Prayers

Common of Doctors of the Church (Men)

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

Eternal Sun, true Light Divine,
Whose wisdom fills creation’s plan,
We sing to you with joy this day,
The Light supreme of ev’ry soul.

You Holy Spirit’s ardent fire
Inspired some chosen master minds,
To shed bright rays upon the world
And open up salvation’s way.

Both inspiration from on high,
And efforts of deep human thought,
Have worked in harmony of grace
Developing our holy Faith.

This saint and doctor whom we praise,
Shines out with luster all his own,
A jewel in the favored crown
Of those who spread true doctrine’s light.

May his assistance help us now,
Unswerving path of truth to tread,
That we at last may gaze on you,
Our God, for all eternity.

Most tender Father, hear our prayer,
Whom we adore, with Christ the Lord,
And Holy Spirit of them both,
Bless us who praise your Trinity. Amen.

Tune: Angelus L.M.
Music: Georg Joseph, 1657
Text: Æterne Sol
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 [Pastors] I will give you shepherds after my own heart; they will nourish you with knowledge and sound teaching (alleluia).
[Religious] All you saints, sing praise to our God (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. [Pastors] I will give you shepherds after my own heart; they will nourish you with knowledge and sound teaching (alleluia).
[Religious] All you saints, sing praise to our God (alleluia).

Ant. 2 [Pastors] I shall feed my flock; I shall search for the lost and lead back those who have strayed (alleluia).
[Religious:] Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they will be satisfied (alleluia).

Psalm 146
Those who trust in God know what it is to be happy


To praise God in our lives means all we do must be for his glory (Arnobius).

My soul, give praise to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord all my days, *
make music to my God while I live.

Put no trust in princes, *
in mortal men in whom there is no help.
Take their breath, they return to clay *
and their plans that day come to nothing.

He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God, *
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who alone made heaven and earth, *
the seas and all they contain.

It is he who keeps faith for ever, *
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry, *
the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

the Lord who gives sight to the blind, *
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger *
and upholds the widow and orphan.

It is the Lord who loves the just *
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever, *
Zion’s God, 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

God of glory and power, those who have put all their trust in you are happy indeed. Shine the brightness of your light on us, that we may love you always with a pure heart.

Ant. [Pastors] I shall feed my flock; I shall search for the lost and lead back those who have strayed (alleluia).
[Religious:] Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they will be satisfied (alleluia).

Ant. 3 [Pastors] I shall feed my flock; I shall search for the lost and lead back those who have strayed (alleluia).
[Religious] Blessed be God! He has chosen us to live in love, holy and without blemish in his sight (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. [Pastors] I shall feed my flock; I shall search for the lost and lead back those who have strayed (alleluia).
[Religious] Blessed be God! He has chosen us to live in love, holy and without blemish in his sight (alleluia).

READING
James 3:17-18

Wisdom from above is first of all innocent. It is also peaceable, lenient, docile, rich in sympathy and the kindly deeds that are its fruits, impartial and sincere. The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.

RESPONSORY

Outside Easter:

The just man will speak the wisdom he has pondered in his heart.
The just man will speak the wisdom he has pondered in his heart.

Truth will come from his lips,
the wisdom he has pondered in his heart.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The just man will speak the wisdom he has pondered in his heart.

During Easter:

The just man will speak the wisdom he has pondered in his heart, alleluia, alleluia.
The just man will speak the wisdom he has pondered in his heart, alleluia, alleluia.

Truth will come from his lips,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The just man will speak the wisdom he has pondered in his heart, alleluia, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion of Evening Prayer


INVITATORY


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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).

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

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom (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 the Lord, fount of all wisdom (alleluia).


OFFICE of READINGS


Go to the Psalmody

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

Loving shepherd of thy sheep,
Keep thy lamb, in safety keep;
Nothing can thy power withstand,
None can pluck me from thy hand.

I would bless thee every day,
Gladly all thy will obey,
Like the blessed ones above,
Happy in thy precious love.

Loving Shepherd, ever near,
Teach thy lamb thy voice to hear;
Suffer not my steps to stray
From the straight and narrow way.

