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FEBRUARY 2013


Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus)

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lessed 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.

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CONTENTS

February 2013 ◆ Volume 3, Issue 2

The Fragrance of Baptism  Mary Stommes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5 Teach Us to Pray: Memories in Prayer  Fr. James Martin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7 The Prayer of St. Ephrem  Fr. Columba Stewart  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8 Prayers and Blessings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10 Prayer at Night  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   12 Daily Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14 Order of Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   291 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   318 Guide to Lectio Divina  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   322 Hymns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   323


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 118:5-9, 13-14 I called to the Lord in my distress; he has answered and freed me. The Lord is at my side; I do not fear. What can mankind do against me? The Lord is at my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on my foes.

(opt. hymn, pp. 323–29)

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man; it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he was my savior. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture Ezekiel 33:7-9 ou, son of man—I have appointed you as a sentinel for the house of Israel; when you hear a word from my mouth, you must warn them for me. When I say to the wicked, “You wicked, you must die,” and you do not speak up to warn the wicked about their ways, they shall die in

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their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their blood. If, however, you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, but they do not, then they shall die in their sins, but you shall save your life. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 322)

Antiphon No prophet is accepted in his own native place. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions You are our trust, O Lord, from our youth. In confidence we pray: r. Favor us with your help, O Lord. Keep your Church faithful to your covenant of love. r. Make us, in word and in deed, heralds of your merciful love and constancy. r. Inspire all who proclaim your justice and sing of your salvation. r. Our Father .  .  . May God bless us with peace and keep us from all harm. Amen.

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Mass Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Entrance Antiphon Psalm 106 (105):47 Save us, O Lord our God! / And gather us from the nations, / to give thanks to your holy name, / and make it our glory to praise you. Gloria (p. 293) Collect Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honor you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. 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. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

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A prophet to the nations I appointed you.

he word of the Lord came to me, saying: / Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, / before you were born I dedicated you, / a prophet to the nations I appointed you. But do you gird your loins; / stand up and tell them / all that I command you. / Be not crushed on their account, / as though I would leave you crushed before them; / for it is I this day / who have made you a fortified city, / a pillar of iron, a wall of brass, / against the whole land: / against Judah’s kings and princes, / against its priests and people. / They will fight against you but not prevail over you, / for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. The word of the Lord.


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Responsorial Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 r. (cf. 15ab) I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. r. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. r. For you are my hope, O Lord; my trust, O God, from my youth. On you I depend from birth; from my mother’s womb you are my strength. r. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. r. A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 12:31–13:13 (Shorter form [ ], 13:4-13) So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. rothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away

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everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. [Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.] The word of the Lord. Gospel Acclamation Luke 4:18 The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 4:21-30

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esus began speaking in the synagogue, saying: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your


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native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’ ” And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away. The Gospel of the Lord. Creed (p. 294) Prayer over the Offerings O Lord, we bring to your altar these offerings of our service: be pleased to receive them, we pray, and transform them into the Sacrament of our redemption. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Cf. Psalm 31 (30):17-18 Let your face shine on your servant. / Save me in your merciful love. / O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you. Or: Matthew 5:3-4 Blessed are the poor in spirit, / for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. / Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.

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Prayer after Communion Nourished by these redeeming gifts, we pray, O Lord, that through this help to eternal salvation true faith may ever increase. Through Christ our Lord.

Reflection

Love Is a Grace

Faith and hope are graces, as far as we belong to this world— which is for a time; but love is a grace, because we are creatures of God whether here or elsewhere, and partakers in a redemption which is to last for ever. Faith will not be when there is sight, nor hope when there is enjoyment; but love will (as we believe) increase more and more to all eternity. Faith and hope are means by which we express our love: we believe God’s word, because we love it; we hope for heaven, because we love it. We should not have any hope or concern about it, unless we loved it; we should not trust or confide in the God of heaven, unless we loved Him. Faith, then, and hope are but instruments or expressions of love; but as to love itself, we do not love because we believe, for the devils believe, yet do not love; nor do we love because we hope, for hypocrites hope, who do not love. But we love for no cause beyond itself: we love, because it is our nature to love; and it is our nature, because God the Holy Ghost has made it our nature. Love is the immediate fruit and the evidence of regeneration. Cardinal John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons Blessed John Henry Newman (1801–1890), a convert to Catholicism, was a priest, theologian, and writer whose work was foundational for the Second Vatican Council.


