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January 15

SAINT ARNOLD JANSSEN
Priest and Founder
Solemnity

Arnold Janssen was born in 1837 in Goch, Germany, and ordained a priest for the diocese of Muenster, where he served in the Apostleship of Prayer. Moved by a desire for the union of all Christians, the preaching of the Gospel and the establishment of the Church among non-Christians, he founded the Society of the Divine Word in 1875 at Steyl, Netherlands. Realizing the need for women missionaries, he established two congregations of Sisters: the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit in 1889 and the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration in 1896. Arnold Janssen died on January 15, 1909.

MASS

INTRODUCTORY RITES

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be my witnesses even to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

The Gloria is sung or said.

COLLECT

O God,
you continue to reconcile humanity
through your incarnate Word,
by the intercession of Saint Arnold, your priest,
graciously grant that,
freed from the darkness of sin
by the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,
all peoples may walk in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING

All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.

A reading from the prophet Isaiah  52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, Announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!”
Hark! Your watchmen raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
For they see directly, before their eyes,
the Lord restoring Zion.
Break out together in song,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord comforts his people,
he redeems Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
All the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
         Ps 96:1-2a. 2b-3. 7-8a. 9-10a: Matt 28:19

     (3) Proclaim the marvels of God among all peoples.

or

     (19) Go and make disciples of all the nations.

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all you lands.
Sing to the Lord; bless his name.

Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
Among all people, his wondrous deeds.

Give to the Lord, you families of nations,
give to the Lord glory and praise;
give to the Lord the glory due his name!

Worship the Lord in holy attire.
Tremble before him, all the earth;
Say among the nations: The Lord is king.
He governs the peoples with equity.

SECOND READING

God has given me the privilege of proclaiming the riches of Christ to all the nations.

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians  3:8-12, 14-19

To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to bring to light [for all] what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens. This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in him.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA (See 1 Tim 3:16)

        Alleluia.

Glory to you Christ, the Divine Word;
glory to you Christ,
preached among the nations.

        Alleluia.

GOSPEL

He gave power to become children of God to all who believe in his name.

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light, which enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power
to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice
nor by a man’s decision but of God.

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God,
who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Profession of faith.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Lord,
may the Holy Spirit,
to whose service Saint Arnold
consecrated himself,
receive the gifts placed upon your altar.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE

Witness of God’s Word and of the mission of the Church

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere
to give you thanks.

You give us the joy of celebrating
the feast of St. Arnold,
Priest according to your heart
and Servant of your Word.
In his unshakeable faith
you offer us sure light for our steps.

In his unfailing love
you show us the path of the Gospel
which unites races, cultures and nations.
Inspired by you
he sent missionaries to the entire world
to carry out the mission of the Church
and proclaim also to unbelievers
the inscrutable riches of Christ
and their share in the eternal inheritance.

Through him the choirs of angels
and all the powers of heaven
praise and worship your glory.
May our voices blend with theirs
as we join in their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord...

Communion Rite

I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that
you gave me to do.
I revealed your name to those whom
you gave me out of the world. (John 17:4, 6a)

Or:

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord,
may the holy food we have received
be effective in us,
so that, by the example
and teaching of Saint Arnold,
we may burn with love for your incarnate Word,
who is Lord for ever and ever.


EVENING PRAYER I

HYMN

For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confess,
Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light;
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion! fellowship divine!
We fight as they did, ’neath the holy sign;
And all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

PSALMODY

Ant. 1: To cooperate with God for the salvation of humanity is truly a divine work.

Psalm 112(113)

Praise, O servants of the Lord, *
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed *
both now and for evermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting *
praised be the name of the Lord!

High above all nations is the Lord, *
above the heavens his glory.
Who is like the Lord, our God, *
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down, *
to look down upon heaven and earth?

From the dust he lifts up the lowly, *
from his misery he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes, *
yes, with the princes of his people.
To the childless wife he gives a home *
and gladdens her heart with children.

Ant. 1: To cooperate with God for the salvation of humanity is truly a divine work.

Ant. 2: May the word of God advance and be glorified, and may the reign of God be announced and established throughout the whole world.

Psalm 145(146)

My soul, give praise to the Lord; †
I will praise the Lord all my days,*
make music to my God while I live.

