Office of Readings - Feast for Saturday in the 13th week of Ordinary Time or Blessed Virgin Mary

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Office of Readings for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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.


1 I sing the mighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at his command,
and all the stars obey.

2 I sing the goodness of the Lord,
that filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with his word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how your wonders are displayed,
where'er I turn my eyes,
if I survey the ground I tread
or gaze upon the skies.

3 There's not a plant or flower below
but makes your glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow
by order from your throne;
while all that borrows life from you
is ever in your care,
and everywhere that man can be,
you, God, are present there.

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Ant. 1 This child is destined for the fall and for the rising of many.

Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and conqueror

The rulers of the earth joined forces to overthrow Jesus, your anointed Son (Acts 4:27).

Why this tumult among nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring?
They arise, the kings of the earth,
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
Come, let us break their fetters,
come, let us cast off their yoke.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
It is I who have set up my king on Zion,
my holy mountain.”

I will announce the decree of the Lord:

The Lord said to me: You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
With a rod of iron you will break them,
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”

Now, O kings, understand,
take warning, rulers of the earth;
serve the Lord with awe
and trembling, pay him your homage
lest he be angry and you perish;
for suddenly his anger will blaze.

Blessed are they who put their trust in God.

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. This child is destined for the fall and for the rising of many.

Ant. 2 Arise and shine, Jerusalem, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

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.

Ant. Arise and shine, Jerusalem, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

Ant. 3 Rejoice and exult, new city of Zion. See how humbly your King comes to save you.

Psalm 45
The marriage of the king

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

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.

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 rulers 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.

Ant. Rejoice and exult, new city of Zion. See how humbly your King comes to save you.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

O God, we remember your mercies.
We reflect on them within your temple.


First Reading
From the book of Exodus
13:1-3a, 11-16
The consecration of the first-born

The Lord spoke to Moses and said,

“Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among the Israelites, both of man and beast, for it belongs to me.”

Moses said to the people: “When the Lord, your God, has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, which he swore to you and your fathers he would give you, you shall dedicate to the Lord every son that opens the womb; and all the male firstlings of your animals shall belong to the Lord. Every first-born of an ass you shall redeem with a sheep. If you do not redeem it, you shall break its neck. Every first-born son you must redeem.

“If your son should ask you later on, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall tell him, ‘With a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, that place of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every first-born in the land of Egypt, every first-born of man and of beast. That is why I sacrifice to the Lord everything of the male sex that opens the womb, and why I redeem every first-born of my sons.’

“Let this, then, be as a sign on your hand and as a pendant on your forehead: with a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”


Zion, let your wedding chamber be prepared to receive Christ your King.
The Virgin conceived and gave birth to a son, yet she remained a virgin for ever. She knelt in worship before her child.

Simeon took the child in his arms and gave praise and thanks to God.
The Virgin conceived and gave birth to a son, yet she remained a virgin for ever. She knelt in worship before her child.

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Sophronius, bishop
Let us receive the light whose brilliance is eternal

In honor of the divine mystery that we celebrate today, let us all hasten to meet Christ. Everyone should be eager to join the procession and to carry a light.

Our lighted candles are a sign of the divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.

The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin, carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness. We too should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him.

The light has come and has shone upon a world enveloped in shadows; the Dayspring from on high has visited us and given light to those who lived in darkness. This, then, is our feast, and we join in procession with lighted candles to reveal the light that has shone upon us and the glory that is yet to come to us through him. So let us hasten all together to meet our God.

The true light has come, the light that enlightens every man who is born into this world. Let all of us, my brethren, be enlightened and made radiant by this light. Let all of us share in its splendor, and be so filled with it that no one remains in the darkness. Let us be shining ourselves as we go together to meet and to receive with the aged Simeon the light whose brilliance is eternal. Rejoicing with Simeon, let us sing a hymn of thanksgiving to God, the Father of the light, who sent the true light to dispel the darkness and to give us all a share in his splendor.

