Office of Readings for Sunday in the 26th week of Ordinary Time

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Office of Readings for Monday 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

Most ancient of all mysteries,
before your throne we lie;
have mercy now, most merciful,
most Holy Trinity.

When heaven and earth were still unmade,
when time was yet unknown,
you in your radiant majesty
did live and love alone.

You were not born; there was no source
from which your being flowed;
there is no end which you can reach:
for you are simply God.

How wonderful creation is,
the work which you did bless!
what then must you be like dear God,
eternal Loveliness!

Most ancient of all mysteries,
before your throne we lie;
have mercy now and ever more,
most Holy Trinity.

𝄞"Most Ancient of all Mysteries" by Rebecca Hincke • Words: Frederick William Faber, 1849; Music: St. Flavian; Artist: Rebecca Hincke; Copyright 2016 Surgeworks • Albums that contain this Hymn: Divine Office

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Bow down and hear me, Lord; come to my rescue.

Psalm 31
A troubled person’s confident appeal to God

Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46).

I

In you, O Lord, I take refuge.
Let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, set me free,
hear me and speedily rescue me.

Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mighty stronghold to save me,
for you are my rock, my stronghold.
For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

Release me from the snares they have hidden
for you are my refuge, Lord.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
It is you who will redeem me, Lord.

O God of truth, you detest
those who worship false and empty gods.
As for me, I trust in the Lord:
let me be glad and rejoice in your love.

You have seen my affliction
and taken heed of my soul’s distress,
have not handed me over to the enemy,
but set my feet at large.

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. Bow down and hear me, Lord; come to my rescue.

Ant. 2 Lord, let the light of your countenance shine on your servant.

II

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I am in distress.
Tears have wasted my eyes,
my throat and my heart.

For my life is spent with sorrow
and my years with sighs.
Affliction has broken down my strength
and my bones waste away.

In the face of all my foes
I am a reproach,
an object of scorn to my neighbors
and of fear to my friends.

Those who see me in the street
run far away from me.
I am like a dead man, forgotten,
like a thing thrown away.

I have heard the slander of the crowd,
fear is all around me,
as they plot together against me,
as they plan to take my life.

But as for me, I trust in you, Lord,
I say: “You are my God.
My life is in your hands, deliver me
from the hands of those who hate me.

Let your face shine on your servant.
Save me in 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.

Ant. Lord, let the light of your countenance shine on your servant.

Ant. 3 Blessed be the Lord, for he has poured out his mercy upon me.

III

How great is the goodness, Lord,
that you keep for those who fear you,
that you show to those who trust you
in the sight of men.

You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plotting of men:
you keep them safe within your tent
from disputing tongues.

Blessed be the Lord who has shown me
the wonders of his love
in a fortified city.

“I am far removed from your sight,”
I said in my alarm.
Yet you heard the voice of my plea
when I cried for help.

Love the Lord, all you saints.
He guards his faithful
but the Lord will repay to the full
those who act with pride.

Be strong, let your heart take courage,
all who hope in 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

God of kindness and truth, you saved your Chosen One, Jesus Christ, and you gave your martyrs strength. Watch over your people who come to you here and strengthen the hearts of those who hope in you, that they may proclaim your saving acts of kindness in the eternal city.

Ant. Blessed be the Lord, for he has poured out his mercy upon me.

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.

Guide me in the way of your truth and teach me.
For you are my saving God.

READINGS

First reading
From the second book of Samuel
15:7-14, 24-30; 16:5-13
The rebellion of Absalom and David’s flight

Absalom said to the king: “Allow me to go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the Lord. For while living in Geshur in Aram, your servant made this vow: ‘If the Lord ever brings me back to Jerusalem, I will worship him in Hebron.'” The king wished him a safe journey, and he went off to Hebron. Then Absalom sent spies throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “When you hear the sound of the horn, declare Absalom king in Hebron.” Two hundred men had accompanied Absalom from Jerusalem. They had been invited and went in good faith, knowing nothing of the plan. Absalom also sent to Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, an invitation to come from his town, Giloh, for the sacrifices he was about to offer. So the conspiracy gained strength, and the people with Absalom increased in numbers.

An informant came to David with the report, “The Israelites have transferred their loyalty to Absalom.” At this, David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem: “Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom. Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us, then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword.”

