Office of Readings for Saturday in the 13th week of Ordinary Time or Blessed Virgin Mary

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Office of Readings for Wednesday 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

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind's delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For each perfect gift of Thine,
to our race so freely given,
graces human and divine,
flowers of earth and buds of heaven.

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Bless the Lord, my soul; never forget all he has done for you.

Psalm 103
Praise for God’s tender compassion

In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us (see Luke 1:78).

I

My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.

It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion,
who fills your life with good things,
renewing your youth like an eagle’s.

The Lord does deeds of justice,
gives judgment for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses
and his deeds to Israel’s sons.

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. Bless the Lord, my soul; never forget all he has done for you.

Ant. 2 As a father is gentle with his children, so is the Lord with those who revere him.

II

The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever.
He does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.

For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.

As a father has compassion on his sons,
the Lord has pity on those who fear him;
for he knows of what we are made,
he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
he flowers like the flower of the field;
the wind blows and he is gone
and his place never sees him again.

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. As a father is gentle with his children, so is the Lord with those who revere him.

Ant. 3 Bless the Lord, all you his works!

III

But the love of the Lord is everlasting
upon those who hold him in fear;
his justice reaches out to children’s children
when they keep his covenant in truth,
when they keep his will in their mind.

The Lord has set his sway in heaven
and his kingdom is ruling over all.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels,
mighty in power, fulfilling his word,
who heed the voice of his word.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his hosts,
his servants who do his will.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his works,
in every place where he rules.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord!

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 have compassion for the sinner, Lord, as a father has compassion for his children. Heal the weakness of your people and save us from lasting death that we may praise and glorify you for ever.

Ant. Bless the Lord, all you his works!

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.

Lord, make me understand the way of your precepts.
And I will marvel at your wisdom.

READINGS

First reading
From the first book of Samuel
19:8-10; 20:1-17
The friendship of David and Jonathan

When war broke out again, David went out to fight against the Philistines and inflicted a great defeat upon them, putting them to flight. Then an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with spear in hand and David was playing the harp nearby. Saul tried to nail David to the wall with the spear, but David eluded Saul, so that the spear struck only the wall, and David got away safe.

David fled from the sheds near Ramah, and went to Jonathan. “What have I done?” he asked him. “What crime or what offense does your father hold against me that he seeks my life?” Jonathan answered him: “Heaven forbid that you should die! My father does nothing, great or small, without disclosing it to me. Why, then, should my father conceal this from me? This cannot be so!” But David replied: “Your father is well aware that I am favored with your friendship, so he has decided, ‘Jonathan must not know of this lest he be grieved.’ Nevertheless, as the Lord lives and as you live, there is but a step between me and death.”

Jonathan then said to David, “I will do whatever you wish.” David answered: “Tomorrow is the new moon, when I should in fact dine with the king. Let me go and hide in the open country until evening. If it turns out that your father misses me, say, ‘David urged me to let him go on short notice to his city Bethlehem, because his whole clan is holding its seasonal sacrifice there.’ If he says, ‘Very well,’ your servant is safe. But if he becomes quite angry, you can be sure he has planned some harm. Do this kindness for your servant because of the Lord’s bond between us, into which you brought me: if I am guilty, kill me yourself ! Why should you give me up to your father?”

But Jonathan answered: “Not I! If ever I find out that my father is determined to inflict injury upon you, I will certainly let you know.” David then asked Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father gives you a harsh answer?”

[Jonathan replied to David, “Come, let us go out into the field.” When they were out in the open country together, Jonathan said to David: “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, I will sound out my father about this time tomorrow. Whether he is well disposed toward David or not, I will send you the information. Should it please my father to bring any injury upon you, may the Lord do thus and so to Jonathan if I do not apprise you of it and send you on your way in peace. May the Lord be with you even as he was with my father. Only this: if I am still alive, may you show me the kindness of the Lord. But if I die, never withdraw your kindness from my house. And when the Lord exterminates all the enemies of David from the surface of the earth, the name of Jonathan must never be allowed by the family of David to die out from among you, or the Lord will make you answer for it.”] [And in his love for David, Jonathan renewed his oath to him, because he loved him as his very self.]

RESPONSORY Proverbs 17:17; 1 John 4:7

A true friend loves you at all times,
and a brother proves himself in adversity.

Everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
And a brother proves himself in adversity.

Second reading
From a treatise on Spiritual Friendship by Blessed Aelred, abbot
True, perfect and eternal friendship

Jonathan, outstanding among all young men, took no heed of his royal lineage or his hope of the throne, but allied himself with David the servant and made him his equal in friendship before the Lord. The king had made David a fugitive, forced him to hide in the desert, and condemned him to death. And yet Jonathan preferred David to himself, exalting him, humbling himself. You, he said, will be king and I will follow after you.

What a splendid picture of true friendship! What an astonishing situation! Here was the king, raging against his servant and stirring up the whole country as if David were aiming at the crown. He accuses the priests of treason and puts them to death on a mere suspicion. He combs and searches woods and valleys, besieges the mountains and rocky crags with troops, and every man is sworn to wreak vengeance upon the source of the king’s indignation. Only Jonathan, who alone should have had greater cause for envy, thought it right to resist his father. Putting himself at the service of his friend, he offered help and advice in his time of need. Jonathan set friendship above a kingdom. You are to be the king, he said, and I will be second to you. And still the father tried to incite his son to envy David. He covered him with abuse and frightened him by threatening to deprive him of the kingdom and strip him of his rank.