Through Simeon’s eyes we too have seen the salvation of God which he prepared for all the nations and revealed as the glory of the new Israel, which is ourselves. As Simeon was released from the bonds of this life when he had seen Christ, so we too were at once freed from our old state of sinfulness.

By faith we too embraced Christ, the salvation of God the Father, as he came to us from Bethlehem. Gentiles before, we have now become the people of God. Our eyes have seen God incarnate, and because we have seen him present among us and have mentally received him into our arms, we are called the new Israel. Never shall we forget this presence; every year we keep a feast in his honor.

RESPONSORY Ezekiel 43:5; see Luke 2:22

The glory of the Lord entered the temple by the eastward gate,
and the house of God was filled with his splendor.

His parents took the child Jesus into the temple.
And the house of God was filled with his splendor.


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 spurn 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.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.


Almighty ever-living God,
we humbly implore your majesty that,
just as your Only Begotten Son was presented
on this day in the Temple in the substance of our flesh,
so, by your grace, we may be presented to you with minds made pure.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Acclamation (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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10 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Feast

  1. O God, fountain and principle of every light,
    Who today revealed to the holy and ancient Simeon
    The Christ true light of all people,
    Bless these candles
    And hear the prayer of your people
    Who come to you with these luminous signs
    And hymns of praise;
    Guide them along the road of good,
    Until they reach the light without end.
    Through Christ our Lord.


  2. Wih candles burning we await the coming of Our King. Sword in hand riding on a white stead. Coming in Glory to his church. Come Lord Jesus! Your people are ready with oil lamps lit.

  3. With Your Prayers Mom’s Progress

    Our Mother Dalisay is now out of COVID ICU, has been moved to a regular COVID room. Abba, Father, You heard our groanings and the prayers of countless family & friends.

    Today, our mother was able to hear the phone-in mass with Gospel on 2 healing miracles – the hemorrhagic woman afflicted for 12 years and reviving of the dead 12-year-old daughter of Jairus. It brings us some relief that she stayed on up to Eucharist and the final mass blessing. Holding attention could be a challenge for a 94-year-old with late-stage Alzheimer’s. My sister was also ecstatic when my mom reciprocated with “I love you” and after being played the Ama Namin [Our Father], a song she dearly loves, for we thought she had lost all manner of language use.

    No one can question Your perfect timing, dear Lord. In today’s Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, we join the old Simeon in thanking You, our Father of the light, who sent the true light, the Infant Jesus, to dispel the darkness and to give us all a share in His splendor. While my mom’s world has been enveloped with shadows, You have mercifully and with love shone Your light on her and on the path we must take.

    As Simeon was released from the bonds of this life when he had seen Christ, so we too implore that we be freed from our old state of detachment and sinfulness. Let all of us share in the splendor of Your light and be so filled with it so that no one should have to remain and be lost in this kind of darkness. Amen.

  4. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF CANDLES, Feast of Presentation

    Lord Jesus, You are the light of the world; we praise You, and ask You to guide our steps each day.

    Help us to love You, and serve You faithfully, and to carry our daily cross with You.

    As I light this candle, let it always remind me that You are our Light in darkness, and our Protector in danger, our saving Lord at all times.

    Our Lady of Candles, give me a mother’s protection
    for I need your watchful care.

    Comfort me in my discouragements, solace me in my fatigue, raise me after my falls, reward me for my successes.

    Our Lady of Candles, bearer of Jesus, the Light of the world, please obtain for me this favor… (silently mention your petition here).

    I shall always rely on your help, to be what Jesus wants me to be.

    I am His, I am yours, I am St. Joseph’s. O Holy family, enlighten us, help us, and save us!

  5. Lord Jesus help us to follow the light which is your truth. Give us your grace to live as children of light all the days of our lives Amen.

  6. Bl. Stephen Bellesini

    Like Blessed Stephen Bellesini, When we encounter obstacles and disappointments in our faith journey, we will persevere and remain faithful to God’s call.

    Prayer: Jesus, please grant me the fortitude to keep trying when I meet with problems and frustrations.

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