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Saturday 19 January 2019    (other days)
Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saint Wulstan, Bishop, Religious 
 or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Hymn
How great the tale, that there should be,
In God’s Son’s heart, a place for me!
That on a sinner’s lips like mine
The cross of Jesus Christ should shine!
Christ Jesus, bend me to thy will,
My feet to urge, my griefs to still;
That e’en my flesh and blood may be
A temple sanctified to Thee.
No rest, no calm my soul may win,
Because my body craves to sin;
Till thou, dear Lord, thyself impart
Peace on my head, light in my heart.
May consecration come from far,
Soft shining like the evening star.
My toilsome path make plain to me,
Until I come to rest in thee.

Psalm 130 (131)
Childlike trust in God
Whoever humbles himself like a little child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.
Lord, I do not puff myself up or stare about,
  or walk among the great or seek wonders beyond me.
Truly calm and quiet I have made my spirit:
  quiet as a weaned child in its mother’s arms –
  like an infant is my soul.
Let Israel hope in the Lord, now and for all time.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Whoever humbles himself like a little child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.

Psalm 131 (132)
God's promise to the house of David
With an honest heart I have offered up all things joyfully, O my God.
Lord, remember David
  and how he served you.
He swore to the Lord,
  vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not go into my tent, my home,
  nor go up to my bed of rest;
I will not let my eyes sleep
  or my eyelids grow heavy
until I have found a place for the Lord,
  a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
We heard that it was in Ephratha,
  we found it in the plains of Jaar.
So let us go into his dwelling-place
  and let us worship before his footstool.
Rise up, Lord, and come to your place of rest.
  Come with the Ark of your power.
Let your priests be robed in your justice,
  and let your chosen ones rejoice.
Remember what David did for you,
  and do not turn your face from your Anointed.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
With an honest heart I have offered up all things joyfully, O my God.

Psalm 131 (132)
The Lord swore an oath to David and he will not go back on his word; he made his kingdom firm for ever.
The Lord swore David a true oath,
  he will not go back on his word:
“The fruit of your body
  I will place on your throne.
If your children keep my covenant and the commands I teach them,
  their children’s children will occupy your throne for ever.”
For the Lord has chosen Zion,
  taken it for his dwelling-place:
“Here will I take my rest for all time:
  here will I live, such is my desire.
I will bless its crops with my blessing,
  I will fill its poor with bread.
I will clothe its priests with righteousness.
  Its chosen ones will exult with joy.
There will I plant the sign of David,
  and prepare a lamp for my anointed one.
I will wrap his enemies in confusion,
  but over his head my crown will shine.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
The Lord swore an oath to David and he will not go back on his word; he made his kingdom firm for ever.

℣. Come, consider the works of the Lord.
℟. He has done wonderful deeds on the earth.

First Reading
Ecclesiasticus 44:1-2,16-45:6 ©
Praise of the patriarchs from Enoch to Moses
Let us praise illustrious men,
  our ancestors in their successive generations.
The Lord has created an abundance of glory,
  and displayed his greatness from earliest times.
Enoch pleased the Lord and was taken up,
  an example for the conversion of all generations.
Noah was found perfectly virtuous,
  in the time of wrath he became the scion:
because of him a remnant was preserved for the earth
  at the coming of the Flood.
Everlasting covenants were made with him
  that never again should every living creature perish by flood.
Abraham, the great forefather of a host of nations,
  no one was ever his equal in glory.
He observed the Law of the Most High,
  and entered into a covenant with him.
He confirmed the covenant in his own flesh,
  and proved himself faithful under ordeal.
The Lord therefore promised him on oath
  to bless the nations through his descendants,
to multiply him like the dust on the ground,
  to exalt his descendants like the stars,
and give them the land for their inheritance,
  from sea to sea,
from the River to the ends of the earth.
To Isaac too, for the sake of Abraham his father,
  he assured the blessing of all mankind;
  he caused the covenant to rest on the head of Jacob.
He confirmed him in his blessings
  and gave him the land for his inheritance;
he divided it into portions,
  and shared it out among the twelve tribes.
From him he produced a generous man
  who found favour in the eyes of all mankind,
beloved by God and men,
  Moses, of blessed memory.
He made him the equal of the holy ones in glory
  and made him strong, to the terror of his enemies.
At the word of Moses he made the miracles stop,
  he raised him high in the respect of kings;
he gave him commandments for his people,
  and showed him something of his glory.
For his loyalty and gentleness he sanctified him,
  choosing him alone out of all mankind;
he allowed him to hear his voice,
  and led him into the darkness;
he gave him the commandments face to face,
  the law of life and knowledge,
to teach Jacob his ordinances
  and Israel his decrees.
Responsory
℟. Hear, O Israel, and be careful to keep the commandments which the Lord has given you,* and you will come to know that the Lord is a faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him.
℣. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might,* and you will come to know that the Lord is a faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him.

Second Reading
From a letter of Pope St Clement I to the Corinthians
From the first, faith has been God's means of justifying men
God’s blessing must be our objective, and the way to win it our study. Search the records of ancient times. Why was our father Abraham blessed? Was it not because his upright and straightforward conduct was inspired by faith? As for Isaac’s faith, it was so strong that, assured of the outcome, he willingly allowed himself to be offered in sacrifice. Jacob had the humility to leave his native land on account of his brother, and go and serve Laban. He was given the twelve tribes of Israel.
  Honest reflection upon each of these examples will make us realise the magnitude of God’s gifts. All the priests and levites who served the altar of God were descended from Jacob. The manhood of the Lord Jesus derived from him. Through the tribe of Judah, kings, princes and rulers sprang from him. Nor are his other tribes without their honour, for God promised Abraham: “Your descendants shall be as the stars of heaven.”
  It is obvious, therefore, that none of these owed their honour and exaltation to themselves, or to their own labours, or to their deeds of virtue. No; they owed everything to God’s will. So likewise with us, who by his will are called in Christ Jesus. We are not justified by our wisdom, intelligence, piety, or by any action of ours, however holy, but by faith, the one means by which God has justified men from the beginning. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  What must we do then, brothers? Give up good works? Stop practising Christian love? God forbid! We must be ready and eager for every opportunity to do good, and put our whole heart into it. Even the Creator and Lord of the universe rejoices in his works. By his supreme power he set the heavens in their place; by his infinite wisdom he gave them their order. He separated the land from the waters surrounding it and made his own will its firm foundation. By his command he brought to life the beasts that roam the earth. He created the sea and all its living creatures, and then by his power set bounds to it. Finally, with his own holy and undefiled hands, he formed man, the highest and most intelligent of his creatures, the copy of his own image. “Let us make man,” God said, “in our image and likeness. And God made man, male and female he made them.” Then, when he had finished making all his creatures, God gave them his approval and blessing: “Increase and multiply,” he charged them.
  We must recognise, therefore, that all upright men have been graced by good works, and that even the Lord himself took delight in the glory his works gave him. This should inspire us with a resolute determination to do his will and make us put our whole strength into the work of living a Christian life.
Responsory
℟. The Lord God is a strong and faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him,* with those who keep his commandments.
℣. In everything God works for good with those who love him,* with those who keep his commandments.

Let us pray.
In your love, Lord,
  answer our humble prayer:
give us the grace to see what we have to do
  and the strength to do it.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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