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Couples for Christ – Renewal of Vows

OFFICE OF READINGS when the battle was imminent, he was panic-


stricken, because he had no time to gather them
Leader: Lord, open my lips. together. But in spite of his discouragement, he
said to those who remained: “Let us go forward to
All: And my mouth will proclaim your praise."
meet our enemies; perhaps we can put up a good
INVITATORY fight against them.” They tried to dissuade him,
saying: “We certainly cannot. Let us save our lives
Leader: Oh God, come to our assistance. now, and come back with our kinsmen, and then
fight against them. Now we are too few.” But
All: Oh Lord, make haste to help us. Judas said: “Far be it from me to do such a thing
Leader: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and as to flee from them! If our time has come, let us
to the Holy Spirit, die bravely for our kinsmen and not leave a stain
upon our glory!”
All: As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Then the army of Bacchides moved out of camp
Amen. Alleluia. and took its position for combat. The cavalry were
divided into two squadrons, and the slingers and
HYMN: Yahweh, the Faithful One, Glory & Praise the archers came on ahead of the army, and all
the valiant men were in the front line. Bacchides
#58 or pg. 96]
was on the right wing. Flanked by the two
Psalm 107: Peace is Flowing Like a River [Glory squadrons, the phalanx attacked as they blew
& Praise #39 or pg. 71] or their trumpets. Those who were on Judas’ side
CBW #535 – Now Thank We All Our God also blew their trumpets. The earth shook with the
noise of the armies, and the battle raged from
Leader: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and morning until evening.
to the Holy Spirit,
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever Seeing that Bacchides was on the right, with the
shall be, world without end. Amen. main force of his army, Judas, with all the most
stouthearted rallying to him, drove back the right
wing and pursued them as far as the mountain
Psalm Prayer slopes. But when the men on the left wing saw
You fill the hungry with good things, Lord God, that the right wing was driven back, they turned
and break the sinner’s chains. Hear your people and followed Judas and his men, taking them in
who call to you in their need and lead your the rear. The battle was fought desperately, and
Church from the shadows of death. Gather us many on both sides fell wounded. Then Judas fell,
from sunrise to sunset, that we may grow together and the rest fled.
in faith and love and give lasting thanks for your
kindness. Jonathan and Simon took their brother Judas and
buried him in the tomb of their fathers at Modein.
READINGS All Israel bewailed him in great grief. They
mourned for him many days, and they said, “How
FIRST READING the mighty one has fallen, the savior of Israel!”
From the first book of Maccabees 9:1-22
The other acts of Judas, his battles, the brave
When Demetrius heard that Nicanor and his army deeds he performed, and his greatness have not
had fallen in battle, he again sent Bacchides and been recorded; but they were very many.
Alcimus into the land of Judah, along with the
right wing of his army. They took the road to RESPONSORY
Galilee, and camping opposite the ascent at See 1 Maccabees 4:8, 9, 10, 9
Arbela, they captured it and killed many people.
Leader: Do not be afraid of the enemy’s attack.
In the first month of the year one hundred and Recall how our fathers were saved.
fifty-two, they encamped against Jerusalem. Then All:– So now let us cry to heaven,
they set out for Berea with twenty thousand men and our God will favor us.
and two thousand cavalry. Judas, with three
thousand picked men, had camped at Elasa. Leader: Remember his wonderful deeds:
When his men saw the great number of the how he dealt with Pharaoh and his army in the
troops, they were very much afraid, and many Red Sea.
slipped away from the camp, until only eight All: – So now let us cry to heaven,
hundred men remained. and our God will favor us.
As Judas saw that his army was melting away just
Couples for Christ – Renewal of Vows

SECOND READING graces, yet though he alone received much,


nothing was given over to him without his sharing
From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope it. The Word made flesh lived among us, and in
(Sermo 4, 1-2: PL 54, 148-149) redeeming the whole human race, Christ gave
The minister of a special calling himself entirely.

Although the universal Church of God is RESPONSORY


constituted of distinct orders of members, still, in Matthew 16:18; Psalm 48:9
spite of the many parts of its holy body, the
Church subsists as an integral whole, just as the Leader: Jesus said to Simon: I tell you most
Apostle says: We are all one in Christ, nor is solemnly that you are Peter,
anyone separated from the office of another in and I will build my Church upon this rock
such a way that a lower group has no connection foundation,
with the head. In the unity of faith and baptism, All: – and the powers of hell will never overcome
our community is then undivided. There is a it.
common dignity as the apostle Peter says in these
words: And you are built up as living stones into Leader: For all eternity, God’s Church stands
spiritual houses, a holy priesthood, offering firm.
spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to God All: – And the powers of hell will never overcome
through Jesus Christ. And again: But you are a it.
chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
people of election. CONCLUDING PRAYER

For all, regenerated in Christ, are made kings by Let us pray.


the sign of the cross; they are consecrated priests God our Father,
by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that beyond the you will never allow the power of hell
special service of our ministry as priests, all to prevail against your Church,
spiritual and mature Christians know that they founded on the rock of the apostle Peter.
are a royal race and are sharers in the office of the Let the prayers of Pope Leo the Great
priesthood. For what is more king-like than to find keep us faithful to your truth
yourself ruler over your body after having and secure in your peace.
surrendered your soul to God? And what is more We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
priestly than to promise the Lord a pure Son,
conscience and to offer him in love unblemished who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
victims on the altar of one’s heart? one God, for ever and ever.
All: – Amen.
Because, through the grace of God, it is a deed
accomplished universally on behalf of all, it is ACCLAMATION
altogether praiseworthy and in keeping with a
religious attitude for you to rejoice in this our day Leader: Let us praise the Lord.
of consecration, to consider it a day when we are All: – And give him thanks.
especially honored. For indeed one sacramental
priesthood is celebrated throughout the entire
body of the Church. The oil which consecrates us
has richer effects in the higher grades, yet it is not
sparingly given in the lower.