Put no trust in princes,*
in mortal men in whom there is no help.
Take their breath, they return to clay *
and their plans that day come to nothing.

He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God, *
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who alone made heaven and earth, *
the seas and all they contain.

It is he who keeps faith for ever, *
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry, *
the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

the Lord who gives sight to the blind, *
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger *
and upholds the widow and orphan.

It is the Lord who loves the just*
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,*
Sion’s God, from age to age.

Ant. 2: May the word of God advance and be glorified, and may the reign of God be announced and established throughout the whole world (cf. 2 Thess 3,1).

Ant. 3: May the incarnate Word of God give us life by his Spirit.

Canticle: Eph 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father *
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ *
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

He chose us in him *
before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy *
and blameless before him.

He destined us in love *
to be his sons through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of his will, †
to the praise of his glorious grace *
which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

In him we have redemption through his blood, *
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace *
which he lavished upon us.

He has made known to us †
in all wisdom and insight *
the mystery of his will,
according to his purpose *
which he set forth in Christ.

His purpose he set forth in Christ, *
as a plan for the fulness of time,
to unite all things in him, *
things in heaven and things on earth.

Ant. 3: May the incarnate Word of God give us life by his Spirit.

SCRIPTURE READING 1 Tim 2:4-6

God wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God.
There is also one mediator
between God and the human race,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself as ransom for all.

RESPONSORY 1 Pet 1:25; Luke 1:2

May the word of the Lord remain forever: the word which was announced to you.

May the word of the Lord remain forever: the word which was announced to you.

Just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed it down to us.

the word which was announced to you.

Glory be.

May the word of the Lord remain forever: the word which was announced to you.

Magnificat

Ant.: To you every hymn, to you the glory - God Father, Son and Holy Spirit - forever and ever.

My soul glorifies the Lord, *
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness; *
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me. *
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age, *
on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength *
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones *
and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, *
sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant, *
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his sons for ever.

Ant.: To you every hymn, to you the glory - God Father, Son and Holy Spirit - forever and ever.

INTERCESSIONS

Eternal Word, who for our sake became flesh, through the intercession of Saint Arnold we call upon you, saying:

        May your kingdom come.

Lord Jesus, extend your Church to the ends of the earth, - that it may welcome people of every language and every nation.

Desire of all nations, may your Gospel spread to those regions which have not yet received the word of life, - and draw all people to yourself.

Savior of the world, from the beginning you have called workers to your harvest, - increase vocations to the Society of the Divine Word, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, and the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters.

Lord Jesus, you came that all may be one, - grant that all the baptized be filled with mutual esteem and love.

King of all nations, you desire that all be united with you in your glory, - gather all the faithful departed so that they might be with you forever.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

PRAYER

O God,
you continue to reconcile humanity
through your incarnate Word,
by the intercession of Saint Arnold, your priest,
graciously grant that,
freed from the darkness of sin
by the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,
all peoples may walk in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


INVITATORY

Invitatory Antiphon: Today we are celebrating a feast in honour of Saint Arnold Janssen, let us adore the Lord our God.

Invitatory Psalm
Psalm 94(95)

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the God who saves us.
† Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord. (Antiphon)

A mighty God is the Lord,
a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his.
To him belongs the sea, for he made it,
and the dry land shaped by his hands. (Antiphon)

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. (Antiphon)

O that today you would listen to his voice !
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work. (Antiphon)

For forty years I was wearied of these people
and I said: “Their hearts are astray,
these people do not know my ways.”
Then I took an oath in my anger:
“Never shall they enter my rest.” (Antiphon)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Antiphon)

Invitatory Antiphon: Today we are celebrating a feast in honour of Saint Arnold Janssen, let us adore the Lord our God.

OFFICE OF READINGS

HYMN

This is the day whereon the Lord’s true witness,
Whom all the nations lovingly do honour,
Worthy at last was found to wear for ever
Glory transcendent.

Oft hath it been thro’ his sublime deserving
Poor human bodies, howsoever stricken,
Broke and cast off the bondage of their sickness
Healed divinely.

Healing and power, grace and beauteous honour
Always be his, who shining in the highest,
Ruleth and keepeth all the world’s vast order,
One God, three Persons.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1: He asked you for life and this you have given, Lord; you have laid upon him majesty and splendour.