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wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive [words of] wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me; he revives my soul.

(opt. hymn, pp. 323–29)

He guides me along the right path, for the sake of his name. Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me. Your crook and your staff will give me comfort. You have prepared a table before me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for length of days unending. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 hen I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of

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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 322)

Antiphon Prepare yourself: stand up and tell them all that I command you. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Good Shepherd, with trust in your faithful love we pray: r. Show us your mercy, Lord. Revive the spirit of those burdened by heavy responsibility or illness. r. Guide the young in paths of peace and love. r. Prepare a place at the heavenly banquet for all our beloved dead. r. Our Father .  .  . May God show us his goodness and kindness all the days of our lives. Amen.


February 3–9 Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Within the Word The Brothers and Sisters of Jesus Reading the Bible, especially for those not overly familiar with it, can be puzzling at times. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, you stumble upon a passage that raises the eyebrows, provokes curiosity, or even startles. One such passage is Wednesday’s Gospel, Mark 6:1-6, which speaks of so-called “brothers” and “sisters” of Jesus and even names them (James, Joses/Joseph, Judas, Simon). Who are these brothers and sisters of Jesus? Wasn’t Jesus an only child? Wasn’t Mary always a virgin? Your eyes do not deceive you. The text literally speaks of Jesus’ brothers and sisters, and already in the early Church this raised questions. Because the Church understood the Incarnation as a mysterious and miraculous act of God, in which Mary uniquely remained a virgin before, during, and after Jesus’ birth, a question naturally arose about the meaning of this passage in Mark. Some early Fathers of the Church weighed in with explanations. Prior to the Council of Nicaea (AD 325) several interpreters simply accepted the literal meaning of the text. But as time went on, the Church reflected more deeply on the truth of the Incarnation of Jesus as God’s Son, born of the Virgin Mary. The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of this gradual development: “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man” (no. 499). Thus Mary’s perpetual virginity, 44

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which is assumed in Matthew (1:23-25) and Luke (1:34-35) but absent from Mark, was understood as intimately tied to Jesus’ identity as God’s Son. Yet Mark’s text required an adequate explanation. One interpretation in the second century (Tertullian and Protevangelium of James) suggested that Joseph, Mary’s spouse, had had children from a previous marriage. According to this theory, Mark actually refers to stepbrothers and stepsisters of Jesus. Writing in the fourth century, St. Jerome offered a different explanation, based on his study in the Bible’s original languages. He claimed that the Greek text referred to other “relatives” of Jesus because the underlying Hebrew term for “brother” could designate not only blood siblings but cousins, nephews, and other relatives. Jerome also held to Joseph’s perpetual virginity, but the Church has never proclaimed this a doctrine of the faith, unlike that of Mary. There is no need for Catholics to get alarmed when hearing this text of the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Catholic biblical translations preserve the literal translation “brothers” and “sisters,” with the knowledge that the Church’s official interpretation, from the perspective of faith, is that they are not blood siblings of Jesus. (See the New American Bible Revised New Testament footnote at Mark 6:3.) The Catechism explains: “The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary.  .  .  . They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression” (no. 500). —Fr. Ronald D. Witherup Ronald D. Witherup, SS, is Superior General of the Sulpicians and lives in Paris, France. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the author of numerous books and articles on Scripture.


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 61:2-6, 9 Listen, O God, to my cry! Attend to my prayer! From the end of the earth I call you; my heart is faint.

(opt. hymn, pp. 323–29)

Set me high upon the rock too high for me to reach, you, my refuge and mighty tower against the foe. Then will I dwell in your tent forever, and hide in the shelter of your wings. For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. So I will sing to your name forever, and day after day fulfill my vows. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture 2 Maccabees 6:18, 21a, 24, 27 leazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man advanced in age and of noble appearance, was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.

