Office of Readings for Wednesday in the 25th week of Ordinary Time

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1045
Proper of Seasons: 854
Psalter: Friday, Week I, 1176

Office of Readings for Friday in Week 5 of Easter

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

1 Glory be to Jesus,
who, in bitter pains,
poured for me the life-blood
from his sacred veins.

2 Grace and life eternal
in that blood I find;
blest be his compassion
infinitely kind.

3 Blest through endless ages
be the precious stream,
which from endless torments
did the world redeem.

4 Abel's blood for vengeance
pleaded to the skies;
but the blood of Jesus
for our pardon cries.

6 Oft as earth exulting
wafts its praise on high,
angel-hosts rejoicing
make their glad reply.

7 Lift we then our voices;
swell the mighty flood;
louder still and louder
praise the precious blood.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Rise up, Lord, and come to my aid, alleluia.

Psalm 35
The Lord as Savior in time of persecution

They came together…and laid their plans to capture Jesus by treachery and put him to death (Matthew 26:3-4).

I

O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;
fight those who fight me.
Take up your buckler and shield;
arise to help me.

O Lord, say to my soul:
“I am your salvation.”

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord
and rejoice in his salvation.
My whole being will say:
“Lord, who is like you
who rescue the weak from the strong
and the poor from the oppressor?”

Lying witnesses arise
and accuse me unjustly.
They repay me evil for good:
my soul is forlorn.

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. Rise up, Lord, and come to my aid, alleluia.

Ant. 2 All-powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me, alleluia.

II

When they were sick I went into mourning,
afflicted with fasting.
My prayer was ever on my lips,
as for a brother, a friend.
I went as though mourning a mother,
bowed down with grief.

Now that I am in trouble they gather,
they gather and mock me.
They take me by surprise and strike me
and tear me to pieces.
They provoke me with mockery on mockery
and gnash their teeth.

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. All-powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me, alleluia.

Ant. 3 My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long, alleluia.

III

O Lord, how long will you look on?
Come to my rescue!
Save my life from these raging beasts,
my soul from these lions.
I will thank you in the great assembly,
amid the throng I will praise you.

Do not let my lying foes
rejoice over me.
Do not let those who hate me unjustly
wink eyes at each other.

O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,
do not stand afar off!
Awake, stir to my defense,
to my cause, O God!

Let there be joy for those who love my cause.
Let them say without end:
“Great is the Lord who delights
in the peace of his servant.”
Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,
all day long of your praise.

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, you rescue the poor from their oppressors, and you rose to the aid of your beloved Son against those who unjustly sought his life. Look on your Church as we journey to you, that the poor and weak may recognize the help you provide and proclaim your saving acts.

Ant. My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long, 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.

Christ Jesus you have risen from the dead, alleluia.
Let the heavens and the earth rejoice, alleluia.

READINGS

First reading
From the Book of Revelation
22:1-9
The river of life-giving water

The angel showed me the river of life-giving water, clear as crystal, which issued from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowed down the middle of the streets. On either side of the river grew the trees of life which produce fruit twelve times a year, once each month; their leaves serve as medicine for the nations. Nothing deserving a curse shall be found there. The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be there, and his servants shall serve him faithfully. They shall see him face to face and bear his name on their foreheads. The night shall be no more. They will need no light from lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever.

The angel said to me: “These words are trustworthy and true; the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, has sent his angel to show his servants what must happen very soon.”

“Remember, I am coming soon! Happy the man who heeds the prophetic message of this book!”

It is I, John, who heard and saw all these things, and when I heard and saw them I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. But he said to me: “No, get up! I am merely a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and those who heed the message of this book. Worship God alone!”

RESPONSORY Revelation 22:5, 3

Night will be no more, for the Lord God will be the light for his servants,
and they shall reign for ever, alleluia.

The throne of the Lamb will be in the holy city. There his servants will worship him.
And they shall reign for ever, alleluia.

Second Reading
From a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot
Firstborn of many brothers

Just as the head and body of a man form one single man, so the Son of the Virgin and those he has chosen to be his members form a single man and the one Son of Man. Christ is whole and entire, head and body, say the Scriptures, since all the members form one body, which with its head is one Son of Man, and he with the Son of God is one Son of God, who himself with God is one God. Therefore the whole body with its head is Son of Man, Son of God, and God. This is the explanation of the Lord’s words: Father, I desire that as you and I are one, so they may be one with us.

