Office of Readings for Holy Thursday

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1045
Proper of Seasons: 457
Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 1301

Office of Readings for Holy Thursday

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.

HYMN

You are my Lord and my God
and I love you

Alone and rejected, His agony begins
He accepts the chalice of dying for my sins

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Will you let me stay
Share a sip from your cup
Watch with you and pray

Betrayed and abandoned
Dragged into a hall
Though scourged by Roman Soldiers,
Our sins hurt you most of all

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Defended by so few
So much blood from your wounds
How can I comfort you

You are my Lord and my God
And I love you

The crown of the thorns
is forced upon your head
I turn to face the guilty
I see my sins instead

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
In your suffering
In your tears, in your blood
You stand as Christ the King

Embracing your cross
You start towards Calvary
Crushed by so much evil
You turn to look at me

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Did I hear you call
Asking me to stay by you
To help you if you fall

You are my Lord and my God
And I love you
You are my Lord and my God
And I love you

Raised on the hilltop
It seems though all has failed
For our salvation, Jesus,
For us you were nailed

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
I have come to stay
As you die upon your cross
Trembling you say

Love (me), why don't you love (me)
Please love (me)

Love me, I call out
Why don't you love me
I reach out
Please love me
Oh how I long for your love

Love me, I call out
Why don't you love me
I reach out these hands to you
Please love me
Oh how I long for your love

Love me, I call out
Why don't you love me
I reach out these hands to you
Please love me
Oh how I long for your love

You are my lord and my God
And I love you.

You are my lord and my God
And I love you.

𝄞"My Lord And My God" by Anthony Carnesi • Title: My Lord and My God; Text: Anthony Carnesi (1948-2005); Music: Anthony Carnesi; Artist: Anthony Carnesi; (c) Margaret J Van Nostrand; Used with permission.

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 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 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 from us
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.

When I am lifted up from the earth.
I will draw all men to myself.

READINGS

First reading
From the letter to the Hebrews
4:14 – 5:10
Jesus Christ, the great high priest

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession of faith. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet never sinned. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need.

Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with erring sinners, for he himself is beset by weakness and so must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. One does not take this honor on his own initiative, but only when called by God as Aaron was.
Even Christ did not glorify himself with the office of high priest; he received it from the One who said to him,

“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you”;
just as he says in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to God, who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, designated by God as high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

RESPONSORY Hebrews 5:8,9,7

Though he was the Son of God, Christ learned obedience through what he suffered;
and now, for all who obey him, he has become the source of eternal life.

In the days of his earthly life he prayed, crying aloud, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard.
And now, for all who obey him, he has become the source of eternal life.

Second reading
From an Easter homily by Saint Melito of Sardis, bishop
The lamb that was slain has delivered us from death and given us life

There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he took the pain of fallen man upon himself; he triumphed over the diseases of soul and body that were its cause, and by his Spirit, which was incapable of dying, he dealt man’s destroyer, death, a fatal blow.

He was led forth like a lamb; he was slaughtered like a sheep. He ransomed us from our servitude to the world, as he had ransomed Israel from the land of Egypt; he freed us from our slavery to the devil, as he had freed Israel from the hand of Pharaoh. He sealed our souls with his own Spirit, and the members of our body with his own blood.

He is the One who covered death with shame and cast the devil into mourning, as Moses cast Pharaoh into mourning. He is the One who smote sin and robbed iniquity of offspring. He is the One who brought us out of slavery into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of death into life, out of tyranny into an eternal kingdom; who made us a new priesthood, a people chosen to be his own for ever. He is the Passover that is our salvation.

It is he who endured every kind of suffering in all those who foreshadowed him. In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die. He was sacrificed in the Passover lamb, persecuted in David, dishonored in the prophets.

