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Common of Several Martyrs

The following selections are provided from the Common of Saints:

1. To aid those who may wish to use different texts than those provided in the Office of the day
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3. To assist those praying in a community or group celebrating an Office different from that provided in the ibreviary.

For most saints, nearly the entire Office is taken from the Common with the exception of the Concluding Prayer, and (occasionally) the Antiphon to the Gospel Canticles. Thus it is possible to join in a different Office recited in community using the texts below.


INVITATORY

OFFICE OF READINGS

MORNING PRAYER (Lauds)

DAYTIME PRAYER

EVENING PRAYER (Vespers) II


EVENING PRAYER I (for Solemnities)


INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

Come, let us celebrate ever more joyfully
How through the centuries martyrs so glorious
Laid down their lives for you, Jesus, our King and Lord,
     Enduring all courageously.

The world enticing them to its apostasy,
They braved its mockery, setting its threats at nought;
Their love upholding them, nothing could hinder them
     From imitating their Leader.

Brave men and women too, suffered for love of you;
No sound or murmuring broke from their tortured lips,
Their souls’ tranquility, gay in its fortitude
     Could bear such anguish patiently.

What voice or tongue e’er can tell of the happiness
You have in readiness for those who die for you;
Their robes are beautiful, dyed in their sacrifice,
     Their crowns are rich beyond measure.

Most holy Trinity, humbly we beg of you,
Forgive our sinfulness, danger avert from us,
Grant all serenity till in the world to come
     We may delight in your glory. Amen.

Tune: Sanctorum meritis 12.12.12.8
Music: Mode II
Text: Sanctorum meritis
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


Or:

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
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!

For martyrs, who with rapture kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown descending from the sky,
And seeing, grasped it, Thee we glorify.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
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!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Tune: Sine Nomine 10.10.10 with alleluias.
Music: R. Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Text: William W. How, 1823-1897


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The saints endured many torments to gain the martyr’s crown (alleluia).

Psalm 118
Song of joy for salvation


This Jesus is the stone which, rejected by you builders, has become the chief stone supporting all the rest (Acts 4:11).

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, *
for his love endures forever.

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.

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 savior.
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.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The saints endured many torments to gain the martyr’s crown (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Triumphant, the saints reach the kingdom, to be wreathed in splendor by the hand of God (alleluia).

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 savior.

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.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord God, you have given us the great day of rejoicing: Jesus Christ, the stone rejected by the builders, has become the cornerstone of the Church, our spiritual home. Shed upon your Church the rays of your glory, that it may be seen as the gate of salvation open to all nations. Let cries of joy and exultation ring out from its tents, to celebrate the wonder of Christ’s resurrection.

Ant. Triumphant, the saints reach the kingdom, to be wreathed in splendor by the hand of God (alleluia).

Ant. 3 The martyrs died for Christ and received the gift of eternal life (alleluia).

Canticle: 1 Peter 2:21-24
The willing acceptance of his passion by Christ, the servant of God


Christ suffered for you,
and left you an example *
to have you follow in his footsteps.

He did no wrong; *
no deceit was found in his mouth.
When he was insulted, *
he returned no insult.

When he was made to suffer, *
he did not counter with threats.
Instead he delivered himself up *
to the One who judges justly.

In his own body *
he brought your sins to the cross,
so that all of us, dead to sin, *
could live in accord with God’s will.

By his wounds you were healed.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The martyrs died for Christ and received the gift of eternal life (alleluia).

READING and RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:
Romans 8:35, 37-39


Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us. For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

These are the friends of God; they lie safe in his hands.
These are the friends of God; they lie safe in his hands.

Nothing can harm them now.
They lie safe in his hands.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
These are the friends of God; they lie safe in his hands.

During the Easter Season:
Revelation 3:10-12


Because you have kept my plea to stand fast, I will keep you safe in the time of trial which is coming on the whole world, to test all men on earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have lest someone rob you of your crown. I will make the victor a pillar in the temple of my God and he shall never leave it. I will inscribe on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which he will send down form heaven, and my own name which is new.

Let the just rejoice in the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.
Let the just rejoice in the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.

God has chosen you as his own people,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Let the just rejoice in the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion


INVITATORY


The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs (alleluia).


