DAILY PRAYER FOR TODAY’S CATHOLIC
Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus)
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.
Give Us This Day
Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
✛ Peace Pilgrim Madeleine L’Engle
Within the Word: Old Testament Prophets Corrine Carvalho
Within the Word: Isaiah
Within the Word: Micah
Within the Word: Jeremiah Sr. Dianne Bergant
✛ St. Anthony Zaccaria Sr. Ruth Burrows
9G 10G 11W 12G St. Benedict
✛ St. Veronica Giuliani Fr. Richard Gula
✛ Rose Hawthorne Trisha Day
✛ St. Benedict Pope Francis
✛ Angelus Silesius Sr. Mary Margaret Pazdan
✛ St. Kateri Tekakwitha Sr. Melannie Svoboda
✛ St. Mary-Magdalen Postel Brian Schmisek
✛ St. Bonaventure Fr. Don Talafous
[St. Camillus de Lellis] ✛ St. Hedwig of Poland Amy Kuebelbeck
✛ Bartolomé de Las Casas Fr. John Baldovin
✛ Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
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[St. Lawrence of Brindisi]
St. Mary Magdalene
[St. Sharbel Makhluf]
Sts. Joachim and Anne
✛ Albert Luthuli Kathy Coffey
✛ St. Mary Magdalene Maxwell Johnson
✛ St. Christina the Astonishing Sr. Joan Chittister
✛ St. Kunigunde of Poland Mary Jo Leddy
✛ St. James the Great Fr. Frank Matera
✛ St. Olympias Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr
St. Martha ✛ Johann Sebastian Bach ✛ Bd. Beatrice of Sr. Anne Elizabeth Nazareth Sweet Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel
Key ✛ Blessed Among Us by Robert Ellsberg Reflection / Within the Word Author [ ] Optional Memorial Vestment colors: G Green R Red W White
✛ Bd. Mary Theresa Ledóchowska Abp. George Niederauer
[Our Lady of Mount Carmel]
Bp. Richard Sklba
✛ Bernard Haring Melissa Musick Nussbaum
St. Kateri Tekakwitha St. Bonaventure
St. Maximus of Turin
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✛ St. Monegundis Fr. Eugene Hensell
[St. Anthony Zaccaria; St. Elizabeth of Portugal]
16G 17G 18G 19G
Fr. Dale Launderville
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Sr. Verna Holyhead
✛ St. John Fisher Fr. Romano Guardini
[St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions]
Fr. Michael Casey
13 Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
2G 3R 4G 5G
[Bd. Junípero Serra] ✛ Bd. Antonio Rosmini St. John Chrysostom
6 Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
30G 31W [St. Peter Chrysologus]
✛ William Wilberforce Mary Stommes
✛ Chiune Sugihara Fr. Daniel Durken
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July 2014 ◆ Volume 4, Issue 7
Before the Fire Sr. Genevieve Glen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Teach Us to Pray: I’m Angry, God! Fr. James Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Suscipe Me, Domine Abbot Jerome Kodell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Prayers and Blessings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Prayer at Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Daily Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Order of Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352 Guide to Lectio Divina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355 Hymns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
Sunday, July 20
Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 118:24-29 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)
O Lord, grant salvation; O Lord, grant success. Blest is he who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord; the Lord is God, and has given us light. Go forward in procession with branches, as far as the horns of the altar. You are my God, I praise you. My God, I exalt you. Give praise to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Joel 4:13-16 ield the sickle, / for the harvest is ripe; / Come and tread, / for the wine press is full; / The vats overflow, / for their crimes are numerous. / Crowds upon crowds / in the Valley of Decision; / For near is the day of the Lord / in the Valley of Decision. / Sun and moon are darkened, / and
The Mustard Seed, window at Memorial Church, Ames, Iowa.
