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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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✛ St. André Bessette Fr. Daniel Groody

✛ St. Raphaela Mary Madeleine Delbrêl

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Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children

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CONTENTS

January 2014 ◆ Volume 4, Issue 1

How Do You Spell Epiphany?  Mary Stommes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5 Teach Us to Pray: Prayers of Petition  Fr. James Martin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7 Prayer of St. Francis  Lawrence Cunningham  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8 Prayers and Blessings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10 Prayer at Night  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14 Daily Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   17 Order of Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   325 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   352 Guide to Lectio Divina  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   355 Hymns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   356


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 104:1-6, 33-34 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, how great you are, clothed in majesty and honor, wrapped in light as with a robe!

(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

You stretch out the heavens like a tent. On the waters you establish your dwelling. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind. You make the winds your messengers, flame and fire your servants. You set the earth on its foundation, immovable from age to age. You wrapped it with the depths like a cloak; the waters stood higher than the mountains. I will sing to the Lord all my life, sing psalms to my God while I live. May my thoughts be pleasing to him. I will rejoice in the Lord. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Baptism, window in Saint Matthew’s Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.


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Scripture Genesis 1:1-5 n the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters— Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good. God then separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Evening came, and morning followed—the first day.

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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 355)

Antiphon I have set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God of the covenant, you have set us to be a light to the nations. We pray: r. Send us your Spirit, O God. Strengthen all the baptized in works of charity and justice. r. Help our elected officials to root out the causes of injustice and poverty. r. Purge the world of all that rejects the love you have shown us in Christ. r. Our Father .  .  . May God pour out the Holy Spirit upon us, that we may be messengers of Christ’s word, today and always. Amen.

The Baptism of the Lord, Feast Entrance Antiphon Cf. Matthew 3:16-17 After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened, / and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, / and the voice of the Father thundered: / This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Gloria (p. 327) Collect Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. 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. Or: O God, whose Only Begotten Son has appeared in our very flesh, grant, we pray, that we may be inwardly transformed through him whom we recognize as outwardly like ourselves. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Behold my servant with whom I am well pleased. hus says the Lord: / Here is my servant whom I uphold, / my chosen one with whom I am pleased, / upon whom I have put my spirit; / he shall bring forth justice to the nations, / not crying out, not shouting, / not making his voice heard in the street. / A bruised reed he shall not break, / and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, / until he establishes justice on the earth; / the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, / I have grasped you by the hand; / I formed you, and set you / as a covenant of the people, / a light for the nations, / to open the eyes of the blind, / to bring out prisoners from confinement, / and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. The word of the Lord.

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Responsorial Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 . (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace. r Give to the Lord, you sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise, give to the Lord the glory due his name; adore the Lord in holy attire. r. The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the Lord, over vast waters. The voice of the Lord is mighty; the voice of the Lord is majestic. r. The God of glory thunders, and in his temple all say, “Glory!” The Lord is enthroned above the flood; the Lord is enthroned as king forever. r.

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A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38 God anointed him with the Holy Spirit. eter proceeded to speak to those gathered in the house of Cornelius, saying: “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” The word of the Lord.

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Gospel Acclamation Cf. Mark 9:7 The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, listen to him. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 3:13-17

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After Jesus was baptized, he saw the Spirit of God coming upon him.

esus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” The Gospel of the Lord.


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Creed (p. 328) Prayer over the Offerings Accept, O Lord, the offerings we have brought to honor the revealing of your beloved Son, so that the oblation of your faithful may be transformed into the sacrifice of him who willed in his compassion to wash away the sins of the world. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Communion Antiphon John 1:32, 34 Behold the One of whom John said: / I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God. Prayer after Communion Nourished with these sacred gifts, we humbly entreat your mercy, O Lord, that, faithfully listening to your Only Begotten Son, we may be your children in name and in truth. Through Christ our Lord.

Feeling unworthy, St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the River Jordan only with the insistence of the Sinless One, who was dying not to his sin but to take on ours. No wonder Pope Emeritus Benedict speaks of the cross of Jesus in the shadows as the baptism takes place. Like a good novel in which the first sentence contains the kernel of the conclusion, so Jesus’ first breath of public life, begun with his baptism by John, contains that essence. Of course Jesus did not stay submerged. He rose to take another breath and so began his public ministry from which we draw salvation and hope. He would of course rise again— this time three days later from his cruel death—this time to take a breath that is eternal, a breath that would be breathed onto his first apostles that first Easter evening. St. Matthew tells us that Jesus came up to the sound of the clear voice of the Father: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Thank you, Jesus, for taking the plunge for us. In our baptism, we are joined to both events of your blessed life: the death under water and the rising from the depths—the sacrifice of the cross and the rising on Easter morn. How good, through adoption, to be called “beloved.” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz The Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, DD, is Archbishop of Louisville.

