October 24, 2019; Morning Prayer for Thursday in Ordinary Time

October 24, 2019; Morning Prayer for Thursday 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

Behold the golden Dawn arise;

The paling night forsakes the skies:

Those shades that hid the world from view,

And us to dang’rous error drew.

May this new day be calmly passed,

May we keep pure while it shall last:

Nor let our lips from truth depart,

Nor dark designs engage the heart.

So may the day speed on; the tongue

No falsehood know, the hands no wrong:

Our eyes from wanton gaze refrain,

No guilt our guarded bodies stain.

For God all-seeing from on high

Surveys us with a watchful eye:

Each day our every act he knows

From early dawn to evening’s close.

All laud to God the Father be;

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Awake, lyre and harp, with praise let us awake the dawn.

Psalm 57

Morning prayer in affliction

This psalm tells of our Lord’s passion (St. Augustine).

Have mercy on me, God, have mercy

for in you my soul has taken refuge.

In the shadow of your wings I take refuge

till the storms of destruction pass by.

I call to God the Most High,

to God who has always been my help.

May he send from heaven and save me

and shame those who assail me.

May God send his truth and his love.

My soul lies down among lions,

who would devour the sons of men.

Their teeth are spears and arrows,

their tongue a sharpened sword.

O God, arise above the heavens;

may your glory shine on earth!

They laid a snare for my steps,

my soul was bowed down.

They dug a pit in my path

but fell in it themselves.

My heart is ready, O God,

my heart is ready.

I will sing, I will sing your praise.

Awake, my soul,

awake, lyre and harp,

I will awake the dawn.

I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples,

among the nations I will praise you,

for your love reaches to the heavens

and your truth to the skies.

O God, arise above the heavens;

may your glory shine on earth!

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, send your mercy and your truth to rescue us from the snares of the devil, and we will praise you among the peoples and proclaim you to the nations, happy to be known as companions of your Son.

Ant. Awake, lyre and harp, with praise let us awake the dawn.

Ant. 2 My people, says the Lord, will be filled with my blessings.

Canticle – Jeremiah 31:10-14

The happiness of a people who have been redeemed

Jesus was to die… to gather God’s scattered children into one fold (John 11:51, 52).

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,

proclaim it on distant coasts and say:

He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,

he guards them as a shepherd his flock.

The Lord shall ransom Jacob,

he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.

Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,

they shall come streaming to the Lord’s blessings:

the grain, the wine, and the oil,

the sheep and the oxen;

they themselves shall be like watered gardens,

never again shall they languish.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,

and young men and old as well.

I will turn their mourning into joy,

I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.

I will lavish choice portions upon the priests,

and my people shall be filled with my blessings,

says 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. My people, says the Lord, will be filled with my blessings.

Ant. 3 The Lord is great and worthy to be praised in the city of our God.

Psalm 48

Thanksgiving for the people’s deliverance

He took me up a high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, God’s holy city (Revelation 21:10).

The Lord is great and worthy to be praised

in the city of our God.

His holy mountain rises in beauty,

the joy of all the earth.

Mount Zion, true pole of the earth,

the Great King’s city!

God, in the midst of its citadels,

has shown himself its stronghold.

For the kings assembled together,

together they advanced.

They saw; at once they were astounded;

dismayed, they fled in fear.

A trembling seized them there,

like the pangs of birth.

By the east wind you have destroyed

the ships of Tarshish.

As we have heard, so we have seen

in the city of our God,

in the city of the Lord of hosts

which God upholds for ever.

O God, we ponder your love

within your temple.

Your praise, O God, like your name

reaches the ends of the earth.

With justice your right hand is filled.

Mount Zion rejoices;

the people of Judah rejoice

at the sight of your judgments.

Walk through Zion, walk all round it;

count the number of its towers.

Review all its ramparts,

examine its castles,

that you may tell the next generation

that such is our God,

our God for ever and always.

It is he who leads us.

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

Father, the body of your risen Son is the temple not made by human hands and the defending wall of the new Jerusalem. May this holy city, built of living stones, shine with spiritual radiance and witness to your greatness in the sight of all nations.

Ant. The Lord is great and worthy to be praised in the city of our God.

