St Matthias, 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 Praise be to thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

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

Invitatory: The Lord, the King of Apostles, * 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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Psalter

Antiphon 1. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Psalm 33 Benedicam Domino

  1. I WILL alway give thanks unto the Lord: his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
  2. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
  3. O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his Name together.
  4. I sought the Lord, and he heard me: yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
  5. They had an eye unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
  6. Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him: yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
  7. The angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him: and delivereth them.
  8. O taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
  9. O fear the Lord, ye that are his saints: for they that fear him lack nothing.
  10. The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.
  11. Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
  12. What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain see good days?
  13. Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips, that they speak no guile.
  14. Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and ensue it.
  15. The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers.
  16. The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
  17. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
  18. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and will save such as be of an humble spirit.
  19. Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
  20. He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.
  21. But misfortune shall slay the ungodly: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
  22. The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.

Glory be.

Antiphon 2. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Psalm 63  Exaudi, Deus.

  1. HEAR my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
  2. Hide me from the gathering together of the froward: and from the insurrection of wicked doers;
  3. Who have whet their tongue like a sword: and shoot out their arrows, even bitter words;
  4. That they may privily shoot at him that is perfect: suddenly do they hit him, and fear not.
  5. They encourage themselves in mischief: and commune among themselves how they may lay snares, and say that no man shall see them.
  6. They imagine wickedness, and practise it: that they keep secret among themselves, every man in the deep of his heart.
  7. But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow: that they shall be wounded.
  8. Yea, their own tongues shall make them fall insomuch that whoso seeth them shall laugh them to scorn.
  9. And all men that see it shall say, This hath God done: for they shall perceive that it is his work.
  10. The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, and put his trust in him: and all they that are true of heart shall be glad.

Glory be.

Antiphon 3. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you, saith the Lord.

Psalm 96 Dominus regnavit.

  1. THE Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
  2. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgement are the habitation of his seat.
  3. There shall go a fire before him: and burn up his enemies on every side.
  4. His lightnings gave shine unto the world: the earth saw it, and was afraid.
  5. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  6. The heavens have declared his righteousness: and all the people have seen his glory.
  7. Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods: worship him, all ye gods.
  8. Sion heard of it, and rejoiced: and the daughters of Judah were glad, because of thy judgements, O Lord.
  9. For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
  10. O ye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
  11. There is sprung up a light for the righteous: and the joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.
  12. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous: and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.

Glory be.

Antiphon 4. In your patience shall ye possess your souls.

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 2:27 – 35
And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house? And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel? Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them. And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

Benedicite, omnia opera Domini.

Antiphon: Blessed are the peacemakers, blessed are the pure in heart ; for they shall see God.

  1. O all ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
  2. O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : * O ye Heavens, bless ye the Lord.
  3. O ye Waters that be above the Firmament, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
  4. O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord.
  5. O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: * O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord.
  6. O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord.
  7. O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord.
  8. O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord.
  9. O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord.
  10. O let the Earth bless the Lord; * yea, let it praise him, and magnify him for ever.
  11. O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Green Things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord.
  12. O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord.
  13. O ye Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord.
  14. O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord.
  15. O let Israël bless the Lord; * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
  16. O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
  17. O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord: * O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord.
  18. O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise him and magnify him for ever:
  19. Bow Let us bless the Father and the Son, with the Holy Ghost; * let us praise him and magnify him for ever.
  20. Rise Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven; * and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.

Antiphon: Blessed are the peacemakers, blessed are the pure in heart ; for they shall see God.

Second Lesson: Matthew 7:15 – 27
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Hymn

Let heav’n with acclamations ring,
And earth with joy responsive sing:
The Apostles’ deeds and high estate
This festal-tide we celebrate.

O ye who, thron’d in glory dread,
Shall judge the living and the dead,
True lights, the world illumining,
Regard the suppliant pray’r we bring.

The gates of heav’n, at your command,
To all or clos’d or open stand:
May we, at your august decree,
Be loos’d from our iniquity.

The pow’r of old to you convey’d,
Sickness and health alike obey’d;
May ye our ailing souls once more
To strength and holiness restore.

That Christ the unerring Judge of doom,
When he at time’s last end shall come,
May grant us for his mercy’s sake,
Of joys eternal to partake.

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. They shall say, This hath God done.
R. For they shall perceive that it is his work.

Benedictus. St. Luke i. 68.

Antiphon: Ye which have forsaken all, and followed me, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

  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: Ye which have forsaken all, and followed me, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

The Reading from the Martyrology

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.

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.

Collect:
O ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, 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 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.
Amen.

¶ 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.

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