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Those in charge of that unlawful sacrifice took the man aside, because of their long acquaintance with him, and privately urged him to bring his own provisions that he could legitimately eat. [He responded] “At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense; many of the young would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar had gone over to an alien religion. Therefore, by bravely giving up life now, I will prove myself worthy of my old age.” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 322)

Antiphon Some were tortured for their faith and would not accept deliverance. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God, you are our refuge in time of need. To you we cry out: r. Hear us, O God. Inspire national leaders in their efforts to settle conflict by way of peaceful dialogue. r. Grant safety to those living in the midst of war and political uprising. r. Strengthen us in our commitments to you and to one another. r. Our Father .  .  . May God give us the blessings of those who honor his name. Amen.


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Jesuit Martyr of Goa (1647–1693) John de Britto was born to a noble family in Lisbon in 1647. From childhood his imagination was fired by tales of the early Jesuit missionaries. His sole desire was to be one of them, a wish he fulfilled at fifteen when he was admitted to the Society of Jesus. After ordination in 1673, de Britto was sent on mission to Goa, a Portuguese colony in southern India. There he sought to conform as much as possible to the appearance of an Indian holy man, dressing appropriately, abstaining from meat, and translating the Gospel message into terms comprehensible to a high-caste Hindu audience. In 1686 he and a group of Indian catechists were seized and subjected to excruciating tortures over a period of days. Upon his release and recovery he was recalled to Lisbon. His superiors tried to induce him to remain in Europe, but he insisted on returning to his mission in India. Three years later he was arrested by a local prince and sentenced to death. In a letter to his superior he wrote: “The only crime with which I am charged is that I teach the religion of the true God and do not worship idols. It is indeed glorious to suffer death for such a crime.” On February 4, 1693, he was beheaded before a large crowd. John de Britto was canonized in 1947. “I await death and I await it with impatience. It has always been the object of my prayers. It forms today the most precious reward of my labors and my suffering.” —St. John de Britto

Entrance Antiphon Psalm 106 (105):47 Save us, O Lord our God! / And gather us from the nations, / to give thanks to your holy name, / and make it our glory to praise you. Collect Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honor you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. 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. A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews 11:32-40 By faith they conquered kingdoms. God had foreseen something better for us. rothers and sisters: What more shall I say? I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous, obtained the promises; they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, escaped the devouring sword; out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle, and turned back foreign invaders. Women received back their dead through resurrection. Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point; they went about in skins of sheep or goats, needy, afflicted, tormented. The world was not worthy of

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them. They wandered about in deserts and on mountains, in caves and in crevices in the earth. Yet all these, though approved because of their faith, did not receive what had been promised. God had foreseen something better for us, so that without us they should not be made perfect. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24 . (25) Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in r the Lord. How great is the goodness, O Lord, which you have in store for those who fear you, And which, toward those who take refuge in you, you show in the sight of the children of men. r. You hide them in the shelter of your presence from the plottings of men; You screen them within your abode from the strife of tongues. r. Blessed be the Lord whose wondrous mercy he has shown me in a fortified city. r. Once I said in my anguish, “I am cut off from your sight”; Yet you heard the sound of my pleading when I cried out to you. r. Love the Lord, all you his faithful ones! The Lord keeps those who are constant, but more than requites those who act proudly. r. Gospel Acclamation A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.

Luke 7:16

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 5:1-20 Unclean spirit, come out of the man! esus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea, to the territory of the Gerasenes. When he got out of the boat, at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him. The man had been dwelling among the tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain. In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me!” (He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”) He asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.” And he pleaded earnestly with him not to drive them away from that territory. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside. And they pleaded with him, “Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.” And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine. The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea, where they were drowned. The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town and throughout the countryside. And people came out to see what had happened. As they approached Jesus, they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion, sitting there clothed and in his right mind. And they were seized with fear. Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened to the possessed man and to the swine. Then they began to beg

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him to leave their district. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead, “Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed. The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings O Lord, we bring to your altar these offerings of our service: be pleased to receive them, we pray, and transform them into the Sacrament of our redemption. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Cf. Psalm 31 (30):17-18 Let your face shine on your servant. / Save me in your merciful love. / O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you. Or: Matthew 5:3-4 Blessed are the poor in spirit, / for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. / Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land. Prayer after Communion Nourished by these redeeming gifts, we pray, O Lord, that through this help to eternal salvation true faith may ever increase. Through Christ our Lord.

