Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
--Today is the Holy Day of St. Leo--Ordinary Time
The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23
Saint and Major Saints' Days
Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:4 Confession of Sin
Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.or this
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
*A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes 'us' for 'you' and 'our' for 'your.'
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. AmenThe Invitatory and Psalter Officiant:
Lord, open our lips. People:
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise Officiant and People:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen Alleluia The Invitatory Psalm
Venite Psalm 95:1-7
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! The following Antiphon may be sung or said
The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.
The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. (2)
Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. (3)
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their waves. (4)
The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea. (5)
Your testimonies are very sure; Holiness adorns Your house, O LORD, forever.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. (2)
Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. (3)
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. (4)
For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. (5)
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. (6)
Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. (7)
Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength. (8)
Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. (9)
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (10)
Say among the nations, 'The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.' (11)
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; (12)
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD. (13)
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly. (2)
And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, spoke up and said to Ezra, 'We have trespassed against our God, and have taken pagan wives from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this. (3)
Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the advice of my master and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. (4)
Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.' (5)
Then Ezra arose, and made the leaders of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear an oath that they would do according to this word. So they swore an oath. (6)
Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib; and when he came there, he ate no bread and drank no water, for he mourned because of the guilt of those from the captivity. (7)
And they issued a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the descendants of the captivity, that they must gather at Jerusalem, (8)
and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the instructions of the leaders and elders, all his property would be confiscated, and he himself would be separated from the assembly of those from the captivity. (9)
So all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered at Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month; and all the people sat in the open square of the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of heavy rain. (10)
Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, 'You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives, adding to the guilt of Israel. (11)
Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives.' The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: 'Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself, (11)
because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. (12)
And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. (13)
Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. (14)
But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. (15)
I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. (16)
This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. (17)
Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation, (18)
in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult. (19)
They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me. (20)
Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council, (21)
unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.' ' The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Then He also said to him who invited Him, 'When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. (13)
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. (14)
And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.' (15)
Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, 'Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!' (16)
Then He said to him, 'A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, (17)
and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' (18)
But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' (19)
And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' (20)
Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' (21)
So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' (22)
And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' (23)
Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. (24)
For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.' ' The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Canticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.
16 The Song of Zechariah
Luke 1: 68-79
Can be read after the Old Testament Reading