Office of Readings for Saturday in the 2nd week of Ordinary Time or St. Vincent, De & M or Blessed Virgin Mary

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 651
Proper of Seasons: 205
Psalter: Tuesday, Week II, 869

Office of Readings for Tuesday in Ordinary Time

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

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Beneath the shadow of Your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is your arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting you are God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all our lives away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be now our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

𝄞"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" by Melinda Kirigin-Voss, Vince Clark • Title: O God, Our Help in Ages Past; Text: Based on Psalm 90; Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, Psalms of David..., 1719, alt.; Tune: ST. ANNE, CM; later form of melody (rhythm adapted), attr. to William Croft, 1678-1727, A Supplement to the New Version of Psalms, 1708; Artist: Melinda Kirigin-Voss, Vince Clark; Copyright 2016 Surgeworks Inc. • Albums that contain this Hymn: Divine Office

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Surrender to God, and he will do everything for you.

Psalm 37
The lot of the wicked and the good

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

I

Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not envy those who do evil:
for they wither quickly like grass
and fade like the green of the fields.

If you trust in the Lord and do good,
then you will live in the land and be secure.
If you find your delight in the Lord,
he will grant your heart’s desire.

Commit your life to the Lord,
trust in him and he will act,
so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
your cause like the noon-day sun.

Be still before the Lord and wait in patience;
do not fret at the man who prospers;
a man who makes evil plots
to bring down the needy and the poor.

Calm your anger and forget your rage;
do not fret, it only leads to evil.
For those who do evil shall perish;
the patient shall inherit the land.

A little longer—and the wicked shall have gone.
Look at his place, he is not there.
But the humble shall own the land
and enjoy the fullness 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. Surrender to God, and he will do everything for you.

Ant. 2 Turn away from evil, learn to do God’s will; the Lord will strengthen you if you obey him.

II

The wicked man plots against the just
and gnashes his teeth against him;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked
for he sees that his day is at hand.

The sword of the wicked is drawn,
his bow is bent to slaughter the upright.
Their sword shall pierce their own hearts
and their bows shall be broken to pieces.

The just man’s few possessions
are better than the wicked man’s wealth;
for the power of the wicked shall be broken
and the Lord will support the just.

He protects the lives of the upright,
their heritage will last for ever.
They shall not be put to shame in evil days,
in time of famine their food shall not fail.

But the wicked shall perish
and all the enemies of the Lord.
They are like the beauty of the meadows,
they shall vanish, they shall vanish like smoke.

The wicked man borrows without repaying,
but the just man is generous and gives.
Those blessed by the Lord shall own the land,
but those he has cursed shall be destroyed.

The Lord guides the steps of a man
and makes safe the path of the one he loves.
Though he stumble he shall never fall
for the Lord holds him by the hand.

I was young and now I am old,
but I have never seen the just man forsaken
nor his children begging for bread.
All the day he is generous and lends
and his children become a blessing.

Then turn away from evil and do good
and you shall have a home for ever;
for the Lord loves justice
and will never forsake his friends.

The unjust shall be wiped out for ever
and the children of the wicked destroyed.
The just shall inherit the land;
there they shall live forever.

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. Turn away from evil, learn to do God’s will; the Lord will strengthen you if you obey him.

Ant. 3 Wait for the Lord to lead, then follow in his way.

III

The just man’s mouth utters wisdom
And his lips speak what is right;
the law of his God is in his heart,
his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

The wicked man watches for the just
and seeks occasion to kill him.
The Lord will not leave him in his power
nor let him be condemned when he is judged.

Then wait for the Lord, keep to his way.
It is he who will free you from the wicked,
raise you up to possess the land
and see the wicked destroyed.

I have seen the wicked triumphant,
towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
I passed by again; he was gone.
I searched; he was nowhere to be found.

See the just man, mark the upright,
for the peaceful man a future lies in store,
but sinners shall all be destroyed.
No future lies in store for the wicked.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord,
their stronghold in time of distress.
The Lord helps them and delivers them
and saves them: for their refuge is in him.

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

You proclaimed the poor to be blessed, Lord Jesus, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them. Fill us generously with your gifts. Teach us to put our trust in the Father and to seek his kingdom first of all rather than imitate the powerful and envy the rich.

Ant. Wait for the Lord to lead, then follow in his way.

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.

Teach me goodness and holy wisdom.
For I have put my trust in your guidance.

READINGS

First reading
From the book of Proverbs 8:1-5, 12-36
Praise of infinite wisdom

Does not Wisdom call,
and Understanding raise her voice?
On the top of the heights along the road,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
By the gates at the approaches of the city,
in the entryways she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call;
my appeal is to the children of men.
You simple ones, gain resource,
you fools, gain sense.