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the stars withhold their brightness, / The Lord roars from Zion, / and from Jerusalem raises his voice, / The heavens and the earth quake, / but the Lord will be a shelter for his people, / a fortress for the people of Israel. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scriptures (Lectio Divina, p. 355)
Antiphon Then the righteous will shine like the sun in God’s kingdom. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions Kind and gracious God, we humbly pray to you: r. God, we hope in your merciful love. Let your kindness to us lead us to repentance and to acts of mercy for others. r. Expand your Church’s vision and understanding of the call to discipleship. r. Inspire all who preach and listen to your Word proclaimed today. r. Our Father . . . May the God of mercy inspire us to act with justice and mercy toward all, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mass Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Entrance Antiphon Psalm 54 (53):6, 8 See, I have God for my help. / The Lord sustains my soul. / I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, / and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. Gloria (p. 328) Collect Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. 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. 12:13, 16-19 A reading from the Book of Wisdom You give repentance for sins. here is no god besides you who have the care of all, / that you need show you have not unjustly condemned. / For your might is the source of justice; / your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all. / For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved; / and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity. / But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, / and with much lenience you govern us; / for power, whenever you will, attends you. / And you taught your people, by these deeds, / that those who are just must be kind; / and you gave your children good ground for hope / that you would permit repentance for their sins. The word of the Lord.
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Responsorial Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 r. (5a) Lord, you are good and forgiving. You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you. Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my pleading. r. All the nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord, and glorify your name. For you are great, and you do wondrous deeds; you alone are God. r. You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and fidelity. Turn toward me, and have pity on me; give your strength to your servant. r. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 8:26-27
The Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings. rothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. The word of the Lord.
Gospel Acclamation Cf. Matthew 11:25 Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
13:24-43 (Shorter Form [ ], 13:24-30)
Let them grow together until harvest.
esus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”] He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’ ” He spoke to them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.” Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of
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the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” The Gospel of the Lord. Creed (p. 329) Prayer over the Offerings O God, who in the one perfect sacrifice brought to completion varied offerings of the law, accept, we pray, this sacrifice from your faithful servants and make it holy, as you blessed the gifts of Abel, so that what each has offered to the honor of your majesty may benefit the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Psalm 111 (110):4-5 The Lord, the gracious, the merciful, / has made a memorial of his wonders; / he gives food to those who fear him. Or: Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock, says the Lord. / If anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, / I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. Prayer after Communion Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord, and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life. Through Christ our Lord.
Reflection To Become the Leaven Doubtless the power and characteristics of leaven are known to everyone. For although it is small in size, simple in appearance, and common in nature, it has such power within it that, when it has been concealed in flour, by its inherent energy it makes the whole mass to be what it itself is. And it so diffuses itself throughout the lump by the force of its spreading that it causes the whole mass of flour to become leaven, and thus the thing itself, by its own power, acquires for itself a mass that shares its own strength. . . . Rightly, then, is leaven compared to the Lord who, when He was a man in form, little in humility, and cast down in weakness, was interiorly so powerful because of His wisdom that the world itself barely grasped His teaching. And when He began to spread Himself about through the whole earth by the power of His divinity, He immediately drew the entire human race into His substance by His own strength. Thus, in pouring out the energy of His Spirit on all the saints, He made every Christian to be what Christ is. For when the Lord Jesus was a man in the world, alone and by Himself like leaven hidden in a lump of dough, He made it possible for everyone to be what He Himself was. Whoever, therefore, sticks to the leaven of Christ becomes in turn leaven as useful to himself as he is helpful to everyone else and, certain of his own salvation, he is made sure of the redemption of others. St. Maximus of Turin, Sermon 33 Maximus of Turin (d. ca. 465), bishop and theologian, was the author of hundreds of sermons, homilies, and treatises.
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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)
Psalm 63:2-9 O God, you are my God; at dawn I seek you; for you my soul is thirsting. For you my flesh is pining, like a dry, weary land without water. I have come before you in the sanctuary, to behold your strength and your glory. Your loving mercy is better than life; my lips will speak your praise. I will bless you all my life; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be filled as with a banquet; with joyful lips, my mouth shall praise you.
