to her maidservants.

She picks out a field and acquires it;
   from her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength;
   she exerts her arms with vigor.
She enjoys the profit from her dealings;
   her lamp is never extinguished at night.

She puts her hands to the distaff,
   and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
   and extends her arms to the needy.
She is not concerned for her household when it snows—
   all her charges are doubly clothed.

She makes her own coverlets;
   fine linen and purple are her clothing.
Her husband is prominent at the city gates
   as he sits with the elders of the land.
She makes garments and sells them,
   and stocks the merchants with belts.

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
   and laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom;
   kindly instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household,
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
   her husband, too, praises her:
“Many are the women of proven worth,
   but you have excelled them all.”
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
   the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Acclaim her for the work of her hands,
   and let her deeds praise her at the city gates.

RESPONSORY
See Proverbs 31:17, 18; Psalm 46:6


She set herself to work with courage,
she put forth all her strength;
therefore her lamp will never go out (alleluia).

The Lord will help her;
his loving presence will be with her.
He dwells in her; she will not falter.
Therefore her lamp will never go out (alleluia).

Or:

From the first letter of the apostle Peter
3:1-6, 8-17

Praise Christ in your hearts


You wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior.Your adornment should not be an external one: braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or dressing in fine clothes, but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious in the sight of God. For this is also how the holy women who hoped in God once used to adorn themselves and were subordinate to their husbands; thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him “lord.” You are her children when you do what is good and fear no intimidation.

Finally, all of you, be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, humble. Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult; but, on the contrary, a blessing, because to this you were called, that you might inherit a blessing. For:

   “Whoever would love life
   and see good days
   must keep the tongue from evil
   and the lips from speaking deceit,
   must turn from evil and do good,
   seek peace and follow after it.
   For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
   and his ears turned to their prayer,
   but the face of the Lord is against evildoers.”

Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

RESPONSORY
Philippians 2:2, 3, 4; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15


Love one another; humbly consider others to be better than yourselves,
do not think of your own interests alone, but look to the interests of others (alleluia).

Support the weak, be patient with all;.
seek to do what is good for each other and for all men.
Do not think of your own interests alone, but look to the interests of others (alleluia). (alleluia).

For a religious:

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Ephesians
4:1-24

Grace has been given to each one for the building up of the body of Christ


I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore, it says:

   “He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
   he gave gifts to men.”

What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth? The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.

Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body’s growth and builds itself up in love.

So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess.

That is not how you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

RESPONSORY
See Luke 10:42, 39


There is only one things necessary;
this, the best part of all,
is what she has chosen
and it will not be taken from her (alleluia).

She sat at the Lord’s feet listening to his words.
This, the best part of all,
is what she has chosen
and it will not be taken from her (alleluia).

Or:

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Philippians
3:7-4:1, 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always


Whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.

Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

Let us, then, who are “perfectly mature” adopt this attitude. And if you have a different attitude, this too God will reveal to you. Only, with regard to what we have attained, continue on the same course.

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

RESPONSORY
Luke 12:35-36; Matthew 24:42


Be dressed and ready, with lamps alight in your hands;
you must be like men awaiting the return of their master from the wedding feast (alleluia).

Stay awake, for you do not know
at what hour your Lord will come.
You must be like men awaiting the return of their master from the wedding feast (alleluia).

For one who practiced works of mercy:

From the first letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians
12:31-13:13

The primacy of charity


Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

RESPONSORY
1 John 4:16, 7


We have put our hope in God’s love for us
Those who live in love, live in God;
God lives in them (alleluia).

Let us love one another, for love is from God
Those who live in love, live in God;
God lives in them (alleluia).

Or:

From the first letter of the apostle John
4:7-21

Let us care for each other, because love is from God


Beloved,
let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves
is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God,
for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Beloved,
if God so loved us,
we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another,
God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us of his Spirit.

Moreover, we have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him
and he in God.
We have come to know and to believe
in the love God has for us.
God is love,
and whoever remains in love
remains in God
and God in him.

In this is love brought to perfection among us,
that we have confidence on the day of judgment
because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.

If anyone says, “I love God,”
but hates his brother,
he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
This is the commandment we have from him:
whoever loves God must also love his brother.

RESPONSORY
1 John 5:3; Sirach 23:37


Loving God means keeping his commands,
and his commands are not burdensome (alleluia).

There is nothing sweeter than obeying the Lord’s commands.
And his commands are not burdensome (alleluia).

SECOND READING

If no proper Second Reading is provided, the following Second Reading may be used:


From a homily on the Acts of the Apostles by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop
(Homilia 20, 4: PG 60, 162-164)

The light of a Christian cannot escape notice


There is nothing colder than a Christian who does not seek to save others.

You cannot plead poverty here; the widow putting in her two small coins will be your accuser. Peter said, Silver and gold I have not. Paul was so poor that he was often hungry and went without necessary food.

