6 Epiphany, Thursday 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: The Lord, who is a great King, * 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 4:1 – 6, 9
How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her. They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.

Festal: Canticle of Jeremias the Prophet. Audite verbum

Antiphon: My people shall be filled with my goodness, saith the Lord.

  1. Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, * and declare it in the isles afar off.
  2. And say : He that scattereth Israel will gather him, * and keep him as a shepherd gathereth and keepeth his flock.
  3. For the Lord did ransom Jacob, * and redeem him from the hand of one that was mightier than he.
  4. And they shall come, and shall give praise on mount Sion, * and shall flow together unto the goodness of the the Lord.
  5. For the corn and wine and oil, * and the increase of cattle and of the herd.
  6. And their soul shall be like a watered garden, * and they shall not hunger any more.
  7. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, * and the young men and the old together.
  8. And I will change their mourning into joy, * and will comfort them, and make them to rejoice after their sorrow.
  9. And I will fill the soul of the priests with fatness, * and my people shall be filled with my goodness.

Glory Be.

Antiphon: My people shall be filled with my goodness, saith the Lord.

Ferial: Canticle of Moses. Cantemus Domino

Antiphon: The Lord is my strength and my praise, and to me he is become salvation.

  1. Let us sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously magnified; * the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
  2. The Lord is my strength and my praise, * and to me he is become salvation.
  3. This is mine own God, and I will glorify him; * the God of my father, and I will exalt him.
  4. The Lord is a mighty man of war, (all bow) Almighty is his Name. * Pharaoh’s chariots and his host did he cast into the Sea.
  5. Yea, even his chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea: * the depths have covered them, they went down to the bottom like a stone.
  6. Thy right hand, O Lord, is magnified in strength; thy right hand, O Lord, hath slain the enemy. * And in the multitude of thy glory hast thou put down mine adversaries.
  7. Thou hast sent forth thy wrath, and it hath consumed them as stubble. * And with the blast of thine anger the waters were gathered together.
  8. The flowing water stood upright : * the depths were gathered together in the midst of the sea.
  9. The enemy said: I will pursue, I will overtake, * I will divide the spoils; my soul shall have its fill.
  10. I will draw my sword, * my hand shall slay them.
  11. Thou hast blown with thy breath, and the sea did cover them; * they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
  12. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the mighty? * who is like unto thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praiseworthiness, performing wondrous things?
  13. Thou stretchedst forth thy hand, and the earth did swallow them; * in thy mercy thou hast been a leader unto the people which thou hast redeemed.
  14. And in thy strength thou hast carried them, * even unto thy holy habitation.
  15. Nations rose up, and were angry; * sorrows took hold on the inhabitants of Palestine.
  16. Then were the princes of Edom dismayed; trembling seized on the mighty men of Moab; * all the inhabitants of Canaan did become stiff.
  17. Let fear and dread fall upon them; * in the greatness of thine arm.
  18. Let them be as still as a stone * till thy people pass over, O Lord, which thou hast possessed.
  19. For thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, * in thy most firm habitation which thou hast made, O Lord.
  20. Even thy sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established; * the Lord shall reign from one eternity to another.
  21. For Pharaoh went in on horseback with his chariots and horsemen into the sea, * and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them.
  22. But the children of Israel, they did walk on dry land * in the midst thereof.

Glory be.

Antiphon: The Lord is my strength and my praise, and to me he is become salvation.

Second Lesson: I Peter 4:12 – End
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.


When golden dawn doth new arise,
Then paling night forsakes the skies,
With shades that hid the world from view,
And us to dangerous error drew.

O be each new day calmly passed,
May we keep pure while it shall last;
Nor let our lips from truth depart,
Nor dark designs engage the heart.

So may each day speed on; the tongue
No falsehood know, the hands no wrong:
Our eyes from wanton gaze refrain,
No guilt our guarded bodies stain.

For God all-seeing from on high
Surveys us with a watchful eye:
Each day our every act he knows
From early dawn to evening’s close.

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 with thy mercy and that soon.
R. That we may rejoice and be glad.

Benedictus. St. Luke 1:68-80.

Antiphon: Let us serve the Lord in holiness, and he will deliver us out of the hands of our enemies.

  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: Let us serve the Lord in holiness, and he will deliver us out of the hands of our enemies.

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.

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