6 Epiphany, Wednesday 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 God, * 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 2:1 – 10
How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger! The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof. He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about. He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire. The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast. The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together. Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord. The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

Festal: Canticle of Judith. Judith 16:13 – 17

Antiphon: O Lord, great art thou, and glorious in thy power.

  1. Let us sing a hymn to the Lord; * let us sing a new hymn to our God.
  2. O Lord, great art thou, and glorious in thy power, * whom no one can overcome.
  3. Let all thy creatures serve thee, * for thou spakest, and they were made ;
  4. Thou didst send forth thy Spirit and they were created; * and there is none that can resist thy voice.
  5. The mountains shall be moved from their foundations with the waters, * the rocks shall melt as wax at thy presence.
  6. But they that fear thee, * shall be great with thee in all things.
  7. Woe to the nations that rise up against my people : for the Lord Almighty will take vengeance on them, * in the day of judgment he will visit them.
  8. For he will give fire, and worms into their flesh, * that they may burn, and may feel for ever.

Glory Be.

Antiphon: O Lord, great art thou, and glorious in thy power.

Ferial: Canticle of Hannah. I Kings 2. 1.

Antiphon: My heart hath rejoiced in the Lord, he that bringeth low, and also lifteth up.

  1. My heart hath rejoiced in the Lord, * and mine horn is exalted in my God.
  2. My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies, * because I have rejoiced in thy salvation.
  3. There is none holy as the Lord; for there is none other beside thee; * neither is there any strong like our God.
  4. Do not multiply to speak lofty things, * boasting.
  5. Let old matters depart out of your mouth; * for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and to him are thoughts prepared.
  6. The bows of the mighty men are overcome, * and the weak are girded with strength.
  7. They that before were full have hired out themselves for bread; * and the hungry are filled.
  8. So that the barren hath borne many; * and she that had many children is waxed feeble.
  9. The Lord giveth death, and maketh alive; * he bringeth down into hell, and bringeth back again.
  10. The Lord maketh poor, and conferreth riches: * he bringeth low, and also lifteth up.
  11. He raiseth up the needy out of the dust, * and lifteth up the poor from the dunghill.
  12. To set them among princes, * and to hold the throne of glory.
  13. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, * and he hath set the world upon them.
  14. He guardeth the feet of his saints, and the wicked are put to silence in darkness, * for no man shall prevail by his own strength.
  15. The adversaries of the Lord shall fear him : * and out of heaven shall he thunder upon them.
  16. The Lord shall judge the ends of the earth, and he shall give empire unto his king, * and shall exalt the horn of his Anointed.

Glory be.

Antiphon: My heart hath rejoiced in the Lord, he that bringeth low, and also lifteth up.

Second Lesson:
I Peter 4:7 – 11
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


When breaks the day, and dawn grows bright,
Christ nearer seems, the Light of Light:
From us, like shades that night-time brings,
Drive forth, O Light, all darksome things.

Earth’s dusky veil is torn away,
Pierced by the sparkling beams of day:
Our life resumes its hues apace,
Soon as our Day-Star shews his face.

So thee, O Christ , alone we seek,
With conscience pure and temper meek:
With tears and chants we humbly pray
That thou wouldst guide us through each day.

For many a shade obscures each sense
Which needs thy beams to purge it thence:
Light of the Morning Star, illume,
Serenely shining, all our gloom.

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: From the hand of all * that hate us, good Lord, deliver us.

  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: From the hand of all * that hate us, good Lord, deliver us.

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