OFFICE of READINGS


Go to the Psalmody

Go to the First Reading

Go to the Second Reading

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia ).

HYMN

Faith of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word!

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
And blest would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them should die for thee:

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee, too, as love knows how,
By kindly deeds and virtuous life.

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Tune: Saint Catherine L.M. with Refrain
Music: Henri F. Henry, 1818-1888 and James G. Walton, 1821-1905
Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1864


PSALMODY (For Solemnities and Feasts)

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current Weekday.

Ant. 1
The holy martyrs died for Christ; with their blood they enriched the earth. Their gift is crowned with everlasting life (alleluia).

Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and conqueror


The rulers of the earth joined forces to overthrow Jesus, your anointed Son (Acts 4:27).

Why this tumult among nations, *
among peoples this useless murmuring?
They arise, the kings of the earth, *
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
“Come let us break their fetters, *
come, let us cast off their yoke.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs; *
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
Then he will speak in his anger, *
his rage will strike them with terror.
“It is I who have set up my king *
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will announce the decree of the Lord:

The Lord said to me: “You are my Son. *
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations, *
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
With a rod of iron you will break them, *
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”

Now, O kings, understand, *
take warning, rulers of the earth;
serve the Lord with awe *
and trembling, pay him your homage
lest he be angry and you perish; *
for suddenly his anger will blaze.

Blessed are they who put their trust in God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord God, you gave the peoples of the world to be the inheritance of your only Son; you crowned him as King of Zion, your holy city, and gave him your Church to be his Bride. As he proclaims the law of your eternal kingdom, may we serve him faithfully, and so share his royal power forever.

Ant. The holy martyrs died for Christ; with their blood they enriched the earth. Their gift is crowned with everlasting life (alleluia).

Ant. 2 The just will live for ever; to live in God is their reward (alleluia).

Psalm 33
Song of praise for God’s continual care


Through the Word all things were made (John 1:3).

Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; *
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp, *
with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new, *
play loudly, with all your skill.

For the word of the Lord is faithful *
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right *
and fills the earth with his love.

By his word the heavens were made, *
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He collects the waves of the ocean; *
he stores up the depths of the sea.

Let all the earth fear the Lord, *
all who live in the world revere him.
He spoke; and it came to be. *
He commanded; it sprang into being.

He frustrates the designs of the nations, *
he defeats the plans of the peoples.
His own designs shall stand for ever, *
the plans of his heart from age to age.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The just will live for ever; to live in God is their reward (alleluia).

Ant. 3 My saints, you fought the good fight in this world; I will give you the reward of your labors (alleluia).

II

They are happy, whose God is the Lord, *
the people he has chosen as his own.
From the heavens the Lord looks forth, *
he sees all the children of men.

From the place where he dwells he gazes *
on all the dwellers on the earth,
he who shapes the hearts of them all *
and considers all their deeds.

A king is not saved by his army, *
nor a warrior preserved by his strength.
A vain hope for safety is the horse; *
despite its power it cannot save.

The Lord looks on those who revere him, *
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death, *
to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul is waiting for the Lord. *
The Lord is our help and our shield.
In him do our hearts find joy. *
We trust in his holy name.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, *
as we place all our hope in you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Nourish your people, Lord, for we hunger for your word. Rescue us from the death of sin and fill us with your mercy, that we may share your presence and the joy of all the saints.

Ant. My saints, you fought the good fight in this world; I will give you the reward of your labors (alleluia).

Our spirits yearn for the Lord (alleluia).
He is our help and our protector (alleluia).

READINGS

For Memorials, the First Reading is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and Feasts, one of the following is used:

FIRST READING

In Ordinary Time


From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Romans
8:18-39

Nothing is able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through Jesus Christ


I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:

   “For your sake we are being slain all the day;
   we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

RESPONSORY
Matthew 5:44-45, 48


Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you;
pray for those who persecute and insult you.
Then you will be sons of your Father who is in heaven.

You must be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Then you will be sons of your Father who is in heaven.

Advent, Christmas and Lent

If the longer form of the vigil is used, the reading from
Wisdom 5:1-15 and its responsory These holy men, below, is used.

