4th Week after Holy Cross

Sunday Safro

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as we begin and until we conclude.
May mercy and compassion be poured forth upon us
in this world and the next.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory forever. Amen
O God,
through the blessings of this holy day,
the Sunday of your glorious resurrection,
grant us secure and peaceful times.
May we join the heavenly hosts in praising you, O God,
in the highest heavens,
and on earth may there be peace and blessed hope for all people, now and forever. Amen.
Peace be with the Church and her children.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Praise the Lord all you nations,
glorify him all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures forever
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever,
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
O Lord,
may we glorify the day of your glorious resurrection from
the dead,
in joyful praise and with spiritual hymns.
Teach us to perform works of justice,
strengthen our hearts in virtue,
and we shall glorify you in purity and holiness,
as we praise your Father and your living and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
To you we owe our hymn of praise,
O God.

To you we owe our hymn of praise,
O God, in Zion;

To you must vows be fulfilled,
you who hear prayers.

To you all flesh must come
because of wicked deeds.

We are overcome by our sins;
it is you who pardon them.

Happy the man you choose, and bring
to dwell in your courts.

May we be filled with the good things of your house,
the holy things of your temple!

With awe-inspiring deeds of justice you answer us,
O God our savior,

The hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the distant seas.

You set the mountains in place by your power,
you who are girt with might;

You still the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of the waves and the tumult of the peoples.

And the dwellers at the earth’s ends are in fear at your marvels; the farthest east and west you make resound with joy.

You have visited the land and watered it;
greatly have you enriched it.

God’s watercourses are filled;
you have prepared the grain.

Thus have you prepared the land: drenching its furrows,
breaking up its clouds,

Softening it with showers,
blessing its yield.

You have crowned the year with your bounty,
and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;

The untilled meadows overflow with it,
and rejoicing clothes the hills.

The fields are garmented with flocks
and the valleys blanketed with grain.
They shout and sing for joy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen.

To you we owe our hymn of praise,
O God.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
Light from Light, and true God from true God,
according to your will you endured bodily death
and yet remain alive in the Spirit.
Through the blessings of this holy day of your
glorious resurrection from the dead,
turn us from the death of sin,
so that we may glorify and praise you, our light and joy,
and exalt your Father and your Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
The Light of the just and joy of the upright is Christ Jesus our Lord.
Begotten of the Father, he manifested himself to us.
He came to rescue us from darkness and to fill us with the radiance of his light.

Day is dawning upon us; the power of darkness is fading away, From the true Light there arises for us the Light which illumines our darkened eyes.

His glory shines upon the world and enlightens the very depths of the abyss.
Death is annihilated, night has vanished, and the gates of Sheol
are broken.
Creatures lying in darkness from ancient times are clothed in light.
The dead arise from the dust and sing because they have a Savior.

He brings salvation and grants us life.
He ascends to his Father on high.
He will return in glorious splendor and shed his light on those gazing upon him.

Our King comes in majestic glory.
Let us light our lamps and go forth to meet him.
Let us find our joy in him, for he has found joy in us.
He will indeed rejoice us with his marvelous light.

Let us glorify the majesty of the Son and give thanks to
the almighty Father, who
in an outpouring of love, sent him to us, to fill us with hope and salvation.

When he manifests himself, the saints awaiting him in
weariness and sorrow,
will go forth to meet him with lighted lamps.

The angles and guardians of heaven will rejoice in the glory of the just and upright people of earth;
together, crowned with victory, they will sing hymns and psalms.

Stand up then and be ready!
Give thanks to our King and Savior, who will come in great glory to gladden us with his marvelous light in his kingdom.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
Good Lord,
in your mercy you humbled yourself and willingly
offered yourself to the passion and the cross.
For three days, you were buried in the tomb for all of humanity, and, by your glorious resurrection, you broke the bonds of death.
Break now the bonds of sin which bind our souls.
Clothe us with incorruptibility
and count us among the children of your marvelous heavenly
Then, with the saints to whom you have given life
through your resurrection,
we shall give you glory,
now and forever.
Psalm 148
Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights;

Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created;

He established them forever and ever;
he gave them a duty which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all depths;

Fire and hail, snow and mist,
storm winds that fulfill his word;

You mountains and all you hills,
you fruit trees and all you cedars;

You wild beasts and all tame animals,
you creeping things and you winged fowl.

Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth,

Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys,

Praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;

His majesty is above earth and heaven,
and he has lifted up the horn of his people.

Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.

Psalm 149:1-6
Sing to the Lord
a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.

Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing joy upon their couches;

Let the high praises of God
be in their throats.


Psalm 150
Praise the Lord in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.

Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.

Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp.

Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.

Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.

Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord!
Psalm 117
Praise the Lord, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures forever
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

The “Canticle of the Three Children” may follow the Morning Psalm.

