May 23, Office of Readings for Friday of the 5th week of Easter

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1045
Proper of Seasons: 854
Psalter: Friday, Week I, 1176

Office of Readings for Friday in Week 5 of Easter

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.


Se tu conoscessi il dono di Dio
tu gli chiederesti l’acqua della vita;
chi beve quest’acqua, non avrà più sete,
quest’acqua è sorgente della vita eterna!

Tu sei, Signore, l’acqua dalla roccia,
tu ci disseti dai tempi del deserto;
viene la luce vera
che illumina ogni uomo.

Immersi nella luce
vediamo la tua gloria;
illuminati in Cristo
cantiamo un canto nuovo.

E’ giunto il Buon Pastore,
la guida di Israele
che lava i nostri occhi
con l’acqua della vita.

Le tenebre di un tempo
si sono dissipate
ed ora siamo luce
in Cristo Salvatore.

O tu che dormi, svegliati,
ridestati dai morti;
t’illumina il Signore
ch’è unto dallo Spirito.

Con l’olio della gioia
illumina i tuoi figli,
o Padre che rischiari
il mondo nel tuo Cristo.

Sia gloria per i secoli
al Padre della luce,
al Figlio luce nuova,
al Soffio che rischiara.

English translation (approximate)

If you knew the gift of God
you ask the water of life;
who drinks this water will never thirst,
this water is the source of eternal life!

You are, Lord, the water from the rock,
you we drink from the time of the desert;
is the true light
that enlightens every man.

Bathed in the light
we see your glory;
lighted in Christ
sing a new song.

It ‘s now Good Shepherd
the leadership of Israel
washing our eyes
with the water of life.

The darkness of the past
have dissipated
and now we are light
in Christ the Saviour.

O you who sleep, wake up,
awakened from the dead;
the Lord illuminates you
who is anointed by the Spirit.

With the oil of joy
illuminates your children,
Father who illumine
the world in your Christ.

Be glory for ever
the Father of light,
Son to the new light
that illuminates the breath.

“Se tu conoscessi il dono di Dio (If you knew the gift of God)” by Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina


Ant. 1 Rise up, Lord, and come to my aid, alleluia.

Psalm 35
The Lord as Savior in time of persecution

They came together…and laid their plans to capture Jesus by treachery and put him to death (Matthew 26:3-4).


O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;
fight those who fight me.
Take up your buckler and shield;
arise to help me.

O Lord, say to my soul:
“I am your salvation.”

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord
and rejoice in his salvation.
My whole being will say:
“Lord, who is like you
who rescue the weak from the strong
and the poor from the oppressor?”

Lying witnesses arise
and accuse me unjustly.
They repay me evil for good:
my soul is forlorn.

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. Rise up, Lord, and come to my aid, alleluia.

Ant. 2 All-powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me, alleluia.


When they were sick I went into mourning,
afflicted with fasting.
My prayer was ever on my lips,
as for a brother, a friend.
I went as though mourning a mother,
bowed down with grief.

Now that I am in trouble they gather,
they gather and mock me.
They take me by surprise and strike me
and tear me to pieces.
They provoke me with mockery on mockery
and gnash their teeth.

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. All-powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me, alleluia.

Ant. 3 My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long, alleluia.


O Lord, how long will you look on?
Come to my rescue!
Save my life from these raging beasts,
my soul from these lions.
I will thank you in the great assembly,
amid the throng I will praise you.

Do not let my lying foes
rejoice over me.
Do not let those who hate me unjustly
wink eyes at each other.

O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,
do not stand afar off!
Awake, stir to my defense,
to my cause, O God!

Let there be joy for those who love my cause.
Let them say without end:
“Great is the Lord who delights
in the peace of his servant.”
Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,
all day long of your 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.

Psalm Prayer

Lord, you rescue the poor from their oppressors, and you rose to the aid of your beloved Son against those who unjustly sought his life. Look on your Church as we journey to you, that the poor and weak may recognize the help you provide and proclaim your saving acts.