You cannot plead humble birth, for they were humbly born, of humble stock. You cannot offer the excuse of lack of education, for they were uneducated. You cannot plead ill-health, for Timothy also had poor health, with frequent illnesses.

Each one can help his neighbor, if only he is willing to do what is in his power. Look at the trees that do not bear fruit: have you not noticed how strong and fine they are, upstanding, smooth, and tall? If we had a garden, we would much prefer trees with fruit—pomegranates and olives—to trees that are for pleasure, not for utility, and any utility these have is small.

Such are those men who think only of their own concerns. In fact, they are even worse: the trees are at least useful for building or for protection, whereas the selfish are fit only for punishment. Such were those foolish virgins who were chaste, comely, and self-controlled, but did nothing for anyone. So they are consumed in the fire. Such are those men who refuse to give Christ food.

Notice that none of them is accused of personal sins. They are not accused of committing fornication or perjury or any such sin at all: only of not helping anybody else. The man who buried the talent was like this. His life was blameless, but he was of no service to others.

How can such a person be a Christian? Tell me, if yeast did not make the whole mass like itself, is it really yeast? Again, if perfume failed to pervade all around it with its fragrance, would we call it perfume?

Do not say, “It is impossible for me to influence others.” If you are a Christian, it is impossible for this not to happen. Things found in nature cannot be denied; so it is here, for it is a question of the nature of a Christian.

Do not insult God. If you say that the sun cannot shine, you have insulted Him. If you say that a Christian cannot help others, you have insulted God and called Him a liar. It is easier for the sun not to give warmth or shine than for the Christian not to shed his light. It is easier for light to be darkness than for this to happen.

Do not say then that it is impossible. The opposite is impossible. Do not insult God. If we have put our affairs in order, these things will certainly come to be and will follow as a natural consequence. The light of a Christian cannot escape notice. So bright a lamp cannot be hidden.

RESPONSORY
Ephesians 5:8-9; Matthew 5:14, 16


Now you are light in the Lord;
live as men native to the light;
light makes you gentle, loving and true (alleluia).

I have given you to the world as its light,
and you must shine for all to see.
Light makes you gentle, loving and true (alleluia).

Or:

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Sermo 96, 1. 4. 9; PL 38, 584, 586, 588)

All men are called to holiness


If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. The Lord’s command seems difficult and painful: that anyone who wishes to follow him must deny himself. But his command is not really difficult or painful, since he himself helps us to do what he commands. For the verse of the psalm addressed to him was truly spoken: Because of the words of you lips I have abided by hard ways. True also are his own words: My yoke is mild and my burden is light. For love makes easy whatever is difficult in his commands.

What does it mean, let him take up his own cross? It means he must endure many things that are painful; that is the way he must follow me. When he begins to follow me in my life and my teachings, many will contradict him, try to stop him, or dissuade him, even those who wall themselves Christ’s disciples. It was they who walked with Christ that tried to stop the blind men from calling out to him. So if you wish to follow Christ, you will take these threats of flattery or any kind of obstacle and fashion them into the cross; you must endure it, carry it, and not give way under it. And so in this world that is the Church, a world of the good, the reconciled, and the saved, or rather, those destined for salvation, but already saved by hope, as it is written, by hope we are saved—in this world of the Church, which completely follows Christ, he has said to everyone: If anyone wishes to follow me, let him deny himself.

This is not a command for virgins to obey and brides to ignore, for widows and not for married women, for monks and not for married men, or for the clergy and not for the laity. No, the whole Church, the entire body, all the members in their distinct and varied functions, must follow Christ. She who is totally unique, the dove, the spouse who was redeemed and dowered by the blood of her bridegroom, is to follow him. There is a place in the Church for the chastity of the virgin, for the continence of the widow, and for the modesty of the married. Indeed, all her members have their place, and this is where they are to follow Christ, in their function and in their way of life. They must deny themselves, that is, they must not presume on their own strength. They must take up their cross by enduring in the world for Christ’s sake whatever pain the world brings.

Let them love him who alone can neither deceive nor be deceived, who alone will not fail them. Let them love him because his promises are true. Faith sometimes falters because he does not reward us immediately. But hold out, be steadfast, endure, bear the delay, and you have carried the cross.

RESPONSORY

This holy woman worked wonders in the sight of God;
she praised the Lord with her whole heart.
May she intercede for sinful mankind (alleluia).

She was a woman without bitterness,
her life a living praise to God.
She avoided all evil deeds and kept herself sinless to the end.
May she intercede for sinful mankind (alleluia).

For religious:

From a homily on the Gospels by Saint Gregory the Great, pope
(Lib. 2, hom 36, 11-13: PL 76, 1272-1274)

In the world, yet not of it


I would like to urge you to forsake everything, but that I do not presume to do. Yet, if you cannot give up everything of this world, at least keep what belongs to the world in such a way that you yourself are not kept prisoner by the world. Whatever you possess must not possess you; whatever you own must be under the power of your soul; for if your soul is overpowered by the love of this world’s goods, it will be totally at the mercy of its possessions.