READING Isaiah 66:1-2

Thus says the Lord:

The heavens are my throne,

and the earth is my footstool.

What kind of house can you build for me;

what is to be my resting place?

My hand made all these things

when all of them came to be, says the Lord.

This is the one whom I approve:

the lowly and afflicted man who trembles at my word.

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.

RESPONSORY

From the depths of my heart I cry to you; hear me, O Lord.

— From the depths of my heart I cry to you; hear me, O Lord.

I will do what you desire;

— hear me, O Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

— From the depths of my heart I cry to you; hear me, O Lord.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Let us serve the Lord in holiness, and he will save us from our enemies.

Luke 1:68 – 79

The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way 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. Let us serve the Lord in holiness, and he will save us from our enemies.

INTERCESSIONS

The Lord Jesus Christ has given us the light of another day. In return we thank him as we cry out:

Lord, bless us and bring us close to you.

You offered yourself in sacrifice for our sins,

— accept our intentions and our work today.

Lord, bless us and bring us close to you.

You bring us joy by the light of another day,

— let the morning star rise in our hearts.

Lord, bless us and bring us close to you.

Give us strength to be patient with those we meet today,

— and so imitate you.

Lord, bless us and bring us close to you.

Make us aware of your mercy this morning, Lord,

— and let your strength be our delight.

Lord, bless us and bring us close to you.

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

All-powerful and ever-living God,

at morning, noon, and evening we pray:

cast out from our hearts the darkness of sin

and bring us to the light of your truth,

Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

— Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

— Amen.

About Today, October 24, 2019; Saint Anthony Mary Claret

October 24, 2019; Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Optional Memorial

St. Anthony Mary Claret was born near Barcelona in 1807.

The son of a wool manufacturer, he became a weaver; but at age 22, he decided to enter a seminary. 

After ordination, he discovered his heart for missionary work. In 1848, he traveled to the Canary Islands and ran retreats for 15 months. 

Upon his return, he founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as an extremely successful publishing company. 

His efforts were recognized, and at the request of Queen Isabella II of Spain, 

Pius IX made him Archbishop of Cuba.

He traveled to Cuba and served faithfully, building a hospital and numerous schools. 

At age 50, he returned to Spain and became confessor to Isabella II. 

He preached widely and established religious libraries. 

Also, he founded a scientific lab, a natural history museum, as well as a school of language and music. 

He was canonized in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti

Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Antonio Maria Claret.” 

October 23, 2019; Morning Prayer for Wednesday in Ordinary Time

October 23, 2019; Morning Prayer 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

When breaks the day, and dawn grows bright,

Christ nearer seems, the Light of Light:

From us, like shades that nighttime brings,

Drive forth, O Lord, all darksome things.

Earth’s dusky veil is torn away,

Pierced by the sparkling beams of day;

Our life resumes its hues apace,

Soon as the Daystar shows his face.

So thee, O Christ, alone we seek,

With conscience pure and temper meek:

With tears and chants we humbly pray

That thou wouldst guide us through each day.

For many’a shade obscures each sense

Which needs thy beams to purge it thence;

Light of the Morning Star, thy grace

Shed on us from thy cloudless face.

All laud to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 O Lord, in your light we see light itself.

Psalm 36

The malice of sinners and God’s goodness

No follower of mine wanders in the dark; he shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Sin speaks to the sinner

in the depths of his heart.

There is no fear of God

before his eyes.

He so flatters himself in his mind

that he knows not his guilt.

In his mouth are mischief and deceit.

All wisdom is gone.

He plots the defeat of goodness

as he lies on his bed.

He has set his foot on evil ways,

he clings to what is evil.

Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven;

your truth to the skies.

Your justice is like God’s mountain,

your judgments like the deep.

To both man and beast you give protection.

O Lord, how precious is your love.

My God, the sons of men

find refuge in the shelter of your wings.

They feast on the riches of your house;

they drink from the stream of your delight.

In you is the source of life

and in your light we see light.

Keep on loving those who know you,

doing justice for upright hearts.

Let the foot of the proud not crush me

nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.

See how the evil-doers fall!

Flung down, they shall never rise.