Where thou leadest I would go,
Walking in thy steps below.
Till before my Father’s throne
I shall know as I am known.

Tune: Buckland 77.77
Music: Leighton Hayne, 1836-1883
Text: Jane E. Leeson, 1807-1882

PSALMODY(For Solemnities and Feasts)

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


Ant. 1 [Pastors] If anyone wishes to be first, he must become the last and the servant of all (alleluia).
[Religious] He asked to share your life, O Lord, and you have heard his prayer; you have clothed him with glory and great beauty (alleluia).

Psalm 21:2-8, 14
Thanksgiving for the king’s victory


He accepted life that he might rise and live for ever (Saint Hilary).

O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king; *
how your saving help makes him glad!
You have granted him his heart’s desire; *
you have not refused the prayer of his lips.

You came to meet him with the blessings of success, *
you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked you for life and this you have given, *
days that will last from age to age.

Your saving help has given him glory. *
You have laid upon him majesty and splendor,
you have granted your blessings to him for ever. *
You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.

The king has put his trust in the Lord: *
through the mercy of the Most High he shall stand firm.
O Lord, arise in your strength; *
we shall sing and praise your power.

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, you have given us life on this earth and have met us with the grace of redemption. Bestow your greatest blessing on us, the fullness of eternal life.

Ant. [Pastors] If anyone wishes to be first, he must become the last and the servant of all (alleluia).
[Religious] He asked to share your life, O Lord, and you have heard his prayer; you have clothed him with glory and great beauty (alleluia).

Ant. 2 [Pastors] When the prince of pastors comes again, you will receive from him an unfailing crown of glory (alleluia).
[Religious] The path of the just is like the passage of the dawn; it grows from first light to the full splendor of day (alleluia).

Psalm 92
Praise of God the Creator


Sing in praise of Christ’s redeeming work (Saint Athanasius).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, *
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning *
and your truth in the watches of the night,
on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, *
with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad; *
for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
O Lord, how great are your works! *
How deep are your designs!
The foolish man cannot know this *
and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass *
and all who do evil thrive:
they are doomed to be eternally destroyed. *
But you, Lord, are eternally on high.


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. [Pastors] When the prince of pastors comes again, you will receive from him an unfailing crown of glory (alleluia).
[Religious] The path of the just is like the passage of the dawn; it grows from first light to the full splendor of day (alleluia).

Ant. 3 [Pastors] My good and faithful servant, come and share your master’s joy (alleluia).
[Religious] The just man will flourish like the palm tree; he will grow like a cedar of Lebanon (alleluia).

II

See how your enemies perish; *
all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild-ox’s strength; *
you anoint me with the purest oil.
My eyes looked in triumph on my foes; *
my ears heard gladly of their fall.
The just will flourish like the palm-tree *
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord *
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old, *
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just; *
in him, my rock, there is no wrong.

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

Take our shame away from us, Lord, and make us rejoice in your saving works. May all who have been chosen by your Son always abound in works of faith, hope, and love in your service.

Ant. [Pastors] My good and faithful servant, come and share your master’s joy (alleluia).
[Religious] The just man will flourish like the palm tree; he will grow like a cedar of Lebanon (alleluia).

You will hear the word from my mouth (alleluia).
You will tell others what I have said (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:

Go to the Reading for Advent, Lent and Christmas

Go to the Reading for Easter

From the Book of Sirach
39:1-10

The wisdom of the man who is learned in the Scriptures


How different the person who devotes himself
   to the study of the law of the Most High!
He explores the wisdom of all the ancients
   and is occupied with the prophecies;
He preserves the discourses of the famous,
   and goes to the heart of involved sayings;
He seeks out the hidden meaning of proverbs,
   and is busied with the enigmas found in parables.

He is in attendance on the great,
   and appears before rulers.
He travels among the peoples of foreign lands
   to test what is good and evil among people.

His care is to rise early
   to seek the Lord his Maker,
   to petition the Most High,
To open his mouth in prayer,
   to ask pardon for his sins.