When I remember you upon my bed, I muse on you through the watches of the night. For you have been my strength; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me.
God, who will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon every human being who does evil, Jew first and then Greek. But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Jew first and then Greek. There is no partiality with God. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scriptures (Lectio Divina, p. 355)
Antiphon You gave your children reason to hope that you would allow them to repent for their sins. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, you call us to repentance. We pray: r. Hear us, O God. Lead us to greater self-knowledge and deeper understanding of your unconditional love. r. Transform the hearts of those who are tempted to do violence. r.
Glory to the Father . . .
Grant peace to those who die alone tonight. r.
Scripture Romans 2:4-11 o you hold [God’s] priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance? By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of
Our Father . . .
May the God of mercy and justice bless us with strong hearts, that we may surrender in love to God’s gracious will. Amen.
July 20–26 Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Within the Word Micah Tells It Like It Is Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God. Most biblical prophets are famous for a single phrase, and this gentle motto has made Micah familiar and appealing to a lot of us. But in his day, Micah was viewed as a prophet of doom, feared for his denunciations of folks high and low. His authority made kings and priests tremble. Even his enemies hesitated to lay a hand on him. How did Micah get to be so formidable? It helped to be the fourth warning bell of a chaotic century. The 700s BC rocked with turmoil. The Assyrian empire was on the prowl, determined to devour the Near East. Seers like Hosea and Amos alerted northern Israel that its mistreatment of the powerless put the community at risk. By 722, their words proved true as the north was vanquished. Meanwhile Isaiah rose up in Jerusalem, urging the southern province to shed its injustices. As Isaiah’s late contemporary, Micah became the last in a series of inspired voices not to be shrugged off as the nation shuddered in peril. Biblical prophecy has its rules, and Micah respected them. He delivered both threats and promises as stick-and-carrot to prod the people to right action. Micah doesn’t finger God as the heavy should terror befall those who choose a fatal path. He presents retribution as the natural fruit of sin, in the same way justice contains its own blessing. Each deed is the seed of its results. Don’t blame God if failing to remove the dead limb hanging overhead means you’re clobbered with it later. 214
Micah opposed the “instant religion” popular in his day: just being God’s special people implied blanket immunity to disaster. Even Micah’s colleague Isaiah assured successive kings that Jerusalem would never fall because it was God’s own city. Micah begged to differ: he predicted Jerusalem’s utter ruin! In the short run, Isaiah won the argument. At the height of Assyria’s siege in 701, Jerusalem remained standing. A century later, however, the prophet Jeremiah used the “Micah Defense” to promote his prediction that Jerusalem was toast on the plate of its latest foe, Babylon. Jeremiah—and belatedly, Micah—was right this time. Jeremiah still wound up in the cistern for suggesting that smug religious identity isn’t a saving strategy. What happens when “the steadfast loyalty promised to David” (Isa 55:3b) isn’t enough to preserve Jerusalem, its Temple, or its royal house? Micah has a surprising answer. God is pleased to go back to the drawing board in Bethlehem, David’s city, for a new heir to the dynasty. The new ruler “whose origin is from of old” will “take his place as shepherd” and “he shall be peace” (Mic 5:1-3). Matthew and John will return to the pages of Micah to make their claims for Jesus. We can all make our way back to Micah for advice that remains fresh. Our moral choices do contain the seeds of blessings or curses for the future. Religious identity alone won’t make us holy. It’s still wise to choose justice, show mercy, and embrace the way of humility in the company of God. And when we’re ready to begin again, God’s still prepared to go back to the drawing board with us. —Alice Camille Alice Camille, MDiv, is the author of Isaiah and the Kingdom of Peace, illustrated by Sarah Evelyn Showalter, and other titles available at www.alicecamille.com.