“I, Wisdom, dwell with experience,
and judicious knowledge I attain.
[The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;] Pride, arrogance, the evil way,
and the perverse mouth I hate.
Mine are counsel and advice;
mine is strength; I am understanding.
By me kings reign,
and lawgivers establish justice;
By me princes govern,
and nobles; all the rulers of earth.

“Those who love me I also love,
and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than gold, yes, than pure gold,
and my revenue than choice silver.
On the way of duty I walk,
along the paths of justice,
Granting wealth to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.

“The Lord begot me, the first-born of his ways,
the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;
From of old I was poured forth,
at the first, before the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no fountains or springs of water;
Before the mountains were settled into place,
before the hills, I was brought forth;
While as yet the earth and the fields were not made,
nor the first clods of the world.

“When he established the heavens I was there,
when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep;
When he made firm the skies above,
when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;
When he set for the sea its limit,
so that the waters should not transgress his command;
Then was I beside him as his craftsman,
and I was his delight day by day,
Playing before him all the while,
playing on the surface of his earth;
and I found delight in the sons of men.

“So now, O children, listen to me;
instruction and wisdom do not reject!
Happy the man who obeys me,
and happy those who keep my ways,
Happy the man watching daily at my gates,
waiting at my doorposts;
For he who finds me finds life,
and wins favor from the Lord;
But he who misses me harms himself;
all who hate me love death.”

RESPONSORY Proverbs 8:22; John 1:1

In the beginning, before he made the earth,
the Lord created me.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Lord created me.

Second reading
From the Discourses against the Arians by Saint Athanasius, bishop
We know the Father through creative and incarnate Wisdom

The only-begotten Son, the Wisdom of God, created the entire universe. Scripture says: You have made all things by your wisdom, and the earth is full of your creatures. Yet simply to be was not enough: God also wanted his creatures to be good. That is why he was pleased that his own wisdom should descend to their level and impress upon each of them singly and upon all of them together a certain resemblance to their Model. It would then be manifest that God’s creatures shared in his wisdom and that his works were worthy of him.

For as the word we speak is an image of the Word who is God’s Son, so also is the wisdom implanted in us an image of the Wisdom who is God’s Son. It gives us the ability to know and understand and so makes us capable of receiving him who is all-creative Wisdom, through whom we can come to know the Father. Whoever has the Son has the Father also, Scripture says, and Whoever receives me receives the One who sent me. And so, since this image of the Wisdom of God has been produced in us and in all creatures, the true and creative Wisdom rightly takes to himself what applies to his image and says: The Lord created me in his works.

But because the world was not wise enough to recognize God in his wisdom, as we have explained it, God determined to save those who believe by means of the “foolish” message that we preach. Not wishing to be known any longer, as in former times, through the mere image and shadow of his wisdom existing in creatures, he caused the true Wisdom himself to take flesh, to become man, and to suffer death on the cross so that all who believed in him might be saved by faith.

Yet this was the same Wisdom of God who had in the beginning revealed himself and his Father through himself by means of his image in creatures (which is why Wisdom too is said to be created). Later, as John declares, that Wisdom, who is also the Word, became flesh, and after destroying the power of death and saving our race, he revealed himself and his Father through himself with greater clarity. Grant, he prayed, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

So now the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of God, since it is one and the same thing to know the Father through the Son, and to know the Son who comes from the Father. The Father rejoices in his Son, and with the same joy the Son delights in the Father and says: I was his joy; every day I took delight in his presence.

RESPONSORY Colossians 2:6, 9; Matthew 23:10

Since you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, live your life in union with him,
for in him the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form.

You have only one teacher, the Christ.
For in him the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form.

Concluding Prayer

O God,
who teach us that you abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned
by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one 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.

15 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. An Act of Oblation to the Holy Trinity
    By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charity

    I vow and consecrate to God
    all that is in me,
    my memory and my actions, to God the Father;
    my understanding and my words, to God the Son;
    my will and my thoughts, to God the Holy Spirit.
    I consecrate my heart, my body,
    my tongue, my senses and all my sorrows
    to the sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ,
    who consented to be betrayed
    into the hands of wicked men
    and to suffer the torment of the Cross for me.
    Amen.

  2. O’H God our father, thank you for the order of created things and for all the blessings you shower on us daily. Please forgive us when we do not respond to you accordingly. Holy Trinity continue to be mindful of us. Amen.

  3. St. Maruthas

    Saint Maruthas,Diplomat, writer, Bishop, and Father of the Syrian Church, shows us the many ways we are to serve God and others.