Zadok, too [with all the Levite bearers of the ark of the covenant of God], and Abiathar brought the ark of God to a halt until the soldiers had marched out of the city. Then the king said to Zadok: “Take the ark of God back to the city. If I find favor with the Lord, he will bring me back and permit me to see it and its lodging. But if he should say, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ I am ready; let him do to me as he sees fit.” The king also said to the priest Zadok: “See to it that you and Abiathar return to the city in peace, and both your sons with you, your own son Ahimaaz, and Abiathar’s son Jonathan. Remember, I shall be waiting at the fords near the desert until I receive information from you.” So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and remained there. As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing. His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot. All those who were with him also had their heads covered and were weeping as they went.

As David was approaching Bahurim, a man named Shimei, the son of Gera of the same clan as Saul’s family, was coming out of the place, cursing as he came. He threw stones at David and at all the king’s officers, even though all the soldiers, including the royal guard, were on David’s right and on his left. Shimei was saying as he cursed: “Away, away, you murderous and wicked man! The Lord has requited you for all the bloodshed in the family of Saul, in whose stead you became king, and the Lord has given over the kingdom to your son Absalom. And now you suffer ruin because you are a murderer.”

Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king: “Why should this dead dog curse my Lord the king? Let me go over, please, and lop off his head.” But the king replied: “What business is it of mine or of yours, sons of Zeruiah, that he curses? Suppose the Lord has told him to curse David; who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?'” Then the king said to Abishai and to all his servants: “If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life, how much more might this Benjaminite do so! Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for the curses he is uttering this day.” David and his men continued on the road, while Shimei kept abreast of them on the hillside, all the while cursing and throwing stones and dirt as he went.

RESPONSORY Psalm 41:10; Mark 14:18

Even my closest friend who had my trust,
he who ate at my table, has turned against me.

One of you who is eating with me is about to betray me.
He who ate at my table, has turned against me.

Second reading
From a letter to the Corinthians by Saint Clement, pope
Seek the good of all, not personal advantage

The command has been written: Cling to the saints, for those who cling to them will be sanctified. There is a passage in Scripture as well which states: With the innocent man you will be innocent, and with the chosen one you will be chosen also; likewise with the perverse you will deal perversely. Devote yourselves, then, to the innocent and the just; they are God’s chosen ones. Why are there strife and passion, schisms and even war among you? Do we not possess the same Spirit of grace which was given to us and the same calling in Christ? Why do we tear apart and divide the body of Christ? Why do we revolt against our own body? Why do we reach such a degree of insanity that we forget that we are members of one another? Do not forget the words of Jesus our Lord: Woe to that man; it would be better for him if he had not been born rather than scandalize one of my chosen ones. Indeed it would be better for him to have a great millstone round his neck and to be drowned in the sea than that he lead astray one of my chosen ones. Your division has led many astray, has made many doubt, has made many despair, and has brought grief upon us all. And still your rebellion continues.

Pick up the letter of blessed Paul the apostle. What did he write to you at the beginning of his ministry? Even then you had developed factions. So Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote to you concerning himself and Cephas and Apollos. But that division involved you in less sin because you were supporting apostles of high reputation and a person approved by them.

We should put an end to this division immediately. Let us fall down before our master and implore his mercy with our tears. Then he will be reconciled to us and restore us to the practice of brotherly love that befits us. For this is the gate of justice that leads to life, as it is written: Open to me the gates of justice. When I have entered there, I shall praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the just shall enter through it. There are many gates which stand open, but the gate of justice is the gateway of Christ. All who enter through this gate are blessed, pursuing their way in holiness and justice, performing all their tasks without discord. A person may be faithful; he may have the power to utter hidden mysteries; he may be discriminating in the evaluation of what is said and pure in his actions. But the greater he seems to be, the more humbly he ought to act, and the more zealous he should be for the common good rather than his own interest.

RESPONSORY 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22; Job 29:15-16

Though I am not bound to anyone,
I became a slave to all.
To the weak I became weak.
I became all things to all men
that I might at least save some.

I was eyes for the blind and feet for the lame;
I was a father to the poor.
I became all things to all men
that I might at least save some.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who in the abasement of your Son
have raised up a fallen world,
fill your faithful with holy joy,
for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin
you bestow eternal gladness.
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.

17 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. Great Lord you made it possible for us to see today July 4th, 2022. Bless us and our families and country. Grant eternal rest to all the dead and peace to all the living Amen

  2. Prayer for Our Country, July 4th, 2022

    Almighty God, bless this our land and nation and may we be defended by justice, good laws, love amongst ourselves and good neighborliness.