Reflection Taking the Plunge I was only ten days old when baptized, and so I really don’t remember how that water of grace first touched me—likely through a pouring on my forehead. Today, I love the practice of immersion, which shows to all the senses that there is a death going on.


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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 46:2-8 God is for us a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of distress: so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the mountains quake to the heart of the sea; even though its waters rage and foam, even though the mountains be shaken by its tumult. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our stronghold. The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, the holy place, the dwelling of the Most High. God is within, it cannot be shaken; God will help it at the dawning of the day. Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken: he lifts his voice, the earth melts away. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 355)

Antiphon God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, in the Spirit you baptize us into one body. We pray: r. God, bless your people with peace. Restore life to Haiti and assist efforts to further their recovery from devastation. r. Confirm us in our baptismal call and our chosen vocation. r. Grant eternal life to all our beloved dead. r.

Glory to the Father .  .  .

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Scripture 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-13 here are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

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January 12–18 First Week in Ordinary Time

Within the Word Give Them a King In a matter of days this week, we hear of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Samuel, his call by God as a young man, and his growing up to become a religious and civil leader for the league of Israelite tribes (Mon.–Wed.). But as time passes, in the midst of increasing battles with Ammonites on the east and Philistines on the west, the Israelites request a king from the priest-prophet Samuel, who was also serving as their civil ruler. Samuel took the people’s request to the Lord who in turn replied: “Grant the people’s every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king” (1 Sam 8:7, Fri.). Just as the Israelites were uneasy and fearful in the wilderness, so also now after several generations in the land they want more tangible realities in which they can trust. Just as they built a golden calf in the wilderness to worship, so also they request a human king who will go out to fight their battles (1 Sam 8:20). In this story, the Israelites claim that they want to be like the other nations who have kings. But unlike the other nations, the Israelites request the kingship instead of receiving it as a divine gift—one that descends from heaven according to the Mesopotamian tradition. Because of the weakness of their trust in the Lord as their divine king, the Israelites request a human king who has the potential to be a curse as well as a blessing (1 Sam 10:1; 12:19). Aware of the dangers posed by a king (1 Sam 8:10-17), the people nevertheless make the request. 130

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In 1 Samuel 8 and 12, Samuel has a negative view of kingship, but in 1 Samuel 9:1–10:16; 11, he has a positive view of this form of political organization. The potential for a king to be a blessing is accented in the story of Saul’s selection as king in 1 Samuel 9. Saul goes in search of his father’s donkeys. Frustrated in his search, he seeks the aid of a local seer who turns out to be the prophet Samuel. Here Samuel not only helps the unsuspecting Saul in his search for the donkeys but also bestows the kingship on him. In 1 Samuel 11, Saul proves himself to be an inspired, powerful warrior who unifies and defends the Israelite tribes against the aggressive, inhumane actions of the Ammonite king. In his time as king, Saul illustrates how he not only can save a community endangered by a foreign foe but also can use this military power against members of his own community (1 Sam 22:17-19). Will the king take over the Lord’s role as ruler and savior of the people, or will he testify that he is the Lord’s instrument and can do only what the Lord empowers him to do? Will the king be an idol who draws attention to himself or a symbol who points beyond to the Lord who makes all things possible? Because the answer to these questions is both/and, Saul and the kings who follow need prophets to keep them honest about their human status and their accountability to God and the people they serve. David’s adultery with Bathsheba illustrates how power corrupts (2 Samuel 11). The prophet Nathan does not allow David to cover up his crimes and his abuse of his power (2 Samuel 12). As illustrated by the troubles in David’s household and kingdom (2 Samuel 14–15), idolatrous attitudes and actions can tear apart a community for a number of generations. —Fr. Dale Launderville Dale Launderville, OSB, is professor of theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology•Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota.


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razor shall touch his head, for the boy is to be a nazirite for God from the womb. It is he who will begin to save Israel from the power of the Philistines.

Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 66:8-9, 16-20 O peoples, bless our God; let the voice of his praise resound, of the God who gave life to our souls and kept our feet from stumbling.