Monday, July 21
Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 71:1-6 In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice, rescue me, free me; incline your ear to me and save me.
(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)
Be my rock, my constant refuge, a mighty stronghold to save me, for you are my rock, my stronghold. My God, free me from the hand of the wicked, from the grip of the unjust, of the oppressor. It is you, O Lord, who are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. On you I have leaned from my birth; from my mother’s womb, you have been my help. At all times I give you praise.
loudly to God; they all must turn from their evil way and from the violence of their hands. Who knows? God may again repent and turn from his blazing wrath, so that we will not perish.” When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scriptures (Lectio Divina, p. 355)
Antiphon The people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, and there is something greater than Jonah here. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God, you awaken us to praise. We pray: r. God, bless us with your unfailing love. Heal your Church of sin and division. r. Free the oppressed from the hands of their oppressors. r. Help us to use technology with wisdom and prudence. r.
Glory to the Father . . .
Our Father . . .
Scripture Jonah 3:6-10 hen the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh: “By decree of the king and his nobles, no man or beast, no cattle or sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast alike must be covered with sackcloth and call
May the praise of God be ever on our lips and in our hearts, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Blessed Among Us
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time [St. Lawrence of Brindisi, opt. memorial]
Zulu Chief, Nobel Laureate (1898–1967) Albert Luthuli, a member of the Zulu tribe, was raised in a Christian mission reserve in Natal, South Africa. Eventually he was elected chief in the village of Groutville, an office that enabled him to promote the rights of his poor and oppressed people. To the white-minority government, chiefs were regarded as useful intermediaries in their management and control of the black masses. Luthuli, however, had come to believe the interests of his people could best be served by the overthrow of apartheid. After he joined the African National Congress the government “dismissed” him as chief. This only freed him for a more active role in the antiapartheid struggle, and he became the national leader of the ANC. As a result of his activities he was repeatedly arrested, “banned,” and confined to house arrest. In 1955 he was arrested, along with the ANC leadership, and charged with high treason. He was eventually freed and helped bring the case against apartheid to the world, and in 1960 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Throughout his life, Luthuli held to a deep Christian faith. He disagreed with those activists who dismissed Christianity as the religion of the oppressor. But he challenged the Church to “be with the people, in their lives.” Speaking for himself, he said, “I am in Congress precisely because I am a Christian.” Albert Luthuli died on July 21, 1967. “It is inevitable that in working for Freedom some individuals and some families must take the lead and suffer: The Road to Freedom is via the CROSS.” —Albert Luthuli
Entrance Antiphon Psalm 54 (53):6, 8 See, I have God for my help. / The Lord sustains my soul. / I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, / and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. Collect Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. 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 Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 You have been told, O man, what the Lord requires of you. ear what the Lord says: / Arise, present your plea before the mountains, / and let the hills hear your voice! / Hear, O mountains, the plea of the Lord, / pay attention, O foundations of the earth! / For the Lord has a plea against his people, / and he enters into trial with Israel. O my people, what have I done to you, / or how have I wearied you? Answer me! / For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, / from the place of slavery I released you; / and I sent before you Moses, / Aaron, and Miriam. With what shall I come before the Lord, / and bow before God most high? / Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, / with calves a year old? / Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, / with myriad streams of oil? / Shall
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I give my first-born for my crime, / the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? / You have been told, O man, what is good, / and what the Lord requires of you: / Only to do the right and to love goodness, / and to walk humbly with your God. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 . (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power r of God. “Gather my faithful ones before me, those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” And the heavens proclaim his justice; for God himself is the judge. r. “Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you, for your burnt offerings are before me always. I take from your house no bullock, no goats out of your fold.” r. “Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, Though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?” r. “When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it? Or do you think that I am like yourself? I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes. He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me; and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.” r. Gospel Acclamation If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 12:38-42
At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it.
ome of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.” The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings O God, who in the one perfect sacrifice brought to completion varied offerings of the law, accept, we pray, this sacrifice from your faithful servants and make it holy, as you blessed the gifts of Abel, so that what each has offered to the honor of your majesty may benefit the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Psalm 111 (110):4-5 The Lord, the gracious, the merciful, / has made a memorial of his wonders; / he gives food to those who fear him.