And so, according to this well-known reading of Scripture, neither the body without the head, nor the head without the body, nor the head and body without God make the whole Christ. When all are united with God they become one God. The Son of God is one with God by nature; the Son of Man is one with him in his person; we, his body, are one with him sacramentally. Consequently those who by faith are spiritual members of Christ can truly say that they are what he is: the Son of God and God himself. But what Christ is by his nature we are as his partners; what he is of himself in all fullness, we are as participants. Finally, what the Son of God is by generation, his members are by adoption, according to the text: As sons you have received the Spirit of adoption, enabling you to cry, Abba, Father.

Through his Spirit, he gave men the power to become sons of God, so that all those he has chosen might be taught by the firstborn among many brothers to say: Our Father, who are in heaven. Again he says elsewhere: I ascend to my Father and to your Father.

By the Spirit, from the womb of the Virgin, was born our head, the Son of Man; and by the same Spirit, in the waters of baptism, we are reborn as his body and as sons of God. And just as he was born without any sin, so we are reborn in the forgiveness of all our sins. As on the cross he bore the sum total of the whole body’s sins in his own physical body, so he gave his members the grace of rebirth in order that no sin might be imputed to his mystical body. It is written: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no sin. The blessed man of this text is undoubtedly Christ, who forgives sins insofar as God is his head. Insofar as this man is the head of the body, no sin is forgiven him. But insofar as the body that belongs to this head consists of many members, sin is not imputed to it.

Just in himself, it is he who justifies himself. He alone is both Savior and saved. In his own body on the cross he bore what he had washed from his body by the waters of baptism. Bringing salvation through wood and through water, he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world which he took upon himself. Himself a priest, he offers himself as sacrifice to God, and he himself is God. Thus, through his own self, the Son is reconciled to himself as God, as well as to the Father and to the Holy Spirit.

RESPONSORY Romans 12:5; Colossians 2:9-10; 1:18

We are all one body in Christ, and in the one body we are all members of one another.
In his body the fullness of divinity dwells, and in him you find your fulfillment, alleluia.

Christ is the head of the body, the Church, and the firstborn from the dead, so that in every way the primacy may be his.
In his body the fullness of divinity dwells, and in him you find your fulfillment, alleluia.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Grant us,
Lord, we pray, that,
being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries,
what we celebrate in joy may protect
and save us with perpetual power.
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 © 2006-2021 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

8 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. Your response to Edward gives me hope. Please pray for my mother and brothers and sisters, as we are in a difficult situation. God please help us see the best way forward.

  2. Dear Brothers and Sisters, let us pray for the continuing salvation of the Church and its mission, for Pope Francis and the Bishops, for our fidelity to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. For all the 7 billion people living today, for those in the past and they who are yet to come. Our Lord Jesus does not want anyone left behind. Always for the poor souls in purgatory.

    Following Saint Fulton Sheen’s advice, I intend to deny myself legitimate pleasure 3 times every day, starting today. As “rehearsal” for my last days. Please pray that I may have the strength to so as I have always been flabby about self denial.

    Dear God, bless all of us who are striving to grow closer to You. Dear Mother, St. Joseph, St. Isadore and your wife, also a Saint, all of heaven, grant us to desire ONLY what the Heart of Jesus desires. For we can ask for nothing better than what God wills for us and for all creation.

    • This whole post of yours spoke so deeply to me. Love that you called him “Saint” Sheen. He is probably my closest heavenly friend. I never knew he said this and it makes me love him more; definitely a practice I hope to pick up starting today. I will take on all of your petitions because they resonate with my heart too. God bless you!!!

    • Much grace is there for you! Saint Louis DeMontfort said never give your body everything it wants. These sacrifices help us in our own purgatory, they help those who are now in purgatory, and very importantly as the Virgin Mary said at Fatima, they are beneficial for the salvation of the lost. Mary said that many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and make sacrifices for them. This is foremost in my mind all day every day. I want no one to go to hell because I was engaged in some meaningless activity rather than praying and making sacrifices. God bless you in this new spiritual adventure!

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