Office of Readings for Tuesday in the 20th week of Ordinary Time or St. Stephen of Hungary

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 615
Proper of Seasons: 128
Psalter: Tuesday, Week IV, 1129

Christian Prayer:
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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.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Lord, let my cry come to you; do not hide your face from me.

Psalm 102
The longings and prayers of an exile

God comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4).

I

O Lord, listen to my prayer
and let my cry for help reach you.
Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Turn your ear towards me
and answer me quickly when I call.

For my days are vanishing like smoke,
my bones burn away like a fire.
My heart is withered like the grass.
I forget to eat my bread.
I cry with all my strength
and my skin clings to my bones.

I have become like a pelican in the wilderness,
like an owl in desolate places.
I lie awake and I moan
like some lonely bird on a roof.
All day long my foes revile me;
those who hate me use my name as a curse.

The bread I eat is ashes;
my drink is mingled with tears.
In your anger, Lord, and your fury
you have lifted me up and thrown me down.
My days are like a passing shadow
and I wither away like the grass.

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 my cry come to you; do not hide your face from me.

Ant. 2 Be attentive, Lord, to the prayer of the helpless.

II

But you, O Lord, will endure for ever
and your name from age to age.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion:
for this is the time to have mercy;
yes, the time appointed has come
for your servants love her very stones,
are moved with pity even for her dust.

The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
and all the earth’s kings your glory,
when the Lord shall build up Zion again
and appear in all his glory.
Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
he will not despise their prayers.

Let this be written for ages to come
that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
He looked down from heaven to the earth
that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
and free those condemned to die.

The sons of your servants shall dwell untroubled
and their race shall endure before you
that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion
and his praise in the heart of Jerusalem,
when peoples and kingdoms are gathered together
to pay their homage 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.

Ant. Be attentive, Lord, to the prayer of the helpless.

Ant. 3 You, O Lord, established the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

III

He has broken my strength in mid-course;
he has shortened the days of my life.
I say to God: “Do not take me away
before my days are complete,
you, whose days last from age to age.

Long ago you founded the earth
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish but you will remain.
They will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like clothes that are changed.
But you neither change, nor have an end.”

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 live in the hearts of your saints, and so have built up Zion. May you always show your greatness through their good works.

Ant. You, O Lord, established the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

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.

Listen, my people, to my teaching.
Give ear to the words I speak.

READINGS

First reading
From the book of the prophet Isaiah
7:1-17
In the face of the threat of war a sign is given–Immanuel

In the days of Ahaz, king of Judah, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, king of Israel, son of Remaliah, went up to attack Jerusalem, but they were not able to conquer it.

When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim, the heart of the king and heart of the people trembled, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind. Then the Lord said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shearjashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller’s field, and say to him:

Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail before these two stumps of smoldering brands [the blazing anger of Rezin and the Arameans, and of the son of Remaliah], because of the mischief that Aram [Ephraim and the son of Remaliah] plots against you, saying, “Let us go up and tear Judah asunder, make it our own by force, and appoint the son of Tabeel king there.”

Thus says the Lord:
This shall not stand, it shall not be!
Damascus is the capital of Aram,
and Rezin the head of Damascus;
Samaria is the capital of Ephraim,
and Remaliah’s son the head of Samaria.
But within sixty years and five,
Ephraim shall be crushed, no longer a nation.
Unless your faith is firm
you shall not be firm!

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!”

Then he said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good. For before the child learns to reject the bad and choose the good, the land of those two kings whom you dread shall be deserted.

The Lord shall bring upon you and your people and your father’s house days worse than any since Ephraim seceded from Judah. [This means the king of Assyria.]

RESPONSORY Isaiah 7:14; 8:10; Luke 1:30, 31

A virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall name him Immanuel,
for God is with us.

Do not be afraid, Mary;
behold, you shall conceive and bear a son.
And shall name him Immanuel,
for God is with us.

Second reading
From a homily in praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot
Prepared by the Most High, prefigured by the patriarchs

It was fitting that the Virgin should give birth only to God; and it was also fitting that God should be born only of the Virgin. Accordingly, the Creator of mankind, in order that he might become a man by being born a human being, had to seek out from among all mankind and designate as his mother a woman he knew would be worthy of him and pleasing to him. And so he chose a sinless virgin, that he might be born sinless and free of all stain. He chose a humble virgin, from whom he might come forth meek and humble of heart, to display a most necessary and salutary model of these virtues for all mankind. Thus he allowed a virgin to conceive, in whom he had earlier inspired a vow of virginity, and required of her the merit of humility.