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 are the source of unfailing light. Give us true knowledge of your mercy so that we may renounce our pride and be filled with the riches of your house.

Ant. O Lord, in your light we see light itself.

Ant. 2 O God, you are great and glorious; we marvel at your power.

Canticle — Judith 16:2-3a, 13-15

God who created the world takes care of his people

They were singing a new song (Revelation 5:9).

Strike up the instruments,

a song to my God with timbrels,

chant to the Lord with cymbals.

Sing to him a new song,

exalt and acclaim his name.

A new hymn I will sing to my God.

O Lord, great are you and glorious,

wonderful in power and unsurpassable.

Let your every creature serve you;

for you spoke, and they were made,

you sent forth your spirit, and they were created;

no one can resist your word.

The mountains to their bases, and the seas are shaken;

the rocks, like wax, melt before your glance.

But to those who fear you,

you are very merciful.

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. O God, you are great and glorious; we marvel at your power.

Ant. 3 Exult in God’s presence with hymns of praise.

Psalm 47

The Lord Jesus is King of all

He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and his kingdom will have no end.

All peoples, clap your hands,

cry to God with shouts of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

great king over all the earth.

He subdues peoples under us

and nations under our feet.

Our inheritance, our glory, is from him,

given to Jacob out of love.

God goes up with shouts of joy;

the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

Sing praise for God, sing praise,

sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God is king of all the earth.

Sing praise with all your skill.

God is king over the nations;

God reigns on his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples are assembled

with the people of Abraham’s God.

The rulers of the earth belong to God,

to God who reigns over all.

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, King of all peoples and all ages, it is your victory we celebrate as we sing with all the skill at our command. Help us always to overcome evil by good, that we may rejoice in your triumph for ever.

Ant. Exult in God’s presence with hymns of praise.

READING Tobit 4:15a. 16a. 18a. 19

Do to no one what you yourself dislike. Give to the hungry some of your bread, and to the naked some of your clothing. Seek counsel from every wise man. At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.

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.

RESPONSORY

Incline my heart according to your will, O God.

— Incline my heart according to your will, O God.

Speed my steps along your path,

— according to your will, O God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

— Incline my heart according to your will, O God.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Show us your mercy, Lord; remember your holy covenant.

Luke 1:68-79

The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way 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. Show us your mercy, Lord; remember your holy covenant.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us give thanks to Christ and offer him continual praise, for he sanctifies us and calls us his brothers and sisters:

Lord, help your brothers grow in holiness.

With single-minded devotion we dedicate the beginnings of this day to the honor of your resurrection,

— may we make the whole day pleasing to you by our works of holiness.

Lord, help your brothers grow in holiness.

As a sign of your love, you renew each day for the sake of our well-being and happiness,

— renew us daily for the sake of your glory.

Lord, help your brothers grow in holiness.

Teach us today to recognize your presence in all men,

— especially in the poor and in those who mourn.

Lord, help your brothers grow in holiness.

Grant that we may live today in peace with all men,

— never rendering evil for evil.

Lord, help your brothers grow in holiness.

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

God our Savior,

hear our morning prayer:

help us to follow the light

and live the truth.

In you we have been born again

as sons and daughters of light:

may we be your witnesses before all the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

— Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

— Amen.

About Today, October 23, 2019; Saint John of Capistrano, Priest

About Today, October 23, 2019; Saint John of Capistrano, Priest

Optional Memorial

St. John of Capistrano was born in Italy in 1385. 

As a teen, he studied law in Perugia where he received high marks. 

After graduation, he was made governor of Perugia by King Ladislaus of Naples. 

When war broke out between Perugia and Sigismondo Malatesta of Rimini, St. John was sent as an ambassador for peace. 

He was imprisoned; but during this time, he began studying theology. 

Upon release, St. John of Capistrano gave up politics and entered the Franciscan Order. In 1425, after his ordination, he started preaching and, with his mentor St. Bernardine, gained great renown. 

Thousands would come to hear him speak and he influenced Christians in Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and Poland. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti

Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, ST

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. John of Capistran.” 