(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Come and hear, all who fear God; I will tell what he did for my soul. To him I cried aloud, with exaltation ready on my tongue. Had I considered evil in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has heeded the voice of my prayer. Blest be God, who did not reject my prayer, nor withhold from me his merciful love. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture Judges 13:2-5 here was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her: Though you are barren and have had no children, you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to drink no wine or beer and to eat nothing unclean, for you will conceive and bear a son. No

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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 355)

Antiphon God gives the childless wife a home, makes her the joyful mother of children. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God of marvelous deeds, we place our trust in you and pray: r. God of mercy, hear us. Help us to begin every work and word with a prayer. r. Root your Church ever more firmly in love and advocacy for the poor and lowly. r. Bestow insight and wisdom upon theologians and spiritual writers. r. Our Father .  .  . May God, who gives life to our souls, strengthen us for every good work and sustain us by the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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Blessed Veronica of Binasco

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Nun (1445–1497)

Blessed Veronica was born to devout peasants in a village near Milan. From an early age she wished to become a nun, though this would require that she learn to read and write. For many nights she stayed up struggling to teach herself. Finally she was relieved by a vision of the Mother of God who reassured her that it was enough to know three letters: “The first, purity of the affections, by setting her whole heart on God; the second, never to murmur or grow impatient at the sins or misbehavior of others, but to bear them with patience, and humbly to pray for them; the third, to set apart some time every day to meditate on the passion of Christ” (Alban Butler). The rest of her life was an effort to embody this spiritual counsel. Eventually, at the age of twenty-two, she was admitted to the convent of St. Martha, of the Order of St. Augustine, in Milan. Her chief occupation, when not in prayer, was to beg food for the convent. For several years she suffered terrible pain, but she never complained or asked for any mitigation of her duties or her ascetical practices. She was particularly renowned for her “gift of tears”; when in a state of ecstasy she wept so much that she seemed to be kneeling in a pool of water. She died on January 13, 1497, at the age of fifty-two. “I must work while I can, while I have time.” —Blessed Veronica of Binasco

Entrance Antiphon Upon a lofty throne, I saw a man seated, / whom a host of angels adore, singing in unison: / Behold him, the name of whose empire is eternal. Collect Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care, O Lord, we pray, that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen. 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 beginning of the first Book of Samuel 1:1-8

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here was a certain man from Ramathaim, Elkanah by name, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives, one named Hannah, the other Peninnah; Peninnah had children, but Hannah was childless. This man regularly went on pilgrimage from his city to worship the Lord of hosts and to sacrifice to him at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were ministering as priests of the Lord. When the day came for ­Elkanah to offer sacrifice, he used to give a portion each to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters, but a double portion to Hannah because he loved her, though


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the Lord had made her barren. Her rival, to upset her, turned it into a constant reproach to her that the Lord had left her barren. This went on year after year; each time they made their pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord, Peninnah would approach her, and Hannah would weep and refuse to eat. Her husband Elkanah used to ask her: “Hannah, why do you weep, and why do you refuse to eat? Why do you grieve? Am I not more to you than ten sons?” The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19 . (17a) To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise. r or: r. Alleluia. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord. r.

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Prayer over the Offerings May your people’s oblation, O Lord, find favor with you, we pray, that it may restore them to holiness and obtain what they devoutly entreat. Through Christ our Lord.

My vows to the Lord I will pay in the presence of all his people. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones. O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. r.

Communion Antiphon Psalm 36 (35):10 With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, / and in your light we see light.

My vows to the Lord I will pay in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. r. Gospel Acclamation The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:14-20 Repent, and believe in the Gospel. fter John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. The Gospel of the Lord.

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Or: John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, / and have it more abundantly, says the Lord. Prayer after Communion Humbly we ask you, almighty God, be graciously pleased to grant


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that those you renew with your Sacraments may also serve with lives pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord.

Reflection Repent and Respond We know all too well that we do not always come out of temptation unscathed as Jesus did. We do sin and sin is real in our lives. But just as truly as we should not minimize it, neither should we be preoccupied with it. It is not the primary focus: the gospel is the Good News, not the bad news. Still, we do need to be direct and honest about our sins and our sinfulness—with ourselves, before God, and in matters of confession in the sacrament of reconciliation. When we do sin, we are called to genuine repentance. Scripture is full of the terms, “turn, return, repent.” Repentance involves genuine sorrow, with the primary focus on God. When I was younger—perhaps there are remnants of it still—I tended to become remorseful rather than truly ­repentant. Remorse may simply be distress or even anguish that I have done this, with the focus on myself, on my failure, and it may reveal a good deal of pride or vanity. Remorse leaves me with the burden of guilt. Repentance calls for and secures God’s mercy and healing. Repentance surfaces repeatedly in the New Testament. It had been the central message of John the Baptist, and Jesus, who had nothing to repent of, joined humanity in that baptism of repentance, again emptying himself, humbling himself for our sake. The first words of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel are an echo of John: “Repent, and believe in the good news”— turn away from; turn to. This fundamental message pervades

the gospels—Jesus came to call not the righteous but sinners. Paul adds another note, describing the content of his preaching to Jews and Gentiles—“repent, and turn to God, and do deeds consistent with repentance” (Acts 26:20). So repentance involves both a disposition of the heart and commensurate action. Sr. Jeremy Hall, Silence, Solitude, Simplicity Jeremy Hall (1918–2008), a gifted retreat leader, was a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota.