Otherwise how could the angel afterward pronounce her full of grace, if she had the slightest good quality which did not come from grace? Thus she, who was to conceive and bring forth the holy of holies, must be sanctified physically and so she received the gift of virginity; that she might be sanctified spiritually, she received the gift of humility.

The Virgin then, adorned like a queen with the jewels of virtue, shone with the glory of body and soul; and seen on high as radiantly beautiful, she so attracted the inhabitants of heaven that she moved the heart of the King with desire for her and brought down from above the heavenly message. Scripture says: The angel was sent to a virgin. For she was truly virgin in body, virgin in mind, a virgin by her special calling, sanctified, as the Apostle reminds us, in both mind and body. This came about by no unforeseen or accidental occurrence; she was chosen from eternity, foreknown and prepared by the Most High for himself, guarded by the angels, prefigured by the patriarchs, and promised by the prophets.

RESPONSORY Luke 1:35; Psalm 45:11, 12

The Holy Spirit will come down upon you, Mary,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
This holy child, to be born of you, will be called the Son of God.

Hear, my daughter, listen and consider this:
the King will desire your beauty.
This holy child, to be born of you, will be called the Son of God.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
fill our hearts, we pray,
with the warmth of your love, so that,
loving you in all things and above all things,
we may attain your promises,
which surpass every human desire.
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.

10 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. Pierre Toussaint, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, Mother Henriette Delille, Julia Greeley, Father Augustus Tolton, Sister Bertha Elizabeth Bowman:
    Please ask our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to end racism throughout the world through the act of His Divine Will, all wars will cease to exist, the lion will lie down with the lamb, the Body of Christ will bear lasting fruit that will prove itself in praise before, during, and long after celebrations in His Holy Name have concluded. May your children willingly submit to suffer in your kingdom on earth going out among all who do not know of your Son, Jesus; teach; and baptize in the Name of the Father, and the, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  2. St. Stephen of Hungary pray for us. I pray for the end of the war between the Ukraine and Russia. I pray for the victims of Nigeria, Uvalde, Texas and for the Coptic Christian victims in Giza, Egypt in Jesus’s name. St. Stephen of Hungary pray for us.

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  4. We should give the LORD our full Praise and Glory to GOD.
    We must put GOD first in our life.
    May GOD watch over us and guide us in our undertakings. .LORD have mercy on us..

  5. Please offer a Hail Mary today for my son Rich who is celebrating his 45th birthday. Please ask our heavenly Mother to guide him back to the faith.

  6. This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, to be poured out in behalf Of many for the forgiveness of sins. —Mt.26-28

    Reflection. The Eucharist may be termed a perpetual Calvary.
    Without it how many times God’s wrath would have erupted on our heads!
    Prayer. Heavenly Father, make me realize that the Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s action that freed me of my sins. Help me to participate devotedly in every Eucharist and obtain the grace to avoid sin.

  7. Good morning, God, good morning Blessed Mother, good morning St Joseph and All Saints, good morning St. Michael and All Angels. good morning Souls in Purgatory. Thank You God for attending to us while we slept. You were and are, always, with every soul, living and dead, and in every situation in every corner of the world, in all creation. For You are powerful love, wise love, sweet love, mild and gentle love. And You listen to the prayers of the helpless.

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Give praise to the Father Almighty,
    To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord,
    To the Spirit who lives in our hearts,
    both now and forever.

    Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”

    Help us to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill us with love and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those now in critical situations like in Afghanistan, Haiti, Lebanon, Nigeria, Taiwan. Dear Mother, evil seems to be having the upper hand everywhere. Give us the grace to trust, to hope, to believe that You are bathing us in the Most Precious Blood of your Son, Jesus Christ.

    On behalf of those who are deprived, teach us how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give us a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

    “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

    Fight for us, Warrior Queen and Mother, help us for we are utterly helpless and inadequate on our own.

    Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. … O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace. Amen.

  8. Dear Lord God, guide my footsteps & lead me to the right decision. Please keep us safe & healthy thru Jesus Christ your son, our Lord! Amen

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