Psalm 20(21): 2-8, 14

O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king; *
how your saving help makes him glad!
You have granted him his heart’s desire; *
you have not refused the prayer of his lips.

You came to meet him
with the blessings of success, *
you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked you for life and this you have given, *
days that will last from age to age.

Your saving help has given him glory. *
You have laid upon him majesty and splendour,
you have granted your blessings to him for ever. *
You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.

The king has put his trust in the Lord: *
through the mercy of the Most High
he shall stand firm.
O Lord, arise in your strength; *
we shall sing and praise your power.

Ant. 1: He asked you for life and this you have given, Lord; you have laid upon him majesty and splendour.

Ant. 2: The path of the virtuous is like the light of dawn; its brightness grows to the fulness of day.

Psalm 91(92)

I

It is good to give thanks to the Lord *
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning *
and your truth in the watches of the night,
on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, *
with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad; *
for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
O Lord, how great are your works! *
How deep are your designs!
The foolish man cannot know this *
and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass *
and all who do evil thrive:
they are doomed to be eternally destroyed. *
But you, Lord, are eternally on high.

Ant. 2: The path of the virtuous is like the light of dawn; its brightness grows to the fulness of day.

Ant. 3: The just will flourish like the palm-tree and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

II

See how your enemies perish; *
all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild-ox’s strength; *
you anoint me with the purest oil.
My eyes looked in triumph on my foes; *
my ears heard gladly of their fall.
The just will flourish like the palm-tree *
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord *
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old, *
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just. *
In him, my rock, there is no wrong.

Ant. 3: The just will flourish like the palm-tree and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

The Lord led the virtuous man along straight paths.

       He showed him the kingdom of God.

FIRST READING Rom 10:9-18

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Romans

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. For the scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!” But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?” Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly they did; for “Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

RESPONSORY See Isa 52:7; Rom 10:8

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring glad tidings,

Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation.

The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,

Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation.

SECOND READING

From the writings of Saint Arnold Janssen

(De fine et institutione Societatis Verbi Divini, Verbum SVD 8. 1966, 405-409)
The Origin of Missionary Activity is found in the Mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit

The name “Divine Word,” as expressed in the name of our Society, first of all refers to the Word of the Father, the divine Son, secondly to the word of the Son, the good news of Christ.

Because of this we are called to a special devotion to the eternal Son. The confreres should, therefore, often consider the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, has become our brother and food. In this manner he taught us both love and humility.

In him we see the first and greatest apostle, priest and pastor. He is a lamb, a lion, a servant and still the Son of the Father. As a pilgrim on earth he teaches, admonishes and heals. By his very teaching and the cross he opens the way to salvation for all. In the contemplation of his holy life the confreres should try to enter into the sanctuary of his heart, admire and adore the virtues exhibited in his earthly, eucharistic and mystic life and imitate them as far as they possibly can.

Among the wonderful works which Jesus performed, three excel: the salvation of the world, the founding of the Church, and the sending of the Spirit. It is the Spirit, however, who completes the work of Christ. It is the Spirit who enlivens the Church as teacher of truth and as the giver of life, especially in the sacraments which are the sources of salvation. He frees the people from their sins and makes them holy. Here we find the great Father of love in whom God loves himself and the world and through whom the love of God fills our hearts. It is the Spirit whom the Father and the Son decreed to send as the witness of their love.

Let us also love the Spirit in and with Jesus and the Father. We can best show our love for him by placing ourselves at the free disposal of his strong hand and by letting ourselves be guided by the inspiration of his grace, not only in our zealous apostolic work, but in a way of life that is simple, just and holy.

Even though we venerate the second and third Persons of the Trinity in a particular way, we should not neglect the first Person or the mystery of the most Holy Trinity itself. God the Father is the most holy and loving origin of the two other Persons. He is the Father of all that is best and most lovable. We must adore, love and venerate him whose kingdom of love we are to extend and for whom we strive to increase the number of his loving children throughout the world.

It is above all the most Blessed Trinity that we wish to honor with our heart, our words and deeds: with our heart by our love and surrender; with our words by our heartfelt prayers and preaching; by our deeds through all our activities. Among these activities the spiritual and corporal works of mercy above all will be specially emphasized by us since the Lord has especially recommended them. For people are images of God, brothers and sisters of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit. Just as God cares for them out of the fullness of his love, puts up with their defects while helping them to improve, so we too will try to do the same. This will be our golden rule both in spreading the faith and in promoting brotherly and sisterly love.

