6 Epiphany, Saturday Morning

Prayers before the Office
Open, O Lord, my mouth to bless thy holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affections; that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly say this Office, and so be meet to be heard before the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou, whilst here on earth, didst render praises unto God, I desire to offer this my Office of prayer unto thee.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

V. O God, make speed to save me.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
All: Alleluia.

Then is said thrice:
V. O Lord, open thou my lips.
R. And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Invitatory O come, all ye people of the Lord, ye sheep of his pasture, * O come, let us worship.

¶  The Invitatory verse is recited in full (++) or else the latter half (+) as noted in the verses below

Venite, exultemus Domino.

O COME, let us sing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.
Bow O come, let us worship and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Rise For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and saw my works.
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said: It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways;
Unto whom I sware in my wrath: that they should not enter into my rest.
GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Psalter

Day 1 : Day 2 : Day 3 : Day 4 : Day 5 : Day 6 : Day 7 : Day 8 : Day 9 : Day 10 : Day 11 : Day 12 : Day 13 : Day 14 : Day 15 : Day 16 : Day 17 : Day 18 : Day 19 : Day 20 : Day 21 : Day 22 : Day 23 : Day 24 : Day 25 : Day 26 : Day 27 : Day 28 : Day 29 : Day 30

¶  After each Psalm or portion of Psalm is said

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

First Lesson: Lamentations 5:1 – End
Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah. Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured. They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood. The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick. The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

Festal: Canticle of the Son of Sirach. Miserere nostri, Deus

Antiphon: Shew, O Lord, the light of thy mercies upon us.

  1. HAVE mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, and behold us, * and send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee.
  2. Lift up thy hand against the strange nations, * and let them see thy mighty power.
  3. As thou wast sanctified in us before them, * so be thou magnified among them before us.
  4. And let them know thee, as we also have known thee, * that there is no God but only thou, O God.
  5. Shew new signs and repeat thy wonders: * glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set forth thy marvellous works.
  6. Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath: * take away the adversary and destroy the enemy.
  7. Make the time short, remember the Covenant, * and let them declare thy mighty works.
  8. Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; * and let them perish that oppress the people.
  9. Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers of the heathen, * that say, There is none other but we.
  10. Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, * and inherit thou them, as from the beginning.
  11. O Lord, have mercy upon the people that is called by thy Name, * and upon Israel whom thou hast named thy first-born.
  12. Have compassion upon the city of thy sanctuary, * even upon Jerusalem, the place of thy rest.
  13. Fill Sion with thy majesty, * and thy people with thy glory.

Glory be.

Ferial: Canticle of Moses. Audite caeli

Antiphon: The Lord shall take pity upon his servants, and he will be merciful unto the land of his people.