If it pleases the Lord Almighty,
   he will be filled with the spirit of understanding;
He will pour forth his words of wisdom
   and in prayer give praise to the Lord.
He will direct his knowledge and his counsel,
   as he meditates upon God’s mysteries.
He will show the wisdom of what he has learned
   and glory in the Law of the Lord’s covenant.

Many will praise his understanding;
   his name can never be blotted out;
Unfading will be his memory,
   through all generations his name will live;
Peoples will speak of his wisdom,
   and the assembly will declare his praise.

RESPONSORY
Sirach 15:5-6


In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence.
the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.

The Lord has rewarded him with joy and gladness.
The Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.

Advent, Christmas and Lent:

From the book of Wisdom
7:7-16, 22-30

The joy of the just united with God


I prayed, and prudence was given me;
   I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
And deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
   nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
Because all gold, in view of her, is a bit of sand,
   and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and beauty I loved her,
And I chose to have her rather than the light,
   because her radiance never ceases.

Yet all good things together came to me with her,
   and countless riches at her hands;
And I rejoiced in them all, because Wisdom is their leader,
   though I had not known that she is the mother of these br />Simply I learned about her, and ungrudgingly do I share—
   her riches I do not hide away;
For she is an unfailing treasure;
   those who gain this treasure win the friendship of God,
   being commended by the gifts that come from her discipline.

Now God grant I speak suitably
   and value these endowments at their worth;
For he is the guide of Wisdom
   and the director of the wise,
For both we and our words are in his hand,
   as well as all prudence and knowledge of crafts.
For in her is a spirit
   intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
   clear, unstained, certain,
Never harmful, loving the good, keen,
   unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
   all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
   though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
   and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.

For she is a breath of the might of God
   and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
   therefore nothing defiled can enter into her.
For she is the reflection of eternal light,
   the spotless mirror of the power of God,
   the image of his goodness.

Although she is one, she can do all things,
   and she renews everything while herself perduring;
Passing into holy souls from age to age,
   she produces friends of God and prophets.
For God loves nothing so much
   as the one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
   and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she is found more radiant;
   though night supplants light,
   wickedness does not prevail over Wisdom.

RESPONSORY
Wisdom 7:7-8; James 1:5


I prayed for understanding, and it was given to me;
I pleaded for Wisdom, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I valued her more than all earthly power and glory.

If anyone of you lacks wisdom, he has only to turn to God in prayer,
and it will be given to him,
for God gives generously to all and turns no one away.
I pleaded for Wisdom, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I valued her more than all earthly power and glory.

Easter:

From the first letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians
2:1-16

We proclaim the mystery of God’s wisdom


When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Yet we do speak a wisdom to those who are mature, but not a wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away. Rather, we speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory, and which none of the rulers of this age* knew; for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:

   “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
      and what has not entered the human heart,
      what God has prepared for those who love him,”

this God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone. For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

RESPONSORY
1 Corinthians 1:21, 23, 25


Through the foolishness of what we preach,
God was pleased to save those who have believed;
for what we preach is a crucified Christ, alelluia.

For God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom,
and God’s weakness stronger than man’s strength.
For what we preach is a crucified Christ, alelluia.

SECOND READING

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


From the Mirror of Faith by William of Thierry, abbot
(PL 180, 384)

Seek the understanding of faith from the Holy Spirit


When in your life of faith you are confronted with the deeper mysteries it is natural to become a little frightened. When this happens, take heart faithful Christian. Do not raise objections, but ask with loving submission, “How can these things be?” Let your question be a prayer, an expression of love and self-surrender to God. Let it be an expression of your humble desire not to penetrate his sublime majesty, but to find salvation through the saving deeds of God our Savior.

Then the Angel of good counsel will reply: When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send you from the Father, he will remind you of everything and teach you all truth. Even as no one knows a man’s secret thoughts except his own spirit within him, so no one comprehends the mysteries of God except the Spirit of God.

Hasten therefore to receive the Holy Spirit. He is with you when you call upon him; you can call upon him only because he is already present. But when he comes in answer to your prayer, he comes with an abundance of divine blessings; he is the river whose stream gives joy to the city of God.

