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

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Office of Readings for the Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

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.


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

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, alleluia.

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

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 depth 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, alleluia.

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

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,
the many 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, 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.

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


First reading
From the Acts of the Apostles
The apostles in the primitive Church

Through the hands of the apostles, many signs and wonders occurred among the people. By mutual agreement they used to meet in Solomon’s Portico. No one else dared to join them, despite the fact that the people held them in great esteem. Nevertheless more and more believers, men and women in great numbers, were continually added to the Lord. The people carried the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that when Peter passed by at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. Crowds from the towns around Jerusalem would gather, too, bringing their sick and those who were troubled by unclean spirits, all of whom were cured.

The high priest and all his supporters (that is, the party of the Sadducees), filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles and threw them into the public jail. During the night, however, an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the jail, led them forth, and said, “Go out now and take your place in the temple precincts and preach to the people all about this new life.” Accordingly they went into the temple at dawn and resumed their teaching.

When the high priest and his supporters arrived they convoked the Sanhedrin, the full council of the elders of Israel. They sent word to the jail that the prisoners were to be brought in. But when the temple guard got to the jail they could not find them, and hurried back with the report, “We found the jail securely locked and the guards at their posts outside the gates, but when we opened it we found no one inside.”

On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the high priests did not know what to make of the affair. Someone then came up to them, pointing out, “Look, there! Those men you put in jail are standing over there in the temple, teaching the people.” At that, the captain went off with the guard and brought them in, but without any show of force, for fear of being stoned by the crowd. When they had led them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest began the interrogation in this way: “We gave you strict orders not to teach about that name, yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for that man’s blood.” To this, Peter and the apostles replied: “Better for us to obey God than men! The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus whom you put to death, hanging him on a tree. He whom God has exalted at his right hand as ruler and savior is to bring repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those that obey him.”

RESPONSORY Acts 4:33, 31

With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of Jesus;
all of them were held in great favor, alleluia.

They were filled with the Holy Spirit,
and spoke God’s word with boldness.
All of them were held in great favor, alleluia.

Second reading
From the treatise On the Prescription of Heretics by Tertullian, priest
The preaching of the apostles

Our Lord Jesus Christ himself declared what he was, what he had been, how he was carrying out his Father’s will, what obligations he demanded of men. This he did during his earthly life, either publicly to the crowds or privately to his disciples. Twelve of these he picked out to be his special companions, appointed to teach the nations.

One of them fell from his place. The remaining eleven were commanded by Christ, as he was leaving the earth to return to the Father after his resurrection, to go and teach the nations and to baptize them into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The apostles cast lots and added Matthias to their number, in place of Judas, as the twelfth apostle. The authority for this action is to be found in a prophetic psalm of David. After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit which had been promised to them, so that they could work miracles and proclaim the truth, they first bore witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and established churches throughout Judea. They then went out into the whole world and proclaimed to the nations the same doctrinal faith.

They set up churches in every city. Other churches received from them a living transplant of faith and the seed of doctrine, and through this daily process of transplanting they became churches.
They therefore qualify as apostolic churches by being the offspring of churches that are apostolic.

Every family has to be traced back to its origins. That is why we can say that all these great churches constitute that one original Church of the apostles; for it is from them that they all come. They are all primitive, all apostolic, because they are all one. They bear witness to this unity by the peace in which they all live, the brotherhood which is their name, the fellowship to which they are pledged. The principle on which these associations are based is common tradition by which they share the same sacramental bond.

The only way in which we can prove what the apostles taught — that is to say, what Christ revealed to them — is through those same churches. They were founded by the apostles themselves, who first preached to them by what is called the living voice and later by means of letters.

The Lord had said clearly in former times: I have many more things to tell you, but you cannot endure them now. But he went on to say: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into the whole truth. Thus Christ shows us that the apostles had full knowledge of the truth, for he had promised that they would receive the whole truth through the Spirit of truth. His promise was certainly fulfilled, since the Acts of the Apostles prove that the Holy Spirit came down on them.

RESPONSORY John 12:21-22; Romans 9:26

Some Greeks approached Philip with this request:
Sir, we wish to see Jesus.
Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip then went to inform Jesus, alleluia.

