Office of Readings - Memorial for Sunday in the 6th week of Easter

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1045
Psalter: Friday, Week II, 1321
Common of Virgins: 2108 (verse)
Proper of Seasons: 675 (first reading)
Proper of Saints: 1794 (second reading, concluding prayer)

Office of Readings for Friday in Easter, the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

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

HYMN

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Beneath the shadow of Your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is your arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting you are God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all our lives away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be now our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Lord, in your anger, do not punish me, alleluia.

Psalm 38
A sinner in extreme danger prays earnestly to God

All his friends were standing at a distance (Luke 23:49).

I

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger;
do not punish me, Lord, in your rage.
Your arrows have sunk deep in me;
your hand has come down upon me.

Through your anger all my body is sick:
through my sin, there is no health in my limbs.
My guilt towers higher than my head;
it is a weight too heavy to bear.

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. Lord, in your anger, do not punish me, alleluia.

Ant. 2 Lord, you know all my longings, alleluia.

II

My wounds are foul and festering,
the result of my own folly.
I am bowed and brought to my knees.
I go mourning all the day long.

All my frame burns with fever;
all my body is sick.
Spent and utterly crushed,
I cry aloud in anguish of heart.

O Lord, you know all my longing:
my groans are not hidden from you.
My heart throbs, my strength is spent;
the very light has gone from my eyes.

My friends avoid me like a leper;
those closest to me stand afar off.
Those who plot against my life lay snares;
those who seek my ruin speak of harm,
planning treachery all the day long.

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. Lord, you know all my longings, alleluia.

Ant. 3 I confess my guilt to you, Lord; do not abandon me, for you are my savior, alleluia.

III

But I am like the deaf who cannot hear,
like the dumb unable to speak.
I am like a man who hears nothing,
in whose mouth is no defense.

I count on you, O Lord:
it is you, Lord God, who will answer.
I pray: “Do not let them mock me,
those who triumph if my foot should slip.”

For I am on the point of falling
and my pain is always before me.
I confess that I am guilty
and my sin fills me with dismay.

My wanton enemies are numberless
and my lying foes are many.
They repay me evil for good
and attack me for seeking what is right.

O Lord, do not forsake me!
My God, do not stay afar off!
Make haste and come to my help,
O Lord, my God, my savior!

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

Do not abandon us, Lord our God; you did not forget the broken body of your Christ, nor the mockery his love received. We, your children, are weighed down with sin; give us the fullness of your mercy.

Ant. I confess my guilt to you, Lord; do not abandon me, for you are my savior, alleluia.

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.

You have shown me how to live.
You will fill me with joy in your presence.

READINGS

First reading
From the book of Revelation
4:1-11
The vision of God

I, John, had another vision: above me there was an open door to heaven, and I heard the trumpetlike voice which had spoken to me before. It said, “Come up here and I will show you what must take place in time to come.”

At once I was caught up in ecstasy . A throne was standing there in heaven, and on the throne was seated One whose appearance had a gemlike sparkle as of jasper and carnelian. Around the throne was a rainbow as brilliant as emerald. Surrounding this throne were twenty-four other thrones upon which were seated twenty-four elders; they were clothed in white garments and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning and peals of thunder; before it burned seven flaming torches, the seven spirits of God.

The floor around the throne was like a sea of glass that was crystal-clear.
At the very center, around the throne itself, stood four living creatures covered with eyes front and back. The first creature resembled a lion, the second an ox; the third had the face of a man, while the fourth looked like an eagle in flight. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and eyes all over, inside and out.

Day and night, without pause, they sing:
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
He who was, and who is, and who is to come!”

Whenever these creatures give glory and honor and praise to the One seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw down their crowns before the throne and sing:

“O Lord our God, you are worthy
to receive glory and honor and power!
For you have created all things;
by your will they came to be and were made!”

RESPONSORY Revelation 4:8; Isaiah 6:3

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, he who was, and who is, and who is to come;
all the earth is full of his glory, alleluia.

The seraphim cried out to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
All the earth is full of his glory, alleluia.

Second reading
From the dialogue On Divine Providence by Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor
I tasted and I saw

Eternal God, eternal Trinity, you have made the blood of Christ so precious through his sharing in your divine nature. You are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for you. But I can never be satisfied; what
I receive will ever leave me desiring more. When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light. I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.

I have tasted and seen the depth of your mystery and the beauty of your creation with the light of my understanding. I have clothed myself with your likeness and have seen what I shall be. Eternal Father, you have given me a share in your power and the wisdom that Christ claims as his own, and your Holy Spirit has given me the desire to love you. You are my Creator, eternal Trinity, and I am your creature. You have made of me a new creation in the blood of your Son, and I know that you are moved with love at the beauty of your creation, for you have enlightened me.

Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light and causes me to know your truth. By this light, reflected as it were in a mirror, I recognize that you are the highest good, one we can neither comprehend nor fathom. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.

You are the garment which covers our nakedness, and in our hunger you are a satisfying food, for you are sweetness and in you there is no taste of bitterness, O triune God!

RESPONSORY

My sister and my beloved, open yourself to me, you are a coheir of my kingdom and you have understood the hidden mysteries of my truth.
You are enriched with the gift of my Spirit, cleansed of all sin by the shedding of my blood, alleluia.

Go forth from the quiet of contemplation and courageously bear witness to my truth.
You are enriched with the gift of my Spirit, cleansed of all sin by the shedding of my blood, alleluia.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who set Saint Catherine of Siena on fire
with divine love in her contemplation of the Lord’s Passion
and her service of your Church,
grant, through her intercession,
that your people, participating in the mystery of Christ,
may ever exult in the revelation of his glory.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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30 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Memorial

  1. Prayer of St. Catherine of Sienna:

    O Supreme Physician! O unspeakable Love of my soul! I have recourse to Thee. O infinite and eternal Trinity, I, though unworthy, ardently sigh for Thee! I turn to Thee in the mystical body of Thy holy Church, so that Thou mayest wash away with Thy grace all stains of my soul. I beseech Thee through the merits of St. Peter, to whom Thou hast committed the care of Thy Bark, to delay no longer to help Thy Spouse, who hopes in the fire of Thy charity and in the abyss of Thy admirable wisdom. Despise not the desires of Thy servants, but do Thou Thyself guide Thy holy Bark.

    O Thou, the Author of peace, draw unto Thyself all the faithful; dispel the darkness of the storm, so that the dawn of Thy light may shine upon the Head of Thy Church, and pour down upon him zeal for the salvation of souls.

    O eternal and merciful Father, Thou hast given us the means of restraining the arms of Thy justice in the humble prayer and ardent desires of Thy devoted servants, whom Thou hast promised to hear when they ask Thee to have mercy upon the world.

    O powerful and eternal God, I thank Thee for the peace which Thou wilt grant to Thy Spouse! I will enter into Thy gardens, and there I will remain until I see the fulfillment of Thy promises, which never fail. Wash away our sins, O Lord, and purify our souls in the blood which Thy only-begotten Son shed for us, so that with joyful countenances and pure hearts we may return love for love, and, dying to ourselves, live for Him alone. Amen.

  2. Prayer for Healing
    Lord, “You know all our desires and deepest longings.” Our “tears are liquid words, and You can read them all” [Psalm 38:9-11].

    We commit to you family members – Benilda, Aileen, Kata, Lou, Elyn & the young Andrea –who are suffering from chronic health conditions and, in at least one case, from multiple ailments & painfully so.

    O God, You are our help in ages past,
    Our hope for years to come.
    As St. Catherine of Siena, whom you have set on fire, so eloquently expressed it … “Your Holy Spirit has given them the desire to love you,” and to love you so fervently.

    * They all are faithful to You, Lord, taking their respective advocacies seriously, expressly loving their families & the nation.

    * “You have made of [them] … a new creation in the blood of your Son,” may Your healing hand rest upon them. “May Your lifegiving powers flow into every bodily cell of theirs and into the depths of their souls, cleansing, purifying, restoring to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom.” (From “Prayer for Healing a Loved One or Friend – Simplicity …”)

    In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  3. O God,
    who set Saint Catherine of Siena on fire
    with divine love in her contemplation of the Lord’s Passion
    and her service of your Church,
    grant, through her intercession,
    that Your people, participating in the mystery of Christ,
    may ever exult in the revelation of His glory.

    St. Catherine, please beg God

    – to end the pandemic and to help India, the Philippines, and the other poor countries of the world,

    – to end the threats against the Church from within and without,

    – to end unGodly communist and other governments which persecute Christians,

    – to end abortion and the other evils of our time.

    All through Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

    God, for ever and ever.
    — Amen.

  4. Praise the Lord. After two years without seeing his children
    my son was able to hug them, and spend time with him. Please pray for a smooth transition to reunification. A lot of damage has been done, due to control issues, but with God’s grace will come healing.