October 22, 2019; Evening Prayer for Tuesday in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2019; Evening Prayer 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

Earth’s mighty Maker, whose command

raised from the sea the solid land,

and drove each billowy heap away,

and bade the earth stand firm for aye.

That so, with flowers of golden hue,

the seeds of each it might renew;

and fruit trees bearing fruit might yield–

and pleasant pasture of the field;

Our spirit’s rankling wounds efface

with dewy freshness of thy grace:

that grief may cleanse each deed of ill,

and o’er each lust may triumph still.

Let every soul thy law obey,

and keep from every evil way;

rejoice each promised good to win

and flee from every mortal sin.

O Father, that we ask be done,

through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 God has crowned his Christ with victory.

Psalm 20

A prayer for the king’s victory

Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21).

May the Lord answer in time of trial;

may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.

May he send you help from his shrine

and give you support from Zion.

May he remember all your offerings

and receive your sacrifice with favor.

May he give you your heart’s desire

and fulfill every one of your plans.

May we ring out our joy at your victory

and rejoice in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your prayers.

I am sure now that the Lord

will give victory to his anointed,

will reply from his holy heaven

with the mighty victory of his hand.

Some trust in chariots or horses,

but we in the name of the Lord.

They will collapse and fall,

but we shall hold and stand firm.

Give victory to the king, O Lord,

give answer on the day we call.

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 accepted the perfect sacrifice of your Son upon the cross. Hear us during times of trouble and protect us by the power of his name, that we who share his struggle on earth may merit a share in his victory.

Ant. God has crowned his Christ with victory.

Ant. 2 We celebrate your mighty works with songs of praise, O Lord.

Psalm 21

Thanksgiving for the king’s victory

He accepted life that he might rise and live for ever (Saint Hilary).

O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king;

how your saving help makes him glad!

You have granted him his heart’s desire;

you have not refused the prayer of his lips.

You came to meet him with the blessings of success,

you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.

He asked you for life and this you have given,

days that will last from age to age.

Your saving help has given him glory.

You have laid upon him majesty and splendor,

you have granted your blessings to him for ever.

You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.

The king has put his trust in the Lord:

through the mercy of the Most High he shall stand firm.

O Lord, arise in your strength,

we shall sing and praise your power.

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

Father, you have given us life on this earth and have met us with the grace of redemption. Bestow your greatest blessing on us, the fullness of eternal life.

Ant. We celebrate your mighty works with songs of praise, O Lord.

Ant. 3 Lord, you have made us a kingdom and priests for God our Father.

Canticle — Revelation 4:11; 5:9, 10, 12

Redemption hymn

O Lord our God, you are worthy

to receive glory and honor and power.

For you have created all things;

by your will they came to be and were made.

Worthy are you, O Lord,

to receive the scroll and break open its seals.

For you were slain;

with your blood you purchased for God

men of every race and tongue,

of every people and nation.

You made of them a kingdom,

and priests to serve our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power and riches,

wisdom and strength,

honor and glory and praise.

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, you have made us a kingdom and priests for God our Father.

READING 1 John 3:1a, 2

See what love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God! Yet that is what we are. Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.

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.

RESPONSORY

Through all eternity, O Lord, your promise stands unshaken.

— Through all eternity, O Lord, your promise stands unshaken.

Your faithfulness will never fail;

— your promise stands unshaken.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

— Through all eternity, O Lord, your promise stands unshaken.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Luke 1:46-55

The soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.

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. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us praise Christ the Lord, who lives among us, the people he redeemed, and let us say:

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, king and ruler of nations, be with all your people and their governments,

— inspire them to pursue the good of all according to your law.

Lord, hear our prayer.

You made captive our captivity, to our brothers who are enduring bodily or spiritual chains,

— grant the freedom of the sons of God.

Lord, hear our prayer.

May our young people be concerned with remaining blameless in your sight,

— and may they generously follow your call.

Lord, hear our prayer.

May our children imitate your example,

— and grow in wisdom and grace.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Accept our dead brothers and sisters into your eternal kingdom,

— where we hope to reign with you.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth,

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty God,

we give you thanks

for bringing us safely

to this evening hour.

May this lifting up of our hands in prayer

be a sacrifice pleasing in your sight.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

— Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

— Amen.