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Reflection God’s “Something Better” Who doesn’t like to hear: “I’ve got something better for you.” After listing several Old Testament heroes of faith, naming who did what was righteous, who endured suffering, who journeyed through life clinging to God, the author of Hebrews then writes: “Yet all these, though approved because of their faith, did not receive what had been promised. God had foreseen something better for us, so that without us, they should not be made perfect.” That “something better” is Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God. Today’s Gospel communicates this forcefully. A man was being destroyed by an unclean spirit, so strong no shackle or chain could hold it, so tormenting its victim could only gash himself with stones and cry out in agony. But something in this poor man saw his deliverer at hand, the “something better” God had sent into his life. He throws himself down in front of Jesus, even as the evil spirit challenges the Lord: “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” Jesus wastes no time calling the evil spirit—indeed, a legion of spirits—out of the man and sending them into a herd of swine. The transformation is immediate, leaving the man “sitting there clothed and in his right mind.” God wishes to bring all of us to perfection, giving us “something better” than anyone could have dreamed: Jesus, through whom we have access to God’s presence as God’s beloved children. So, “let our hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.” Fr. James A. Wallace James A. Wallace, CSsR, PhD, was formerly professor of homiletics at the Washington Theological Union.


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all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 323–29)

Psalm 43 Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and the cunning rescue me, O God. You, O God, are my strength; why have you rejected me? Why do I go mourning, oppressed by the foe? O send forth your light and your truth; they will guide me on. They will bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. And I will come to the altar of God, to God, my joy and gladness. To you will I give thanks on the harp, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, my soul; why groan within me? Hope in God; I will praise him yet again, my saving presence and my God. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture Colossians 1:9b-10, 12-14 e do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through

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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 322)

Antiphon Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, you are our strength. In faith we pray: r. Remember us in your mercy, God. Shed your light and truth upon our bishops and Church leaders. r. Protect all children from harmful influences and physical danger. r. Deliver us from laws that oppose respect for the dignity of life. r. Our Father .  .  . May God bless us with knowledge of what is right and just, that our works may please God and bear fruit in love. Amen.


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 28:1-2, 6-9 To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me. I shall go down to those in the pit, if you are silent to me.

(opt. hymn, pp. 323–29)

Hear the voice of my pleading as I call to you for help, as I raise my hands toward your holy place. Blest be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my appeal. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts. I was helped; my heart rejoices, and I praise him with my song. The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for his anointed. Save your people and bless your heritage. Shepherd them and carry them forever. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture 1 Kings 17:20-23 lijah] called out to the Lord: “Lord, my God, will you afflict even the widow with whom I am staying by killing her son?” Then he stretched himself out upon the child three times and he called out to the Lord: “Lord, my God, let the life breath return to the body of this child.” The Lord heard the prayer of Elijah; the life breath returned to the child’s body and he lived. Taking the child, Elijah carried him down into the house from the upper room and gave him to his mother. Elijah said, “See! Your son is alive.” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 322)

Antiphon Do not be afraid; just have faith. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God of the living, in company with St. Agatha and all women martyrs we pray: r. Lord, hear us. Disarm oppressors of their power and lead all people to live in the freedom of the children of God. r. Lead all nations to end torture. r. Raise up the voice of women in the Church. r. Our Father .  .  . May God, the glory and delight of all the saints, bless and keep us through endless days. Amen.


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Blessed Among Us

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St. Agatha

St. Agatha, Memorial

Martyr

St. Agatha is one of the so-called Virgin Martyrs—typically, young women who found in Christ an identity and self-worth that provoked their enemies to heights of sadistic cruelty. Little is known of the life of St. Agatha, though echoes of an early cult can be traced to the early Church. According to a biography written in the sixth century, Agatha was a wealthy young woman in Sicily who dedicated her virginity to Christ. A consul named Quintianus tried to use the prohibition against Christianity in order to win her hand. After she refused, he consigned her to a brothel, where she successfully deflected all attempts on her virtue. Enraged, the consul subjected her to hideous tortures. While confined to a dungeon Agatha received a vision of St. Peter, who not only consoled her in her sufferings but healed her wounds. But this was not the end of her ordeal. She was next forced to roll naked over live coals. Still, she prayed, “Lord, my Creator, thou hast always protected me from the cradle; thou hast taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Receive now my soul.” Having uttered her last words, she died in peace. “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, thou seest my heart; thou knowest my desires. Do thou alone possess all that I am. I am thy sheep: make me worthy to overcome the Devil.” —St. Agatha