    Prayer: God of all resources, help me to be always ready to find a way to do Your work and draw others to You.

  4. ‘Against you alone O Lord, I have sinned. What is evil in your sight I have done.’ The Holy Father’s recent work ‘Fratelli Tutti’ concerns the Amazon rain forest, it’s people and the destructive elements being inflicted on it daily. Many homilies and Prayers of the Faithful etc. that I heard keep the needs of Mother Earth and the ‘sin’ against her firmly before me. Do we need priests to tell us that many items raised on the news across all media are of a sinful or harmful nature? Does God speak us through many voices? Lord give us true shepherds n help us to hear your voice n message throughout the world,

  5. This is also my first comment on this site. “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This fear leads us to taking God seriously. We find out more about the ways of the Lord. After getting to know God better the fear is replaced with love. We take God seriously for a new reason: He offers his hand in love to us. Perhaps we could say “Love of the Lord is the fulfillment of wisdom.”

  6. To love is to imitate the One who is Love. It is a choice for us who are imperfect in the ways of perfect love. Yes we live in a culture that draws us away from the truth of Gods unconditional love for each and every soul. The emotion of fear can lead one to a deeper Trust in His love.

  7. This is my first comment; and I rarely make internet comments elsewhere. Firstly, I thank the Divine Office volunteer staff for providing this service to help so many pray and glorify God and help save their souls. May God bless them abundantly. My question for anyone is regards the following quotation from Proverbs (above) “I, Wisdom, dwell with experience, and judicious knowledge I attain. [The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;] Pride, arrogance, the evil way,and the perverse mouth I hate.“ Where I live, we hear about beauty and beautiful things of God which is fine; but we never hear about fearing God or God hating sins or even hardly about sin for that matter. In fact, fear, itself, is regarded as inherently bad and un-desirable. Personally, while I try to obey God and trust in His mercy, at the same time, I would fear to be condemned to Hell and I would also fear to displease God, since I cannot take God`s place to judge myself. Fear is also one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit received at Confirmation. Is this focus on God`s beauty and avoidance of what might be considered a kind of holy fear common and widespread? I`m simply trying to understand what`s going on regarding this. No one around here seems to know.

    • My fear of the Lord is more of an awe and respect of Him who made me. I love Him and I obey Him out of that love and respect but I also understand the consequences of not obeying Him. It is more of a Holy fear.

    • Thanks to the infiltration of modernism in the Church we have seen the de-emphasis of sin and its effects as it is deemed negative. We have a conservative parish here, and a Byzantine one across the water (the eastern rites have seemed to escape the negatuve effects of Vatican II) so I count myself fortunate (I remember the Tridentine Mass in my youth). I find that reading the older, established books (e.g. My Imitation of Christ – https://sacred-texts.com/chr/ioc/index.htm) as well as the older translations of the bible (http://drbo.org) are a sure guide. There are a number of YT channels that produce good content.

      • Fear and respect in many languages have been historically synonymous. Respect can be generated by sheer terror. But this respect does not build selfless allegiance. God does not need nor want this type of respect and allegiance.. I think of this as negative respect. Positive respect comes from understanding the value of a relationship. Jesus the Messiah, gave us salvation selflessly. If we believe this, we respect Him and pledge our selfless allegiance t o him as King of heaven and earth. We imitate His example of selflessness out of respect and allegiance with no expectation of receiving anything in return because we deserve nothing in return. If you respect God, your behaviour towards your fellow men and women will reflect that it will reflect an imitation of a selfless act of salvation with no expectation of a reward.

    • To me of the Lord is like you might fear a good father. You are not afraid of him but you don’t want to disobey him because you fear to hurt him. This is how I fear our Heavenly Father.
      Deacon Adam

    • Fear of the Lord is awe, but it’s actually fear, too. When I hear someone take His Name in vain, fear trembles in my chest. I cover their careless sin with, Blessed be the Name of God.
      I admit that I also want to shake them s little and say, You fool, don’t you understand Who exactly it is that you curse? Have you no fear of the power of His Name??
      Fear of hurting and offending God drives me to dig deeper and do what He’s asking. In that sense, fear makes us holier step by step, and helps us avoid evil. That’s the kind of fear of the Lord that I think of. It is awe and reverence, but if you Adore God, it is also holy fear.
      I don’t hear a lot about it. That’s why God gave each of us a priestly ministry to tell others. Not everything can come from the pulpit. It must also come from us in our daily lives, by our actions and by the things we refrain from out of love for God, and fear of offending His pure and merciful heart.

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