Office of Readings - Memorial for Sts. Andrew Dung-Lac, P & M, and companions, Mm

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 615
Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 880
Common of Several Martyrs: 1694 (verse)
Proper of Seasons: 597 (first reading)
Supplement: 28 (second reading, concluding prayer)

Christian Prayer:
Does not contain Office of Readings.

Office of Readings 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

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 Lord, you are our savior; we will praise you for ever.

Psalm 44
The misfortunes of God’s people

We triumph over all these things through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

I

We heard with our own ears, O God,
our fathers have told us the story
of the things you did in their days,
you yourself, in days long ago.

To plant them you uprooted the nations;
to let them spread you laid peoples low.
No sword of their own won the land;
no arm of their own brought them victory.
It was your right hand, your arm
and the light of your face; for you loved them.

It is you, my king, my God,
who granted victories to Jacob.
Through you we beat down our foes;
in your name we trampled down our aggressors.

For it was not in my bow that I trusted
nor yet was I saved by my sword:
it was you who saved us from our foes,
it was you who put our foes to shame.
All day long our boast was in God
and we praised your name without ceasing.

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 are our savior; we will praise you for ever.

Ant. 2 Spare us, O Lord; do not bring your own people into contempt.

II

Yet now you have rejected us, disgraced us;
you no longer go forth with our armies.
You make us retreat from the foe
and our enemies plunder us at will.

You make us like sheep for the slaughter
and scatter us among the nations.
You sell your own people for nothing
and make no profit by the sale.

You make us the taunt of our neighbors,
the laughing stock of all who are near.
Among the nations, you make us a byword,
among the peoples a thing of derision.

All day long my disgrace is before me;
my face is covered with shame
at the voice of the taunter, the scoffer,
at the sight of the foe and avenger.

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. Spare us, O Lord; do not bring your own people into contempt.

Ant. 3 Rise up, O Lord, and save us, for you are merciful.

III

This befell us though we had not forgotten you,
though we had not been false to your covenant,
though we had not withdrawn our hearts;
though our feet had not strayed from your path.
Yet you have crushed us in a place of sorrows
and covered us with the shadow of death.

Had we forgotten the name of our God,
or stretched out our hands to another god
would not God have found this out,
he who knows the secrets of the heart?
It is for you that we face death all day long
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Awake, O Lord, why do you sleep?
Arise, do not reject us for ever!
Why do you hide your face
and forget our oppression and misery?

For we are brought down low to the dust;
our body lies prostrate on the earth.
Stand up and come to our help!
Redeem us because of your love!

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, rise up and come to our aid; with your strong arm lead us to freedom, as you mightily delivered our forefathers. Since you are the king who knows the secrets of our hearts, fill them with the light of truth.

Ant. Rise up, O Lord, and save us, for you are merciful.

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.

Our spirits yearn for the Lord.
He is our help and our protector.

READINGS

First reading
From the second letter of the apostle Peter
2:9-22
The condemnation of the wicked

The Lord knows how to rescue devout men from trial, and how to continue the punishment of the wicked up to the day of judgment. He knows, especially, how to treat those who live for the flesh in their desire for whatever corrupts, and who despise authority.

These bold and arrogant men have no qualms whatever about reviling celestial beings, on whom angels, though greater than men in strength and power, pass no opprobrious sentence in the Lord’s presence. These men pour abuse on things of which they are ignorant. They act like creatures of instinct, brute animals born to be caught and destroyed. Because of their decadence they too will be destroyed, suffering the reward of their wickedness. Thinking daytime revelry a delight, they are stain and defilement as they share your feasts in a spirit of seduction. Constantly on the lookout for a woman, theirs is a never-ending search for sin. They lure the weaker types. Their hearts are trained in greed. An accursed lot are they! They have abandoned the straight road and wander off on the path taken by Balaam, son of Beor. He was a man attracted to dishonest gain, but he was rebuked for his evildoing. A mute beast spoke with a human voice to restrain the prophet’s madness.