If when he comes he finds you humble, silent and trembling at the words of God, he will rest upon you and reveal what God the Father has hidden from the wise and the prudent of this world. You will then begin to understand the things holy Wisdom could have told his disciples on earth, but which they were unable to bear until the Spirit of truth came who was to teach them all truth. For this reason we cannot hope to learn from the lips of any man truths that Truth himself could not convey. As he himself has told us: God is Spirit. As those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth, so those who wish to know him must seek understanding of their faith and perception of its pure and simple truth only in the Holy Spirit.

In the darkness and ignorance of this life, the Holy Spirit enlightens the poor in spirit. He is the love that draws them on, the sweetness that attracts them, the way in which a man approaches God. He is the love of the lover. He is devotion. He is piety. From one degree of faith to the next he is ever revealing to believers the justice of God, so that grace follows grace, and the faith that comes from hearing yields to a faith enlightened by understanding.

RESPONSORY
Matthew 13:52; Proverbs 14:33


When a teacher of the law becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven,
he is like the head of a household
who is able to take from the storeroom treasures new and old (alleluia).

Wisdom makes its home in a discerning heart,
and it can even teach those who are foolish.
He is like the head of a household
who is able to take from the storeroom treasures new and old (alleluia).

Alternative:

From the dogmatic constitution on Divine Revelation of the Second Vatican Council
(Dei Verbum, nn. 7-8)

How God’s revelation is handed on


Christ the Lord, in whom the whole revelation of the most high God is brought to completion, commanded the apostles to preach the Gospel to all mankind. The Gospel, promised through the prophets, was fulfilled in his own person and promulgated by his own lips. The apostles were to proclaim it as the source of all saving truth and all moral discipline, and in so doing to communicate the gifts of God to men.

This command was faithfully carried out. First, by the apostles, who in their preaching by word of mouth, their example and their instructions handed on what they had received from Christ’s lips, from his life among them and from his actions, or had learnt from the prompting of the Holy spirit; then, by those apostles and apostolic men who committed the message of salvation to writing, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit.

To ensure that the Gospel might remain always alive and whole within the Church, the apostles left bishops as their successors, and made over to them their own position of responsibility as teachers. What was handed on by the apostles comprises all that makes for holy living among God’s people and the increase of their faith. so, in its teaching, life and worship the Church perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that it is, and all that it believes.

This tradition received from the apostles develops within the Church under the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Understanding of the realities and the words handed down grows through contemplation and study by the faithful as they ponder them in their hearts, through the deep insight into spiritual things that they come to experience, and through the preaching of those who, with succession in the episcopate, have received the sure charism of truth. Thus the Church throughout the ages is always advancing toward the fullness of divine truth, until the words of God are brought to completion within it.

The writings of the holy Fathers of the Church testify to the life-giving presence of this tradition, as its riches flow into the life and practice of the Church, in its belief and in its prayer.

Through the same tradition the complete canon of the sacred books is made known, and Holy Scripture itself is understood in greater depth and becomes continuously alive and active. In this way God, who spoke in times past, continues to converse for ever with the bride of his beloved Son; and the Holy Spirit, through whom the living voice of the Gospel reechoes in the Church, and through the Church in the world also, guides the faithful into all truth, and causes the word of Christ to dwell among them in all its abundance.

RESPONSORY
1 Peter 1:25; Luke 1:2


The word of the Lord endures for ever.
This same word, the Gospel, has been proclaimed to you (alleluia).

The message has been handed on to us
by those who were with the Lord from the beginning.
As the ministers of his word, they gave witness
to all they had seen.
This same word, the Gospel, has been proclaimed to you (alleluia).