October 21, 2019; Morning Prayer for Monday in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2019; Morning Prayer 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

O splendor of God’s glory bright,

O Thou that bringest light from light;

O Light of light, light’s living spring,

O day, all days illumining.

O Thou true Sun, on us Thy glance

Let fall in royal radiance;

The Spirit’s sanctifying beam

Upon our earthly senses stream.

The Father, too, our prayers implore,

Father of glory evermore;

The Father of all grace and might,

To banish sin from our delight.

To guide whate’er we nobly do,

With love all envy to subdue;

To make ill fortune turn to fair,

And give us grace our wrongs to bear.

Our mind be in His keeping placed

Our body true to Him and chaste,

Where only faith her fire shall feed,

To burn the tares of Satan’s seed.

And Christ to us for food shall be,

From Him our drink that welleth free,

The Spirit’s wine, that maketh whole,

And, mocking not, exalts the soul.

Now let the day in joy pass on,

Our modesty like early dawn,

Our faith like noontime splendor glow,

Our souls the twilight never know;

See morn’ pursues her shining way,

True morning all Thy beams display,

Son with the mighty Father one,

The Father holy in the Son.

All laud to God the Father be;

All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 I lift up my heart to you, O Lord, and you will hear my morning prayer.

Psalm 5

A morning prayer asking for help

Those who welcome the Word as the guest of their hearts will have abiding joy.

To my words give ear, O Lord,

give heed to my groaning.

Attend to the sound of my cries,

my King and my God.

It is you whom I invoke, O Lord.

In the morning you hear me;

in the morning I offer you my prayer,

watching and waiting.

You are no God who loves evil;

no sinner is your guest.

The boastful shall not stand their ground

before your face.

You hate all who do evil:

you destroy all who lie.

The deceitful and bloodthirsty man

the Lord detests.

But I through the greatness of your love

have access to your house.

I bow down before your holy temple,

filled with awe.

Lead me, Lord, in your justice,

because of those who lie in wait;

make clear your way before me.

No truth can be found in their mouths,

their heart is all mischief,

their throat a wide-open grave,

all honey their speech.

All those you protect shall be glad

and ring out their joy.

You shelter them; in you they rejoice,

those who love your name.

It is you who bless the just man, Lord:

you surround him with favor as with a shield.

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, all justice and all goodness come from you; you hate evil and abhor lies. Lead us, your servants, in the path of your justice, so that all who hope in you may rejoice with the Church and in Christ.

Ant. I lift up my heart to you, O Lord, and you will hear my morning prayer.

Ant. 2 We praise your glorious name, O Lord, our God.

Canticle: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

Glory and honor are due to God alone

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Blessed may you be, O Lord,

God of Israel our father,

from eternity to eternity.

Yours, O Lord, are grandeur and power,

majesty, splendor, and glory.

For all in heaven and on earth is yours;

yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty:

you are exalted as head over all.

Riches and honor are from you,

and you have dominion over all.

In your hand are power and might;

it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.

Therefore, our God, we give you thanks

and we praise the majesty of your 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. We praise your glorious name, O Lord, our God.

Ant. 3 Adore the Lord in his holy court.

Psalm 29

A tribute of praise to the Word of God

The Father’s voice proclaimed: “This is my beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17)

O give the Lord, you sons of God,

give the Lord glory and power;

give the Lord the glory of his name.

Adore the Lord in his holy court.

The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,

the Lord on the immensity of waters;

the voice of the Lord, full of power,

the voice of the Lord, full of splendor.

The Lord’s voice shattering the cedars,

the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon;

he makes Lebanon leap like a calf

and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

The Lord’s voice flashes flames of fire.

The Lord’s voice shaking the wilderness,

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh;

the Lord’s voice rending the oak tree

and stripping the forest bare.

The God of glory thunders.

In his temple they all cry: “Glory!”

The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;

the Lord sits as king for ever.

The Lord will give strength to his people,

the Lord will bless his people with 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.

Psalm-prayer

You live for ever, Lord and King. All things of the earth justly sing your glory and honor. Strengthen your people against evil that we may rejoice in your peace and trust in your eternal promise.

