Morning Prayer - Memorial for St. Andrew, Ap

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 618
Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 884
Common of Several Martyrs: 1694
Supplement: 28 (concluding prayer)

Christian Prayer (single volume)
Ordinary: 689
Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 824
Common of Several Martyrs: 1402
Supplement: 28 (concluding prayer)

Morning Prayer for Thursday in Ordinary Time, the Memorial of Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

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

With souls alert for happiness
We sing the praises which are due
To honor every martyr's crown
Eternal gift from Christ our Lord.

As shining lights before the world,
And leaders of the Church of God,
They head the ranks of those who fight
As soldiers in the cause of truth.

They conquered fear of every kind
Despising anguish and all pain,
That through their constancy in death
They would obtain eternal light.

Their dedicated blood was shed
By torture's cruel, craven hand,
Their dauntless courage was upheld
By grace of life that never ends.

Devoted faith of all the saints
Believer's hope that never wanes,
The perfect charity of Christ
The prince of darkness soon defeat.

In them the Father's glory shines,
In them the Holy Spirit's will
Exults with all the joy of Christ
That fills the courts of bliss above.

Redeemer of all men, we pray
Permit your lowly servants here
To share the martyrs' fellowship
For ever in your realm of light. Amen.

𝄞"With Souls Alert for Happiness" by Kathleen Lundquist • Title: With Souls Alert for Happiness; Text: Aeterna Christi Munera, St Ambrose; Tr. the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK; Tune: Chant, Mode VIII; Liber Hymnarius; Artist: Kathleen Lundquist; Recording copyright 2016 by Surgeworks, Inc.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Stir up your mighty power, Lord; come to our aid.

Psalm 80
Lord, come, take care of your vineyard

Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).

O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
you who lead Joseph’s flock,
shine forth from your cherubim throne
upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.

God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Lord God of hosts, how long
will you frown on your people’s plea?
You have fed them with tears for their bread,
an abundance of tears for their drink.
You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
our enemies laugh us to scorn.

God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.
Before it you cleared the ground;
it took root and spread through the land.

The mountains were covered with its shadow,
the cedars of God with its boughs.
It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.
Men have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.
May they perish at the frown of your face.

May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.

God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

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, eternal shepherd, you so tend the vineyard you planted that now it extends its branches even to the farthest coast. Look down on your Church and come to us. Help us remain in your Son as branches on the vine, that, planted firmly in your love, we may testify before the whole world to your great power working everywhere.

Ant. Stir up your mighty power, Lord; come to our aid.

Ant. 2 The Lord has worked marvels for us; make it known to the ends of the world.

Canticle — Isaiah 12:1-6
Joy of God’s ransomed people

If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink (John 7:37).

I give you thanks, O Lord;
though you have been angry with me,
your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and he has been my savior.

With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation, and say on that day:
Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.

Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.

Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!

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. The Lord has worked marvels for us; make it known to the ends of the world.

Ant. 3 Ring out your joy to God our strength.

Psalm 81
Solemn renewal of the Covenant

See that no one among you has a faithless heart (Hebrews 3:12).

Ring out your joy to God our strength,
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
the sweet-sounding harp and the lute,
blow the trumpet at the new moon,
when the moon is full, on our feast.

For this is Israel’s law,
a command of the God of Jacob.
He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,
when he went out against the land of Egypt.

A voice I did not know said to me:
“I freed your shoulder from the burden;
your hands were freed from the load.
You called in distress and I saved you.

I answered, concealed in the storm cloud,
at the waters of Meribah I tested you.
Listen, my people, to my warning,
O Israel, if only you would heed!

Let there be no foreign god among you,
no worship of an alien god.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you from the land of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

But my people did not heed my voice
and Israel would not obey,
so I left them in their stubbornness of heart
to follow their own designs.

O that my people would heed me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
At once I would subdue their foes,
turn my hand against their enemies.

The Lord’s enemies would cringe at their feet
and their subjection would last forever.
But Israel I would feed with finest wheat
and fill them with honey from the rock.”

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, open our mouths to proclaim your glory. Help us to leave sin behind and to rejoice in professing your name.

Ant. Ring out your joy to God our strength.

READING 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him. As we have shared much in the suffering of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation.

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.

RESPONSORY

The just are the friends of God. They live with him forever.
The just are the friends of God. They live with him forever.