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

Go to the Te Deum


OPTIONAL VIGIL

CANTICLES


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

THE HOLY GOSPEL

Any of the following Gospels from the Common of Doctors found in the Lectionary for Mass may be used:

+
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
5:13-19

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 lampstand,
   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.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
   not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
   will pass from the law,
   until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
   and teaches others to do so
   will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
   will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
7:21-29

He taught them as one having authority


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.”
When Jesus finished these words,
   the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
   for he taught them as one having authority,
   and not as their scribes.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
13:47-52

The new and the old


Jesus said to the crowds:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
   which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
   and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
   and throw them into the fiery furnace,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
   “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
   is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
   both the new and the old.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
23:8-12

Do not be called “Rabbi.” You have but one teacher who is Christ


Jesus said to his disciples:
Do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
   you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
   you have but one master, the Messiah.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
   but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

[Long Form]


+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
4:1-10, 13-20

The sower went out to sow


On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.
A very large crowd gathered around him
   so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.
And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
And he taught them at length in parables,
   and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
   “Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
   and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns,
   and the thorns grew up and choked it
   and it produced no grain.
And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

And when he was alone,
   those present along with the Twelve
   questioned him about the parables.
He said to them,
   “Do you not understand this parable?
Then how will you understand any of the parables?
The sower sows the word.
These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.
As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once
   and takes away the word sown in them.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who,
   when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
But they have no root; they last only for a time.
Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
   they quickly fall away.
Those sown among thorns are another sort.
They are the people who hear the word,
   but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches,
   and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word,
   and it bears no fruit.
But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
   and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

[Short Form]
4:1-9


On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.
A very large crowd gathered around him
   so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.
And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
And he taught them at length in parables,
   and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
   “Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
   and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns,
   and the thorns grew up and choked it
   and it produced no grain.
And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
6:43-45

From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks


Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
   nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes,
   nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
   but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
   for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

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


Go to the Psalmody

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Go to the Psalmody

Or:

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart, and soul, and mind, and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
His kingdom tarries long:
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The Church for you does wait:
Sent forth to serve the needs of men;
In Christ, our strength is great.

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where his feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

Tune: Festal Song S.M.
Music: William H. Walter, 1894
Text: William Pierson Merrill, 1911

PSALMODY (for Solemnities and Feasts)

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


Ant. 1 [Pastors] You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hidden (alleluia).
[Religious] The Lord has given them unending glory; their name shall be in everlasting remembrance (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. [Pastors] You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hidden (alleluia).
[Religious] The Lord has given them unending glory; their name shall be in everlasting remembrance (alleluia).

Ant. 2 [Pastors] Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father (alleluia ).
[Religious] Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord 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. [Pastors] Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father (alleluia).
[Religious] Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord for ever (alleluia).

Ant. 3 [Pastors] God’s word is alive; it strikes to the heart. It pierces more surely that a two-edged sword (alleluia).
[Religious] The saints will exult in glory; they will sing for joy as they bow down before the Lord (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. [Pastors] God’s word is alive; it strikes to the heart. It pierces more surely that a two-edged sword (alleluia).
[Religious] The saints will exult in glory; they will sing for joy as they bow down before the Lord (alleluia).

READING
Wisdom 7:13-14

Simply I learned about Wisdom, and ungrudgingly do I share—
   her riches I do not hide away;
For to men she is an unfailing treasure;
   those who gain this treasure win the friendship of God,
   to whom the gifts they have from discipline commend them.

RESPONSORY

Outside Easter:

Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints.
Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints.

With joyful praise let the Church tell forth
the wisdom of the saints.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints.

During Easter:

Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.
Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.

With joyful praise let the Church tell forth,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the stars for all eternity (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. Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the stars for all eternity (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

[Pastors]

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

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

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

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

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

[Religious]

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. For Feasts, the Psalms of the day with their antiphons are used. For Solemnities and Feasts the Readings and Concluding Prayers are proper.

MIDMORNING

[Pastors]

Ant.
My Father, as you sent me into the world so I send my disciples (alleluia).

READING
1 Timothy 4:16


Watch yourself and watch your teaching. Persevere at both tasks. By doing so you will bring to salvation yourself and all who hear you.

This is the man the Lord has chosen as his servant (alleluia).
He has called him to shepherd his inheritance (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

[Religious]

Ant.
If anyone takes to heart what Christ has said, he will know perfect love (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.

The Lord teaches the humble his way (alleluia).
He guides the gentle-hearted along the right path (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

[Pastors]

Ant.
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and the man who welcomes me welcomes him who sent me (alleluia).

READING
1 Timothy 1:2


I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that he has made me his servant and judged me faithful.