Entrance Antiphon Behold, now she follows the Lamb who was crucified for us, / powerful in virginity, modesty her offering, / a sacrifice on the altar of chastity. Or: Blessed is the virgin / who by denying herself and taking up her cross / imitated the Lord, the spouse of virgins / and prince of martyrs. Collect May the Virgin Martyr Saint Agatha implore your compassion for us, O Lord, we pray, for she found favor with you by the courage of her martyrdom and the merit of her chastity. 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. A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews 12:1-4 Let us persevere in running the race that lies before us. rothers and sisters: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your

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struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 . (see 27b) They will praise you, Lord, who long for you. r I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him. The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the Lord shall praise him: “May your hearts be ever merry!” r. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; All the families of the nations shall bow down before him. To him alone shall bow down all who sleep in the earth; Before him shall bend all who go down into the dust. r. And to him my soul shall live; my descendants shall serve him. Let the coming generation be told of the Lord that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice he has shown. r. Gospel Acclamation Christ took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Matthew 8:17

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 5:21-43

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Little girl, I say to you, arise!

hen Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he

stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him and a large crowd followed him. There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, Who touched me?” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all


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out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat. The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings May the offerings we bring in celebration of blessed Saint Agatha win your gracious acceptance, O Lord, we pray, just as the struggle of her suffering and passion was pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Revelation 7:17 The Lamb who is at the center of the throne / will lead them to the springs of the waters of life. Prayer after Communion O God, who bestowed on blessed Saint Agatha a crown among the Saints for her twofold triumph of virginity and martyrdom, grant, we pray, through the power of this Sacrament, that, bravely overcoming every evil, we may attain the glory of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.

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Reflection Have Faith, Be Healed This time last year, I made my first visit to a local hospital as my friend began cancer treatment. In time, I would get used to the cacophony of chemotherapy drugs, the buzzing of alarms, and the cushioning of the chair I’d sit in week after week. The sights and smells of the hospital became common­ place, but the effervescence of faith in the place never did. Each week, as we shared treatment space with another patient, the conversation inevitably turned to the topic of faith. In the midst of those conversations, one thing was undeniable—faith has the power to heal. That is what Jesus makes clear in today’s Gospel. Speaking with authority, he tells the hemorrhaging woman that her faith has saved her. To the frantic father, whose faith brought him to Jesus and whose daughter died as they made their way back to her, Jesus speaks directly, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Jesus the healer speaks those words to each one of us. Just have faith. Have faith and you will be healed from whatever it is that afflicts you. It may be miraculous physical healing, or it may be healing that many, including you, may not understand. You will be healed by the consoling peace that allows you to continue to get up and walk in faith. We are all in need of this type of healing. Luckily, our God is a healer. Our afflictions, visible and invisible, will never be too much for God. Whatever plagues us, God takes and heals with loving compassion. And as God lifts us up to new life through faith, he simply says, “Child, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured.” Colleen Gibson Colleen Gibson is a novice with the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia.


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days she fell sick and died. The disciples sent two men to [Peter] with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping. Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.

God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 54 O God, save me by your name; by your power, defend my cause. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.

(opt. hymn, pp. 323–29)

For the proud have risen against me, and the ruthless seek my life. They have no regard for God. See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. Let evil recoil on my foes. In your faithfulness, bring them to an end.

Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 322)

Antiphon Daughter, your faith has saved you. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Faithful God, in trust we pray: r. O God, save us by your name.

I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, for it is good: for it has rescued me from all distress, and my eyes have gazed upon my foes.

Sustain the hope and patience of those who wait. r.

Glory to the Father .  .  .

Our Father .  .  .

Scripture Acts 9:36-37a, 38b-39a, 40 ow in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated means Dorcas). She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. Now during those

May almighty God bless us, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Rescue those who are held captive by human trafficking. r. Raise to new life with Christ all our beloved dead. r.


The Order of Mass ❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting A The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And with your spirit. B Grace to you and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ. And with your spirit.

C The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Penitential Act Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (Pause) A I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,   And, striking their breast, they say:

through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;   Then they continue: 291


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therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. B Have mercy on us, O Lord. For we have sinned against you.