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Or: Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock, says the Lord. / If anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, / I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. Prayer after Communion Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord, and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life. Through Christ our Lord.
Reflection The Precarious Work of Kindling Sparks Anyone who teaches a class, gives a homily, retreat, or workshop can empathize with the prophet Micah, or with Jesus when people call him Teacher and expect a sign. Despite all their preparatory research and prayer, most speakers quail inwardly over meeting an audience with high hopes. The challenge is to speak the word of peace, affirmation, and joy at a time or in a place where it has not been heard enough. Listeners have just come from a battle with a colleague, a financial setback, a sick child, or a calcifying relationship. Their minds are full of the business they must still finish in the slight sliver of the day that remains after the talk. Can they possibly visit the gym, shop for groceries, and get home in time for dinner? And whatever will they cook then? A speaker with integrity walks a delicate balance beam. He or she is painfully aware that no one could match the poignancy of Micah, voicing God’s sadness: “O my people, what have I done to you, or how have I wearied you? Answer me!” The only genuine alternative might be silence, but still
the intrepid plunge ahead: say something fresh, uplifting, something that matters and endures. The day has held an avalanche of words. Which ones can be carried forth and cherished, like embers against the cold? Wise speakers, like Jesus, turn to the tradition, summon the dangerous memory or powerful persons like Jonah, Solomon. Mining their personal experience, they reflect on what has inspired, challenged, lightened heavy loads. What gives courage to continue probing more deeply a mystery that has no easy answers? And when we hear precisely the right words at the right time, our gratitude is immense. Someone understands; someone walks the same path; someone encourages us on. In such wisdom, we rediscover what we already know, what simple essentials it boils down to: “to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Kathy Coffey Kathy Coffey is an award-winning writer, mother of four, and speaker who gives workshops and retreats nationally and internationally. For more information, see her website: kathyjcoffey.wordpress.com.
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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 114 Alleluia!
(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)
When Israel came forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a foreign people, Judah became his temple, Israel became his domain. The sea beheld them and fled; the Jordan turned back on its course. The mountains leapt like rams, and the hills like yearling sheep. Why was it, sea, that you fled; that you turned back, Jordan, on your course? O mountains, that you leapt like rams; O hills, like yearling sheep?
needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scriptures (Lectio Divina, p. 355)
Antiphon Do justice and love goodness, and walk humbly with your God. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, in you we want for nothing. We pray: r. God, show us your wonderful love.
Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, in the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool, and flint into a spring of water.
Sensitize our hearts to those who weep and mourn, and let us offer them comfort. r.
Glory to the Father . . .
Transform the hearts of all Christians toward a greater respect and genuine concern for the well-being of all. r.
Scripture Romans 12:9-18 et love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the
Safeguard those who are persecuted for living and spreading the Gospel. r.
Our Father . . . May God bless us with hope in adversity, endurance in affliction, and perseverance in prayer, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Tuesday, July 22
Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 142:2-4a, 6-8 With all my voice I cry to the Lord; with all my voice I entreat the Lord. I pour out my trouble before him; I tell him all my distress while my spirit faints within me. But you, O Lord, know my path.