These men are waterless springs, mists whipped by the gale. The darkest gloom has been reserved for them. They talk empty bombast while baiting their hooks with passion, with the lustful ways of the flesh, to catch those who have just come free of a life of errors. They promise them freedom though they themselves are slaves of corruption—for surely anyone is the slave of that by which he has been overcome.

When men have fled a polluted world by recognizing the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then are caught up and overcome in pollution once more, their last condition is worse than their first. It would have been better for them not to have recognized the road to holiness than to have turned their backs on the holy law handed on to them, once they had known it. How well the proverb fits them: “The dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow bathes by wallowing in the mire.”

RESPONSORY Phil. 4:8, 9; 1 Cor. 16:11

There are many things that are true, honorable and just,
many that are pure; think about them.
These you must do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith,
be courageous and strong.
These you must do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Second reading
From a letter of Saint Paul Le-Bao-Tinh sent to students of the Seminary of Ke-Vinh in 1843
The martyrs share in Christ’s victory

I, Paul, in chains for the name of Christ, wish to relate to you the trials besetting me daily, in order that you may be inflamed with love for God and join with me in his praises, for his mercy is for ever. The prison here is a true image of everlasting hell: to cruel tortures of every kind—shackles, iron chains, manacles—are added hatred, vengeance, calumnies, obscene speech, quarrels, evil acts, swearing, curses, as well as anguish and grief. But the God who once freed the three children from the fiery furnace is with me always; he has delivered me from these tribulations and made them sweet, for his mercy is for ever.

In the midst of these torments, which usually terrify others, I am, by the grace of God, full of joy and gladness, because I am not alone—Christ is with me.

Our master bears the whole weight of the cross, leaving me only the tiniest, last bit. He is not a mere onlooker in my struggle, but a contestant and the victor and champion in the whole battle. Therefore upon his head is placed the crown of victory, and his members also share in his glory.

How am I to bear with the spectacle, as each day I see emperors, mandarins, and their retinue blaspheming your holy name, O Lord, who are enthroned above the Cherubim and Seraphim? Behold, the pagans have trodden your cross underfoot! Where is your glory? As I see all this, I would, in the ardent love I have for you, prefer to be torn limb from limb and to die as a witness to your love.

O Lord, show your power, save me, sustain me, that in my infirmity your power may be shown and may be glorified before the nations; grant that I may not grow weak along the way, and so allow your enemies to hold their heads up in pride.

Beloved brothers, as you hear all these things may you give endless thanks in joy to God, from whom every good proceeds; bless the Lord with me, for his mercy is for ever. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant and from this day all generations will call me blessed, for his mercy is for ever.

O praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim him all you peoples, for God chose what is weak in the world to confound the strong, God chose what is low and despised to confound the noble. Through my mouth he has confused the philosophers who are disciples of the wise of this world, for his mercy is for ever.

I write these things to you in order that your faith and mine may be united. In the midst of this storm I cast my anchor toward the throne of God, the anchor that is the lively home in my heart.

Beloved brothers, for your part so run that you may attain the crown, put on the breastplate of faith and take up the weapons of Christ for the right hand and for the left, as my patron Saint Paul has taught us. It is better for you to enter life with one eye or crippled than, with all your members intact, to be cast away.

Come to my aid with your prayers, that I may have the strength to fight according to the law, and indeed to fight the good fight and to fight until the end and so finish the race. We may not again see each other in this life, but we will have the happiness of seeing each other again in the world to come, when, standing at the throne of the spotless Lamb, we will together join in singing his praises and exult for ever in the joy of our triumph. Amen.

RESPONSORY

Through patience let us run the race that is set before us.
Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Consider him who from sinners endured such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

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.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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8 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Memorial

  1. A Litany of Gratitude
    “…give thanks in all circumstances…” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Jesus, hear us.
    Jesus, graciously hear us.

    God the Father, have mercy on us.
    God the Son, have mercy on us.
    God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

    For the gift of life, we thank You, Lord.
    For the gift of salvation, we thank You, Lord.
    For Your great mercy and forgiveness, we thank You, Lord.
    For every grace, we thank You, Lord.