  1. Give ear, O ye heavens, that I may speak : * let the earth hearken to the words of my mouth.
  2. O that my doctrine might gather as the rain, * and my speech distil as the dew.
  3. Even as the mist upon the grass, and as showers upon the little herbs, * for I will call upon the Name of the Lord.
  4. Supreme majesty ascribe ye unto our God. * The works of God are perfect, and all his ways are judgments.
  5. God is faithful, and without any deceit, righteous and true. * They have sinned against him, and are none of his children in their filth.
  6. They are a wicked and perverse generation. * Is this the way to requite the Lord, O ye foolish and senseless people? 7 Is not he thy Father, * that hath possessed thee, and made thee, and created thee?
  7. Remember the days of old, * think upon every generation.
  8. Ask thy father, and he will shew thee, * thine elders and they will tell thee.
  9. When the Most High divided the nations, * when he separated the sons of Adam.
  10. He set the bounds of the people * according to the number of the children of Israel.
  11. But the portion of the Lord is his people : * yea, Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
  12. He found them in a desert land, * in a place of horror, and of a vast wilderness.
  13. He led him about, and taught him : * and he kept him as the apple of his eye.
  14. Like an eagle that enticeth her young to fly, * and hovering over them,
  15. He hath spread forth his wings, and hath taken him, * and hath carried him aloft on his pinions.
  16. The Lord alone did lead them, * and there was no strange god with him.
  17. He set him upon the high places of the earth, * that he might eat the fruits of the fields,
  18. That he might suck honey out of the rock, * and oil out of the flinty stones.
  19. Butter of the herd, and milk of the sheep, * with the fat of lambs and rams of the breed of Bashan.
  20. And goats with the marrow of wheat: * and that he might drink the purest blood of the grape.
  21. The beloved did wax fat and kick; * yea, he waxed fat, and thick, and gross.
  22. He forsook the God that made him, * and departed from the God of his salvation.
  23. They provoked him with strange gods, * and with abominations stirred they him up to anger.
  24. They sacrificed to devils, and not to God, * to gods whom they knew not.
  25. That came newly up, * whom their fathers worshipped not.
  26. Thou hast forsaken the God that begat thee, * and hast forgotten the God that created thee.
  27. The Lord saw, and was moved to wrath : * because his own sons and daughters provoked him.
  28. And he said : I will hide my face from them, * and will consider what their last end shall be.
  29. For they are a perverse generation, * and unfaithful children.
  30. They have provoked me with that which is not God, * and they have vexed me with their vanities.
  31. And them also will I provoke with that which is not a people; * and with a foolish nation will I vex them.
  32. A fire is kindled in mine anger, * and it shall burn to the depths of the grave.
  33. And it shall consume the earth with her increase, * and shall burn the foundations of the mountains.
  34. I will heap evils upon them, * and I will spend mine arrows among them.
  35. They shall be consumed with hunger, * and the birds shall devour them with a most bitter bite.
  36. The teeth of wild beasts will I send against them, * with the fury of creatures that trail upon the ground, and of serpents.
  37. Without, the sword shall lay them waste, and terror within : * both the young man and the maiden alike, the suckling child also with them of gray hairs.
  38. I said: Where are they now? * I will make the memory of them to cease from among men.
  39. But for the wrath of the enemy I have deferred it, * lest perhaps their enemies might be proud,
  40. And should say: Our mighty hand, and not the Lord, * hath done all these things.
  41. They are a nation bereft of counsel, and without wisdom, * O that they would be wise, and would understand, that they would provide for their latter end.
  42. How should one man pursue a thousand, * and two put ten thousand to flight?
  43. Was it not because their God had sold them, * and the Lord had shut them up?
  44. For our God is not as their gods, * and our enemies themselves are the judges.
  45. Their vines are of the vineyard of Sodom, * and of the fields of Gomorrah.
  46. Their grapes are grapes of gall, * and their clusters are most bitter.
  47. Their wine is the gall of dragons, * yea, the deadly venom of asps.
  48. Are not these things stored up with me, * and sealed up among my treasures?
  49. Vengeance is mine, and I will repay them in due time, * that their foot may slide.
  50. The day of destruction is at hand, * and the time maketh haste to come.
  51. Yea, the Lord shall judge his people, * and shall take pity upon his servants.
  52. He shall see that their hand is weakened; * and that they who were shut up have also failed, and they that remained are consumed.
  53. And he shall say, Where are now their gods, * in whom they have put their trust?
  54. 55 Of whom they did eat the fat of their sacrifices, * and drank the wine of their drink offerings.
  55. Let the same rise up and help you, * and be your protection in your distress.
  56. See ye that I alone am, * and there is none other God but me.
  57. I will slay, and I will make to live; I will strike, and I will heal; * and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
  58. I will lift up my hand to heaven and say: * I live for ever.
  59. If I shall whet my sword as the lightning, * and mine hand take hold on judgment,
  60. I will render vengeance to mine enemies, * and will reward them that hate me.
  61. With blood will I make mine arrows drunken, * and my sword shall devour flesh.
  62. Of the blood of the slain, * and of the captivity, yea, of the bare head of the enemy.
  63. Praise his people, O ye Gentiles, * for he will avenge the blood of his servants.
  64. And he will render vengeance unto their enemies, * and he will be merciful unto the land of his people.

Glory be.

Antiphon: The Lord shall take pity upon his servants, and he will be merciful unto the land of his people.

Second Lesson:
I Peter 5:8 – End
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.