Praise, glory and honor to the living Immortal One,
who by his death, gave life to his creatures,
by his resurrection, gave joy to his flock,
and by his rising from the tomb, saved his Church.
He fills the heirs to his paradise with joy and consoles his
flock by his appearance among them.
He is the Good Lord to whom is due glory and honor this
and all the days of our lives,
now and forever.
O God,
we adore and praise you who formed us and created us in your
Only Son, you brought us salvation,
and by your coming favored us with your compassion.
Source of life, we acknowledge your divine gifts
according to your plan of salvation.
In you forgiving mercy, O Immortal God,
you chose to become man for us,
to descend into the realm of the dead,
and to bring them the joy of your vision.
You, whose power awes the nations
and whose command upholds the ends of the earth,
descended into the darkness of the tomb,
and willed to be buried as a man.
Performing wonders in the realm of the dead,
you freed those held captive,
dispelled the darkness,
and awakened, by your word, the just and the upright
who slept in the sleep of death.
By destroying the enemy,
you established calm and peace in the nether world
and assembled the nations that they might adore you
and announce your salvation.
In joy they all proclaimed:
“O wondrous deed!”

On Friday, the sword pierced your side;
today, the waters of baptism pour forth.
On Friday, you were crowned with thorns;
today, you crown the Church with immortality.
On Friday, during the crucifixion, darkness covered
the earth;
today, the world is radiant with the light of your
On Friday, the disciples were scattered;
today, the crucifies are confused.
On Friday, the apostles fled in different directions;
today, they are gathered together and given hope.
On Friday, groaning filled the land;
today, the paths of peace are established.
On Friday, tumult reigned on the left;
today, those on the right are clothed with joy.
On Friday, the all powerful One was nailed to the cross;
today, through the resurrection, you raise the dead.
On Friday, the people mocked the Lord;
today, the voice of the Church fills the earth.
Today is a day of joy for the whole world because of your
Today is a day of joy for the just who have awaited your
resurrection in hope.
Today the Church celebrates and sings praise.
O Artisan of life,
by your sufferings you saved us from the snares of Satan;
give us life through your resurrection.
O skillful One,
by your grace renew our features marred by the corruption of sin and sculpt us in your image.
Remove the weight which oppresses our hearts,
dry our tears,
adorn our bodies with immortality,
clothe us with the raiment of glory,
that we may see you in the light.
We beg you, O true Spouse,

prepare us for the joy of the heavenly kingdom,
along with our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters,
our teachers and all who have died in the faith;
together we shall glorify you, now and forever.
On this day the women go to the tomb with spices to embalm the living One who went to the land of the dead.
They look and see angels robed in white, one seated near the
shroud, the other at his feet.
The one who proclaims life says to them: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is risen and has covered himself with splendor, glory and majesty.”
“Go and tell the apostles. They will regain courage and strength, and will rejoice. They must go to Galilee to meet him. They will receive power to bring the whole world back to him.”
O Lord our God,
allow us to offer you a fragrant incense,
and to burn a rich perfume to your majesty.
Thus with the angels, who announced it to the holy women,
we shall proclaim your resurrection,
an with the apostles rejoice in your victory.
On this holy day, as we commemorate your resurrection,
may we and all who have died in the faith,
receive the forgiveness of our sins and the remission of our faults.
To you be glory,
now and forever. Amen.
Lord, the holy Church that suffered through your death, is now filled with joy and gladness, and sings praise on the day of your resurrection.

Let heaven rejoice, and earth be glad in your spouse, the Church; may her children praise you on the day of your resurrection.

O Jesus, your flock stands at your gate, eats your body, drinks your blood and sings glory to your majesty.

A Reading from the Letter to the Romans
Romans 15: 1-13
We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves; let each of us please our neighbor for the good, for building up. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you fall upon me.” For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm the promises to the patriarchs, but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles and sing praises to your name.”
And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again: “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.” And again Isaiah says: “The root of Jesse shall come, raised up to rule the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.
A Reading from the Gospel of Luke
Luke 212: 1-9
When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, he said, “All that you see here — the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and joy-filled hope to all.
We praise you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord and Creator, King of heaven, God the Father almighty,
Lord God, only Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son and Word of the Father,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sin of the world, hear us and receive our prayer.
You are seated in glory at the right hand of your Father,
forgive us and have mercy on us;
For you alone are holy,
you alone are the Lord, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

At all times, and all the days of our lives, we worship
you and praise your holy and blessed name,
which is and has been from age to age.

Blessed are you, Lord almighty, God of our fathers.
May your name be glorified, praised and exalted forever.

To you be glory, praise and exaltation, God of all,
Father of truth, with the only Son and the living and Holy Spirit, now and forever.
O God,
you are before all ages and exist from age to age;

you are resplendent and glorified in unsearchable light;
O radiant Day and source of all light,
we glorify you, adore you and offer you praise night and day; accept our praise and answer our prayer.
Send us your abundant blessings, through the mercy of your
To him, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be glory, honor and power,
now and forever.