In other words, we make use of temporal things, but our hearts are set on what is eternal. Temporal goods help us on our way, but our desire must be for those eternal realities which are our goal. We should give no more than a side glance at all that happens in the world, but the eyes of our soul are to be focused right ahead; for our whole attention must be fixed on those realities which constitute our goal.

Whatever is vicious must be utterly eradicated, wrenched away not merely from being put into act but even from being so much as thought of. No carnal pleasure, no worldly curiosity, no surge of ambition must keep us from the Lord’s Supper. But further, our minds should merely skirt even the good deeds we perform in this life; in this way, the physical things which give us pleasure will serve our bodily needs without hindering the soul’s progress. You see, my brothers, I dare not say to you, give up everything. Yet, if you will, you can give everything up while keeping it, provided you handle temporal things in such a way that your whole mind is directed toward what is eternal. A man can use the world as if he were not using it, if he makes all external needs minister to the support of his life without allowing them to dominate his soul. They remain external to him and under his control, serving him without halting the soul’s drive to higher things. For such men, everything in this world is there for their use, not to be desired. Nothing should interfere with your soul’s longing; no created pleasure in the world should ensnare you.

If the object of love is what is good, then the soul should take its delight in the higher good, the things of heaven. If the object of fear is what is evil, then we should keep before ourselves the things that are eternally evil. In this way, if the soul sees that we should have a greater love and a greater fear about what concerns the next life, it will never cling to this life.

To help us to achieve all this we have the help of the mediator between God and man. Through him we shall obtain all this the more quickly, the more we burn with a great love for him, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

RESPONSORY
1 Corinthians 7:29, 30, 31; 2:12


The time is growing short,
so we must rejoice as though we were not rejoicing;
we must work in the world yet without becoming immersed in it,
for the world as we know it is passing away (alleluia).

We have not adopted the spirit of the world.
For the world as we know it is passing away (alleluia).

For those who practiced works of mercy:

From a homily on the Letter to the Romans by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop
(Homilia 15,6: PG 60, 547-548)

Compassion is Christ’s command


God gave us his own Son; but you will not even share your bread with him who was given us and put to death for your sake.

On account of you the Father did not spare him though he was indeed his Son; you disregard him when he is wasting away with starvation, even though you would be spending on him what is really his, spending it moreover for your own good. What can be worse than such injustice? He was given up for you; you would be giving only what is his, giving moreover for your own benefit; even so, you refuse to give.

What stone could be more insensitive than such men, for despite so many inducements they persist in this satanic cold-heartedness. He was not satisfied only to endure death on a cross; he chose to become poor and homeless, a beggar and naked, to be thrown into prison and suffer sickness, so that in this way too he might incite you to join him.

“If you will make me no return for having suffered for you, at least have pity on my poverty. If not that, be moved at least by my sickness and imprisonment. If none of these elicit your compassion, at least grant me this, because it is so small a request. I want nothing expensive, just a little bread, shelter, a few kind words. If all this leaves you unmoved, at least improve your conduct for the kingdom of heaven’s sake, for all the rewards I have promised. Or is this too of no account in your eyes? Well, at least out of natural pity you might feel upset when you see me naked; and remember how I was naked on the cross, which I suffered for your sake; or, if not this, then recall the poverty and nakedness I endure today in the poor. Once I was in fetters for you; I am still in fetters for you, so that whether by those earlier bonds or by these present ones, you might be moved to show some feeling for me. I fasted for you and I go hungry again, still for your sake; I thirsted as I hung upon the cross, and I am thirsty again in the poor of today. In one way or another, I would draw you to myself; for your soul’s sake, I would have you compassionate.

“You are bound to me by unnumerable favors, and now I ask you to make some return. Not that I demand it as my due. I reward you as though you were acting our generosity; for your trifling gestures, I am giving you a kingdom.

“I do not say: ‘Put an end to my poverty,’ or ‘Make over to me your wealth, although it was for you that I became poor.’ All I ask for is a little bread, clothing and a little comfort in my hunger.

“If I am in prison, I do not ask you to set me free of my chains and release me; all I ask is that, for my sake, you should visit someone in prison. This will be favor enough; in return I bestow upon you heaven. I released you from the heaviest chains; it will be enough for me if you visit me in chains.

“I could, of course, reward you without any of this; but I want to be in your debt, so that, along with your reward, you may have confidence in yourself.”

RESPONSORY
Matthew 25:35, 40


I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me drink
I was homeless and you took me in.
Now I tell you this:
When you did these things for the most neglected of my brothers,
you did them for me (alleluia).

The woman who is merciful to the poor lends to the Lord.
Now I tell you this:
When you did these things for the most neglected of my brothers,
you did them for me (alleluia).

On Solemnities and Feasts the Te Deum is said. If the Optional Vigil is not celebrated, the Office continues with the Te Deum.

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OPTIONAL VIGIL

CANTICLES


Ant. Let your belts be fastened round your waists, and have your lamps burning ready (alleluia).

