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Wednesday 16 January 2019    (other days)
Wednesday of week 1 in Ordinary Time 

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
Bright as fire in darkness,
Sharper than a sword,
Lives throughout the ages
God’s eternal word.
Father, Son and Spirit,
Trinity of might,
Compassed in your glory,
Give the world your light.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 17 (18)
Thanksgiving for salvation and victory
I love you, Lord, my strength.
I will love you, Lord, my strength:
  Lord, you are my foundation and my refuge,
  you set me free.
My God is my help: I will put my hope in him,
  my protector, my sign of salvation,
  the one who raises me up.
I will call on the Lord – praise be to his name –
  and I will be saved from my enemies.
The waves of death flooded round me,
  the torrents of Belial tossed me about,
the cords of the underworld wound round me,
  death’s traps opened before me.
In my distress I called on the Lord,
  I cried out to my God:
from his temple he heard my voice,
  my cry to him came to his ears.
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.
I love you, Lord, my strength.

Psalm 17 (18)
The Lord saved me because he loved me.
The earth moved and shook,
  at the coming of his anger the roots of the mountains rocked
  and were shaken.
Smoke rose from his nostrils,
  consuming fire came from his mouth,
  from it came forth flaming coals.
He bowed down the heavens and descended,
  storm clouds were at his feet.
He rode on the cherubim and flew,
  he travelled on the wings of the wind.
He made dark clouds his covering;
  his dwelling-place, dark waters and clouds of the air.
The cloud-masses were split by his lightnings,
  hail fell, hail and coals of fire.
The Lord thundered from the heavens,
  the Most High let his voice be heard,
  with hail and coals of fire.
He shot his arrows and scattered them,
  hurled thunderbolts and threw them into confusion.
The depths of the oceans were laid bare,
  the foundations of the globe were revealed,
at the sound of your anger, O Lord,
  at the onset of the gale of your wrath.
He reached from on high and took me up,
  he lifted me from the many waters.
He snatched me from my powerful enemies,
  from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me.
They attacked me in my time of trouble,
  but the Lord was my support.
He led me to the open spaces,
  he was my deliverance, for he held me in favour.
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 saved me because he loved me.

Psalm 17 (18)
You, O Lord, are my lamp, my God who lightens my darkness.
The Lord rewards me according to my uprightness,
  he repays me according to the purity of my hands,
for I have kept to the paths of the Lord
  and have not departed wickedly from my God.
For I keep all his decrees in my sight,
  and I will not reject his judgements;
I am stainless before him,
  I have kept myself away from evil.
And so the Lord has rewarded me according to my uprightness,
  according to the purity of my hands in his sight.
You will be holy with the holy,
  kind with the kind,
with the chosen you will be chosen,
  but with the crooked you will show your cunning.
For you will bring salvation to a lowly people
  but make the proud ashamed.
For you light my lamp, O Lord;
  my God brings light to my darkness.
For with you I will attack the enemy’s squadrons;
  with my God I will leap over their wall.
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.
You, O Lord, are my lamp, my God who lightens my darkness.

℣. All wondered at these gracious words.
℟. They marvelled at what the Lord was saying.

First Reading
Ecclesiasticus 24:1-33 ©
Wisdom in creation and in the history of Israel
Wisdom speaks her own praises,
  in the midst of her people she glories in herself.
She opens her mouth in the assembly of the Most High,
  she glories in herself in the presence of the Mighty One;
‘I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
  and I covered the earth like a mist.
I had my tent in the heights,
  and my throne in a pillar of cloud.
Alone I encircled the vault of the sky,
  and I walked on the bottom of the deeps.
Over the waves of the sea and over the whole earth,
  and over every people and nation I have held sway.
Among all these I searched for rest,
  and looked to see in whose territory I might pitch camp.
Then the creator of all things instructed me,
  and he who created me fixed a place for my tent.
He said, “Pitch your tent in Jacob,
  make Israel your inheritance.”
From eternity, in the beginning, he created me,
  and for eternity I shall remain.
I ministered before him in the holy tabernacle,
  and thus was I established on Zion.
In the beloved city he has given me rest,
  and in Jerusalem I wield my authority.
I have taken root in a privileged people,
  in the Lord’s property, in his inheritance.
I have grown tall as a cedar on Lebanon,
  as a cypress on Mount Hermon;
I have grown tall as a palm in Engedi,
  as the rose bushes of Jericho;
as a fine olive in the plain,
  as a plane tree I have grown tall.
I have exhaled a perfume like cinnamon and acacia,
  I have breathed out a scent like choice myrrh,
like galbanum, onycha and stacte,
  like the smoke of incense in the tabernacle.
I have spread my branches like a terebinth,
  and my branches are glorious and graceful.
I am like a vine putting out graceful shoots,
  my blossoms bear the fruit of glory and wealth.
Approach me, you who desire me,
  and take your fill of my fruits,
for memories of me are sweeter than honey,
  inheriting me is sweeter than the honeycomb.
They who eat me will hunger for more,
  they who drink me will thirst for more.
Whoever listens to me will never have to blush,
  whoever acts as I dictate will never sin.’
All this is no other than the book of the covenant of the Most High God,
  the Law that Moses enjoined on us,
an inheritance for the communities of Jacob.
Responsory
Jn 14:6; Si 24:9
℟. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.* No-one can come to the Father except through me.
℣. From eternity, in the beginning, he created me, and for eternity I shall not cease to exist.* No-one can come to the Father except through me.

Second Reading
From the treatise "Against the Heresies" by St Irenaeus
Knowledge of the Father consists in the self-revelation of the Son
No one can know the Father apart from God’s Word, that is, unless the Son reveals him, and no one can know the Son unless the Father so wills. Now the Son fulfils the Father’s good pleasure: the Father sends, the Son is sent, and he comes. The Father is beyond our sight and comprehension; but he is known by his Word, who tells us of him who surpasses all telling. In turn, the Father alone has knowledge of his Word. And the Lord has revealed both truths. Therefore, the Son reveals the knowledge of the Father by his revelation of himself. Knowledge of the Father consists in the self-revelation of the Son, for all is revealed through the Word.
  The Father’s purpose in revealing the Son was to make himself known to us all and so to welcome into eternal rest those who believe in him, establishing them in justice, preserving them from death. To believe in him means to do his will.
  Through creation itself the Word reveals God the Creator. Through the world he reveals the Lord who made the world. Through all that is fashioned he reveals the craftsman who fashioned it all. Through the Son the Word reveals the Father who begot him as Son. All speak of these things in the same language, but they do not believe them in the same way. Through the law and the prophets the Word revealed himself and his Father in the same way, and though all the people equally heard the message not all equally believed it. Through the Word, made visible and palpable, the Father was revealed, though not all equally believed in him. But all saw the Father in the Son, for the Father of the Son cannot be seen, but the Son of the Father can be seen. The Son performs everything as a ministry to the Father, from beginning to end, and without the Son no one can know God. The way to know the Father is the Son. Knowledge of the Son is in the Father, and is revealed through the Son. For this reason the Lord said: No one knows the Son except the Father; and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son has revealed him. The word “revealed” refers not only to the future – as though the Word began to reveal the Father only when he was born of Mary; it refers equally to all time. From the beginning the Son is present to creation, reveals the Father to all, to those the Father chooses, when the Father chooses, and as the Father chooses. So, there is in all and through all one God the Father, one Word and Son, and one Spirit, and one salvation for all who believe in him.
Responsory
℟. No-one has ever seen God:* it is the only Son, who is nearest the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
℣. No-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.* It is the only Son, who is nearest the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

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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