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to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!”

Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 31:10-11, 15-17 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. My eyes are wasted with grief, my soul and my body.

(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighs. Affliction has broken down my strength, and my bones waste away. But as for me, I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God. My lot is in your hands, deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love.” Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture Romans 10:12-15 here is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone

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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 355)

Antiphon Come after me, and I will make you fish for people. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God of salvation, in faith and trust we pray to you: r. Save us in your merciful love, O God. Further dialogue and understanding among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. r. Lead our nation to find peaceful and nonviolent means to counter violence and the proliferation of weapons. r. Make us good stewards of your gifts. r. Our Father .  .  . May God, who calls us in Christ, make us strong, firm, and steadfast in faith, hope, and love. Amen.


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 33:8-12, 20-22 Let all the earth fear the Lord, all who live in the world revere him. He spoke, and it came to be. He commanded; it stood in place.

(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

The Lord frustrates the designs of the nations; he defeats the plans of the peoples. The designs of the Lord stand forever, the plans of his heart from age to age. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his heritage. Our soul is waiting for the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him do our hearts find joy. We trust in his holy name. May your merciful love be upon us, as we hope in you, O Lord. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture Sirach 35:20-22a hose who serve God to please him are accepted; / their petition reaches the clouds. / The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; / it does not rest till it reaches its goal; / Nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, / judges justly and affirms the right. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture

(Lectio Divina, p. 355)

Antiphon May the God of Israel grant what you have asked. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God, in you our hearts find joy. With trust in you we pray: r. God, hear and answer our prayer. Defeat the plots of terrorists, and help all countries to establish peace in their borders. r. Restore health and wholeness to those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. r. Inspire efforts to treat cancer, AIDS, and other chronic diseases. r. Our Father .  .  . May God direct our steps and show us how to walk in charity and peace. Amen.


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Blessed Odoric of Pordenone

Franciscan Missionary (ca. 1285–1331) Odoric of Pordenone spent his early life as a conventional Franciscan friar, a vocation he embraced at the age of fifteen. In 1317, however, some impulse inspired him to embark on a fantastic journey that took him to the ends of the known world and back again. Starting in Venice he sailed east, traveling overland from Constantinople to Baghdad and the Persian Gulf. From there he sailed to Malabar and southern India where he spent time with the ancient Christian community. Still, he pushed on, to Ceylon, Sumatra, and Java, then north to Canton and the great ports of China. He spent several years in Beijing before turning homeward through Tibet, on to Persia, and eventually back to Italy. The reasons for his travel are mysterious. As for his decision to spend his final years in seclusion, he is said to have complied with a vision from St. Francis, who ordered him to stay put. He did dictate an account of his journeys, which was widely circulated. While providing little information about his activities or the motive for his grand tour, his travelogue offered an eyewitness account of the extraordinary things he had witnessed, including the curious customs, the prodigious sights, and the religious practices of the people he encountered. Odoric died on January 14, 1331, and was beatified in 1755. “As I, friar Odoric, have travelled among the remote nations of the unbelievers, where I saw and heard many great and wonderful things, I have thought fit to relate all these things truly.” —Blessed Odoric of Pordenone

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Entrance Antiphon Upon a lofty throne, I saw a man seated, / whom a host of angels adore, singing in unison: / Behold him, the name of whose empire is eternal. Collect Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care, O Lord, we pray, that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen. 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 first Book of Samuel 1:9-20 The Lord God remembered Hannah, and she gave birth to Samuel. annah rose after a meal at Shiloh, and presented herself before the Lord; at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair near the doorpost of the Lord’s temple. In her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously, and she made a vow, promising: “O Lord of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the Lord for as long as he lives; neither wine nor liquor shall he drink, and no razor shall ever touch his head.” As she remained long at prayer before the Lord, Eli watched her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently; though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her, “How long

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will you make a drunken show of yourself? Sober up from your wine!” “It isn’t that, my lord,” Hannah answered. “I am an unhappy woman. I have had neither wine nor liquor; I was only pouring out my troubles to the Lord. Do not think your handmaid a ne’er-do-well; my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.” Eli said, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She replied, “Think kindly of your maidservant,” and left. She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and no longer appeared downcast. Early the next morning they worshiped before the Lord, and then returned to their home in Ramah. When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah, the Lord remembered her. She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the Lord for him. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd . (see 1) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior. r “My heart exults in the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory.” r. “The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil. The barren wife bears seven sons, while the mother of many languishes.” r. “The Lord puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again.