Even when the king pronounced sentence of death upon David, Jonathan still did not desert his friend. Why should David die? How has he sinned? What has he done? When he risked his life and killed the Philistine, you rejoiced. Why then should he die? So maddened was the king at these words that he tried to pin Jonathan to the wall with his spear, heaping upon him further abuse and threats: Bastard son of a wayward woman, he screamed, I know well that, to your undoing and that of your shameful mother’s, you love him. With this he spewed forth the full measure of his venom over Jonathan and uttered the words that were his final attempt to arouse bitter envy and jealous ambition: As long as the son of Jesse lives, your kingdom shall never be established.

Who would not be moved to envy by these words? Whose love, whose favor, whose abiding friendship would not be corrupted, weakened and destroyed by such an utterance? But in his great love, this young man kept faith with his friend. He was steadfast in the face of threats, unmoved by insults; forgetting renown, he thought only of service. He spurned a kingdom for the sake of friendship. You, he said, will be king, and I will be second to you.

This is what truly perfect, stable and lasting friendship is, a tie that envy cannot spoil, nor suspicion weaken, nor ambition destroy. A friendship so tempted yielded not an inch, was buffeted but did not collapse. In the face of so many insults, it remained unshaken. Go, therefore, and do likewise.

RESPONSORY Sirach 6:14, 17

A faithful friend is a secure shelter.
Whoever finds one, finds a treasure.

Whoever fears the Lord makes true friendships,
for the friend will be like himself.
Whoever finds one, finds a treasure.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Grant, O Lord,
that we may always revere and love your holy name,
for you never deprive of your guidance
those you set firm on the foundation of your love.
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.

12 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. ++++Just sharing. Please pray for conversion of all government, families, friends and associates. May this Ministry have all the blessings and graces they need.
    ‘If one in a family honours my mercy I will save the whole family.
    For I the Lord your God, I’m bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation on those who love me and keep my commandments. (Ex. 20:5).
    To obtain this promise, say once a day.
    I consecrate myself and my family to the mercy of God.’

  2. Just sharing. Please pray for conversion of all government, families, friends and associates. May this Ministry have all the blessings and graces they need.
    ‘If one in a family honours my mercy I will save the whole family.
    For I the Lord your God, I’m bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation on those who love me and keep my commandments. (Ex. 20:5).
    To obtain this promise, say once a day.
    I consecrate myself and my family to the mercy of God.’

  3. A POEM TO ENJOY

    IF BELONGS TO GOD

    IF YOU WILL NOT OBEY
    IF YOU WILL NOT HEAR
    IF YOU WILL NOT DO
    IF YOU DO NOT STOP
    IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER
    IF YOU DO NOT REPENT

    THEN

    GOD WILL REPLY AND JUDGE

    THEREFORE WHEN YOU

    OBEY WITH A REPENTIVE HEART AND WILL
    HEAR WITH EARS THAT ALWAYS LISTEN
    DO WITH ACTIONS OF CHARITY, MERCY, AND JUSTICE
    STOP SINFUL ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS
    REMEMBER THE WORDS OF GOD
    REPENT WITH CONFESSION AND ACTS OF CONTRITION

    THEN
    GOD WILL REPLY AND RESPOND
    WITH BESSINGS
    J.S.MATHIS

  4. Lord, Hear your people who call to you in their need and lead your Church from the shadows of death. In too many parts of the world today, we your followers are being persecuted, tortured, killed. Help us not be crushed into despair. Gather us from sunrise to sunset that we may grow together in faith and love and give lasting thanks for your kindness.

    Those who love the Lord will see and rejoice; they will understand his loving kindness.
    Your truth, O God, is high as the clouds.
    — Lord, your goodness is deep as the ocean.

    Always, amidst all circumstances, we praise you, we adore You, we bless You, Yes, we are faced with trials of every kind; our faith is being tested,
    Still we sing of your strength;
    We sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
    Still you are our fortress
    and a refuge in the day of distress.
    O our Strength, we praise you,
    Only give us the grace to persevere, to mature in our faith,
    to return your steadfast love with our love through our tears
    and broken heartedness.

    Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

  5. Give me the Grace, Good Lord
    (Prayer was written by St Thomas More while imprisoned in the Tower of London)

    Give me the grace, Good Lord:
    – To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.

    – To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

    – Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

    – Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labour to love Him.

    – To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

    – Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

    – To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

    – To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.

    – To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

    – Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

    – To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

    These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap. Amen.

  6. Thank You LORD for this new day, Please guide me in ways to bring others closer to our Almighty GOD.
    May GOD Bless you today, and watch over you and keep you In
    good health. In your spare time pray for the poor souls in purgatory, the homeless and the sick .

  7. Lord Jesus give me the heart to love your people unconditionally. Give me the grace to imitate Jonathan in his love for David.

  8. Lord, You have taught us
    that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
    send Your Holy Spirit
    and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
    the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
    without which whoever lives is counted dead before You.

    We are a selfish, egocentric people – I, me, mine – preoccupied with our own comfort and dreadful of inconvenience. We fear being bothered. To love as You love, without measure, is impossible for us.

    Our only hope is that You, considering our lowliness, will
    grant us the power of true love, of holy love, for Your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
    who is alive and reigns with You,
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever.

    Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.

    St. Joseph, make us a truly loving and generous people.

    Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  9. If you live in me, and my word stay part of you, you may ask what you will——-And it will be done for you.—-Jn 15:7
    Reflection. We cannot comprehend the power that a pure soul has over God.
    Is it not the sole that does God’s will, but God who does the souls will. —-St. John Vianney
    Prayer. Enable me to live a life of purity that will make me live in You.Let me be so united with You that whatever I might ask will be in total accord with Your will for me.

  10. What have we done to gain such friendship from Jesus Christ? Nothing, it si a pure gift, and one we should take with all heart. “I no longer call you servants but friends.” Jesus, may we truly live as you have given to us to live in your love poured out in our heart by your loving Spirit.

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