Office of Readings - Feast for St. Mary Magdalene, Hw

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
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Proper of Saints: 1543 (second reading)

Office of Readings for the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

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. Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

2. Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

[3. Lo! the apostolic train
Join the sacred Name to hallow;
Prophets swell the loud refrain,
And the white robed martyrs follow;
And from morn to set of sun,
Through the Church the song goes on.]

4. Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.

[5. Thou art King of glory, Christ:
Son of God, yet born of Mary;
For us sinners sacrificed,
And to death a tributary:
First to break the bars of death,
Thou hast opened Heaven to faith.]

[6. From Thy high celestial home,
Judge of all, again returning,
We believe that Thou shalt come
In the dreaded doomsday morning;
When Thy voice shall shake the earth,
And the startled dead come forth.]

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

Psalm 19A

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. Her mouth uttered words of wisdom; her tongue spoke words of compassion.

Ant. 2 Trusting themselves to God, this holy women sang his praises with heartfelt love.

Psalm 45


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ant. Trusting themselves to God, this holy women sang his praises with heartfelt love.

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


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. Singing for joy, they are brought into the King’s presence.

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.

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


First reading
From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Colossians
Your life is hidden with Christ in God

Since you have been raised up in company with Christ, set your heart on what pertains to higher realms where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. Be intent on things above rather than on things of earth. After all, you have died! Your life is hidden now with Christ in God. When Christ our life appears, then you shall appear with him in glory.

Put to death whatever in your nature is rooted in earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires, and that lust which is idolatry. These are the sins which provoke God’s wrath. Your own conduct was once of this sort, when these sins were your very life. You must put that aside now: all the anger and quick temper, the malice, the insults, the foul language.

Stop lying to one another. What you have done is put aside your old self with its past deeds and put on a new man, one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator. There is no Greek or Jew here, circumcised or uncircumcised, foreigner, Scythian, slave, or freeman. Rather, Christ is everything in all of you.

Because you are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another; forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you.

Over all these virtues put on love, which binds the rest together and makes them perfect. Christ’s peace must reign in your hearts, since as members of the one body you have been called to that peace. Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness. Let the word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you. In wisdom made perfect, instruct and admonish one another. Sing gratefully to God from your hearts in psalms, hymns, and inspired songs.

Whatever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus. Give thanks to God the Father through him.

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

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

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

Second reading
From a homily on the Gospels by Gregory the Great, pope
She longed for Christ, though she thought he had been taken away

When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: The disciples went back home, and it adds: but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb.

We should reflect on Mary’s attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tells us: Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.

At first she sought but did not find, but when she persevered it happened that she found what she was looking for. When our desires are not satisfied, they grow stronger, and becoming stronger they take hold of their object. Holy desires likewise grow with anticipation, and if they do not grow they are not really desires. Anyone who succeeds in attaining the truth has burned with such a great love. As David says: My soul has thirsted for the living God; when shall I come and appear before the face of God? And so also in the Song of Songs the Church says: I was wounded by love; and again: My soul is melted with love.

Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek? She is asked why she is sorrowing so that her desire might be strengthened; for when she mentions whom she is seeking, her love is kindled all the more ardently.

Jesus says to her: Mary. Jesus is not recognized when he calls her “woman”; so he calls her by name, as though he were saying: Recognize me as I recognize you; for I do not know you as I know others; I know you as yourself. And so Mary, once addressed by name, recognizes who is speaking. She immediately calls him rabboni, that is to say, teacher, because the one whom she sought outwardly was the one who inwardly taught her to keep on searching.


Upon returning from the Lord’s tomb, Mary Magdalene told the disciples: I have seen the Lord.
How blessed is she who was worthy to be the first to proclaim that the Lord had truly risen.

While she was weeping, she saw her beloved, and then ran to announce the good news to the others.
How blessed is she who was worthy to be the first to proclaim that the Lord had truly risen.


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.


O God,
whose Only Begotten Son
entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others
with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection,
grant, we pray, that through her intercession
and example we may proclaim the living Christ
and come to see him reigning in your glory.
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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14 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Feast

  1. Thank You LORD for everything that You have bestowed upon me.
    Please bring peace to all nations here on earth.
    Hopefuly all nations will return to You our GOD and all people will be at peace again.

  2. St. Mary Magdalene pray for us. I pray for an end to the coronavirus, I pray for an end of the war between the Ukraine and Russia, and I pray for the victims of Nigeria and for the victims of Uvalde, Texas in Jesus’s name.

  3. Catholic Prayer: Litany of Saint Mary Magdalene

    According to the tradition of the Western Church Mary Magdalene, who is mentioned in all four Gospels, is also identical with “the woman who was a sinner” and with the sister of Lazarus, though this identification is challenged by the Fathers of the East. She was of Magdala in Galilee, whence her name of Magdalen. Liturgical devotion, to this glorious penitent has been immemorial. This litany is mellow with age; from an old German version this was translated many years ago. Two prayers have been added from liturgical sources, the Secret and finally the Collect from the Mass of her Feast, July 22, which is duplex in Latin Church and has been since end of ninth century, commemorating the Translation of her Relics from Ephesus to Constantinople on July 22, 886.


    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
    Saint Mary Magdalene, Pray for us.
    Sister of Martha and Lazarus, Pray for us.
    Who didst enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint the feet of Jesus, Pray for us.
    Who didst wash His feet with thy tears, Pray for us.
    Who didst dry them with thy hair, Pray for us.
    Who didst cover them with kisses, Pray for us.
    Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee, Pray for us.
    Who from Jesus received the pardon of thy sins, Pray for us.
    Who before darkness wast restored to light, Pray for us.
    Mirror of penance, R Disciple of Our Lord, Pray for us.
    Wounded with the love of Christ, Pray for us.
    Most dear to the Heart of Jesus, Pray for us.
    Constant woman, Pray for us.
    Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb, Pray for us.
    Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen, Pray for us.
    Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master, Pray for us.
    Apostle of apostles, Pray for us.
    Who didst choose the “better part,” Pray for us.
    Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed, Pray for us.
    Who wast visited by angels seven times a day, Pray for us.
    Sweet advocate of sinners, Pray for us.
    Spouse of the King of Glory, Pray for us.
    V. Saint Mary Magdalene, earnestly intercede for us with thy Divine Master
    R. That we may share thy happiness in heaven.

    Let us pray.

    May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalene, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee: for Thine only-begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. Who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. R. Amen.

    May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalene help us, O Lord : for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end. R. Amen.

    Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944

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  5. Mary Magdelene help us to love Jesus as you did. Mary Magdelene please pray for 8 yr old Beatrice who had a stroke and will face a difficult recovery.

  6. Mary Magdalena intercede for us and all who hope and trust in the mercy of God. You followed Christ till the end. May we also be strong enough to hold unto Him who gave us life till the end of our life Amen.

  7. Good morning Jesus Christ my savior, good morning Mary my mother. Keep me from sins today and always. Help me to be the best version of me today. May your grace lead me all through the day. Lord save the world from Coronavirus pandemic.

  8. “Wait on the Lord and he shall renew your strength”. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” and while you wait, bless His Holy Name and remember His Love for you because he has “loved you with an everlasting love” and “underneath are His everlasting arms”.

  9. Standing by the cross of Jesus where his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of clopas, and Mary Magdalene. . .. . Magdalene sees the mothers suffering, she sees that this suffering is her very own, although it does not have its center in her. The mother suffers in her self because she is mother, and her maternal suffering comprises both her own suffering and the suffering of her child. Such suffering with her child is part of the mystery of all motherhood.

    Adrienne von Speyr

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