From the book of Wisdom
3:1-15

The friends of God lie safe in his hands


The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
   and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
   and their passing away was thought an affliction
   and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if to others, indeed, they seem punished,
   yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
   because God tried them
   and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
   and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

In the time of their judgment they shall shine
   and dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
   and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
   and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
   and his care is with the elect.

But the wicked shall receive a punishment to match their thoughts,
   since they neglected righteousness and forsook the Lord.
For those who despise wisdom and instruction are doomed.
Vain is their hope, fruitless their labors,
   and worthless their works.
Their wives are foolish and their children wicked,
   accursed their brood.

Yes, blessed is she who, childless and undefiled,
   never knew transgression of the marriage bed;
   for she shall bear fruit at the judgment of souls.
So also the eunuch whose hand wrought no misdeed,
   who held no wicked thoughts against the Lord—
For he shall be given fidelity’s choice reward
   and a more gratifying heritage in the Lord’s temple.
For the fruit of noble struggles is a glorious one;
   and unfailing is the root of understanding.

RESPONSORY
See Ephesians 4:4-5


These holy men poured out their blood for the Lord;
they loved Christ in life; they followed him in his death.
They have won the glorious crown.

They shared the one Spirit;
they held fast to one faith.
They have won the glorious crown.

Easter

From the book of Revelation
7:9-17

A vision of a great multitude of the elect


After this I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice:

   “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
      and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:

   “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
      honor, power, and might
      be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

   “For this reason they stand before God’s throne
      and worship him day and night in his temple.
   The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.
   They will not hunger or thirst anymore,
      nor will the sun or any heat strike them.
   For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them
      and lead them to springs of life-giving water,
      and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

RESPONSORY
See Wisdom 10:17-20


Your saints, O Lord, in keeping your commands
were guided on a marvelous journey.
When a dry path opened up before them,
they went unhindered across the Red Sea
and were brought unharmed through the deep waters, alleluia.

With one voice they praised your protecting hand, O Lord,
and sang the glory of your holy name.
When a dry path opened up before them,
they went unhindered across the Red Sea
and were brought unharmed through the deep waters, alleluia.

SECOND READING

If no proper Second Reading is provided, the following Second Reading may be used:


From a letter by Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr
(Ep. 6, 1-2: CSEL 3, 480-482)

We desire to gain the Lord’s promises; we must then imitate him in all things


I greet you, dearest brothers, and would like also to enjoy your company face to face, if only the conditions in which I find myself did not prevent my coming to see you. What could be more desirable or more joyful for me than to embrace you now, to be encircled by those pure and sinless hands that have kept the faith of the Lord and refused to offer sacrilegious worship?

What could be more pleasant, more sublime, than to kiss at this moment those lips of yours, which have given such glorious utterance in praise of the Lord; to be seen also by those eyes of yours, which have despised the world and proved themselves worthy of seeing God?

But, because there is no opportunity for my sharing this joy, I send this letter as my representative for your ears and eyes to hear and see. Through it I congratulate you, and at the same time urge you to persevere courageously and steadfastly in your witness to heavenly glory, and to continue with spiritual courage, now that you have entered on the way that the Lord has graciously opened up for you, until you receive the crown of victory. You have the Lord as your protector and guide, for he has said: Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

How blessed is the prison honored by your presence, how blessed the prison honored by your presence, how blessed the prison that sends men of god to heaven! Darkness brighter than the sun itself, more resplendent than this light of the world, for it is here that God’s temples are now established, and your limbs made holy by your praise of God.

Let nothing else be now in your hearts and minds except God’s commandments and the precepts of heaven: by their means the Holy Spirit has always inspired you to bear your sufferings. Let no one think of death, but only of immortality; let no one think of suffering that is for a time, but only of glory that is for eternity. It is written: Precious in the sight of God is the death of his holy ones. And again: A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit; a broken and humbled heart God does not despise.

Holy Scripture speaks also of the sufferings which consecrate God’s martyrs and sanctify them by the very testing of pain: Though in the eyes of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. They will judge nations, and rule over the peoples, and the Lord will reign over them forever.

