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Office of Readings for the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

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

Faith of our Fathers! faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee too as love knows how,
By kindly deeds and virtuous life.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Their voice has gone out to the limits of the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

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. Their voice has gone out to the limits of the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

Ant. 2 They proclaimed what God has done for us; they grasped the meaning of his deeds.

Psalm 64
Prayer for help against enemies

This psalm commemorates most particularly our Lord’s passion (Saint Augustine).

Hear my voice, O God, as I complain,
guard my life from dread of the foe.
Hide me from the band of the wicked,
from the throng of those who do evil.

They sharpen their tongues like swords;
they aim bitter words like arrows
to shoot at the innocent from ambush,
shooting suddenly and recklessly.

They scheme their evil course;
they conspire to lay secret snares.
They say: “Who will see us?
Who can search out our crimes?”

He will search who searches the mind
and knows the depths of the heart.
God has shot them with his arrow
and dealt them sudden wounds.
Their own tongue has brought them to ruin
and all who see them mock.

Then will all men fear;
they will tell what God has done.
They will understand God’s deeds.
The just will rejoice in the Lord
and fly to him for refuge.
All the upright hearts will glory.

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. They proclaimed what God has done for us; they grasped the meaning of his deeds.

Ant. 3 God’s holiness was revealed by them; all nations saw God’s glory.

Psalm 97
The glory of the Lord in his decrees for the world

This psalm foretells a world-wide salvation and that peoples of all nations will believe in Christ (St. Athanasius).

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right.

A fire prepares his path;
it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
the earth trembles at the sight.

The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.

Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
those who boast of their worthless gods.
All you spirits, worship him.

Zion hears and is glad;
the people of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you indeed are the Lord
most high above all the earth,
exalted far above all spirits.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he guards the souls of his saints;
he sets them free from the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
give glory to his holy 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.

Ant. God’s holiness was revealed by them; all nations saw God’s glory.

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.

They proclaimed the Lord’s praises, told of his power to save.
And of the wonders he had worked.

READINGS

First reading
From the first letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians
4:1-16
Let us imitate the Apostle just as he imitates Christ

Men should regard us as servants of Christ and administrators of the mysteries of God. The first requirement of an administrator is that he prove trustworthy. It matters little to me whether you or any human court pass judgment on me. I do not even pass judgment on myself. Mind you, I have nothing on my conscience. But that does not mean that I am declaring myself innocent. The Lord is the one to judge me, so stop passing judgment before the time of his return. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and manifest the intentions of hearts. At that time, everyone will receive his praise from God.

Brothers, I have applied all this to myself and Apollos by way of example for your benefit. May you learn from us not to go beyond what is set down, so that none of you will grow self-important by reason of his association with one person rather than another. Who confers any distinction on you? Name something you have that you have not received. If, then, you have received it, why are you boasting as if it were your own? At the moment you are completely satisfied. You have grown rich! You have launched upon your reign with no help from us. Would that you had really begun to reign, that we might be reigning with you!

As I see it, God has put us apostles at the end of the line, like men doomed to die in the arena. We have become a spectacle to the universe, to angels and men alike. We are fools on Christ’s account. Ah, but in Christ you are wise! We are the weak ones, you the strong! They honor you, while they sneer at us! Up to this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, poorly clad, roughly treated, wandering about homeless. We work hard at manual labor. When we are insulted we respond with a blessing. Persecution comes our way; we bear it patiently. We are slandered, and we try conciliation. We have become the world’s refuse, the scum of all; that is the present state of affairs.

I am writing you in this way not to shame you but to admonish you as my beloved children. Granted you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you have only one father. It was I who begot you in Christ Jesus through my preaching of the gospel. I beg you, then, be imitators of me.

RESPONSORY John 15:15; Matthew 13:11, 16

I no longer call you servants, but my friends,
for I have shared with you everything I have heard from my Father.

The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven have been revealed to you; blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear.
For I have shared with you everything I have heard from my Father.

Second reading
From a homily on the first letter to the Corinthians by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop
The weakness of God is stronger than men

It was clear through unlearned men that the cross was persuasive, in fact, it persuaded the whole world. Their discourse was not of unimportant matters but of God and true religion, of the Gospel way of life and future judgment, yet it turned plain, uneducated men into philosophers. How the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and his weakness stronger than men!