I am not ashamed to proclaim the Gospel (alleluia).
It is the saving power of God at work (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

[Religious]

Ant.
The man who does the will of my heavenly Father will enter the kingdom of heaven (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.

Lord, blessed is the man whom you instruct (alleluia).
You guide him by your law (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

[Pastors]

Ant.
We are fellow workers with God; you are his harvest field, you are the temple he builds (alleluia).

READING
1 Timothy 3:13


Those who serve well gain a worthy place for themselves and much assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus

Unless the Lord builds the house (alleluia).
Those who build it labor in vain (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

[Religious]

Ant.
No eye has seen what you have prepared, O God, for those who wait for you (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.

Let all who hope in you rejoice (alleluia).
Eternal gladness will be theirs, and you will dwell with them (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

Eternal Sun, true Light Divine,
Whose wisdom fills creation’s plan,
We sing to you with joy this day,
The Light supreme of ev’ry soul.

You Holy Spirit’s ardent fire
Inspired some chosen master minds,
To shed bright rays upon the world
And open up salvation’s way.

Both inspiration from on high,
And efforts of deep human thought,
Have worked in harmony of grace
Developing our holy Faith.

This saint and doctor whom we praise,
Shines out with luster all his own,
A jewel in the favored crown
Of those who spread true doctrine’s light.

May his assistance help us now,
Unswerving path of truth to tread,
That we at last may gaze on you,
Our God, for all eternity.

Most tender Father, hear our prayer,
Whom we adore, with Christ the Lord,
And Holy Spirit of them both,
Bless us who praise your Trinity. Amen.

Tune: Angelus L.M.
Music: Georg Joseph, 1657
Text: Æterne Sol
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


Go to the Psalmody

Or:

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

For martyrs, who with rapture kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown descending from the sky,
And seeing, grasped it, Thee we glorify.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Tune: Sine Nomine 10.10.10 with alleluias.
Music: R. Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Text: William W. How, 1823-1897

PSALMODY

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and feasts, the following is used:

Ant. 1 [Pastors] My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me the gift of his grace (alleluia).
[Religious] God found him pure and strong; he will have everlasting glory (alleluia).

Psalm 15
Who is worthy to stand in God’s presence?


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

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent *
and dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks without fault: *
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart; *
he who does not slander with his tongue;

he who does no wrong to his brother, *
who casts no slur on his neighbor,
who holds the godless in disdain, *
but honors those who fear the Lord;

he who keeps his pledge, come what may; *
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent. *
Such a man will stand firm 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.

Psalm Prayer

Make our lives blameless, Lord. Help us to do what is right and to speak what is true, that we may dwell in your tent and find rest on your holy mountain.

Ant. [Pastors] My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me the gift of his grace (alleluia).
[Religious] God found him pure and strong; he will have everlasting glory (alleluia).

Ant. 2 [Pastors] This servant proved himself faithful and wise; the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him (alleluia).
[Religious] God’s saints will be filled with his love and mercy; he watches over his chosen ones (alleluia).

Psalm 112
The happiness of the just man


Live as children born of the light. Light produces every kind of goodness and justice and truth (Ephesians 5:8-9).

Happy the man who fears the Lord, *
who takes delight in all his commands.
His sons will be powerful on earth; *
the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house; *
his justice stands firm for ever.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright: *
he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends, *
he conducts his affairs with honor.
The just man will never waver: *
he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news; *
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
With a steadfast heart he will not fear; *
he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor;
his justice stands firm for ever. *
His head will be raised in glory.

The wicked man sees and is angry,
grinds his teeth and fades away; *
the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

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

Psalm Prayer

Lord God, you are the eternal light which illumines the hearts of good people. Help us to love you, to rejoice in your glory, and so to live in this world as to avoid harsh judgment in the next. May we come to see the light of your countenance.

Ant. [Pastors] This servant proved himself faithful and wise; the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him (alleluia).
[Religious] God’s saints will be filled with his love and mercy; he watches over his chosen ones (alleluia).

Ant. 3 [Pastors] My sheep will hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd (alleluia).
[Religious] The whole earth echoes with the melody of heaven where the saints are singing before the throne of God and the Lamb (alleluia).