Each dawn, that sprinkles east with light
As day o’er earth is gliding bright,
Bids dark things flee, and deeds of sin,
As morn’s bright rays their course begin.

Like as night’s phantoms swift depart,
Let guilty thoughts forsake the heart;
And every ill, that darkness sought
Beneath its shade, come swift to naught.

So that last morning, dread and great,
Which we with trembling hope await,
With blessed light for us shall glow
Who chant the song we sang below:

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

V. O satisfy us early with thy mercy.
R. That we may rejoice and be glad.

Benedictus. St. Luke 1:68-80.

¶ If St Mary on the Sabbath:

O glorious Maid, exalted far
In light more bright than any star,
From him who made thee thou hast won
Grace to be Mother of his Son.

That which was lost in hapless Eve
Thy holy Scion did retrieve;
The tear-worn sons of Adam’s race,
Through thee have glimpsed the heavenly place.

Thou wast the gate of heaven’s Lord,
The door through which the Light had poured;
Thou, Maiden-Mother, Life dost bring
Ye ransomed nations, shout and sing!

All honour, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born, to thee,
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.

V. Blessed art thou among women.
R. And blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

Antiphon: Give light, O Lord, to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace.

¶ If St Mary on the Sabbath:

Antiphon: A great and wondrous mystery is made known to us this day; a new thing is wrought in both natures: God is made man; that which was, remained, and that which was not, he assumed; suffering no confusion, nor yet division.

  1. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; * for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
  2. And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, * in the house of his servant David;
  3. As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets, * which have been since the world began;
  4. That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us.
  5. To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember his holy Covenant;
  6. To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, * that he would give us;
  7. That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies * might serve him without fear:
  8. In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.
  9. And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: * for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
  10. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people * for the remission of their sins,
  11. Through the tender mercy of our God; * whereby the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us;
  12. To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be.

Antiphon: Give light, O Lord, to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace.

The Reading from the Martyrology

¶ Then the following,

The Apostles’ Creed.
I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.

¶ On Sundays and other days appointed, here is said the Te Deum.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

V. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. O Lord, save our governours.
R. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. O Lord, save thy people.
R. And bless thine inheritance.
V. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
R. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
V. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
R. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

O GOD, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

¶ If St Mary on the Sabbath:


The Second Collect, for Peace.
O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Third Collect, for Grace.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Commemoration of the Mother of God and All Saints

¶ Said on Sundays and Ferias throughout the year except Lent and Eastertide, unless otherwise noted.

Antiphon. May the blessed Mother of God, Mary the Virgin, and all the Saints, intercede for us with the same Lord our God.

V. The Lord hath chosen to himself them that are godly.
R. When they call upon the Lord he will hear them.
Let us pray.

Defend us, O Lord, we beseech thee, from all dangers both of body and soul : and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, of blessed Joseph, of thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, [of blessed N. the patron of this parish or my patron,] and of all thy Saints, grant us thy saving health and peace ; that being defended from all adversities and all false doctrines, thy Church may serve thee in freedom and quietness. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord: who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Closing Versicles

The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)
Let us bless the Lord (alleluia, alleluia).
Thanks be to God (alleluia, alleluia).
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

¶ When the Litany or Mass is to be said, the following prayers are omitted save only the Grace and the Final Antiphon.

A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those, who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired;] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and other clergy, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer of the Optina Elders
Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on thy holy will. Reveal thy will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the physical strength to bear the labors of this day. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray in me. Amen.

The Grace
The grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all, evermore.  Amen.

¶ Here shall be added the Final Antiphon of the Virgin Mary according to season.

  • From Vespers of the Saturday before the I Sunday in Advent through II Vespers of the Purification; or if this Feast be transferred, through Vespers on February 2nd: Alma Redemptoris Mater
  • After the Purification, that is, from Compline of February 2nd, whether the Feast of the Purification be transferred or not, through Compline of Wednesday in Holy Week: Ave, Regina cælorum
  • From Compline of Holy Saturday through None of the Saturday within the Octave of Pentecost: Regina cæli lætare
  • From I Vespers of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity through None of the Saturday before the I Sunday of Advent: Salve Regina