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

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Office of Readings for the Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

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.


Bethlehem, of noblest cities
none can once with thee compare;
thou alone the Lord from heaven
didst for us incarnate bear.

Fairer than the sun at morning
was the star that told his birth;
to the lands their God announcing,
seen in fleshly form on earth.

By its lambent beauty guided
see the eastern kings appear;
see them bend, their gifts to offer,
gifts of incense, gold and myrrh.

Solemn things of mystic meaning:
incense doth the God disclose,
gold a royal child proclaimeth,
myrrh a future tomb foreshows.

Holy Jesus, in thy brightness
to the Gentile world displayed,
with the Father and the Spirit
endless praise to thee be paid.

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Ant. 1 Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad in the presence of the Lord, for he has come.

Psalm 96
The Lord, king and judge of the world

A new theme now inspires their praise of God; they belong to the Lamb (see Revelation 14:3).

O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.
Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.

The Lord is great and worthy of praise,
to be feared above all gods;
the gods of the heathens are naught.
It was the Lord who made the heavens,
his are majesty and state and power
and splendor in his holy place.

Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power;
give the Lord the glory of his name.
Bring an offering and enter his courts,
worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him.

Proclaim to the nations God is king.
The world he made firm in its place;
he will judge the people in fairness.

Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice,
all the trees of the wood shout for joy

at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
With justice he will rule the world,
he will judge the peoples with his truth.

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. Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad in the presence of the Lord, for he has come.

Ant. 2 A light has dawned for the just; joy has come to the upright of heart, alleluia.

Psalm 97
The glory of the Lord in his decrees for the world

This psalm foretells a world-wide salvation and that peoples of all nations will believe in Christ (St. Athanasius).

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right.

A fire prepares his path;
it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
the earth trembles at the sight.

The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.

Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
those who boast of their worthless gods.
All you spirits, worship him.

Zion hears and is glad;
the people of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you indeed are the Lord
most high above all the earth,
exalted far above all spirits.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he guards the souls of his saints;
he sets them free from the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
give glory to his holy name.

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. A light has dawned for the just; joy has come to the upright of heart, alleluia.

Ant. 3 The Lord has made known his saving power, alleluia.

Psalm 98
The Lord triumphs in his judgment

This psalm tells of the Lord’s first coming and that people of all nations will believe in him (St. Athanasius).

Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.

The Lord has made know his salvation;
has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love
for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
ring out your joy.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
with the sound of music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
acclaim the King, the Lord.

Let the sea and all within it, thunder;
the world, and all its peoples.
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy

at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness.

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. The Lord has made known his saving power, alleluia.

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.

In these last days God has spoken to us through his Son.
The Word through whom he made all things.


First reading
From the letter to the Colossians
Our faith in Christ

I tell you all this so that no one may delude you with specious arguments. I may be absent in body but I am with you in spirit, happy to see good order among you and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Continue, therefore, to live in Christ Jesus the Lord, in the spirit in which you received him. Be rooted in him and built up in him, growing ever stronger in faith, as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.

See to it that no one deceives you through any empty, seductive philosophy that follows mere human traditions, a philosophy based on cosmic powers rather than on Christ.

In Christ the fullness of deity resides in bodily form. Yours is a share of this fullness, in him who is the head of every principality and power.

You were also circumcised in him, not with the circumcision administered by hand but with Christ’s circumcision which strips off the carnal body completely. In baptism you were not only buried with him but also raised to life with him because you believed in the power of God who raised him from the dead. Even when you were dead in sin and your flesh was uncircumcised, God gave you new life in company with Christ. He pardoned all our sins.

He canceled the bond that stood against us with all its claims, snatching it up and nailing it to the cross. Thus did God disarm the principalities and powers. He made a public show of them and, leading them off captive, triumphed in the person of Christ.

RESPONSORY Colossians 2:9, 10, 12

The fullness of divinity lives in Christ’s humanity;
he is the head over every power and authority.

In baptism we were buried with Christ, and in baptism we have risen to a new life with him through our faith in the power of God.
He is the head over every power and authority.

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope
The birthday of the Lord is the birthday of peace!

Although the state of infancy, which the majesty of the Son of God did not disdain to assume, developed with the passage of time into maturity of manhood, and although after the triumph of the passion and the resurrection all his lowly acts undertaken on our behalf belong to the past, nevertheless today’s feast of Christmas renews for us the sacred beginning of Jesus’ life, his birth from the Virgin Mary. In the very act in which we are reverencing the birth of our Savior, we are also celebrating our own new birth. For the birth of Christ is the origin of the Christian people; and the birthday of the head is also the birthday of the body.

Though each and every individual occupies a definite place in this body to which he has been called, and though all the progeny of the church is differentiated and marked with the passage of time, nevertheless as the whole community of the faithful, once begotten in the baptismal font, was crucified with Christ in the passion, raised up with him in the resurrection and at the ascension placed at the right hand of the Father, so too it is born with him in this Nativity, which we are celebrating today.

For every believer regenerated in Christ, no matter in what part of the whole world he may be, breaks with that ancient way of life that derives from original sin, and by rebirth is transformed into a new man. Henceforth he is reckoned to be of the stock, not of his earthly father, but of Christ, who became Son of Man precisely that men could become sons of God; for unless in humility he had come down to us, none of us by our own merits could ever go up to him.

Therefore the greatness of the gift which he has bestowed on us demands an appreciation proportioned to its excellence; for blessed Paul the Apostle truly teaches: We have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. The only way that he can be worthily honored by us is by the presentation to him of that which he has already given to us.