In the proclamation of the Word of God we must direct our work toward the increase of the Catholic faith and the Christian virtues and at the same time, the decrease of the power of sin. Insofar as it is possible, we ought to select those countries in which we can expect the greatest results from our work or where divine providence seems to be calling us. First of all our work should be directed toward the conversion of the pagans, the non-Catholics and unbelievers. This should be and remain the primary purpose of our Society insofar as God’s providence permits it. In all of these labors, however, our greatest love should be for the conversion of the people who live in those places where the Gospel has not been preached. Therefore we must labor with untiring zeal so that they be converted and come to know the Father and those whom he sent: Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

RESPONSORY See Jn 14:16; Acts 1:8; Jn 16:13

I will ask the Father who will give you another Paraclete to be with you always.

You are to be my witnesses even to the ends of the earth.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you to all truth.

You are to be my witnesses even to the ends of the earth.

TE DEUM

We praise you, O God: *
we acclaim you as the Lord.
Everlasting Father, *
all the world bows down before you.

All the angels sing your praise, *
the hosts of heaven and all the angelic powers,
all the cherubim and seraphim *
call out to you in unending song:
Holy, Holy, Holy, *
is the Lord God of angel hosts!

The heavens and the earth are filled *
with your majesty and glory.
The glorious band of apostles, *
the noble company of prophets,
the white-robed army
who shed their blood for Christ, *
all sing your praise.

And to the ends of the earth*
your holy Church proclaims her faith in you:
Father, whose majesty is boundless, †
your true and only Son, who is to be adored, *
the Holy Spirit sent to be our Advocate.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, *
Son of the eternal Father.
When you took our nature to save mankind *
you did not shrink from birth in the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the power of death *
opening the Father’s kingdom
to all who believe in you.
Enthroned at God’s right hand
in the glory of the Father, *
you will come in judgment
according to your promise.

You redeemed your people
by your precious blood. *
Come, we implore you, to our aid.
Grant us with the saints *
a place in eternal glory.

▪▪ Lord, save your people *
and bless your inheritance.
Rule them and uphold them *
for ever and ever.

Day by day we praise you: *
we acclaim you now and to all eternity.
In your goodness, Lord, keep us free from sin. *
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

May your mercy always be with us, Lord, *
for we have hoped in you.
In you, Lord, we put our trust: *
we shall not be put to shame.

▪▪ The last part of the hymn may be omitted.

PRAYER

O God,
you continue to reconcile humanity
through your incarnate Word,
by the intercession of Saint Arnold, your priest,
graciously grant that,
freed from the darkness of sin
by the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,
all peoples may walk in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


MORNING PRAYER

HYMN

This is the day whereon the Lord’s true witness,
Whom all the nations lovingly do honour,
Worthy at last was found to wear for ever
Glory transcendent.

Oft hath it been thro’ his sublime deserving
Poor human bodies, howsoever stricken,
Broke and cast off the bondage of their sickness
Healed divinely.

Healing and power, grace and beauteous honour
Always be his, who shining in the highest,
Ruleth and keepeth all the world’s vast order,
One God, three Persons.

PSALMODY (Morning Prayer, SUNDAY I)

Ant. 1: The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

Psalm 62(63): 2-9

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you ; *
your right hand holds me fast.

Ant. 1: The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

Ant. 2: To proclaim the Good News is the foremost and utmost act of love for neighbor.

The Canticle of Daniel: Dan 3:57-88, 56

O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord. *
And you, the stars of the heav’ns, O bless the Lord.
And you, showers and rain, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, all you breezes and winds,
O bless the Lord. *
And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.
And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord. *
And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.
And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord. *
And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.
And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O let the earth bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord. *
And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.
And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord. *
And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.
And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord. †
And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, children of men, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O Israel, bless the Lord. O bless the Lord. *
And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, spirits and souls of the just,
O bless the Lord. *
And you, holy and humble of heart,
O bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

Let us praise the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit; *
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.
May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens. *
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

Ant. 2: To proclaim the Good News is the foremost and utmost act of love for neighbor.