When , therefore, you recall that you will be judges and rulers with Christ the Lord, you must rejoice, despising present suffering for you at what is to come. You know that from the beginning of the world it was so; justice is here oppressed in its conflict with the world, for at the very outset Abel the just is killed, and after him the just, and those sent as prophets and apostles.

The Lord himself is an example of all this in his own person. He teaches us that only those who have followed him along his way arrive at his kingdom: He who loves his life in this world, will lose it. And he who hates his life in this world, will save it for eternal life. And again he says: Do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; fear rather him who can kill both body and soul and send them to hell.

Paul too admonishes us, that as we desire to gain the Lord’s promises we must imitate the Lord in all things. We are God’s children, he tells us. If children, we area also heirs of God, and coheirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.

RESPONSORY

We are warriors now, fighting on the battlefield of faith,
and God see all we do;
the angels watch and so does Christ.
What honor and glory and joy, to do battle in the presence of God,
and to have Christ approve our victory (alleluia).

Let us arm ourselves in full strength
and prepare ourselves for the ultimate struggle
with blameless hearts, true faith and unyielding courage.
What honor and glory and joy, to do battle in the presence of God,
and to have Christ approve our victory (alleluia).

On Solemnities and Feasts the Te Deum is said. If the Optional Vigil is not celebrated, the Office continues with the Te Deum.

Go to the Te Deum


OPTIONAL VIGIL

CANTICLES


Ant. The Lord shall wipe away every tear from the eyes of his saints and there whall no longer be mourning, not crying, nor pain; for all that used to be has passed away (alleluia).

Canticle I
Wisdom 3:1-6

The souls of the just are in the hands of God


Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Now . . . let them rest from their labors (Revelation 14:13).

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, *
and no torment shall touch them.

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; *
and their passing away was thought an affliction

and their going forth from us, utter destruction. *
But they are in peace.

For if to others, indeed, they seem punished, *
yet is their hope full of immortality;

Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them *
and found them worthy of himself.

As gold in the furnace, he proved them, *
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Canticle II
Wisdom 3:7-9

The future glory of the just


The just shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:43).

In the time of their judgment they shall shine, *
and dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples, *
and the Lord shall be their King forever.

Those who trust in him shall understand truth, *
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, *
and his care is with the elect.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Canticle III
Wisdom 10:17-21

God leads his people to deliverance


Those who had overcome the beast sang the canticle of Moses, the servant of God, and the canticle of the Lamb (Revelation 15:2, 3).

God gave the holy ones the reward of their labors, *
Conducted them by a wondrous road,
became a shelter for them by day *
a starry flame by night.

He took them across the Red Sea *
and brought them through the deep waters—
but their enemies he overwhelmed, *
and churned them up from the bottom of the depths.

Therefore the righteous despoiled the wicked;
and they sang of your holy name, *
and praised in unison your conquering hand—
because Wisdom opened the mouths of the mute, *
and gave ready speech to infants.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord shall wipe away every tear from the eyes of his saints and there whall no longer be mourning, not crying, nor pain; for all that used to be has passed away (alleluia).

THE HOLY GOSPEL

Any of the following Gospels from the Common of Martyrs found in the Lectionary for Mass may be used:

+
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
10:17-22

You will be led before governors and kings for my sake, as a witness before them and the pagans


Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts
   and scourge you in their synagogues,
   and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
   as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
   do not worry about how you are to speak
   or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
   and the father his child;
   children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
   but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
10:28-33

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body


Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body
   but cannot kill the soul;
   rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
   both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
   I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
   I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
10:34-39

I have come to bring not peace, but the sword


Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
For I have come to set
   a man ‘against his father,
      a daughter against her mother,
   and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
      and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
   and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
   and whoever does not take up his cross
   and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
   and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
9:23-26

Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it


Jesus said to all:
   “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
   and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
   but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
   yet lose or forfeit himself?
Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words,
   the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory
   and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
12:24-26

If a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it produces much fruit


Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
   unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
   it remains just a grain of wheat;
   but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
   and whoever hates his life in this world
   will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
   and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
15:18-21

If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you


Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
   but because you do not belong to the world,
   and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
   ‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me,
   they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
   because they do not know the one who sent me.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
17:11-19

The world hated them


Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me,
   so that they may be one just as we are.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
   and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
   except the son of destruction,
   in order that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
   so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
   because they do not belong to the world
   any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
   but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
   any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
   so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
   so that they also may be consecrated in truth.