God himself is their reward.
They live with him forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The just are the friends of God. They live with him forever.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

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. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

INTERCESSIONS

Our Savior’s faithfulness is mirrored in the fidelity of his witnesses who shed their blood for the Word of God. Let us praise him in remembrance of them:
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs freely embraced death in bearing witness to the faith,
give us the true freedom of the Spirit, O Lord.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs professed their faith by shedding their blood,
give us a faith, O Lord, that is constant and pure.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs followed in your footsteps by carrying the cross,
help us to endure courageously the misfortunes of life.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb,
help us to avoid the weaknesses of the flesh and worldly allurements.
You redeemed us by your blood.

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

O God,
source and origin of all fatherhood,
who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac
and his companions faithful to the Cross of your Son,
even to the shedding of their blood,
grant through their intercession, that,
spreading your love among our brothers and sisters,
we may be your children both in name and in truth.
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.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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.

27 thoughts on “Morning Prayer – Memorial

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to all. May God’s blessings be upon all this day. Give the Lord praise and thanksgiving for all he has done for us and continues to do for us. Safe travels for all. God Bless. Amen. Alleluia.

    Deacon DeWayne

  2. Lord, today is Thanksgiving day in the US. Thank You for giving us the opportunity to work in America when things were hard in Canada, that is, when they closed the hospitals me and my husband worked.

    Father, You are good. Thank You for Your uncondit8nal love and grace toward us. You are blessing us according to Your riches in glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  3. I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats the spread, he shall live forever. —Jn 6:51

    Reflection. The Eucharist is the true Catholic standard for recognizing a disciple of Jesus Christ.
    It is in Holy Communion that we recognize one another.
    —St. Peter Eymard

    Prayer. Lord Jesus, grant that I may have a surpassing love for the Blessed Eucharist. Help me to be closely united with everyone who receives You in Holy Communion.

  4. Lord help me to more humbly follow your will while diminishing my selfish will that is not in your service. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

  5. O Lord God teach me to be more patient t confidently wait for your answer to my prayers. Thank you for loving me despise my unworthiness. Iask this in the name o Jesus Christ. Amen.

  6. One early Church Father (Tertullian) said that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” This means that the shedding of one’s blood for the faith is not ultimately a tragedy; rather, it’s something that is transformed by Christ so as to nourish the faith of others. And although you are most likely not to become a martyr in fact (shedding your blood), you are called to be a martyr in spirit by the day-to-day willing sacrifice of your life for the good of the Church.

    Being a “day-to-day martyr” means that you offer each and every act of your day to our Lord as a sacrifice for His glory and for the salvation of souls. It means that even the small acts of your day, the monotonous and seemingly unimportant ones, have the potential of being used by God as an instrument of grace. Offer everything you do each day, all day, as a sacrifice for the Church and the Lord will use you as an instrument in ways you could never fathom so as to dispense His Divine Mercy. St Faustina (See Diary #1184).

  7. Lord Jesus bless all those who are helping me to return to better health, especially Mrs. Chinyere Onyejeaka, Jonathan and Kidney health group. Help them in their own needs. Amen.

  8. Father of goodness, thank you for your infinite love that you express to each human being in different ways. Help us to stand firm until the end of our existence on earth. Without You our existence would have no meaning. Through the intersection of San Andres Dung-Lac and his companions help us to stand firm in the faith. Amen

  9. Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation! Comfort all the Christians being persecuted and martyred all over the world. Be with them in their afflictions and enable us to comfort them through our prayers. As they share much in the suffering of Christ, so through Christ do they share abundantly in His consolation.

    O God, grant us the freedom and the boldness to run to our martyrdom when the time comes! O Jesus, You gave Your all and all to us, give us the graces necessary to do the same for You. Amen.

  10. O Lord God may your blessing be with me always, so that I may shun whatever God forbids& avoid the occassion of sins, & to obtaian eternal happiness in heaven. Amen

  11. With grateful hearts, we lift up our eyes to you, Lord. Grant that we may be filled with love for our less fortunate neighbor. Whatsoever we do for them, we do for you.

  12. I cannot let this feast day of the Vietnamese martyrs go by without remembering and praying for the people of Vietnam who have suffered so much over the centuries…from European imperialism/colonialism, WWII aggression, the USA war in Vietnam (I served in the Army 1968-1970, but not in Vietnam), and Communist oppression after that war. I think of all the civilian victims, survivors and their families and in a sense consider them also to be martyrs…not for any faith, but as innocent human beings. Vietnam seems to be at peace now…may God continue to bless the Vietnamese.
    Deacon Phil

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