(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)
To you I cry, O Lord. I have said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen, then, to my cry, for I am brought down very low. Rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, and I shall give thanks to your name. Around me the just will assemble, because of your goodness to me. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture 2 Chronicles 6:19-21 egard kindly the prayer and petition of your servant, Lord, my God, and listen to the cry of supplication which I, your servant, utter before you. May your eyes be open day and night toward this house, the place where you
have decreed your name shall be; listen to the prayer your servant makes toward this place. Listen to the petition of your servant and of your people Israel which they offer toward this place. Listen, from the place of your enthronement, heaven, and listen and forgive.” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scriptures (Lectio Divina, p. 355)
Antiphon You cast into the depths of the sea all our sins. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions Christ Jesus, on the morning of your resurrection you appeared first to Mary Magdalene. Uniting our trust to hers, we pray: r. Christ Jesus, have mercy on us. Help us to give witness to the hope of eternal life by our speech and action. r. Lead your Church to cultivate and cherish ever more deeply the spiritual and leadership gifts of women. r. Comfort and heal those who are afflicted with physical or mental illness. r. Our Father . . . May God receive our prayers and enrich our lives with every gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Blessed Among Us
St. Mary Magdalene
Apostle to the Apostles (First Century) Mary Magdalene was one of the original Galilean disciples of Jesus and the most eminent among many women who followed in his itinerant ministry. Little can be said about her origins; she is characterized simply as a “woman from whom seven demons had gone out.” There is no scriptural basis for the later tradition that depicted her as a penitent prostitute. The Gospels name her among the women who followed Jesus to Golgotha and there witnessed his passion and death. While in the Synoptic Gospels all the male disciples fled, it was these women who remained faithful to the end. They also went to his tomb on the third day, hoping to anoint his body. Instead, they found an empty tomb, guarded by an angel who revealed that Jesus had risen from death. The women were charged to tell the disciples to meet the Lord back in Galilee. In the Gospels of John and Matthew (as well as the longer ending of Mark) Mary actually sees the Risen Lord. According to John, Mary was weeping outside the tomb when she saw Jesus, though at first without recognition. When he addressed her with a single word, “Mary,” she called out “Rabboni! Teacher.” He instructed her to go to the disciples and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” It was Mary Magdalene, the faithful disciple, who first proclaimed the good news to the Twelve. Thus she has often been called the “Apostle to the Apostles.” “They have taken my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” —St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary Magdalene, Memorial Entrance Antiphon John 20:17 The Lord said to Mary Magdalene: / Go to my brothers and tell them: / I am going to my Father and your Father, / to my God and your God. Collect O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ and come to see him reigning in your glory. 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 Micah
He will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins. hepherd your people with your staff, / the flock of your inheritance, / That dwells apart in a woodland, / in the midst of Carmel. / Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, / as in the days of old; / As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, / show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt / and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; / Who does not persist in anger forever, / but delights rather in clemency, / And will again have compassion on us, / treading underfoot our guilt? / You will cast into the depths of the
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sea / all our sins; / You will show faithfulness to Jacob, / and grace to Abraham, / As you have sworn to our fathers / from days of old. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8 r. (8a) Lord, show us your mercy and love. You have favored, O Lord, your land; you have brought back the captives of Jacob. You have forgiven the guilt of your people; you have covered all their sins. You have withdrawn all your wrath; you have revoked your burning anger. r. Restore us, O God our savior, and abandon your displeasure against us. Will you be ever angry with us, prolonging your anger to all generations? r. Will you not instead give us life; and shall not your people rejoice in you? Show us, O Lord, your kindness, and grant us your salvation. r. Gospel Acclamation Tell us Mary, what did you see on the way? I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw his empty tomb. A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?
n the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus
loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her. The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings Accept, O Lord, the offerings presented in commemoration of Saint Mary Magdalene, whose homage of charity was graciously accepted by your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Communion Antiphon 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15 The love of Christ impels us, / so that those who live may live no longer for themselves, / but for him who died for them and was raised.