    For the supernatural life in our souls, we thank You, Lord.
    For Your divine indwelling, we thank You, Lord.
    For eternal life with You, we thank You, Lord.
    For all virtues, we thank You, Lord.
    For our Baptism, we thank You, Lord.

    For our Confirmation, we thank You, Lord.
    For the Holy Eucharist, we thank You, Lord.
    For the sacrament of Confession, we thank You, Lord.
    For every sacrament, we thank You, Lord.

    For all our prayers, we thank You, Lord.
    For Sacred Scripture, we thank You, Lord.
    For Sacred Tradition, we thank You, Lord.
    For the Magisterium, we thank You, Lord.
    For the Holy Church, we thank You, Lord.

    For Mary, our Mother, we thank You, Lord.
    For all the saints and angels, we thank You, Lord.
    For our Holy Father, the Pope, we thank You, Lord.
    For our bishops, priests, and deacons, we thank You, Lord.
    For our family and friends, we thank You, Lord.

    For our talents and skills, we thank You, Lord.
    For our joys and delights, we thank You, Lord.
    For every blessing, we thank You, Lord.

    For our trials and sorrows, we thank You, Lord.
    For the challenges we face, we thank You, Lord.

    For the opportunities to grow, we thank You, Lord.
    For everything we learn, we thank You, Lord.
    For all the beauty around us, we thank You, Lord.
    For everything You do for us and give us, we thank You, Lord.
    For Your infinite love, we thank You, Lord.

    God, what a wonderful day it is for You, a rejoicing of
    Sts. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, and all the Martyrs down the ages who have loved You and who continue to love You without measure in heaven.

    Thank You Dear Father, Who makes us fruitful with the blood
    of Martyrs, the bright example of undying faith. Thank You for them and for everyone in the world today who, for Your Sake, is suffering persecution and embracing bits of Your Cross.

    Let us pray.

    Dear Lord, increase our gratitude. Give us hearts of thankfulness and praise. Fill us with Your love that we may pass it on to all those we meet. Amen.

  2. We pray to you Lord for those suffering ones due to their faith or belive present and past. Give them the grace to hold unto you till the end.
    We equally present our country and other parts of the world that are now facing terrible conditions. We hand them to you please Lord have mercy and touch the hearts of the evil ones who go about doing more evil deeds.

  3. St. Colman of Coyne

    Saint Colman demonstrates how we can change our lives to follow God at any age and from any state of being.

    Prayer: Lord, remind me that I am never too old or too enmeshed in a way of life to change everything for You.

  4. God, what a wonderful day it is for You, a rejoicing of
    Sts. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, and all the Martyrs down the ages who have loved You and who continue to love You without measure in heaven.

    Thank You Dear Father, Who makes us fruitful with the blood
    of Martyrs, the bright example of undying faith. Thank You for them and for everyone in the world today who, for Your Sake, is suffering persecution and embracing bits of Your Cross.

    Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, thank You for helping in the making of Martyrs and Saints. You who helped them in their distress as you stood by your Son Jesus Christ throughout his earthly life and passion, do the same for us.

    Keep us strong in our faith that we may enjoy the fruit of their sacrifice and ours.

    Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son Our Lord, Who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

  5. Lord Jesus thank you for the gift of this new day and for the gift of our lives. Draw us to yourself always. May I follow you on the urgent needs to return to better health. Grant me the gift of healing my kidney and diabetes. Guide me as I undertake the learning that I hope will heal me. Amen.

  6. Lord you are the only hope of man kind. Lead us, guide us, be with us till the end of our journey Amen. Thank you for the precious gift of your life given to us. Direct each one of us to do your will till the end Lord.

  7. Let us pray for all those have been persecuted bodily or spiritually, through the intercession of Vietnamese martyrs and Our Virgin Mary, may God grant grace on them to witness God for others, be perseverant trusting in God.

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