Ant. My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long, alleluia.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Christ Jesus you have risen from the dead, alleluia.
Let the heavens and the earth rejoice, alleluia.


First reading
From the Book of Revelation
The river of life-giving water

The angel showed me the river of life-giving water, clear as crystal, which issued from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowed down the middle of the streets. On either side of the river grew the trees of life which produce fruit twelve times a year, once each month; their leaves serve as medicine for the nations. Nothing deserving a curse shall be found there. The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be there, and his servants shall serve him faithfully. They shall see him face to face and bear his name on their foreheads. The night shall be no more. They will need no light from lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever.

The angel said to me: “These words are trustworthy and true; the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, has sent his angel to show his servants what must happen very soon.”

“Remember, I am coming soon! Happy the man who heeds the prophetic message of this book!”

It is I, John, who heard and saw all these things, and when I heard and saw them I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. But he said to me: “No, get up! I am merely a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and those who heed the message of this book. Worship God alone!”

RESPONSORY Revelation 22:5, 3

Night will be no more, for the Lord God will be the light for his servants,
and they shall reign for ever, alleluia.

The throne of the Lamb will be in the holy city. There his servants will worship him.
And they shall reign for ever, alleluia.

Second Reading
From a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot
Firstborn of many brothers

Just as the head and body of a man form one single man, so the Son of the Virgin and those he has chosen to be his members form a single man and the one Son of Man. Christ is whole and entire, head and body, say the Scriptures, since all the members form one body, which with its head is one Son of Man, and he with the Son of God is one Son of God, who himself with God is one God. Therefore the whole body with its head is Son of Man, Son of God, and God. This is the explanation of the Lord’s words: Father, I desire that as you and I are one, so they may be one with us.

And so, according to this well-known reading of Scripture, neither the body without the head, nor the head without the body, nor the head and body without God make the whole Christ. When all are united with God they become one God. The Son of God is one with God by nature; the Son of Man is one with him in his person; we, his body, are one with him sacramentally. Consequently those who by faith are spiritual members of Christ can truly say that they are what he is: the Son of God and God himself. But what Christ is by his nature we are as his partners; what he is of himself in all fullness, we are as participants. Finally, what the Son of God is by generation, his members are by adoption, according to the text: As sons you have received the Spirit of adoption, enabling you to cry, Abba, Father.

Through his Spirit, he gave men the power to become sons of God, so that all those he has chosen might be taught by the firstborn among many brothers to say: Our Father, who are in heaven. Again he says elsewhere: I ascend to my Father and to your Father.

By the Spirit, from the womb of the Virgin, was born our head, the Son of Man; and by the same Spirit, in the waters of baptism, we are reborn as his body and as sons of God. And just as he was born without any sin, so we are reborn in the forgiveness of all our sins. As on the cross he bore the sum total of the whole body’s sins in his own physical body, so he gave his members the grace of rebirth in order that no sin might be imputed to his mystical body. It is written: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no sin. The blessed man of this text is undoubtedly Christ, who forgives sins insofar as God is his head. Insofar as this man is the head of the body, no sin is forgiven him. But insofar as the body that belongs to this head consists of many members, sin is not imputed to it.

Just in himself, it is he who justifies himself. He alone is both Savior and saved. In his own body on the cross he bore what he had washed from his body by the waters of baptism. Bringing salvation through wood and through water, he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world which he took upon himself. Himself a priest, he offers himself as sacrifice to God, and he himself is God. Thus, through his own self, the Son is reconciled to himself as God, as well as to the Father and to the Holy Spirit.

RESPONSORY Romans 12:5; Colossians 2:9-10; 1:18

We are all one body in Christ, and in the one body we are all members of one another.
In his body the fullness of divinity dwells, and in him you find your fulfillment, alleluia.

Christ is the head of the body, the Church, and the firstborn from the dead, so that in every way the primacy may be his.
In his body the fullness of divinity dwells, and in him you find your fulfillment, alleluia.


Grant us,
Lord, we pray, that,
being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries,
what we celebrate in joy may protect
and save us with perpetual power.
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.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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