Show us, O Lord, your mercy. And grant us your salvation. These or other invocations may be used.

C You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. You are seated at the right hand of the Father to   intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. ❙❚ Amen. Kyrie

The Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

❙❚  Christ, have mercy. ❙❚  Christ, have mercy.

❙❚  Christe, eleison. ❙❚  Christe, eleison.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

Gloria Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Collect (Opening Prayer)

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Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Cleanse my heart and my lips, almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel. ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚  A reading from the holy Gospel according to N. ❙❚  Glory to you, O Lord. At the end:

❙❚  The Gospel of the Lord. ❙❚  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away. Homily Profession of Faith

[The Apostles’ Creed can be found on p. 319]

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

The Order of Mass  295  At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow.

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful (Bidding Prayers)

Liturgy of the Eucharist Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God for ever.


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By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God for ever. With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God. Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Invitation to Prayer Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church. Prayer over the Offerings Eucharistic Prayer ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚  Lift up your hearts. ❙❚  We lift them up to the Lord. ❙❚  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. ❙❚  It is right and just.


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Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word [With Holy Communion] Introductory Rites Introduction Deacon or lay leader:

We gather here to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Sunday has been called the Lord’s Day because it was on this day that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose to new life. Unfortunately, we are not able to celebrate the Mass today because we do not have a priest. Let us be united in the spirit of Christ with the Church around the world and celebrate our redemption in Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Sign of the Cross Deacon or lay leader:

❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting Deacon or lay leader:

❙❚ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God for ever. ❙❚  Blessed be God for ever. Collect

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Liturgy of the Word First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Homily or Reflection on the Readings Period of Silence Profession of Faith

[The Nicene Creed can be found on p. 294]

Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,


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the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful

Communion Rite Lord’s Prayer Deacon or lay leader:

The Father provides us with food for eternal life. At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: 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. Amen. Invitation to Communion Deacon or lay leader:

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

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Communion Act of Thanksgiving

Concluding Rite Invitation to Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood Deacon or lay leader:

Mindful of our Lord’s word, “Ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for the harvest,” let us pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. May our prayer hasten the day when we will be able to take part in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist every Sunday. Blessing Sign of Peace


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O Gracious Maker, God of Light

Ordinary Time—am/pm

Canticle of Simeon

Ordinary Time—pm Familiar Tune: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

O Christ, You Are the Light of Day

Ordinary Time—am/pm Familiar Tune: The Glory of These Forty Days


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Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

Lent—am/pm

3. Then stay with us when evening comes and darkness makes us blind, O stay until the light of dawn may fill both heart and mind. Text: Ralph Wright, OSB., b. 1938, © 1980, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Music: ST ANNE, 86 86, William Croft, 1678–1727, alt.

O Merciful Redeemer, Hear

Lord Jesus, as We Turn from Sin

Lent—am/pm Familiar Tune: O God, Our Help in Ages Past

1. Lord Jesus, as we turn from sin with strength and hope restored, receive the homage that we bring to you, our risen Lord. 2. Reach out and touch with healing pow’r the wounds we have received, that in forgiveness we may love and may no longer grieve.

Lent—am/pm


Guide to Lectio Divina Choose a word or phrase of the Scriptures you wish to pray. It makes no difference which text is chosen, as long as you have no set goal of “covering” a certain amount of text. The amount of text covered is in God’s hands, not yours. Read. Turn to the text and read it slowly, gently. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.” Do not expect lightning or ecstasies. In lectio divina, God is teaching us to listen, to seek him in silence. God does not reach out and grab us but gently invites us ever more deeply into his presence. Ponder. Take the word or phrase into yourself. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas. Do not be afraid of distractions. Memories or thoughts are simply parts of yourself that, when they rise up during lectio divina, are asking to be given to God along with the rest of your inner self. Allow this inner pondering, this rumination, to invite you into dialogue with God. Pray. Whether you use words, ideas, or images—or all three—is not important. Interact with God as you would with one who you know loves and accepts you. Give to God what you have discovered during your experience of meditation. Give to God what you have found within your heart. It is not necessary to assess the quality of your lectio divina, as if you were “performing” or seeking some goal. Lectio divina has no goal other than that of being in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures. —Fr. Luke Dysinger Luke Dysinger, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, California.

Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

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y 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.


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