Ant. 3: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Psalm 149

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker, *
let Sion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained: *
this honour is for all his faithful.

Ant. 3: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

SCRIPTURE READING 1 John 1:1-3

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life - for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us - what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

RESPONSORY John 1:14

The Word became flesh and lived among us.

The Word became flesh and lived among us.

We have seen his glory, for he came into the world,

And lived among us.

Glory be.

The Word became flesh and lived among us.

Benedictus

Ant.: May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace, and may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all people.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel! *
He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour *
in the house of David his servant,
as he promised by the lips of holy men, *
those who were his prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes, *
from the hands of all who hate us.
So his love for our fathers is fulfilled *
and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us, *
that free from fear,
and saved from the hands of our foes,
we might serve him in holiness and justice *
all the days of our life in his presence.

As for you, little child, *
you shall be called a prophet of God,
the Most High.
You shall go ahead of the Lord *
to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation *
through forgiveness of all their sins,
the loving kindness of the heart of our God *
who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,
those who dwell in the shadow of death, *
and guide us into the way of peace.

Ant.: May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace, and may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all people.

INTERCESSIONS

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to save it. With confidence in God’s love, we pray:

       Save your people, Lord.

Word of the Father, you became flesh and lived among us, - may we recognize you in people of every language and culture.

Savior of the world, you came into the world not to condemn it but to save it, - may all the peoples of the world come to recognize God’s love for them.

Jesus, you spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, - may we always be willing to dialogue with those who are different from us.

You sent your disciples out to announce the Good News to the entire world, - may there always be missionaries willing to proclaim the Gospel.

You came to gather all the dispersed children of God, - may all people experience life in its fullness.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

PRAYER

O God,
You continue to reconcile humanity
through your incarnate Word,
by the intercession of Saint Arnold, your priest,
graciously grant that,
freed from the darkness of sin
by the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,
all peoples may walk in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


PRAYER DURING THE DAY

HYMN

O blessed Lord, Creator God,
In you all things are rendered pure,
By you are strengthened to endure.

O blessed, holy hand of God,
All things are sanctified by you;
Adorned, enriched, you make them new.

O blessed Majesty of God,
Containing all that you have filled;
All things are done as you have willed.

O blessed, holy Trinity,
Serene and certain in your ways;
You are the light of endless days.

PSALMODY

Midmorning

Ant.: The Spirit of truth will testify to me, as you also testify.

Midday

Ant.: Love is perfect in the one who keeps the word of Christ.

Midafternoon

Ant.: We are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Psalm 117(118)

I

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, *
for his love endures for ever.
Let the sons of Israel say: *
‘His love endures for ever.’

Let the sons of Aaron say: *
‘His love endures for ever.’
Let those who fear the Lord say: *
‘His love endures for ever.’

I called to the Lord in my distress; *
he answered and freed me.
The Lord is at my side; I do not fear. *
What can man do against me?
The Lord is at my side as my helper: *
I shall look down on my foes.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord *
than to trust in men:
it is better to take refuge in the Lord *
than to trust in princes.

II

The nations all encompassed me; *
in the Lord’s name I crushed them.

They compassed me, compassed me about; *
in the Lord’s name I crushed them.
They compassed me about like bees; †
they blazed like a fire among thorns. *
In the Lord’s name I crushed them.

I was hard-pressed and was falling *
but the Lord came to help me.
The Lord is my strength and my song; *
he is my saviour.
There are shouts of joy and victory *
in the tents of the just.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; *
his right hand raised me.
The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; †
I shall not die, I shall live *
and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord, *
but not doomed to die.

III

Open to me the gates of holiness: *
I will enter and give thanks.
This is the Lord’s own gate *
where the just may enter.
I will thank you for you have answered *
and you are my saviour.

The stone which the builders rejected *
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord, *
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord; *
we rejoice and are glad.

O Lord, grant us salvation; *
O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord *
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord; *
the Lord God is our light.

Go forward in procession with branches *
even to the altar.
You are my God, I thank you. *
My God, I praise you,
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; *
for his love endures for ever.

Midmorning

Ant.: The Spirit of truth will testify to me, as you also testify.

Midday

Ant.: Love is perfect in the one who keeps the word of Christ.