Canticle I
Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed are those who hope in the Lord


Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it (Luke 11:28).

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, *
whose hope is the Lord.

He is like a tree planted beside the waters *
that stretches out its roots to the stream:

It fears not the heat when it comes, *
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress, *
but still bears fruit.

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.

Canticle II
Sirach 14:20; 15:3-5a, 6b

The happiness of the wise man


Wisdom is justified by her children (Luke 7:35).

Happy the man who meditates on wisdom, *
and reflects on knowledge.

She will nourish him with the bread of understanding, *
and give him the water of learning to drink.

He will lean upon her and not fall, *
he will trust in her and not be put to shame.

She will exalt him above his fellows; *
and he will inherit an everlasting 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.

Canticle III
Sirach 31:8-11

Blessed are those who do not seek after gold


Make for yourselves a never-failing treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33).

Happy the rich man found without fault *
who turns not aside after gain!

Who is he, that we may praise him? *
he, of all his kindred, has done wonders,
for he has been tested by gold and come off safe, *
and this remains his glory.

He could have sinned but did not, *
could have done evil, but would not,
so that his possessions are secure, *
and the assembly recounts his praises.

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 your belts be fastened round your waists, and have your lamps burning ready (alleluia).

Any of the following Gospels from the Common of Holy Men and Women found in the Lectionary for Mass may be used:

+
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
5:1-12a

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven


When Jesus saw the crowds,* he went up the mountain,
   and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

   “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   Blessed are they who mourn,
      for they will be comforted.
   Blessed are the meek,
      for they will inherit the land.
   Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they will be satisfied.
   Blessed are the merciful,
      for they will be shown mercy.
   Blessed are the clean of heart,
      for they will see God.
   Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they will be called children of God.
   Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
      and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me
   Rejoice and be glad,
      for your reward will be great in heaven.”

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+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
5:13-16

You are the light of the world


Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
   but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
   it is set on a lamp stand,
   where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
   that they may see your good deeds
   and glorify your heavenly Father.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
7:21-27

The house built on rock and the hourse built on sand


Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
   will enter the kingdom of heaven,
   but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
   ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
   ‘I never knew you.* Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
   will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
   and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
   but does not act on them
   will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
   and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
11:25-30

Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike


At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
   for although you have hidden these things
   from the wise and the learned
   you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
   and no one knows the Father except the Son
   and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
   and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
   for I am meek and humble of heart;
   and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
13:14-16

He sells all that he has and buys that field


Jesus said to the crowds:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
   which a person finds and hides again,
   and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
   searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
   he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
16:24-27

Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it


Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
   take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
   but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
   and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
18:1-5

Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven


The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
   “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
   you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
   is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”

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Or: [For Religious]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
19:3-12

For the sake of the Kingdom of heaven


Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
   “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
He said in reply,
   “Have you not read that from the beginning
   the Creator made them male and female and said,
   For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
   and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”
They said to him,
   “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman
   a bill of divorce and dismiss her?”
He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts
   Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
   but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
   (unless the marriage is unlawful)
   and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him,
   “If that is the case of a man with his wife,
   it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept this word,
   but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
   some, because they were made so by others;
   some, because they have renounced marriage
   for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
19:27-29

You who have followed me will receive a hundred times more


Peter said to Jesus,
   “We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
   that you who have followed me, in the new age,
   when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
   will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
   judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
   or father or mother or children or lands
   for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
   and will inherit eternal life.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
22:34-40

Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself


When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
   they gathered together, and one of them
   a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
   “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
   “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
   with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
   You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
25:1-13

Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to mee him!


Jesus told his disciples this parable:
”The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
   who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
   brought no oil with them,
   but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
   they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
   ‘Behold, the bridegroom!
   Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
   ‘Give us some of your oil,
   for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
   ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
   the bridegroom came
   and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
   ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
   ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
   for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

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Or: [Long Form]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
25:14-30

Since you were faithful in small matters, come, share your master&srquo;s joy


Jesus told his disciples this parable:
”A man who was going on a journey called in his servants
   and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents;
   to another, two; to a third, one—
   to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
   and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
   and buried his master’s money.
After a long time
  the master of those servants came back
   and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents
   came forward bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
   I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
   ‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
   I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,
   ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
   harvesting where you did not plant
   and gathering where you did not scatter;
   so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
   and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
   so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has,
   more will be given and he will grow rich;
   but from the one who has not,
   even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”

Or: [Short Form]

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
”A man who was going on a journey called in his servants
   and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents;
   to another, two; to a third, one—
   to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
   and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
   and buried his master’s money.
After a long time
  the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents
   came forward bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
   I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
   ‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
   I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’

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Or: [For Those Who Practiced Works of Mercy—Long Form]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
25:31-46

Whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me


Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
   and all the angels with him,
   he will sit upon his glorious throne,
   and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
   as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
   ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
   I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
   a stranger and you welcomed me,
   naked and you clothed me,
   ill and you cared for me,
   in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
   ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
   or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
   or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
   ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
   for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left,
   ‘Depart from me, you accursed,
   into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
   I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
   a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
   naked and you gave me no clothing,
   ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
   ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
   or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
   and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
   what you did not do for one of these least ones,
   you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
   but the righteous to eternal life.”