Canticle: Revelation 15:3-4
Hymn of adoration


Mighty and wonderful are your works, *
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways, *
O King of the nations!

Who would dare refuse you honor, *
or the glory due your name, O Lord?

Since you alone are holy, *
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence. *
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.

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. [Pastors] My sheep will hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd (alleluia).
[Religious] The whole earth echoes with the melody of heaven where the saints are singing before the throne of God and the Lamb (alleluia).

READING
James 3:17-18

Wisdom from above is first of all innocent. It is also peaceable, lenient, docile, rich in sympathy and the kindly deeds that are its fruits, impartial and sincere. The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.

RESPONSORY

Outside Easter:

In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence.
In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence.

The Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
He spoke with eloquence.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence.

During Easter:

In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence, alleluia, alleluia.
In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence, alleluia, alleluia.

The Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
In the midst of the Church he spoke with eloquence, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. EP I The man who not only teaches but does what is right will be counted great in the kingdom of God (alleluia).
Ant. EP II O blessed doctor, Saint, N., light of holy Church and lover of God’s law, pray to the Son of God for us (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.

Ant. EP I The man who not only teaches but does what is right will be counted great in the kingdom of God (alleluia).
Ant. EP II O blessed doctor, Saint, N., light of holy Church and lover of God’s law, pray to the Son of God for us (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

[Pastors]

Jesus Christ is worthy of all praise, for he was appointed high priest among men and women and their representative before God. We honor him and in our frailty we pray:
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You marvelously illuminated your Church through distinguished leaders and holy men and women,
let Christians rejoice always in such splendor.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You forgave the sins of your people when their holy leaders like Moses sought your compassion,
through their intercession continue to purify and sanctify your holy people.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

In the midst of their brothers and sisters you anointed your holy ones and filled them with the Holy Spirit,
fill all the leaders of your people with the same Spirit.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You yourself are the only visible possession of our holy pastors,
let none of them, won at the price of your blood, remain far from you.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

The shepherds of your Church keep your flock from being snatched out of your hand. Through them you give your flock eternal life,
save those who have died, those for whom you gave up your life.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

[Religious]

Let us pray to the Father, the source of all holiness, and ask him to lead us to holiness of life through the example and intercession of his saints.
May we be holy as you are holy.

Holy Father, you want us to be called your sons and truly to be such,
grant that your holy Church may proclaim you throughout the world.
May we be holy as you are holy.

Holy Father, you want us to walk worthily and please you in all we do,
let us abound in doing good works.
May we be holy as you are holy.

Holy Father, you have reconciled us to yourself through Christ,
preserve us in your name so that all may be one.
May we be holy as you are holy.

Holy Father, you have called us to a heavenly banquet,
through the bread that came down from heaven make us worthy to grow in perfect love.
May we be holy as you are holy.

Holy Father, forgive the offenses of every sinner,
let the dead perceive the light of your countenance.
May we be holy as you are holy.

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.

Lord God,
you filled Saint N.with heavenly wisdom.
By his help may we remain true to his teaching
and put it into practice.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or: [RM 2011]

Almighty and eternal God,
who gave holy Church blessed N. as Doctor (and Bishop),
grant that what he taught when moved by the divine Spirit
may always stay firm in our hearts;
and, as by your gift we embrace him as our patron,
may we also have him as our defender to entreat your mercy.
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.

Or:

Lord God, who graciously imbued blessed N. with heavenly doctrine,
grant, through his intercession,
that we may keep that same teaching faithfully
and express it in what we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

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

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

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning 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 PRAYER

Let us pray.

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.

Lord God,
you filled Saint N.with heavenly wisdom.
By his help may we remain true to his teaching
and put it into practice.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or: [RM 2011]

Almighty and eternal God,
who gave holy Church blessed N. as Doctor (and Bishop),
grant that what he taught when moved by the divine Spirit
may always stay firm in our hearts;
and, as by your gift we embrace him as our patron,
may we also have him as our defender to entreat your mercy.
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.

Or:

Lord God, who graciously imbued blessed N. with heavenly doctrine,
grant, through his intercession,
that we may keep that same teaching faithfully
and express it in what we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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