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Daily Readings for: April 14, 2010
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: God of mercy, you have filled us with the hope of resurrection by restoring man to his original dignity. May we who relive this mystery each year come to share it in perpetual love. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 Easter: April 14th 

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter Old Calendar: St. Justin, martyr; Sts. Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus, martyrs

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Justin, martyr and also the commemoration of Sts. Tiburtius, Valerian and Maximus, martyrs who died with St. Cecilia. St. Justin's feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on June 1.


Sts. Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus
When the wedding day came, St. Cecilia sat apart from the guests, repeating psalms and praying. After the ceremony, when the guests had departed and she was alone with her husband, Valerian, Cecilia made known her great desire to remain as she was, saying that she already had a lover, an angel of God, who was very jealous. Valerian, shaken by suspicion, fear, and anger, said to her: "Show me this angel. If he is of God, I shall refrain, as you wish, but if he is a human lover, you both must die." Cecilia answered: "If you believe in the one true and living God and receive the water of baptism, then you shall see the angel." Valerian assented, and following his wife's directions sought out a bishop named Urban, who was in hiding among the tombs of the martyrs, for this was a time of persecutions. Valerian made his profession of faith and the bishop baptized him. When the young husband returned, he found an angel with flaming wings standing beside Cecilia. The angel placed chaplets of roses and lilies on their heads. The brother of Valerian, Tiburtius, was also converted; and after being baptized he too experienced many marvels.

Valerian and Tiburtius devoted themselves to good works on behalf of the Christian community, and they made it their special duty to give proper burial to those Christians who were put to death by order of the prefect Almachius. The two brothers were themselves soon sentenced for refusing to sacrifice to Jupiter. Maximus, a Roman officer charged with their execution, was converted by a vision that came to him in the hour of their death. After professing Christianity, he too suffered martyrdom. The three were buried by the grieving Cecilia, and a little later she herself was sentenced.

— Excerpted from Lives of Saints, Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.


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Lauds -- Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

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

Introduction
O God, come to my aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help me.
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.

A suitable hymn may be inserted here.

Psalm 76 (77)
Remembering the works of the Lord
The waters saw you, O God: you led your people through the sea. Alleluia.
I cried out loud to the Lord,
  cried out to God, and he turned to me.
In my time of trouble I sought for God,
  my hands stretched out all night long,
  tireless in supplication.
My soul will not be consoled:
  I think of God, and I sigh;
  I meditate, and my spirit fails.
You have kept me awake, my eyes open;
  in my distress, I did not speak.
I pondered on the days of old,
  thought through the immemorial years.
In the night I meditated in my heart.
  I was troubled, and I asked my soul:
Will God reject you for ever,
  will he never again take you into his favour?
Has his kindness ended for ever,
  his word come to an end for all generations?
Will God forget to show mercy,
  will he lock up his mercies in his anger?
And I said, “I am wounded indeed,
  that the Most High has changed.”
I will remember the works of the Lord.
  I will remember your wonders, from the beginning.
I will ponder on all you have done,
  think deeply through all your great deeds.
O God, your ways are holy:
  what god is as great as our God?
You are God, you work wonders,
  you made known your strength to your people.
By your own action you redeemed your people,
  the children of Jacob and of Joseph.
The waters saw you, O God,
  the waters saw you and writhed,
  stirred up even to their depths.
The clouds poured down water,
  the clouds sounded their voice,
  your arrows shot forth.
Your voice thundered in the whirlwind,
  your lightnings lit up the world,
  the earth trembled and shook.
Your way led through the sea,
  your paths through the great waters,
  your steps left no trace behind them.
You led your people like a flock,
  by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
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 waters saw you, O God: you led your people through the sea. Alleluia.

Canticle 1 Samuel 2
The song of Hannah, mother of Samuel
The Lord brings death and brings life. Alleluia.
My heart rejoices in the Lord,
  my strength is raised up in the name of my God.
I cry out in triumph over my enemies
  as I rejoice in your deliverance.
No-one is like the Lord, for he is holy;
  no-one is like our God, for he is strong.
Do not pile boasting upon boasting:
  keep proud words far from your mouth,
for the Lord is the God of all knowledge
  and the judge of all actions.
The bow of the mighty is broken,
  and the weak are clothed in strength.
Those who fed well must hire themselves out, for bread;
  but the hungry are hungry no longer.
The barren woman has given birth to many;
  but she who had many sons is left desolate.
The Lord brings death and brings life;
  he leads down to the underworld and rescues from it.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
  he lays low and raises up.
He lifts the needy from the dust and the poor from the dunghill
  to sit among princes
  to sit on the throne of glory.
To the Lord belong the poles of the earth;
  from them he has suspended the world.
He will keep safe the feet of his chosen,
  but the impious will be silent in the darkness
 – for it is not by his own strength that a man becomes strong.
The Lord grinds down his enemies:
  he will thunder on them from the heavens.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth,
  give dominion to his king,
  and raise up the standard of his anointed one.
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 brings death and brings life. Alleluia.

Psalm 96 (97)
The glory of God in his judgements
A light has arisen for the just, and gladness for the upright in heart. Alleluia.
The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice,
  let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and dark mist surround him,
  his throne is founded on law and justice.
Fire precedes him,
  burning up his enemies all around.
His lightnings light up the globe;
  the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains flow like wax at the sight of the Lord,
  at the sight of the Lord the earth dissolves.
The heavens proclaim his justice
  and all peoples see his glory.
Let them be dismayed, who worship carved things,
  who take pride in the images they make.
All his angels, worship him.
Zion heard and was glad,
  the daughters of Judah rejoiced
  because of your judgements, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, the Most High over all the earth,
  far above all other gods.
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
The Lord protects the lives of his consecrated ones:
  he will free them from the hands of sinners.
A light has arisen for the just,
  and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord
  and proclaim his holiness.
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.
A light has arisen for the just, and gladness for the upright in heart. Alleluia.

Short reading Romans 6:8-11 ©
We believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

Short Responsory
The Lord has risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.
– The Lord has risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.
He who hung on the tree for our sake, alleluia, alleluia.
– The Lord has risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– The Lord has risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.

Canticle Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. Alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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.
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. Alleluia.

Prayers and Intercessions
It was by God’s gift that the risen Christ appeared to the Apostles. Therefore let us address our prayers to God:
– Lord, make us shine with the glory of Christ.
O God, Father of all light, we praise you today with thankful hearts, for you have called us into your glory and light
  to receive your loving kindness.
– Lord, make us shine with the glory of Christ.
As the whole family of man strives for a more worthwhile life,
  strengthen and purify their efforts by the power of your Spirit.
– Lord, make us shine with the glory of Christ.
Dedicate us to the service of mankind,
  so that the human race becomes an acceptable offering to you.
– Lord, make us shine with the glory of Christ.
As this day begins, fill us with your loving kindness,
  so that we spend the whole day praising you in triumph and delight.
– Lord, make us shine with the glory of Christ.

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.

This year, once again, we celebrate the mysteries of Easter,
  when human nature was restored to its ancient dignity
  and received the hope of resurrection.
We ask you, Lord, in your gentle kindness,
  that what we celebrate in faith
  we may receive in everlasting delight.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.
Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.

AMEN


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