    Guide, Guard and protect us from fear, confusion, natural and man-made calamities and all wars, except the war of fighting the evil one.

    Shower Your wisdom and love to all our leaders including our president so that they may have good vision to steer us from communism into the peaceful, loving, united and Christian nation our Founders set us to be.

    Lord God help our citizenry to be more patriotic and make all of us aware of our rights, duties and responsibilities as we endeavor to continue to become the City on a Hill. Rid us of all the perversions of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty that the enemy has flooded our society. Protect our children from banalities.

    God our creator, Make all the people of this land know that You created them and that You have a will that You would like everybody to fulfill while we are here on earth. Help us to fathom, discern and know clearly Your will, so that we can fulfill it and help all the other nations know Your will too.

    We pray all these through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

    Lord, free the Catholic Church from satan and the evil spirits who have fomented divisions and schisms. Save Bishops, Priests, and Religious who are in the jaws of satan.

    O Jesus, have mercy on us and send the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and save us. Dear Mother, St. Michael and all the Saints and the Host of Angels, drive the unholy spirits from the Church, free us from arrogance, help us be humble and subject to God’s Holy Will in our lives and in everything. Thy Will be done, Lord, and give us the strength to see and do what You will.

    Do not trust us Lord for we are not trustworthy. On You alone is our Trust. Amen.

  3. Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests.
    Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

    Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
    Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

    Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
    Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

    Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
    Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

    Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

    On Priests who are working outside the Magisterium of Your Church, Dear Jesus, who are oppressed by the rebellious and arrogant and deceitful spirit, who are sowing seeds of discord and fomenting unrest among the laity, have mercy on them. We immerse them in the ocean of Your Mercy; O blood and water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, we trust in You. O blood and water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, we trust in You. O blood and water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I/we trust in You.

    Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion—inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

    We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.

    Amen.

    • Amen. Dear Lord please give the grace of acceptance to all of the humble and holy men and women you are calling to serve your flock. May they joyfully accept your call as Our Blessed Mother Mary and her chaste spouse Joseph answered “yes”. Please send vocations Holy Father, amen.

  4. Thank you Lord for the gift of this new day and for the gift of our lives. Bless my family and grant each of us what they need. Shower your graces on us.I present Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to you Lord. Bless him, uphold him and free him from the power of his enemies. Grant his heart ‘s desire for his people. Amen.

  5. Lord may we put all our trust in you, in good and bad times. Never allow us to follow the crowd. Give us your protection in all we do or say. May be what you what each of us to be. May your grace be sufficient for Amen.
    Grant eternal rest to Sir Christopher Nwachukwu. Console the entire family.

  6. God help me, assist my determination to constantly pray all the Liturgy of the Hours. I am a dog face no good failed father needing to find my hole to pray in…

  7. Dear God, please put an end to the conflicts within the Catholic Church and have all the factions be faithful to Pope Francis and Vatican ll. O Jesus, have mercy on us and send the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and save us. Dear Mother, St. Michael and all the Saints and the Host of Angels, drive the unholy spirits from the Church, free us from arrogance, help us be humble and subject to God’s Holy Will in our lives and in everything. Thy Will be done, Lord, and give us the strength to see and do what You will. Do not trust us Lord for we are not trustworthy. On You alone is our Trust. Amen.

  8. Dear Lord Jesus, please give me the strength & the time to fulfill all the duties of my life everyday especially my prayer life. Keep me in the right path, O Lord & do not let me be distracted by the mundane world, thru the intercession of Mary your most holy Mother, & St. Joseph her most chaste spouse. Amen!

  9. Today’s 2nd reading,

    From a letter to the Corinthians by Saint Clement, pope
    in the Office, seems to be directed to the prevaricating sodomites in the USCCB.

    Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

  10. Pleasing Christ

    A desire to please Christ is not something extra for the Christian. It is basic to Christian sanctity. It is not a desert, but the main course-Not a sideshow, but the main tent; It is a controlling force to which we have committed our lives. We have abandoned everything else. In time, applause and pleas of the world have a hollow ring.We are marching to a different drum beat. His smile is Singularly Our greatest delight! This is the lifestyle of love.

  11. Sacred Heart of Jesus,

    Watch over your Church this day and all your members. Grant, we beg of you this grace, that we may have the grace to labor and obtain the graces, temporal and eternal, to serve and praise your holy Name, in thought, word, and deed, and bring you glory in all of our actions.

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