In what way is it stronger? It made its way throughout the world and overcame all men; countless men sought to eradicate the very name of the Crucified, but that name flourished and grew ever mightier. Its enemies lost out and perished; the living who waged a war on a dead man proved helpless. Therefore, when a Greek tells me I am dead, he shows only that he is foolish indeed, for I, whom he thinks a fool, turn out to be wiser than those reputed wise. So too, in calling me weak, he but shows that he is weaker still. For the good deeds which tax-collectors and fishermen were able to accomplish by God’s grace, the philosophers, the rulers, the countless multitudes cannot even imagine.

Paul had this in mind when he said: The weakness of God is stronger than men. That the preaching of these men was indeed divine is brought home to us in the same way. For how otherwise could twelve uneducated men, who lived on lakes and rivers and wastelands, get the idea for such an immense enterprise? How could men who perhaps had never been in a city or a public square think of setting out to do battle with the whole world? That they were fearful, timid men, the evangelist makes clear; he did not reject the fact or try to hide their weaknesses. Indeed he turned these into a proof of the truth. What did he say of them? That when Christ was arrested, the others fled, despite all the miracles they had seen, while he who was leader of the others denied him!

How then account for the fact that these men, who in Christ’s lifetime did not stand up to the attacks by the Jews, set forth to do battle with the whole world once Christ was dead—if, as you claim, Christ did not rise and speak to them and rouse their courage? Did they perhaps say to themselves: “What is this? He could not save himself but he will protect us? He did not help himself when he was alive, but now that he is dead he will extend a helping hand to us? In his lifetime he brought no nation under his banner, but by uttering his name we will win over the whole world?” Would it not be wholly irrational even to think such thoughts, much less to act upon them?

It is evident, then, that if they had not seen him risen and had proof of his power, they would not have risked so much.

RESPONSORY 1 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2 Corinthians 4:8; Romans 8:37

We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and an absurdity to Gentiles,
but to those who have heard his call,
Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

We are afflicted in every way possible, but in all of these trials the victory is ours,
because of Christ who loves us.
Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

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 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.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Strengthen in us,
O Lord, the faith,
by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew
clung wholeheartedly to your Son,
and grant that through the help of his prayers
your Church may become for all the nations the sacrament of salvation.
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.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

49 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Feast

  1. I had a wonderful friend that I was so fond of and we were the best of friends! Like me she loved my Jesus, so I believed!…and then she was encouraged, praised and supported to become a religious sister. I longed for what she had that I didn’t seem to have and now she was receiving it, leaving me behind…Oh my Jesus I love you with all my heart, I beg you remember me?
    This long time friend, she now was joining this congregation of religious Nuns and I was so very sad to loose her, I felt abandoned!…AND

    Then two years or so later I heard that this friend of mine had left the Nuns!…OH MY I was so, so disappointed and then I was really angry at her to have abandoned something so Sacred and Precious that maybe could have belong to me?!!!…

    Now suddenly 40 years later (in a new place I live) I meet these old women who have done the same thing as my so call friend, NO backbone and a heart for Jésus! I PRAY TO YOU MY GOD THAT I NEVER DO THIS TO YOUR SON MY JESUS MY VERY BEST AND ONLY FRIEND THAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW AND THAT I CAN KEEP AND PLUS HE HAS ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD FOR ME WHEN NO ONE ELSE HAS…

    Now a days most everything that is fake jumps to my eyes! I am waiting in line to go to confession yesterday and quietly trying to reflect, prepare my heart for a good confession but people are constantly chatting around me and some trying to engage me to do so. AND so upset I was when hearing this consecrated one say to another married one “I have to confess this sin right now” (I CHOSE NOT TO LISTEN TO WHAT IT WAS) the married one agrees she has to do the same too and they both laugh about it!… meanwhile this is nobody’s business but between them, the Priest and “GOD” This provoked sorrow and pain in me…I felt so very SAD for the young one standing in line with her relative hearing this kind of chatter! GOD HAVE MERCY AND HELP ME TO FORGIVE AND FORGET THE HURT AND SORROW…
    MOTHER MARY HOLD ME CLOSE TO YOUR IMMACULATE HEART!
    louisa

  2. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

    —G.K. Chesterton

  3. So when we are weak God’s strength works in us .Amen!!!The apostles were a perfect example who died for Jesus because they have seen Him and believed in God’s protection and helping hand and by His name win the whole world manifested today.Who else but God, our strength in these times.