Sharing in this office, my dear brethren, we have


solid ground for a common rejoicing; yet there will
be more genuine and excellent reason for joy if
you do not dwell on the thought of our
unworthiness. It is more helpful and more
suitable to turn your thoughts to study the glory
of the blessed apostle Peter. We should celebrate
this day above all in honor of him. He overflowed
with abundant riches from the very source of all
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MORNING PRAYER Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *


Leader: O God, come to our assistance. and to the Holy Spirit:
Response: O Lord, make haste to help us. as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.
Leader: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and
to the Holy Spirit, Ant. Wisdom of God, be with me, always at work
in me.
All: as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Psalm 116: [Our Blessing Cup, Glory & Praise
Amen. Alleluia. #129 or pg 169 /alternate: CBW #546]

HYMN: City of God (CBW#345 /G&P#43) Leader: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and
to the Holy Spirit,
PSALMODY
All: as it was in the beginning,
Psalm 118 [Sing to the Mountains, Glory & is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Praise #48 or pg. 82] Amen. Alleluia.

Canticle: Wisdom 9:1-6, 9-11 (recited) Psalm Prayer


Lord, give me wisdom
God our Father, may all nations and peoples
God of my fathers, Lord of mercy, * praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and
you who have made all things by your word true and who lives with you eternally, possess our
and in your wisdom have established man * hearts for ever.
to rule the creatures produced by you,
to govern the world in holiness and justice, * READING
and to render judgment in integrity of heart: [Pastors] Hebrews 13:7-9a

Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne, * Remember your leaders who spoke the word of
and reject me not from among your children; God to you; consider how their lives ended, and
for I am your servant, the son of your handmaid, † imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same
a man weak and short-lived * yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried
and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of away by all kinds of strange teaching.
laws.
RESPONSORY
Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of
men, † Leader: On your walls, Jerusalem, I have set my
if Wisdom, who comes from you, be not with watchmen to guard you.
him, * All: – On your walls, Jerusalem, I have set my
he shall be held in no esteem. watchmen to guard you.

Now with you is Wisdom, who knows your works * Leader: Day or night, they will not cease to
and was present when you made the world; proclaim the name of the Lord
who understands what is pleasing in your eyes * All: – I have set my watchmen to guard you.
and what is conformable with your commands.
Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to
Send her forth from your holy heavens * the Holy Spirit.
and from your glorious throne dispatch her All: – On your walls, Jerusalem, I have set my
that she may be with me and work with me, * watchmen to guard you.
that I may know what is your pleasure.
GOSPEL CANTICLE
For she knows and understands all things, †
and will guide me discreetly in my affairs * Ant. (All): Strengthened by Christ, blessed Peter
and safeguard me by her glory. has remained steadfast as a rock in his guidance
of the Church.
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Through your vicars you continue to perform the


Canticle of Zechariah (recited) ministry of shepherd of souls,
Luke 1:68-79 – direct us always through our leaders.
Nourish your people, Lord.
Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free. Through your holy ones, the leaders of your
people, you served as physician of our bodies and
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, * our spirits,
born of the house of his servant David. – continue to fulfill your ministry of life and
holiness in us.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old † Nourish your people, Lord.
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us. You taught your flock through the prudence and
love of your saints,
He promised to show mercy to our fathers * – grant us continual growth in holiness under the
and to remember his holy covenant. direction of our pastors.
Nourish your people, Lord.
This was the oath he swore to our father
Abraham: * THE LORD’S PRAYER
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, * (Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us
holy and righteous in his sight offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)
all the days of our life.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the hallowed be thy name;
Most High; * thy kingdom come;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, thy will be done on earth
to give his people knowledge of salvation * as it is in heaven.
by the forgiveness of their sins. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
In the tender compassion of our God * as we forgive those who trespass against us;
the dawn from on high shall break upon us, and lead us not into temptation,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the but deliver us from evil.
shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Concluding Prayer
O God, who never allow the gates of hell to prevail
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, * against your Church, firmly founded on the
and to the Holy Spirit: apostolic rock, grant her, we pray, that through
as it was in the beginning, is now. * the intercession of Pope Saint Leo, she may stand
and will be forever. Amen. firm in your truth and know the protection of
lasting peace. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
Ant. (All): Strengthened by Christ, blessed Peter your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the
has remained steadfast as a rock in his guidance unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
of the Church. ever,

INTERCESSIONS All: Amen


Christ is the Good Shepherd who laid down his
life for his sheep. Let us praise and thank him as
we pray:
Nourish your people, Lord.

Christ, you decided to show your merciful love


through your holy shepherds,
– let your mercy always reach us through them.
Nourish your people, Lord.

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