Ant. Adore the Lord in his holy court.

READING: 2 Thessalonians 3:10b-13

Anyone who would not work should not eat. We hear that some of you are unruly, not keeping busy but acting like busy-bodies. We enjoin all such, and we urge them strongly in the Lord Jesus Christ, to earn the food they eat by working quietly. You must never grow weary of doing what is right, brothers.

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.

RESPONSORY

Blessed be the Lord our God, blessed from age to age.

— Blessed be the Lord our God, blessed from age to age.

His marvelous works are beyond compare,

— blessed from age to age.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

— Blessed be the Lord our God, blessed from age to age.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Blessed be the Lord our God.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way 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. Blessed be the Lord our God.

INTERCESSIONS

We esteem Christ above all men, for he was filled with grace and the Holy Spirit. In faith let us implore him:

Give us your Spirit, Lord.

Grant us a peaceful day,

— when evening comes we will praise you with joy and purity of heart.

Give us your Spirit, Lord.

Let your splendor rest upon us today,

— direct the work of our hands.

Give us your Spirit, Lord.

May your face shine upon us and keep us in peace,

— may your strong arm protect us.

Give us your Spirit, Lord.

Look kindly on all who put their trust in our prayers,

— fill them with every bodily and spiritual grace.

Give us your Spirit, Lord.

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

Father,

may everything we do

begin with your inspiration

and continue with your saving help.

Let our work always find its origin in you

and through you reach completion.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

— Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

— Amen.

October 19, 2019; Morning Prayer for Saturday in Ordinary Time, the Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

October 19, 2019; Morning Prayer for Saturday in Ordinary Time, the Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

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

With souls alert for happiness

We sing the praises which are due

To honor every martyr’s crown

Eternal gift from Christ our Lord.

As shining lights before the world,

And leaders of the Church of God,

They head the ranks of those who fight

As soldiers in the cause of truth.

They conquered fear of every kind

Despising anguish and all pain,

That through their constancy in death

They would obtain eternal light.

Their dedicated blood was shed

By torture’s cruel, craven hand,

Their dauntless courage was upheld

By grace of life that never ends.

Devoted faith of all the saints

Believer’s hope that never wanes,

The perfect charity of Christ

The prince of darkness soon defeat.

In them the Father’s glory shines,

In them the Holy Spirit’s will

Exults with all the joy of Christ

That fills the courts of bliss above.

Redeemer of all men, we pray

Permit your lowly servants here

To share the martyrs’ fellowship

For ever in your realm of light. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 We do well to sing your name, Most High, and proclaim your mercy at daybreak.

Psalm 92

Praise of God the Creator

Sing in praise of Christ’s redeeming work (Saint Athanasius).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to make music to your name, O Most High,

to proclaim your love in the morning

and your truth in the watches of the night,

on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute,

with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad;

for the work of your hands I shout with joy.

O Lord, how great are your works!

How deep are your designs!

The foolish man cannot know this

and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass

and all who do evil thrive:

they are doomed to be eternally destroyed.

But you, Lord, are eternally on high.

See how your enemies perish;

all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild ox’s strength;

you anoint me with the purest oil.

My eyes looked in triumph on my foes;

my ears heard gladly of their fall.

The just will flourish like the palm-tree

and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord,

they will flourish in the courts of our God,

still bearing fruit when they are old,

still full of sap, still green,

to proclaim that the Lord is just.

In him, my rock, there is no wrong.

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

Take our shame away from us, Lord, and make us rejoice in your saving works. May all who have been chosen by your Son always abound in works of faith, hope, and love in your service.

Ant. We do well to sing your name, Most High, and proclaim your mercy at daybreak.

Ant.2 I will create a new heart in you, and breathe into you a new spirit.

Canticle – Ezekiel 36:24-28

The Lord will renew his people

They will be his own people, and God himself will be with them, their own God (Revelation 21:3).

I will take you away from among the nations,

gather you from all the foreign lands,

and bring you back to your own land.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you

to cleanse you from all your impurities,

and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

I will give you a new heart

and place a new spirit within you,

taking from your bodies your stony hearts

and giving you natural hearts.