  4. O Jesus, Saint Bartholomew’s greatest desire was to know the truth. When first informed about You, his initial reaction was, “How can anything good come from Nazareth?” But as soon as he met You, he wanted to become one of Your disciples. You said of him, “Here is a man in whom there is no deception.” We ask him to pray against the deceptions that are influencing us and the entire world, including the Church. Help us to experience Your affirmation when we are honest, give us courage to resist lying as a means of self-protection, and inspire our minds to recognize the truth when we hear it. Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.

    Mother, Mother of the Church, help our faith!
    Open our ears to hear God’s Word.
    Help us to entrust ourselves fully to Him and to believe in His love, especially during these times of great trial, when evil seems to be having the upper hand.

    With you, Powerful Mother, we stand beneath the shadow of the cross.
    Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
    Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that He may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!

    God, thank You, thank You, thank You for all Your Perfections, the greatest of which is Your Merciful Love.

    With all the angels, all the powers of heaven,
    Cherubim and Seraphim, with the glorious company of apostles, with the noble fellowship of prophets, with the white-robed army of martyrs, we praise You.

    Lord, make our faith invincible, our hope most stubborn, and through the Holy Spirit and Mary of Immaculate Conception, grant us a love for You that is without measure.

    Amen.

  5. Dear Jesus
    Save us your friends especially people who are suffering physically, mentally and spirituality
    COVID victims and the whole world
    Lord have mercy on us !
    With you nothing is impossible
    Love you help me remain with you all the times
    Enlighten me dear lord so I can see

  6. St. Bartholomew, intercede for those who celebrate birthday today, especially Chevo, my brother in low, Filiberto and Patsi Yahaira

  7. Saint Bartholomew pray for all the leaders of the Church and also for we the followers of Christ. So that we may follow him till the end Amen.

  8. I ask prayers for Dave, who is very ill. The doctors give him little chance beyond the next few days. Please pray also for his wife and children. Oh Mary health of the sick, pray for him and his loving family.

  9. (God) Chose to reveal his son to me, that I might spread among the Gentiles the good tidings concerning him.—-Gal 1:16

    Reflection. No matter where you may be or where you maybe working, make sure the world will be renewed upon contact with you.
    Make the Lord more present to human beings and the Gospel more known and loved by them. —-Popo Paul VI

    Prayer. Heavenly father, teach me to imitate your divine son in my life. Grant that by my presence as well as by my deeds I may Bring Christ and his message to everyone I meet.

  10. It’s great to start the morning with these prayers and hymns, recited and sung by people who had no affectation and who allowed the words to shine for themselves.

    These times continue to be very difficult for us. Our Holy Father is besieged everywhere; it’s truly right and just to ask all of heaven to protect him from evil.

    Holy Trinity, we offer you every prayer of this day , every thought, our actions – big ones and small ones, every pain and humiliation, every joy, all our fears and concerns, and the whole of Creation. Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Bartholomew, Apostles and Disciples, St. John the Baptist, and all the saints, with big S and small s, St. Michael and the whole choir of Angels, protect the Holy Father and us, You know where to send Satan and his dominions. Put a stop to the Church of Satan.

    Have mercy on the poor souls in purgatory, dear God. On sinners, specially among Clergy and Religious, help your Church withstand the storms, inspire evangelist organizations to preach Your Church, and lift up everyone in this organization and all those who follow the prayers through out the day. Amen.

  11. Let us pray for the Pope. That he will soon tell the truth and do what he knows best for the Church. Holy Spirit come and guide all the faithful and guard us from evil.

  12. Let us pray for our Holy Father’s safety and let us “storm Heaven” with prayer for all the abused victims who have suffered molestation by priests.

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