[Short Form]

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
   and all the angels with him,
   he will sit upon his glorious throne,
   and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
   as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
   ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
   I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
   a stranger and you welcomed me,
   naked and you clothed me,
   ill and you cared for me,
   in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
   ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
   or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
   or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
   ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
   for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
3:31-35

Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother


The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
   are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
   “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
   “Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
   is my brother and sister and mother.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
9:34-37

Whoever receives such a child as this, receives me


Jesus’ disciples had been discussing among themselves
   who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
   “If anyone wishes to be first,
   he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child he placed it in their midst,
   and putting his arms around it he said to them,
   “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
   and whoever receives me,
   receives not me but the One who sent me.”

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Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
10:13-16

Let the children come to me; do not prevent them


People were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
   but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
   “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
   for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
   whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
   will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
   placing his hands on them.

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Or: [For Religious—Long Form]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
10:17-30

Go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor; then come, follow me


As Jesus was setting out on a journey,
   a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him,
   “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments:
   You shall not kill;
   you shall not commit adultery;
   you shall not steal;
   you shall not bear false witness;
   you shall not defraud;
   honor your father and your mother.

He replied and said to him,
   “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
   “You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
   and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
   and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
   “How hard it is for those who have wealth
   to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
   “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
   than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished
   and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
   “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Peter began to say to him,
   “We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
   there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
   or mother or father or children or lands for my sake
   and for the sake of the Gospel
   who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
   houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands,
   with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”

[Short Form]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
10:17-27

Go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor; then come, follow me


As Jesus was setting out on a journey,
   a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him,
   “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments:
   You shall not kill;
   you shall not commit adultery;
   you shall not steal;
   you shall not bear false witness;
   you shall not defraud;
   honor your father and your mother.

He replied and said to him,
   “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
   “You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
   and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
   and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
   “How hard it is for those who have wealth
   to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
   “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
   than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished
   and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
   “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”

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+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
6:27-38

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful


Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say,
   love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
   bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
   offer the other one as well,
   and from the person who takes your cloak,
   do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
   and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
   what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
   what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
   what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
   and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
   and lend expecting nothing back;
   then your reward will be great
   and you will be children of the Most High,
   for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
   a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
   will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
   will in return be measured out to you.”

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Or: [For Religious]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
9:57-62

I will follow you wherever you go


As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding on their journey
   someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
   “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
   but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
   but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus said to him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
   and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
10:38-42

Martha welcomed him. Mary has chosen the better part


Jesus entered a village
   where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
   who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
   “Lord, do you not care
   that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
   “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
12:32-34

Your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom


Jesus said to his disciples:
”Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
   for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.
Sell your belongings and give alms.
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
   an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
   that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
12:35-40

You also must be prepared


Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
   and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
   ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
   have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
   and find them prepared in this way,
   blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
   if the master of the house had known the hour
   when the thief was coming,
   he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
   the Son of Man will come.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or: [For Religious]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
14:25-33

Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciples


Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
   and he turned and addressed them,
   “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother,
   wife and children, brothers and sisters,
   and even his own life,
   he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
   cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
  does not first sit down and calculate the cost
   to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
   and finding himself unable to finish the work
   the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
   ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
   and decide whether with ten thousand troops
   he can successfully oppose another king
   advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
   he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
   everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
   cannot be my disciple.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
15:1-8

Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit


Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
   and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
   unless it remains on the vine,
   so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
   because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
   will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
   people will gather them and throw them into a fire
   and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
   ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
   that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
15:9-17

You are my friends if you do what I command you


Jesus said to his disciples:
”As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
   just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
   and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
   and your joy may be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
   to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
   because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
   because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
   and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
   so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
17:20-26

I wish that where I am they also may be with me


Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
”Holy Father, I pray not only for these,
   but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
   so that they may all be one,
  as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
   that they also may be in us,
   that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
   so that they may be one, as we are one,
   I in them and you in me,
   that they may be brought to perfection as one,
   that the world may know that you sent me,
   and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
   that they may see my glory that you gave me,
   because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
   but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
   that the love with which you loved me
   may be in them and I in them.”

A homily on the Gospel may be given.


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

Go to the Conclusion


MORNING PRAYER


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, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

Eloquent praises let us sing together,
Following Scripture which extols the virtues
Proved by the actions of a valiant woman
     Strong and yet gentle.

Hope that was equal to her faith deep rooted,
Urged her to love God and to serve her neighbor,
Charity prompting her to works of mercy,
     Root of all virtues.

Moved by her merits, Jesus, we implore you,
Pardon our failings, smile upon the guilty,
That we may praise you with a fervor equal
     To her intentions.

Praise to the Father, honor and all glory,
Praise to you Jesus, God the Son, our Savior,
Praise to the Spirit, with our deepest homage,
     Now and for ever.