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Prayer after Communion May the holy reception of your mysteries, Lord, instill in us that persevering love with which Saint Mary Magdalene clung resolutely to Christ her Master. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Reflection The Apostle to the Apostles One of the great disservices to St. Mary Magdalene and to women in general was in the year 591 when Pope Gregory I identified her as the repentant prostitute, the sinful woman of Luke 7 who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with oil. Indeed, thanks to Gregory the Great and others, throughout medieval Europe recovery houses for prostitutes run by the Church were often called “Magdalene Houses” in her memory. But why is this a disservice both to Mary Magdalene and to women in general? For one simple reason: Mary has a much more central, challenging, and powerful role in the Gospels! She was one of Jesus’ in-group and was the primary witness of the foundational events of the Christian proclamation: present at Jesus’ death and burial, the first to experience his resurrection, and the first to proclaim it to others. As she has been known for centuries in the Christian East, Mary Magdalene is the “Apostle to the Apostles!” The first one sent with the good news of Easter was a woman. The first to see and proclaim the risen Lord was St. Mary Magdalene, and seeing the risen Lord and being sent by him is the very definition of what it means to be an apostle. Today we celebrate
Mary Magdalene’s apostolic witness to Christ’s resurrection. And today we celebrate her Easter faith, arising from her encounter with the risen Lord, who calls her and each of us by name. Maxwell E. Johnson Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scriptures
(Lectio Divina, p. 355)
God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 36:6-7ab, 8-11 Your mercy, Lord, reaches to heaven, your truth to the clouds. Your justice is like God’s mountains; like the great deep, your justice.
(opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)
How precious is your mercy, O God! The children of men seek shelter in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the riches of your house; you give them drink from the stream of your delight. For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light. Maintain your mercy for those who know you, your saving justice to upright hearts. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Acts 4:32-35 he community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.
Antiphon Magdalene saw the Risen Christ and announced the good news to the disciples. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Christ Jesus, you called Mary Magdalene by name, and you call us by name. In faith we pray: r. Let us feast on the riches of your house, O God. Unite your Church in the heart and mind of Christ. r. Grant that all Christians be extravagant in the care of the poor and needy. r. Bestow your everlasting life upon all the faithful departed. r. Our Father . . . May God deepen our faith, hope, and love, and bring us together to everlasting life. Amen.
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.
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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:
B Grace to you and peace from God our Father
Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.
C The Lord be with you.
You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.
and the Lord Jesus Christ. And with your spirit. 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:
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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.
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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,
330 The Order of Mass 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
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Period of Silence Profession of Faith
[The Nicene Creed can be found on p. 329]
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
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
Have Mercy on Your People, Lord
am Familiar Tune: On Jordan’s Bank
Now Thank We All Our God
Ordinary Time/July Fourth—am/pm
1. Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices, / who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices: / who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way / with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. The Dawn Now Spreads Its Rosy Hue
am Familiar Tune: O Saving Victim
2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us! / With ever-joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us: / and keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed, / and free us from all ills in this world and the next. 3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given, / the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven, / the one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore; / for thus it was, is now, and shall be, evermore. Text: Martin Rinkart, 1586–1649; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827–1878, alt. Music: NUN DANKET, 67 67 66 66, Johann Crüger, 1598–1662.
Be Thou My Vision
am/pm Familiar Tune: Lord of All Hopefulness
The Father’s Holy Ones, the Blest
Saints/Martyrs—am/pm Familiar Tune: The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky
1. The Father’s holy ones, the blest who drank the chalice of the Lord, have learned that bitterness is sweet and courage keener than the sword.
Our Blessed Father, Benedict
Feast of Saint Benedict—am/pm Familiar Tune: That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
2. In darkness they were unafraid, and kept alight their living fire; they now keep timeless days of joy, where God gives all their hearts’ desire. 3. May all that splendid company, whom Christ in glory came to meet, help us on our uneven road made smoother by their passing feet. 4. O Father, Son and Spirit blest, may we keep faith till time shall cease; grant us a place among your saints, the poor who served the prince of peace. Text: Stanbrook Abbey, © 1974, 1995. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
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)
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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