In the very place where it was said to them:
You are not my people,
they will be called sons of the living God.
Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip then went to inform Jesus, alleluia.


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,
who gladden us each year
with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James,
grant us, through their prayers,
a share in the Passion and Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son,
so that we may merit to behold you for eternity.
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.

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 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. website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

14 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Feast

  1. i just saw the loving and prayerful responses of Kathy Gonzales, Michael Schimdt, Elizabeth Rivera, D, Valerie McDonald, barbmary, to my pleading on May 3, 2021 regarding my lost son, Michael. Thank you very much. Michael is back to me and is doing much better than he was. I am loving you all back and carrying you in my heart. Thank God for the communion of saints. What has God not done for us? He has always anticipated our needs.

    Today’s Reflection

    As in the case of the other apostles, we see in James and Philip human men who became foundation stones of the Church, and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving. All power is God’s power, even the power of human freedom to accept his gifts. “You will be clothed with power from on high,” Jesus told Philip and the others. Their first commission had been to expel unclean spirits, heal diseases, announce the kingdom. They learned, gradually, that these externals were sacraments of an even greater miracle inside their persons—the divine power to love like God.

    To love like God, this is the love we are able to give each other, praise be to God always.

    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Virgin and Mother!
    Morning Star, perfect vessel.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Holy Temple in which God Himself was conceived.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Chaste and pure dove.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Who enclosed the One who cannot be encompassed
    in your sacred womb.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    From you flowed the true light, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Through you the Conqueror
    and triumphant Vanquisher of hell came to us.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Through you, the glory of the Resurrection blossoms.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    You have saved every faithful Christian.
    Hail, O Mary, Mother of God,
    Pray for us sinners now
    and at the hour of our death.

  2. Edenji, my heart goes out to you. I have dealt with a similar experience. Prayers that his guardian angel protects Michael and leads him to a place of healing.

  3. Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I beg you to pray for my son, Michael Lee, who has been incommunicado since Feb. 26th, while in the throes of a panic disorder. I don’t know where he is. Ten years ago, this disorder led him to psychosis and misery. I entrust him completely to God and all of heaven, specially to our Blessed Mother and to St. Michael, after whom he was named. Our Blessed Mother knows what I feel for she, too, lost Jesus twice, when He was 12 years old, and then when He died and was entombed. St. Therese says that God’s greatest gift

    • This is to continue my earlier message:

      St. Therese says that God’s greatest gift to us is suffering.
      I offer Him, together with the infinite merits of His only Beloved – Son Jesus and the sorrows of our Blessed Mother, all my misery, Michael’s fears, all the crying and lamentation in the world – past, present, and future – for His glory, the glory of the Church, the conversion of sinners, and the emptying of purgatory. Thy Holy Will in heaven and on earth, dear Father, only Your Will.

      • Amen, Edenj. Praying that Michael is safe and comforted and that he reaches out to you, or you find him, today.

      • My prayers are with you, Michael and all of the mentally ill. Lord please bring Michael home. Amen

      • EdenJ I will pray for your dear son Michael. I know personally the heartache you are experiencing. Please pray for my son as I pray for yours. Mother Mary please listen to our requests and bring our pleading to your precious son.

  4. Thank You Precious Lord for saving our souls in Your love and compassion. We are blessed with the words written down for us by the Apostles to bring us closer to You our Savior. Amem.

  5. Thanks, clefort, for this inspirational morning prayer. May it guide all of us through this day for his glory. Peace. Nancy

  6. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Bless this website and all those who dedicate their resources to spread your Holy Name, your Church, and its mission.

    Thank you for my new job and may I use it to serve you, to practice what you have taught us, and what will make all of us sons and daughters of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Communion of Faith.

    Bless Our Holy Father Pope Francis, his College of Cardinals, his Bishops, Priest, and Deacons, who carry on the Apostles work. Give your Laity true holiness, that perseveres beyond death, into your eternal life. Let us not fear to serve you, but to fear being without you!

    Bless all families and communities of service, workers of every kind this day, and all those who labor, give them their daily bread.

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