But what can we find in the treasure of the Lord’s bounty more in keeping with the glory of this feast than that peace which was first announced by the angelic choir on the day of his birth? For that peace, from which the sons of God spring, sustains love and mothers unity; it refreshes the blessed and shelters eternity; its characteristic function and special blessing is to join to God those whom it separates from this world.

Therefore, may those who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God, offer to the Father their harmony as sons united in peace; and may all those whom he has adopted as his members meet in the firstborn of the new creation who came not to do his own will but the will of the one who sent him; for the grace of the Father has adopted as heirs neither the contentious nor the dissident, but those who are one in thought and love. The hearts and minds of those who have been reformed according to one and the same image should be in harmony with one another.

The birthday of the Lord is the birthday of peace, as Paul the Apostle says: For he is our peace, who has made us both one; for whether we be Jew or Gentile, through him we have access in one Spirit to the Father.

RESPONSORY Ephesians 2:13-14, 17

You were once far away from God, but now you have been brought very near through the blood of Christ.
He himself is our peace who has made us all one.

Christ came to proclaim the good news to us: peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.
He himself is our peace who has made us all one.


You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.


Almighty and ever-living God,
who in the Nativity of your Son
established the beginning and fulfillment of all religion,
grant, we pray, that we may be numbered
among those who belong to him,
in whom is the fullness of human salvation.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Acclamation (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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19 thoughts on “Office of Readings

  1. Prayers to all those throughout salvation history who
    have kept vigil looking forward to the Day of the Lord.
    We ask the Lord to prepare us to receive the many rich
    graces of the New Year with souls inflamed by faith.
    Let us welcome the New Year in a spirit of praise, for
    praise is that form of prayer which recognizes that God
    is God. Praise lauds God for his own sake and glorifies
    him simply because HE IS. This posture of praise is the
    most apt way to greet our Incarnate Savior.
    Psalm 42 2-6
    As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
    My being thirsts for God, the living God.
    When can I go and see the face of God?
    My tears have been my food day and night,
    as they ask daily, “Where is your God?”
    Those times I recall
    as I pour out my soul,
    When I went in procession with the crowd,
    I went with them to the house of God,
    Amid loud cries of thanksgiving,
    with the multitude keeping festival.
    Why are you downcast, my soul;
    why do you groan within me?
    Wait for God, whom I shall praise again,
    my savior and my God.

  2. Bible Verses for the New Year

    Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

    Psalm 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

    Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

    Romans 13:11-13 – Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

    2 Peter 1:3-10 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love…

  3. Lord Jesus thank you for the gift of this day, my birthday celebration. Thank you for all the wonderful blessings you have showered on me and my family and relatives. Thanks for the gift of friends and people who have ever cared for me. Bless them and reward their generosity towards me. As this year ends, enable me to step into the new year with open mind towards all,peace of mind, better health and greater ability to continue loving and serving you in our ministry of love and service to your people. Lord, bless me. Amen.

  4. Dear God, thank You in advance for all the blessings You have in store for each and everyone of us and for all creation. Please remove from us every obstacle that could impede our experiencing all Your delights. Make us pure of heart so that we see You.

    You are our Peace.
    We praise you;
    You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
    You are the eternal Father:
    All creation worships you.


  5. I ask your prayers for our lives to have purpose. We are 76 and 78, and have recently moved to a Senior Living home. Kids are supposed to fix up our house but I fear that money for here will be gone before anything gets done. Husband has Parkinson’s. I am a secular Carmelite and need to get back to meetings. Please lead us Lord.

    • Dear God, dear Father, Dear Son, Dear Holy Spirit, we lift this GrandMa and GrandPa and other couples in their situation. They have nobody else but You O God, You know their needs, please please listen to their prayers.

      Bless all Grandparents and keep them in Your care.Bless them with peace, health and healing. Reward them for their Faith and fidelity, for their work and goodness, for their love and thoughtfulness, for their gifts and prayers. Give them a long and happy life together. May old age come to them in the company of family and friends. And when life is over, unite them again, where parting will be no more, in the Kingdom of Your love.

  6. I want to give thanks for my prayers that were answered. One of my family was quite ill and in the hospital. God saw fit to allow my son to come home and is doing well. Thank you Lord.

  7. Today is our wedding anniversary and we would love for Your prayers to guide us toward more years. I must admit sometimes it is really hard but the love and Grace of our dear savior helps us to continue. Our prayer life together has been strong but the devil continues his work. Donnie the other half of this marriage is a wonderful man and tries everything to please me for which I am grateful. We are hoping and praying for another 35 years. Thank you and God bless you as it has been my privilege to be part of your group. A happy and blessed new year for everyone

      • Happy Anniversary to you Margaret, may the peace and joy of the Lord remain with you and your family. Be assured of my prayers.
        I equally thanking God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for making it possible that I see this Day 31st of December, 2020. I offer myself, my biological and religious family to you God almighty, pardon our offenses and accept my thanks for all what you did for us.
        Grant eternal rest to the dead, especially Christian Nduka that died 12/28/20.
        Lead us safely into 2021 Lord. Please take control of COVID 19.

  8. Today my son will marry. Though it is outside the Church and not sacramental yet it is a great comfort that he and his bride have chosen what natural law prescribes. The theme of peace in the Office of Readings is cause for hope that they will one day choose to bless their marriage with the sacrament and baptize their children. For this I pray.

  9. I also give thanks to our awesome God for my life, for leading me to service through the Diaconate, for my birthday which is also today God Bless my family and all people
    Deacon Brian Stidsen

  10. Father you created us for a purpose and had a good plan for each of us. Please Lord never allow me to be off your plan for me and do so to all your children that are will and ready to follow you Amen. Thank you Lord for allowing us to reach this day and the rest of our life is in your hand Lord.

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