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The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he humbles, he also exalts.” r. “He raises the needy from the dust; from the dung heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage.” r. Gospel Acclamation See 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Receive the word of God, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:21-28 Jesus taught them as one having authority. esus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee. The Gospel of the Lord.

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Prayer over the Offerings May your people’s oblation, O Lord, find favor with you, we pray, that it may restore them to holiness and obtain what they devoutly entreat. Through Christ our Lord.


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Communion Antiphon Psalm 36 (35):10 With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, / and in your light we see light. Or: John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, / and have it more abundantly, says the Lord. Prayer after Communion Humbly we ask you, almighty God, be graciously pleased to grant that those you renew with your Sacraments may also serve with lives pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord.

It would be wonderful if one could promise healing and solution to all our problems in exchange for trust in the Lord. But we all know from the example of faith-filled people who nevertheless suffer that there is no such simple arrangement. Can the fact that the Scriptures show us people getting responses from God help us to trust? And there are friends who attest to that; maybe another time of our life attests to it also. Part of the faith we pray for and work at daily is maintaining a trust in God even when the answer to our prayer is long in coming or never evident. Help us, Lord, to be less self-centered, less anxious about our own personal needs, and more willing to respond to the needs and suffering of those around us. Let me not so much seek to be consoled as to console.  (Prayer of St. Francis) Fr. Don Talafous, Homilies for Weekdays, Year II

Reflection No Simple Exchange Commentators on Scripture point out that people of New Testament times believed in the presence and power of devils all around them and especially as causes of illness and harm. The two readings today both suggest some of the frustrations and ills of ordinary human life which lend credence to the notion that some evil power is at work. Like Hannah, many a human being has hopes that seem so often doomed to disappointment. Or there is present in our life or that of our family and friends illnesses like those attributed to unclean spirits by Jesus’ contemporaries. Childlessness, cancer, unemployment, accidents— the list seems infinite. In Hannah’s case, “the Lord remembered her” (1 Sam 1:19) and she had her son, destined to be Samuel. The man in the Gospel too was relieved of the presence of the demon in his life, whatever form it took.

Don Talafous, OSB, is a member of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and alumni chaplain for St. John’s University. His Daily Reflection can be found at www.saintjohnsabbey.org/reflection.


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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 11 In the Lord I have taken refuge. How can you say to my soul, “Fly like a bird to the mountain!

(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Look, the wicked are bending their bow! They are fixing their arrow on the string, to shoot the upright of heart in the dark. Foundations once destroyed, what can the just man do?” The Lord is in his holy temple; the throne of the Lord is in heaven. His eyes behold the world; his gaze probes the children of men.

in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 355)

Antiphon Jesus commands even the unclean spirits and they obey. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, your gaze is on all the earth. We pray to you: r. Just God, hear our prayer. Protect the orphans of war or disaster. r.

The Lord inspects the just and the wicked; the lover of violence he hates. He sends fire and brimstone on the wicked, a scorching wind to fill their cup. For the Lord is just and loves deeds of justice; the upright shall behold his face.

Put an end to the cycle of abuse. r.

Glory to the Father .  .  .

May God enlighten our hearts, that we may know the glory to which we have been called as children of God. Amen.

Scripture Acts 5:12-16 any signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon’s portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them. Yet more than ever, believers

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Defend the oppressed. r.

Our Father .  .  .


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: 325


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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)

Liturgy of the Word First Reading Responsorial Psalm


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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. 353]

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  329  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.


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

Liturgy of the Word

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Period of Silence Profession of Faith

[The Nicene Creed can be found on p. 328]

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, 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:


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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. 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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Earth Has Many a Noble City

Epiphany—am/pm Familiar Tune: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

O God of Love, O Prince of Peace

am/pm Familiar Tune: The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky

When Jesus Comes to Be Baptised

Baptism of the Lord—am/pm Familiar Tune: On Jordan’s Bank


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The Day Is Filled with Splendor

am Familiar Tune: O Lord, I Am Not Worthy

Before the Close of Day We Come

pm Familiar Tune: The Water Is Wide

O God of Truth, Prepare Our Minds

am/pm Familiar Tune: I Know That My Redeemer Lives


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)

Luke 1:46-55

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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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