Tune: Cœlites Plaudant 11.11.11.5
Music: Rouen church melody
Text: Nobiles Christi famulas diserta, anon.
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY (for Solemnities and Feasts)

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday.


Ant. 1 My soul clings to you; with your right hand you have raised me up (alleluia).

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God


Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

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

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. My soul clings to you; with your right hand you have raised me up (alleluia).

Ant. 2 The hand of the Lord has given you strength; you will be praised for ever (alleluia).

Canticle: Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord


All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord. *
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord. *
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord. *
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord. *
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord. *
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord. *
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. *
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord. *
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord. *
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. *
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven. *
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. The hand of the Lord has given you strength; you will be praised for ever (alleluia).

Ant. 3 Lord, I shall rejoice and be glad, for you have been merciful to me (alleluia).

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.


Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, *
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained; *
this honor is for all his faithful.

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

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant. Lord, I shall rejoice and be glad, for you have been merciful to me (alleluia).

READING
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

Outside of Easter:

The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her.
The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her.

He dwells in her; she will not falter.
His loving presence will be with her.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her.

During Easter:

The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her, (alleluia, alleluia).
The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her, (alleluia, alleluia).

He dwells with her, she will not falter,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her, (alleluia, alleluia).

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls; he finds one of great value and gives all that he has to possess it (alleluia).
[For a religious:] Whoever does my Father’s will, says the Lord, he is my brother, my sister, and my mother (alleluia).
Or: The Lord is my inheritance; he is good to those who seek him (alleluia).
[For one who practiced works of mercy:] All the world will recognize you as my disciples when they see the love you have for one another (alleluia).

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 for ever. Amen.

Ant. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls; he finds one of great value and gives all that he has to possess it (alleluia).
[For a religious:] Whoever does my Father’s will, says the Lord, he is my brother, my sister, and my mother (alleluia).
Or: The Lord is my inheritance; he is good to those who seek him (alleluia).
[For one who practiced works of mercy:] All the world will recognize you as my disciples when they see the love you have for one another (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

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.

Go to the Conclusion


DAYTIME PRAYER


For Memorials, the entire Daytime Office is taken from the current weekday.

INTRODUCTION

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

At Midmorning

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with you I have one will,
To live and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
My soul with grace refine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with your fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So I shall never die,
But live with you the perfect life
In your eternity.

Tune: Yattendon 64 S.M.
Music: H. E. Woodbridge, 1845-1917
Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889 adapted by Anthony G. Petti


At Midday

Almighty Ruler, God of truth,
Who guide and master all,
The rays with which you gild the dawn
With noonday heat now fall.

O quench the fires of hatred, Lord,
Of anger and of strife;
Bring health to every mind and heart
That peace may enter life.

Most holy Father, grant our prayer
Through Christ your only Son,
That in your Spirit we may live
And praise you ever one.

Tune: Ballerma C.M.
Music: F. Barthelemon, 1774-1808
Text: Ralph Wright, O.S.B.


At Midafternoon

Lord God and Maker of all things,
Creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay,
You are unchanging, always new.

You are man’s solace and his shield
His rock secure on which to build;
You are the spirit’s tranquil home;
In you alone is hope fulfilled.

To God the Father, and the Son
And Holy Spirit render praise,
Blest Trinity, from age to age
The strength of all our living days.

Tune: Auctoritate Saeculi L.M.
Music: Poitiers Antiphoner, 1746
Text: © Stanbrook Abbey, used with permission


PSALMODY

For Solemnities, the Gradual Psalms are used. In place of psalm 122, psalm 129 may be said, and in place of plsam 127, psalm 131 may be said. For Feasts, the Psalms of the day with their antiphons are used. For Solemnities and Feasts the Readings and Concluding Prayers are proper.

MIDMORNING

Ant. Upon all who do my will, I shall pour my spirit (alleluia).

READING
Galatians 6:7b-8


A man will reap only what he sows. If he sows in the field of the flesh, he will reap a harvest of corruption; but if his seed-ground is the spirit, he will reap everlasting life.

Blessed are they whose way is blameless (alleluia).
Who walk according to the law of the Lord (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

Ant. My heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God (alleluia).

READING
1 Corinthians 9:26-27a


I do not run like a man who loses sight of the finish line. I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. What I do is discipline my own body and master it.

I found him whom I love (alleluia).
I held him fast; I would not leave him (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

Ant. My beloved belongs to me; I to him (alleluia).

READING
Philippians 4:8, 9


My brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise. Then will the God of peace be with you.

I will sing to you, Lord (alleluia).
I will rejoice and I will follow your blameless way (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion


EVENING PRAYER


INTRODUCTION

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

A valiant woman, strong by grace,
Unites us all in praise this day,
The glory of her holiness
Sheds far and wide its sacred ray.

Her heart aglow with holy love,
The glamour of this earth she spurned,
And chose the hard and narrow way
To reach the home for which she yearned.