A homily on the Gospel may be given.


TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
   heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
   Father, of majesty unbounded,
   your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
   and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

V. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
R. Govern and uphold them now and always.
V. Day by day we bless you.
R. We praise your name for ever.
V. Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. for we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope:
R. and we shall never hope in vain.

The concluding part of the hymn may be omitted

Go to the Conclusion


MORNING PRAYER


Go to the Psalmody

Go to the Conclusion

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

With souls alert for happiness
We sing the praises which are due
To honor every martyr’s crown,
Eternal gift from Christ our Lord.

As shining lights before the world,
And leaders of the Church of God,
They head the ranks of those who fight
As soldiers in the cause of right.

They conquered fear of ev’ry kind,
Despising anguish and all pain,
That through their constancy in death
Eternal light they would obtain.

Their dedicated blood was shed
By torture’s cruel, craven hand,
Their dauntless courage was upheld
By grace of life that has no end.

Devoted faith of all the saints,
Believers’ hope that never wanes,
The perfect charity of Christ,
The prince of darkness soon defeat.

In them, the Father’s glory shines,
In them the Holy Spirit’s will
Exults with all the joy of Christ
That fills the courts of bliss above.

Redeemer of all men, we pray,
Permit your lowly servants here
To share the martyrs’ fellowship
For ever in your realm of light. Amen.

Tune: Duke Street L.M.
Music: John Hatton 1710-1793
Text: Æterna Christi munera
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY (for Solemnities and Feasts)

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday.


Ant. 1 The martyrs fixed their eyes on heaven, and cried out in their torments: Come, Lord, be with us in this hour (alleluia).

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God


Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

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.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. The martyrs fixed their eyes on heaven, and cried out in their torments: Come, Lord, be with us in this hour (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Blessed spirits and souls of the just, pour out your songs of praise to the Lord (alleluia).

Canticle: Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord


All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord. *
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord. *
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord. *
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord. *
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord. *
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord. *
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. *
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord. *
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord. *
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. *
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven. *
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. Blessed spirits and souls of the just, pour out your songs of praise to the Lord (alleluia).

Ant. 3 You throng of martyrs, give endless praise to God on high (alleluia).

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.


Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, *
let Zion’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 honor is for all his faithful.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant.You throng of martyrs, give endless praise to God on high (alleluia).

READING and RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5


Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him. As we have shared much in the suffering of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation.

The just are the friends of God.
They live with him for ever.
The just are the friends of God.
They live with him for ever.

God himself is their reward.
They live with him for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The just are the friends of God.
They live with him for ever.

During the Easter Season:
1 John 5:3-5


The love of God consists in this;
that we keep his commandments—
and his commandments are not burdensome.
Everyone begotten of God conquers the world;
and the power that has conquered the world
is this faith of ours.
Who, then, is conquerer of the world?
The one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

They will be crowned with everlasting joy, alleluia, alleluia.
They will be crowned with everlasting joy, alleluia, alleluia.

Gladness and rejoicing will be their inheritance,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
They will be crowned with everlasting joy, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Outside Easter: Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
During Easter: Rejoice and be glad all you saints, for your reward is great in heaven, alleluia.

Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
  that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Outside Easter: Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
During Easter: Rejoice and be glad all you saints, for your reward is great in heaven, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Our Savior’s faithfulness is mirrored in the fidelity of his witnesses who shed their blood for the Word of God. Let us praise him in remembrance of them:
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs freely embraced death in bearing witness for the faith,
give us the true freedom of the Spirit, O Lord.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs professed their faith by shedding their blood,
give us a faith, O Lord, that is constant and pure.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs followed in your footstep by carrying the cross,
help us to endure courageously the misfortunes of life.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb,
help us to avoid the weaknesses of the flesh and worldly allurements.
You redeemed us by your blood.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

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.

Go to the Conclusion


DAYTIME PRAYER


For Memorials, the entire Daytime Office is taken from the current weekday.

INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

At Midmorning

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with you I have one will,
To live and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
My soul with grace refine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with your fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So I shall never die,
But live with you the perfect life
In your eternity.