  5. Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ may I ask that you pray for me? Our ministry is called Project2Heal. It is a pro life ministry but in no way as those we have today. Our work is to try to use God’s creation to stop our veterans from committing suicide. Right now that number is 25 a day, 750 a month and 9000 a year. A number of years ago along with continuing new evidence it has ben found that a trained service dog can reduce the cortisol levels of a veteran with PTSD to that of a healthy adult of the same age, Recently science ha discovered that a service dog also reduces night tremors hyper vigilance and outbreaks of anger. Unfortunately these man and women who we can serve have to wait up to three years to receive a dog. Why? Because many service dog organizations use dogs from shelters. These dogs have a long term success rate of 12.5%. Yet they continue to use these dogs so they can get them out of the shelter so they are not euthanized, despite knowing that doing such means longer waits for our veterans many who will lose hope and take their own life. The ministry Christ has allowed us to work in his name has as its mission to use a specific breed of dog, use only pedigrees with outstanding intelligence and temperament and health history. This allows 75% o the dogs we breed to be successfully partnered with a veteran. In a certain percentage of these cases we get to the veteran before they lose hope. Please pray for our work during this time. This is a time where many people and small non profits are struggling. At my old parish I was able to go and do the LOH and then attend daily mass each day. I However when we moved we had to change parishes. Unfortunately they do not have morning hours or morning mass. When I was able to do that each day I felt that the Holy Spirit was with me each day and we are blessed.I Still dont’ have a morning mass to go to, or any mass for that mater right now but I have started doing the Hours again. Please pray for us specifically. Thank you and God bless you.

    • Charlie, thanks for the great work you do. Never doubt that God, Father, Son and Spirit are always with you, leading you and calling you forth. It is a shame that veterans suffer so much and are given so little apparent support from the countries and people they served so well. I will include you in my prayer. May you experience God’s loving presence with you in a powerful way. God bless you Charlie.

    • Dear Charlie, the Lord is indeed with you as with all veterans in their suffering. I pray that your mission will succeed. With all my love, Rosa

  6. I just found this website.I am so grateful it. A few minutes here and I am calm again.

    The dog vomited on my phone on the way back from the vet. However, I cannot be angry as she may have cancer.

    I am a gig worker and I just lost 1/2 of my job. I have applied for something full-time. Pray for me.

    My son is a gig worker who lost a year’s worth of contracts when Broadway closed. Pray for him.

    My husband is a cancer survivor (thank God) who is a gig worker. He is well-paid in the healthcare field but this is a dangerous time for him. Pray for him.

  7. Good luck with your new job God willing you will do great. I was blessed to have been born on the feast of St Catherine de Siena. I pray to God that I will have the love and faith and goodness she had for the Blessed Trinity.

  8. Incredible, cathrene of Siena was one of 25 children in that time when was no false ideology and strange teaching, and her parents could raise 25 beauty Catholics children. It is amazing. Thanks saint cathrene and intercede today for our catholic church. Andrew

  9. I have read each one of your heartfelt or heartbreaking posts and praying for every one of you in the midst of our Easter tide and the abyss of our Lord’s Divine Mercy! Thank you Father , Son and Holy Spirit for the LOH and divineoffice.org! Thank you for the life of St Catherine of Siena! She is a gift and special to me! I am a member of the Lay Fraternities of St Dominic and our chapter name is St Catherine of Siena! O blissful day! God bless you all today and every day! Please pray for me as well!

    • Dear Charles DeFeo, OP

      I will pray for you, and your Chapter, and all of the Dominican Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Lay Persons all over the world.
      I am humbled to also be a Life Professed Lay Dominican in the St. Dominic, Star of the Desert Chapter, AZ.. what a Gift we’ve been given, to have been called, by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in the company of these Great Saints. Please, St. Catherine, and St. Dominic, intercede for all of us, in this world of renunciation of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit !! Dear LOH Family and the Wonderful Souls who bring us this beautiful gift – Thank You !!

  10. I thank you all for praying with me. Thank you Saint Catherine! You are inspirational to us all. Each day I ask God to help me to see him in those I cross paths and that they will see God in me.

    • Sta. Rita de Cascia, pls pray for God to have mercy on the parents of these poor children and come mightily into their family.

  11. Thank you for praying with me each day. Continue Celebrating the glorious Feast of Easter. May you receive many graces and blessings at this time; and as we await the feast of Pentecost, may we welcome the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with great Joy.

  12. Good Morning All, and Happy Easter,

    May I ask you to join me in thanksgiving for my new job, which I needed desperately. Now that I have it, I’m praying I can use it as best I can to accomplish the traces of God’s will I find in it.

    Jesus, Mary, Joseph, pray for us!
    St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

    “Cast your burndens on the Lord, for he cares for you.”

    Brother Benjamin, T.O.C.

    Today is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, doctor of the Church. She, too, was a layperson, and she truly is inspirational.

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    My first cup of coffee is very welcome this morning. I hope your is also or whatever else you use to start your day!

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