I will put my spirit within you

and make you live by my statutes,

careful to observe my decrees.

You shall live in the land I gave your fathers;

you shall be my people,

and I will be your God.

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. I will create a new heart in you, and breathe into you a new spirit.

Ant. 3 On the lips of children and infants you have found perfect praise.

Psalm 8

The majesty of the Lord and man’s dignity

The Father gave Christ lordship of creation and made him head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22).

How great is your name, O Lord our God,

through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens;

on the lips of children and of babes

you have found praise to foil your enemy,

to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,

the moon and the stars which you arranged,

what is man that you should keep him in mind,

mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god;

with glory and honor you crowned him,

gave him power over the works of your hands,

put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle,

yes, even the savage beasts,

birds of the air, and fish

that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God

through all the earth!

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

Almighty Lord, how wonderful is your name. You have made every creature subject to you; make us worthy to give you service.

Ant. On the lips of children and infants you have found perfect praise.

READING 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him. As we have shared much in the sufferings of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation.

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.

RESPONSORY

The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

— The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

God himself is their reward.

— They live with him for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

— The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Luke 1:68-79

The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way 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. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

INTERCESSIONS

Our Savior’s faithfulness is mirrored in the fidelity of his witnesses who shed their blood for the word of God. Let us praise him in remembrance of them:

You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs freely embraced death in bearing witness to the faith,

— give us the true freedom of the Spirit, O Lord.

You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs professed their faith by shedding their blood,

— give us a faith, O Lord, that is constant and pure.

You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs followed in your footsteps by carrying the cross,

— help us to endure courageously the misfortunes of life.

You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb,

— help us to avoid the weaknesses of the flesh and worldly allurements.

You redeemed us by your blood.

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

O God,

who chose to manifest

the blessed hope of your eternal Kingdom

by the toil of Saints John de Brebeuf,

Isaac Jogues and their companions

and by the shedding of their blood,

graciously grant that through their intercession

the faith of Christians may be strengthened day by day.

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.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

— Amen.

About Today, October 19, 2019; Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

About Today, October 19, 2019;

Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

Memorial

Today is the memorial of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their Companions. 

These 17th century French missionaries traveled to the northeast part of the New World to share the Gospel. 

The Jesuit missionaries visited the Iroquois and Mohawk peoples living in the Huron area. 

St. John de Brebeuf evangelized amongst the peoples for three successful years before being captured by the Iroquois and tortured to death. 

St. Isaac Joques was captured; his hand mutilated, and he was killed by a tomahawk blow. 

These eight heroic martyrs are remembered as the North American Martyrs and they were canonized in 1930 by Pius XI. [1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti

[1] Gerald Champagne, “The Holy North American Martyrs” in Nos Gloires, www.magnificant.ca 

[2] John Paul II, Homily, September 15, 1984.

October 18, 2019; Morning Prayer for the Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist

October 18, 2019; Morning Prayer for the Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist

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

Christ Jesus, Lord, true Light of Light

Begotten Son of God most high,

You sent the Twelve afar to teach

And spread the faith throughout the world.

You sent them special gifts and grace,

And sent them out the world to win

To bring the gospel’s truth to all,

Its seed to scatter far and wide.

Appeased by your apostles’ prayer,

Be gracious to us Lord, we pray,

Smile down on us as we rejoice

To celebrate their feast today.

By their great merits keep us safe

From every snare of sin and death,

Since we preserve in faithful hearts

The holy teaching they proclaimed.

With face serene look down on us,

Correct us with your loving gaze,

That we may conquer by your grace

The evils that beset our way.

All glory be to you, O Lord,

Beyond the limits of all time,

Who by your true apostles’ words,

Lead us, your children, safely home. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The holy evangelists searched the wisdom of past ages. Through their gospels they confirmed the words of the prophets.

Psalm 63

A soul thirsting for God

Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;

for you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you

like a dry, weary land without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary

to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life,

my lips will speak your praise.

So I will bless you all my life,

in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,

my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you.

On you I muse through the night

for you have been my help;

in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

My soul clings to you;

your right hand holds me fast.