Tune: Yattendon 64 S.M.
Music: H. E. Woodbridge, 1845-1917
Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889 adapted by Anthony G. Petti


At Midday

Almighty Ruler, God of truth,
Who guide and master all,
The rays with which you gild the dawn
With noonday heat now fall.

O quench the fires of hatred, Lord,
Of anger and of strife;
Bring health to every mind and heart
That peace may enter life.

Most holy Father, grant our prayer
Through Christ your only Son,
That in your Spirit we may live
And praise you ever one.

Tune: Ballerma C.M.
Music: F. Barthelemon, 1774-1808
Text: Ralph Wright, O.S.B.


At Midafternoon

Lord God and Maker of all things,
Creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay,
You are unchanging, always new.

You are man’s solace and his shield
His rock secure on which to build;
You are the spirit’s tranquil home;
In you alone is hope fulfilled.

To God the Father, and the Son
And Holy Spirit render praise,
Blest Trinity, from age to age
The strength of all our living days.

Tune: Auctoritate Saeculi L.M.
Music: Poitiers Antiphoner, 1746
Text: © Stanbrook Abbey, used with permission


PSALMODY

For Solemnities, the Gradual Psalms are used. For Feasts, the Psalms of the day with their antiphons are used. For Solemnities and Feasts the Readings and Concluding Prayers are proper.

MIDMORNING

Ant. The Lord gave them victory after a bitter contest, for no power can conquer the wisdom of God (alleluia).

READING

Outside of Easter:
1 Peter 5:10-11


The God of all grace, who called us to his everlasting glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish those who have suffered a little while. Dominion be his throughout the ages. Amen.

During Easter:
Revelation 2:10


Have no fear of the sufferings to come. The devil will indeed cast some of you into prison to put you to the test; you will be tried over a period of ten days. Remain faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.

The friends of God have put their hope in him (alleluia).
They will be clothed in his unfailing strength (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

Ant. The Lord crowned them with a crown of holiness and gave them a glorious name (alleluia).

READING

Outside of Easter:
See Hebrews 11:33


The saints by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was just, obtained the promises in Christ Jesus our Lord.

During Easter:
Revelation 3:21


I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself won the victory and took my seat beside my Father on his throne.

You will know sorrow (alleluia).
But your sorrow will be turned to joy (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

Ant. They went out weeping and crying, and bitter was the sowing (alleluia).

READING

Outside of Easter:
Wisdom 3:1-2a, 3b


The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
   and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish to be dead.
   But they are in peace.

During Easter:
Revelation 19:7, 9a


Let us rejoice and be glad,
   and give glory to God!
For this is the wedding day of the Lamb.

Happy are they who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

They come, see, they come singing for joy (alleluia).
Homeward bound, laden with sheaves (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion


EVENING PRAYER


Go to the Psalmody

Go to the Conclusion

INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

Come, let us celebrate ever more joyfully
How through the centuries martyrs so glorious
Laid down their lives for you, Jesus, our King and Lord,
     Enduring all courageously.

The world enticing them to its apostasy,
They braved its mockery, setting its threats at nought;
Their love upholding them, nothing could hinder them
     From imitating their Leader.

Brave men and women too, suffered for love of you;
No sound or murmuring broke from their tortured lips,
Their souls’ tranquility, gay in its fortitude
     Could bear such anguish patiently.

What voice or tongue e’er can tell of the happiness
You have in readiness for those who die for you;
Their robes are beautiful, dyed in their sacrifice,
     Their crowns are rich beyond measure.

Most holy Trinity, humbly we beg of you,
Forgive our sinfulness, danger avert from us,
Grant all serenity till in the world to come
     We may delight in your glory. Amen.

Tune: Sanctorum meritis 12.12.12.8
Music: Mode II
Text: Sanctorum meritis
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


Or:

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
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!

For martyrs, who with rapture kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown descending from the sky,
And seeing, grasped it, Thee we glorify.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
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!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Tune: Sine Nomine 10.10.10 with alleluias.
Music: R. Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Text: William W. How, 1823-1897


PSALMODY

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and feasts, the following is used:

Ant. 1 The mortal bodies of God’s saints lie buried in peace, but the themselves live with God for ever (alleluia).