By fasts and prayer she overcame
Our fallen nature’s downward trend,
She fed her soul with constant prayer
That heavenwards her mind should tend.

O Jesus, King and Source of strength,
Great things are done by You alone,
So to her supplication’s praise
We humbly strive to join our own,

All glory, Jesus, be to you,
For through your holy handmaid’s love,
You give us hope for our reward
And everlasting joy above. Amen.

Tune: Angelus L.M.
Music: Georg Joseph, 1657
Text: Fortem virili pectore, Silvio Antoniano, 1540-1603
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Now your servant rejoices, Lord, for you have saved her (alleluia).

Psalm 122
The holy city, Jerusalem


You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).

I rejoiced when I heard them say: *
“Let us go to God’s house.”
And now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city *
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up, *
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is, *
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgement *
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray: *
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls, *
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends *
I say: “Peace upon you!”
For love of the house of the Lord *
I will ask for your good.

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

When you rose from the dead, Lord Jesus, you formed the Church into your new body, and made of it the new Jerusalem, united in your Spirit. Give us peace in our day. Make all nations come to your Church to share in your gifts in fellowship, that they may render you thanks without end and come to your eternal city.

Ant. Now your servant rejoices, Lord, for you have saved her (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Like a house built on enduring rock, so the commandments of God will remain firm in the heart of a holy woman (alleluia).

Psalm 127
Apart from God our labors are worthless


You are God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:9).

If the Lord does not build the house, *
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city, *
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising, *
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat: *
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord, *
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth *
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

O the happiness of the man *
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame *
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.

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 command the seed to rise, Lord God, though the farmer is unaware. Grant that those who labor for you may trust not in their own work but in your help. Remembering that the land is brought to flower not with human tears but with those of your Son, may the Church rely only upon your gifts.

Ant. Like a house built on enduring rock, so the commandments of God will remain firm in the heart of a holy woman (alleluia).

Ant. 3 The hand of the Lord has given her strength; she will be praised for ever (alleluia).

Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10
God our Savior


Praised be the God and Father *
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ *
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

God chose us in him *
before the world began
to be holy *
and blameless in his sight.

He predestined us *
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ,
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor *
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed, *
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous *
is God’s favor to us.

God has given us the wisdom *
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased *
to decree in Christ.

A plan to be carried out *
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him, *
in the heavens and on earth.

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 hand of the Lord has given her strength; she will be praised for ever (alleluia).

READING
Romans 8:28-30

We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who have been called according to his decree. Those whom he foreknew he predestined to share the image of his Son, that the Son might be the first-born of many brothers. Those he predestined he likewise called; those he called he also justified; and those he justified he in turn glorified.

RESPONSORY

Outside Easter:

The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning.
The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning.

He has taken her to live with him,
his loved one from the beginning.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning.

During Easter:

The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning, alleluia, alleluia.

He has taken her to live with him,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

EP I Ant. Give her the reward of her deeds; they will proclaim her as she enters the gates (alleluia).
[For several holy women:] Praise the holy name of the Lord; the heart that seeks him will rejoice (alleluia).
[For a religious:] Unless you give up all you possess, you cannot be my disciple, says the Lord (alleluia).
[For those who practiced works of mercy: How blessed the man whose heart goes out to the poor; those who trust in the Lord delight in showing mercy (alleluia).
[For an educator: My son, observe your father’s commands, and do not reject your mother’s precepts; keep them close to your heart (alleluia).

EP II Ant. My heart sings for joy and overflows with gladness, for the Lord is my savior (alleluia).
[For a religious:] You have left everything to follow me; you will have it all returned a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life (alleluia).
Or: Where brothers praise God together, there the Lord will shower his graces (alleluia).
[For those who practiced works of mercy:] I tell you most solemnly, what you did for the least of men you did for me. Come, my Father delights in you; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (alleluia).
[For an educator:] Let the little children come to me, for they are at home in my Father’s kingdom (alleluia).

Canticle of Mary
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord


My + soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me, *
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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.

EP I Ant. Give her the reward of her deeds; they will proclaim her as she enters the gates (alleluia).
[For several holy women:] Praise the holy name of the Lord; the heart that seeks him will rejoice (alleluia).
[For a religious:] Unless you give up all you possess, you cannot be my disciple, says the Lord (alleluia).
[For those who practiced works of mercy: How blessed the man whose heart goes out to the poor; those who trust in the Lord delight in showing mercy (alleluia).
[For an educator: My son, observe your father’s commands, and do not reject your mother’s precepts; keep them close to your heart (alleluia).

EP II Ant. My heart sings for joy and overflows with gladness, for the Lord is my savior (alleluia).
[For a religious:] You have left everything to follow me; you will have it all returned a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life (alleluia).
Or: Where brothers praise God together, there the Lord will shower his graces (alleluia).
[For those who practiced works of mercy:] I tell you most solemnly, what you did for the least of men you did for me. Come, my Father delights in you; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (alleluia).
[For an educator:] Let the little children come to me, for they are at home in my Father’s kingdom (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

Through the intercession of holy women let us pray for the Church in these words:
Be mindful of your Church, Lord.