Midafternoon

Ant.: We are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Midmorning

SCRIPTURE READING Ezek 36:26-27

I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees.

There is one body and one Spirit,

just as you were all called into one and the same hope

Midday

SCRIPTURE READING Eph 3:3, 5b-7

The mystery of Christ was made known to me by revelation..., as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power.

Go out into the whole world

And preach the Good News.

Midafternoon

SCRIPTURE READING 1 Tim 3:13

Those who serve well… gain good standing and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Unless the Lord build the house,

They labor in vain who build it.

PRAYER

O God,
You continue to reconcile humanity
through your incarnate Word,
by the intercession of Saint Arnold, your priest,
graciously grant that,
freed from the darkness of sin
by the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,
all peoples may walk in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


EVENING PRAYER II

HYMN

For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confess,
Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light;
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion! fellowship divine!
We fight as they did, ’neath the holy sign;
And all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

PSALMODY

Ant. 1: If we trust in the Lord and do what is in our power, he will not abandon us.

Psalm 14(15)

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent *
and dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks without fault; *
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart; *
he who does not slander with his tongue;

he who does no wrong to his brother, *
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain, *
but honours those who fear the Lord;

he who keeps his pledge, come what may; †
who takes no interest on a loan *
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.

Ant. 1: If we trust in the Lord and do what is in our power, he will not abandon us.

Ant. 2: This servant proved himself faithful and wise; the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him.

Psalm 111(112)

Happy the man who fears the Lord, *
who takes delight in all his commands.
His sons will be powerful on earth; *
the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house; *
his justice stands firm for ever.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright: *
he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends, *
he conducts his affairs with honour.
The just man will never waver: *
he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news; *
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
With a steadfast heart he will not fear; *
he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor; †
his justice stands firm for ever. *
His head will be raised in glory.

The wicked man sees and is angry, †
grinds his teeth and fades away; *
the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

Ant. 2: This servant proved himself faithful and wise; the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him.

Ant. 3: Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we shall come to them and make our home in them.

Canticle: Rev 15:3-4

Great and wonderful are your deeds, *
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways, *
O King of the ages!

Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord? *
For you alone are holy.
All nations shall come and worship you, *
for your judgments have been revealed.

Ant. 3: Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we shall come to them and make our home in them.

SCRIPTURE READING Rom 5:3-5

But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.

RESPONSORY

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

You will be my witnesses even to the ends of the earth,

when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

Glory be.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

Magnificat

Ant.: May the Holy Triune God - the power of the Father, the wisdom of the Son and the love of the Holy Spirit - be known, loved and glorified by everyone.

My soul glorifies the Lord, *
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness; *
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me. *
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age, *
on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength *
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones *
and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, *
sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant, *
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his sons for ever.

Ant.: May the Holy Triune God - the power of the Father, the wisdom of the Son and the love of the Holy Spirit - be known, loved and glorified by everyone.

INTERCESSIONS

Through the intercession of St. Arnold, let us direct our petitions to the Triune God, saying:

       Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Merciful and loving Father, you care for all your creatures, - may the unloved, the unwanted, and the estranged experience your love.

Jesus, Son of God and Word made flesh, you died on the cross to save us, - may all be touched by your grace.

Holy Spirit, Comforter and Giver of life, - may the blind see, the oppressed go free, and the poor hear the Good News.

O Holy Trinity, you are one in love, - may the Church and the world live in unity and peace.

Jesus, you feed us with the Word and with the Bread of Life, - may we always be aware of your presence and your power in our lives.

Jesus, may our deceased brothers and sisters enter into your heavenly kingdom, - grant them the light of your presence.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

PRAYER

O God,
you continue to reconcile humanity
through your incarnate Word,
by the intercession of Saint Arnold, your priest,
graciously grant that,
freed from the darkness of sin
by the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,
all peoples may walk in the way of salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Text of the Psalms and Canticles is taken from the Divine Office approved by the Episcopal Conference of Australia, England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Also approved for use in Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia and Singapore, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

The texts of the Prayers and Readings for the Mass are those approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, or taken from the Roman Missal.

The texts of the Liturgy of the Hours proper of the SVD are those approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

This publication was approved by the SVD General Council on February 13, 2008 for internal use by the members of the Society.