Psalm 116:1-9
Thanksgiving


We must endure many trials before entering God’s kingdom (Acts 14:21).

I love the Lord for he has heard *
the cry of my appeal;
for he turned his ear to me *
in the day when I called him.

They surrounded me, the snares of death, *
with the anguish of the tomb;
they caught me, sorrow and distress. *
I called on the Lord’s name.

O Lord, my God, deliver me!

How gracious is the Lord, and just; *
our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts; *
I was helpless so he saved me.

Turn back, my soul, to your rest *
for the Lord has been good;
he has kept my soul from death,
my eyes from tears *
and my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord *
in the land of the living.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

God of power and mercy, though your Son’s passion and resurrection you have freed us from the bonds of death and the anguish of separation from you. Be ever with us on our pilgrimage; then we shall sing rather than weep. Keep our feet from stumbling, so that we may be able to follow you until we come to eternal rest.

Ant. The mortal bodies of God’s saints lie buried in peace, but the themselves live with God for ever (alleluia).

Ant. 2 The mortal bodies of God’s saints lie buried in peace, but the themselves live with God for ever (alleluia).

Psalm 116:10-19
Thanksgiving in the Temple


Through Christ let us offer God a continual sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15).

I trusted, even when I said: *
“I am sorely afflicted,”
and when I said in my alarm: *
“No man can be trusted.”

How can I repay the Lord *
for his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise; *
I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill *
before all his people.
O precious in the eyes of the Lord *
is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I; *
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make: *
I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill *
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, *
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The mortal bodies of God’s saints lie buried in peace, but the themselves live with God for ever (alleluia).

Ant. 3 These are the saints who surrendered their bodies to witness to God’s covenant; they have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb (alleluia).

Canticle: Revelation 4:11; 5:9, 10, 12
Redemption hymn


O Lord our God, you are worthy *
to receive glory and honor and power.

For you have created all things; *
by your will they came to be and were made.

Worthy are you, O Lord, *
to receive the scroll and break open its seals.

For you were slain; *
with your blood you purchased for God
men of every race and tongue, *
of every people and nation.

You made of them a kingdom,
and priests to serve our God, *
and they shall reign on the earth.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain *
to receive power and riches,
wisdom and strength, *
honor and glory and praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. These are the saints who surrendered their bodies to witness to God’s covenant; they have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb (alleluia).

READING and RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season
1 Peter 4:13-14


Dearly beloved: Rejoice in the measure that you share Christ’s sufferings. When his glory is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly. Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God’s Spirit in its glory has come to rest on you.

Let the just rejoice and sing for joy in the Lord.
Let the just rejoice and sing for joy in the Lord.

Delight in his love, you pure of heart,
and sing for joy in the Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Let the just rejoice and sing for joy in the Lord.

During the Easter Season
Revelation 7:14b-17


These are the ones who have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

It was this that brought them before God’s throne:
   day and night they minister to him in the temple;
   he who sits on the throne will given them shelter.
Never again shall they know hunger or thirst,
   nor shall the sun or its heat beat down on them,
   for the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water,
   and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

The splendor of the just will shine before God, alleluia, alleluia.
The splendor of the just will shine before God, alleluia, alleluia.

The upright of heart will rejoice,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The splendor of the just will shine before God, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

EP I Ant. [Outside Easter:] Renouncing all this world could offer, these martyrs are now in God’s kingdom; with their robes washed clean in the blood of the Lamb, they share his joy for ever.
[Easter:] The everlasting light of endless days will shine upon your saints, O Lord, alleluia.

EP II Ant. [Outside Easter:] The holy friends of Christ rejoice in heaven; they followed in his footsteps to the end. They have shed their blood for love of him and will reign with him for ever.
[Easter:] Rejoice, all you saints, before the Lamb, for the kingdom has been prepared for you from the beginning of the world, alleluia.

Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord


My + soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me, *
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

EP I Ant. [Outside Easter:] Renouncing all this world could offer, these martyrs are now in God’s kingdom; with their robes washed clean in the blood of the Lamb, they share his joy for ever.
[Easter:] The everlasting light of endless days will shine upon your saints, O Lord, alleluia.