Through all the women martyrs who conquered bodily death by their courage,
strengthen your Church in the hour of trial.
Be mindful of your Church, Lord.

Through married women who have advanced in grace by holy matrimony,
make the apostolic mission of your Church fruitful.
Be mindful of your Church, Lord.

Through widows who eased their loneliness and sanctified it by prayer and hospitality,
help your Church reveal the mystery of your love to the world.
Be mindful of your Church, Lord.

Through mothers who have borne children for the kingdom of God and the human community,
help your Church bring all men to a rebirth in life and salvation.
Be mindful of your Church, Lord.

Through all your holy women who have been worthy to contemplate the light of your countenance,
let the deceased members of your Church exult in that same vision for ever.
Be mindful of your Church, 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

The Concluding Prayer is proper. When there is no proper prayer, one of the following is used. For Daytime Prayer, the short conclusions are used.

Concluding Prayers from the Roman Missal [2011]

God our Father,
each year you give us joy on this feast of Saint N.
As we honor her memory by this celebration,
may we follow the example of her holy life
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.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord,
pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love
with which you filled your servant Saint N.
By serving as she did,
may we please you with out faith and our actions.
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.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For several holy women:

All-powerful God,
may the prayers of Saints N. and N. bring us help from heaven
as their lives have already given us
an example of holiness.
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.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For a religious:

Lord God,
you kept Saint N. faithful to Christ’s pattern of poverty and humility.
May her prayers help us to live in fidelity to our calling
and bring us to the perfection you have shown us in your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For one who practiced works of mercy:

Lord God,
you teach us that the commandments of heaven
are summarized in love of your and love of our neighbor.
By following the example of Saint N.
in practicing works of charity
may we be counted among the blessed in your kingdom.
Grant 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.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For a teacher:

Lord God,
you called Saint
N. to serve you in the Church
by teaching her fellow man the way of salvation.
Inspire us by her example:
help us to follow Christ our teacher,
and lead us to our brothers and sisters in heaven.
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.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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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 or Evening Prayer concludes:

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

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Concluding Prayers from the Roman Missal [2011]

For All Categories of Saints

For Several Saints:

Almighty and eternal God,
who by glorifying the Saints,
bestow on us fresh proofs of your love,
graciously grant
that, commended by their intercession
and spurred on by their example,
we may be faithful in imitating your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who see that in our weakness we fail,
mercifully restore us to your love by the example of your Saints.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

May the prayer and integrity of the Saints,
O Lord, we pray,
obtain help for your faithful,
that they may gain a share in the eternal inheritance
of those whom they celebrate with devotion.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the example of your Saints may spur us on to a better life,
so that we, who celebrate the memory of blessed N. and N.,
may also imitate without ceasing their deeds.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For One Saint:

O God, who in your Saints have given an example
and brought us protection in our weakness
to help us tread the path of salvation,
mercifully grant
that we, who honor the heavenly birthday of blessed N.,
may, through her example, make our way 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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who alone are holy
and without whom no one is good,
command, we pray, through the intercession of blessed N.,
that we be numbered among those
who do not deserve to be deprived of your glory.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For Nuns and Religious

For a Nun:

O God, who called your handmaid blessed N.
to seek you before all else,
grant that, serving you, through her example and intercession,
with a pure and humble heart,
we may come at last to your glory.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For Religious:

O God, by whose gift blessed N.
persevered in imitating Christ, poor and lowly,
grant us through her intercession
that, faithfully walking in our own vocation,
we may reach the perfection
you have set before us in your Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who called blessed N.
to seek your Kingdom in this world
through the pursuit of perfect charity,
grant, we pray, through her intercession
that we may advance with joyful spirit along the way of love.
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 {Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For Those Who Practiced Works of Mercy:

O God, who have taught your Church
to keep all the heavenly commandments
by love of you as God and love of neighbor;
grant that, practicing the works of charity
after the example of blessed N.,
we may be worthy to be numbered among the blessed in your Kingdom.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For Educators:

O God, who raised up blessed N. in your Church
to show others the way of salvation,
grant us, by her example,
so to follow Christ the master,
that we may come with our neighbor into your presence.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For Holy Women

O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of blessed N.,
grant, we pray, that we, who are called to honor her,
may also follow her example of holy living.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, the exaltation of the lowly,
who willed that blessed N. should excel
in the beauty of her charity and patience,
grant, through her merits and intercession,
that, carrying our cross each day,
we may always persevere in love for 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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Pour out upon us, Lord,
the spirit of knowledge and love of you,
with which you filled your handmaid blessed N.,
so that, serving you sincerely in imitation of her,
we may be pleasing to you
by our faith and our works.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or, for several:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the revered intercession of blessed N. and N.
may bring us heavenly aid,
just as their wonderful lives
point the way to salvation for us all.
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 [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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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 or Evening Prayer concludes:

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

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