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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the saints Addai and Mari, founders of the Chaldean church.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Hebrews 1, 5-14

To which of the angels, then, has God ever said: You are my Son, today I have fathered you, or: I shall be a father to him and he a son to me?

Again, when he brings the First-born into the world, he says: Let all the angels of God pay him homage.

To the angels, he says: appointing the winds his messengers and flames of fire his servants,

but to the Son he says: Your throne, God, is for ever and ever; and: the sceptre of his kingdom is a sceptre of justice;

you love uprightness and detest evil. This is why God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness, as none of your rivals.

And again: Long ago, Lord, you laid earth's foundations, the heavens are the work of your hands.

They pass away but you remain, they all wear out like a garment.

Like a cloak you will roll them up, like a garment, and they will be changed. But you never alter and your years are unending.

To which of the angels has God ever said: Take your seat at my right hand till I have made your enemies your footstool?

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Letter has just spoken of the Son as the definitive revelation of God. The Son is the one to whom the believers must listen to and follow. For God has constituted him Lord of all creation. The Letter, with a sequence of seven quotations from the Old Testament, wants to show to Christians that the Son has brought to fulfilment all the prophecies of the Old Testament. With a Christological interpretation of the Psalms, the author composes a hymn on the glorification of Jesus that brings to mind an analogous hymn, that of the abasement of Jesus reported in the Letter to the Philippians. But here the author omits the abasement recorded by Paul and sings instead of what took place in heaven, the enthronement of Jesus as Lord of history and of the world. It describes this rising up into heaven with the ceremony of enthronement of oriental sovereigns. The rite, a true and proper liturgy, begins with the adoption of the new king on the part of God who says, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” Turning to the heavenly court God affirms, “I will be his Father, and he shall be my Son.” And, after having welcomed the new king, there is an invitation to the great of heaven (the angels) to prostrate themselves before the newly enthroned one: “Let all God’s angels worship him.” The Lord then confers the powers of the kingdom to Christ with the consigning of the sceptre, the royal anointing and the accession to the throne. With a spiritual reading of the Psalms, the author then reads the prefiguration of the firm and strong kingship of the Son. It is a kingship already established that waits, however, to be completed by the action of God himself with the definitive defeat of the enemy, according to the words of the psalm: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” The author feels the urgency of recalling the Christian community, tested by the forces of evil and becoming doubtful of the victory of God, to the awareness of the power of the risen Christ who has already defeated evil and death.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
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Memory of the Church
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Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
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