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 holy evangelists searched the wisdom of past ages. Through their gospels they confirmed the words of the prophets.

Ant. 2 Through the Gospel God called us to believe in the truth and to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Canticle – Daniel 3:57-88, 56

Let all creatures praise the Lord

The Creator… is blessed for ever (Romans 1:25)

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.

Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.

You heavens, bless the Lord.

All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.

All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Sun and moon, bless the Lord.

Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord.

All you winds, bless the Lord.

Fire and heat, bless the Lord.

Cold and chill, bless the Lord.

Dew and rain, bless the Lord.

Frost and chill, bless the Lord.

Ice and snow, bless the Lord.

Nights and days, bless the Lord.

Light and darkness, bless the Lord.

Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord.

Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.

Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.

You springs, bless the Lord.

Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.

You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.

All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.

All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.

You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord.

Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord.

Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.

Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord.

Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.

Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.

Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. Through the Gospel God called us to believe in the truth and to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ant. 3 Many will praise their wisdom; it shall be remembered for ever.

Psalm 149

The joy of God’s holy people

Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord,

his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel rejoice in its maker,

let Zion’s sons exult in their king.

Let them praise his name with dancing

and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people.

He crowns the poor with salvation.

Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,

shout for joy and take their rest.

Let the praise of God be on their lips

and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations

and punishment on all the peoples;

to bind their kings in chains

and their nobles in fetters of iron;

to carry out the sentence pre-ordained;

this honor is for all his faithful.

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. Many will praise their wisdom; it shall be remembered for ever.

READING 1 Corinthians 15:1-2a, 3-4

Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and in which you stand firm. You are being saved by it at this very moment. I handed on to you first of all what I myself received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day.

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.

RESPONSORY

They proclaimed the Lord’s praises, told of his power to save.

— They proclaimed the Lord’s praises, told of his power to save.

And of the wonders he had worked.

— They told of his power to save.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

— They proclaimed the Lord’s praises, told of his power to save.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Saint Luke gave us the gospel message and proclaimed Christ as the dawn from on high.

Luke 1:68-79

The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way 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. Saint Luke gave us the gospel message and proclaimed Christ as the dawn from on high.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us sing a song of praise to our Savior, who destroyed the power of death and made clear the path to life and immortality through the Gospel; and let us petition him in humble supplication:

Strengthen your Church in faith and love.

You gave wonderful guidance to your Church through her holy and distinguished teachers,

— may Christians rejoice always in the splendid legacy given to your Church.

Strengthen your Church in faith and love.

When their holy pastors prayed to you, as Moses had done, you forgave the sins of the people,

— through the intercession of these holy pastors continue to sanctify and purify your Church.

Strengthen your Church in faith and love.

You anointed your holy ones in the midst of their brothers and called the Holy Spirit down upon them,

— fill all the leaders of your people with the Holy Spirit.

Strengthen your Church in faith and love.

You yourself are the sole possession of your holy pastors,

— grant that those you have redeemed with your blood may remain always in you.

Strengthen your Church in faith and love.

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

Lord God,

who chose Saint Luke

to reveal by his preaching

and writings the mystery

of your love for the poor,

grant that those who already glory in your name

may persevere as one heart and one soul

and that all nations may merit to see your salvation.

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.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,

protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

— Amen.

About Today, October 18, 2019; Saint Luke the Evangelist

About Today, October 18, 2019; Saint Luke the Evangelist

Feast

“And he said to all, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 

For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” [1]

Today is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. 

Tradition assigns the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to the Luke who was a companion of St. Paul. 

He wrote in fluent Greek and was well-versed in the Hebrew Scriptures. 

He was a skilled story-teller who gives us the parables of Lazarus and the Rich Man, the Good Samaritan, and the Father and His Two Sons. 

He highlights God’s plan of Salvation in history, Jesus’ call to conversion and faith, and the evangelizing mission of the Church. 

As Saint John Paul II remarked, “As a minister of God’s Word, Luke leads us to knowledge of the discreet yet penetrating light that radiates from it, while illustrating the reality and events of history.”[2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti

Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Luke, The Gospel According To.” 

[2] John Paul II, Message to the Archbishop of Padua, October 15, 2000. 

[3] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.