EP II Ant. [Outside Easter:] The holy friends of Christ rejoice in heaven; they followed in his footsteps to the end. They have shed their blood for love of him and will reign with him for ever.
[Easter:] Rejoice, all you saints, before the Lamb, for the kingdom has been prepared for you from the beginning of the world, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

This is the hour when the King of martyrs offered his life in the upper room and laid it down on the cross. Let us thank him and say:
We praise you, O Lord.

We praise you, O Lord, our Savior, inspiration and example for every martyr, for loving us to the end:
We praise you, O Lord.

For calling all repentant sinners to the rewards of life:
We praise you, O Lord.

For entrusting to your Church the blood of the new and everlasting covenant poured out for the remission of sin:
We praise you, O Lord.

For our perseverance in your grace today:
We praise you, O Lord.

For incorporating our dead brothers and sisters into your own death today:
We praise you, O Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

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.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

The Concluding Prayer is proper. When there is no proper prayer, one of the following is used. For Daytime Prayer, the short conclusions are used.

Concluding Prayers from the Roman Missal [2011]

Ordinary Time [1975]:


All-powerful, ever-living God,
turn our weakness into strength.
As you gave your martyrs N. and N.
the courage to suffer death for Christ,
give us the courage to live in faithful witness to you.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord,
hear the prayers of the martyrs N. and N.
and give us courage to bear witness to your truth.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

For virgin martyrs:

God our Father,
you give us joy each year
in honoring the memory of Saints N. and N.
May their prayers be a source of help for us,
and may their example of courage and chastity be our inspiration.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
 Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

For holy women:

Father,
in our weakness your power reaches perfection.
You gave Saints N. and N. the strength
to defeat the power of sin and evil.
May we who celebrate their glory share in their triumph.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]


Concluding Prayers from the Roman Missal [2011]

Outside Easter Time:

Grant a joyful outcome to our prayers, O Lord,
so that we, who each year
devoutly honor the day of the passion of the holy Martyrs N. and N.,
may also imitate the constancy of their faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Almighty ever-living God,
who gave Saints N. and N.
the grace of suffering for Christ,
come, in your divine mercy, we pray,
to the help of our own weakness,
that, as your Saints did not hesitate to die for your sake,
we, too, may live bravely in confessing you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

May the sight of the great number
of your holy Martyrs gladden us, O Lord,
making our faith stronger
and bringing us consolation by the prayers of them all.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

May the prayer of the blessed Martyrs N. and N.,
being pleasing to you, O Lord,
commend us, we pray,
and confirm us in the profession of your truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who gladden us each year
with the feast day of blessed N. and N.,
grant in your mercy
that we, who honor their heavenly birthday,
may also imitate their courage in suffering.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who bestowed on Saints N. and N.
the grace of coming to such surpassing glory,
grant to your servants, we pray,
through your Martyrs’ merits,
pardon for their sins and freedom from every trial.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Grant us in your compassion, O Lord, we pray,
an increase of that faith
which brought glory to your holy Martyrs N. and N.
as they maintained it even to the shedding of their blood,
and may the same faith bring to us, who truly follow it, justification in your sight.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Easter:

By the power of the Holy Spirit
we pray, Almighty God:
make us docile in believing the faith
and courageous in confessing it,
just as you granted the blessed Martyrs N. and N.
that they might lay down their lives for the sake of your word and in witness to Jesus.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, from whom faith draws perseverance and weakness strength,
grant, through the example and prayers of the Martyrs N. and N.,
that we may share in the Passion and Resurrection
of your Only Begotten Son,
so that with the Martyrs
we may attain perfect joy in your presence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

May the glorious feast day of your blessed Martyrs N. and N..
gladden us, we pray, O Lord,
for, as they boldly confessed the Passion and Resurrection
of your Only Begotten Son,
you led them to shed their costly blood in a glorious death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Missionary Martyrs:

We humbly beseech the mercy of your majesty,
almighty and merciful God,
that, as you have poured the knowledge
of your Only Begotten Son into the hearts of the peoples
by the preaching of the blessed Martyrs N. and N.,
so, through their intercession,
we may be made steadfast in the faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning or Evening Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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