It is he who was made man of the Virgin, he who was hung on the tree; it is he who was buried in the earth, raised from the dead, and taken up to the heights of heaven. He is the mute lamb, the slain lamb, the lamb born of Mary, the fair ewe. He was seized from the flock, dragged off to be slaughtered, sacrificed in the evening, and buried at night. On the tree no bone of his was broken; in the earth his body knew no decay. He is the One who rose from the dead, and who raised man from the depths of the tomb.

RESPONSORY Romans 3:23-25; John 1:29

Everyone has sinned and is deprived of God’s glory. We are justified through the free gift of his grace and through the redemption of Christ Jesus.
God made Christ’s sacrificial death the means of expiating the sins of all believers.

This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
God made Christ’s sacrificial death the means of expiating the sins of all believers.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who anointed your Only Begotten Son
with the Holy Spirit
and made him Christ and Lord,
graciously grant
that, being made sharers in his consecration,
we may bear witness to your Redemption in the world.
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.

23 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. Dear God, help us during this triduum to have all the reverence and love and gratitude and tears that are proper for all the suffering that Jesus, our Savior, endured for us. May we like him be humble and obedient.

    America is in great distress right now O God; Awake, O Lord, why do you sleep? You are being canceled in our culture and Your laws are being mocked. We are frightened, we feel helpless, we do not know what to do. We are being brought low to the dust; everywhere there is violence.

    Come to our help, Dear God.

    O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care.

    Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.

    Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.

    Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and violence that threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’ s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.

    Jesus, we surrender ourselves to You; take care of everythiing.

    We adore You and Bless You, Jesus, we love and we thank You, for by Your holy cross and resurrection, You have redeemed the world.

    Jesus,Your are our the Center of our Lives; we want to love You as You deserve. Pour us out and fill us with Yourself so that it is You who live and love in us. Remove everything in us that displeases You. Be our holiness, Jesus, make us love You with Your very own infinite love. Amen.

    • Such a heartfelt prayer belongs to all of us in every year. Thank you for your faith, love, and hope. Together we, His remnant, are with Him to win the battle- win the war that is going on in this moment in time. St Michael is foraging the way for Our Jesus, who is riding the white stead and weilding the 2 edged sword of victory with Our Mother at his side. Strengrhen us, your “300” who are chosen to fight with Him and to gain the riches of plunder – life forever with all our true brothers sisters.

  2. Lord Jesus, I love you. Permit me to follow you more closely through this Tridum and always. May I never deny you. Amen.

  3. Lord Jesus, I love you. I thank you for the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist which you instituted to be my food for the Journey with and to you to the Father. This evening you begin your Suffering in the Garden, betrayed by one of your chosen ones. Sustain me with your strength, your Grace. Amen.

  4. Praise God! After 10 years of marriage and no children my sister Bascha’s doctor did tests and told her she was sterile. It is now one year later. Yesterday her doctor confirmed she is 8 weeks pregnant and she was able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. Join my family in praising and thanking God for this miracle of life.

  5. Thank you Jesus for giving us yourself in the Eucharist. I love you Jesus, my Lord. We must all follow his love and take care of our neighbors, the old, the young, the sick, those that need help physically or financially. Thank you over and over again for your Body and Blood. Love you

  6. thank you Jesus, my Lord My God, i am nothing without uou. I believe, I hope, I trust and I love you more than anything in life. You are my life.Please save us and the world with this pandemic. I know you are Divine Healer. Please heal us our corporal and spiritual and give us /the world new heart just like yours.

  7. thank you Jesus, my Lord My God, i am nothing without uou. I believe, I hope, I trust and I love you more than anything in life. You are my life.Please save us and the world with this pandemic. I know you are Divine Healer. Please heal us our corporal and spiritual and give us /the world new heart just like yours.Please strengthen all doctors, nurses, professionals on the front line.Bless them always!!

  8. Sweet Jesus, my Lord, my God, forgive me my sins. I love and adore you, hear my prayers and grant me forgiveness… Let them see You in me, help me help others~Amen

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