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WEDNESDAY OF THE JOYFUL

The Call of the Lord


Let us ponder in our hearts the mystery of the Lord’s call
kept in the heart of Mary, Mother of the Church.



First, To the Faithful 


On the large bead, a leader begins the Our Father:  

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
Rs. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ... 

On each bead of the decade, a leader begins by reading the verse: 

Vs. 1  Seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up into a mountain, and once he sat down, his disciples came to him, * and he taught them.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 2  You have heard that it was said of old, You shall not kill. * But I say to you, that whoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 3  You have heard that it was said of old, You shall not commit adultery. * But I say to you, that whoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, has already committed adultery in his heart.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 4  You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. * But I say to you, love your enemies; do good to them that hate you.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 5  With the same measure that you shall measure with, it shall be measured to you again. * Judge not, and you shall not be judged; forgive, and you shall be forgiven.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 6  You cannot serve God and mammon. * But seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all shall be added to you.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 7  Blessed are you when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you untruly for my sake: * Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 8  Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: * but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 9  Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. * So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 10  Come, you blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. * For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; naked, and you covered me; I was in prison, and you came to me.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.


Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,
they were all together in one place, *

Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus. 



Second, To the Apostles Preordained


On the large bead, a leader begins the Our Father:  
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
Rs. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ... 

On each bead of the decade, a leader begins by reading the verse: 

Vs. 1  He went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God. * And when day was come, he called to him his disciples, and he chose twelve of them, whom also he named apostles.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 2  Simon, whom he surnamed Peter, and his brother Andrew; and James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas; * and James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealot, and Jude the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who was the traitor.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 3  I will not now call you servants, for the servant knows not what his lord does. * But I do call you friends, because all things whatsoever I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 4  For to you it is given to know the mysteries of heaven. * Amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men desired to see the things that you see, and to hear the things that you hear!  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 5  Now go and preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. * Freely have you received, freely give.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 6  When you shall stand before kings and governors, take no thought how or what to speak; * for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 7  For it is not you that speak, * but the Spirit of your Father that speaks in you.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 8  They were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with confidence. * With great power did the apostles give testimony, and great grace was in them all.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 9  They declared the works of God, and understood his doings. *  They declared his justice, and all people saw his glory.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 10  Now you are fellow citizens with the saints and the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles, * Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.


Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,
they were all together in one place, *

Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus. 



Third, To Simon Called Peter


On the large bead, a leader begins the Our Father:  
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
Rs. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ... 

On each bead of the decade, a leader begins by reading the verse: 

Vs. 1  Jesus asked his disciples: Whom do men say that the Son of Man is? * They said: Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 2  Jesus says to them, * But whom do you say that I am?  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 3  Simon Peter answered and said: * You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 4  And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona, * because flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 5  And I say to you: That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. * And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 6  And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: * whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 7  Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you all, that he may sift you as wheat. * But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not; and you, once converted, confirm your brethren.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 8  It shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant, * and he shall be as a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 9  And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder: * and he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 10  These things says the Holy One and the True, he that has the key of David: * Behold, I have given before you a door opened, which no man can shut.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.


Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,
they were all together in one place, *

Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus. 


 

Fourth, 

To the Apostle of the Gentiles


On the large bead, a leader begins the Our Father:  
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
Rs. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ... 

 
On each bead of the decade, a leader begins by reading the verse: 

Vs. 1  Saul, as yet breathing out threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went on a journey, * that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 2  And as he drew near to Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven shined around him, * and falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 3  He said: Who are you, Lord? * I am Jesus, whom you persecute.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 4  Arise and go into the city; and there it shall be told you what you must do. * And Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes opened, he saw nothing.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 5  Leading him by the hands, they brought him to Damascus. * And he was there three days without sight, and he neither ate nor drank.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 6  And the Lord said to a disciple at Damascus in a vision: Ananias, rise and go seek one Saul of Tarsus. * For behold he prays and saw a man coming and putting his hands on him.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 7  This Saul is to me a vessel of election, * to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 8  For I will show him * how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 9  And Ananias went and, laying his hands on him, he said, Brother Saul: * the Lord Jesus has sent me, that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 10  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight. * And rising up, he was baptized.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.


Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,
they were all together in one place, *

Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus. 



Fifth, To His Martyrs


On the large bead, a leader begins the Our Father:  
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
Rs. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ... 

On each bead of the decade, a leader begins by reading the verse: 

Vs. 1  Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people. * And those disputing with Stephen were not able to resist his wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 2  And they set up false witnesses, who said: * This man ceases not to speak words against the holy place and the law.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 3 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place * and shall change the traditions which Moses delivered to us.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 4  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God * and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 5  And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened * and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 6  And they, crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him. * And casting him outside the city, they stoned him.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 7  And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. * And Saul was consenting to his death.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 8  And they stoned Stephen, who was invoking and saying: * Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 9  And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. * And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. 10  Stephen saw the heavens opened; he saw and he entered in. * Blessed the man for whom the heavens open wide.  Hail Mary, hail Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Rs. Blessed art thou …

Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.


Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,
they were all together in one place, *

Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Rs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

Vs. The Apostles were persevering with one mind in prayer, *
Rs. with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus. 


Concluding Prayers After the Decades

Intercessions for the Church



Vs. Lord, have mercy.   Rs. Lord, have mercy. 
 
Vs. Christ, have mercy.   
Rs. Christ, have mercy. 

Vs. Lord, have mercy.   Rs. Lord, have mercy. 

Vs. Christ, hear us.   
Rs. Christ, graciously hear us. 

 
Vs. God, the Father of heaven:   
Rs. Have mercy on us. 

Vs. God the Son, Redeemer of the world:   
Rs. Have mercy on us. 

Vs. God the Holy Spirit:   
Rs. Have mercy on us. 

Vs. Holy Trinity, one God:   
Rs. Have mercy on us. 
 

Vs. Watch over your Church, O Lord. 
 Rs. O Lord, watch over our Holy Father. 

Vs. Preserve your Church, O Lord. 
Rs. O Lord, preserve our Holy Father. 

Vs. Uphold your Church, O Lord. 
Rs. O Lord, uphold our Holy Father. 
 

Vs. Grant the pastors of your Church and its laborers
ever to renew, O Lord. 
 Rs. O Lord, grant your people ever to renew. 

Vs. Grant religious life in the Church and the consecrated
ever to renew, O Lord. 
Rs. O Lord, grant your people ever to renew. 

Vs. Grant the life of the faithful in the family and in the world 
 ever to renew, O Lord. 
 Rs. O Lord, grant your people ever to renew. 
 

Vs. Draw to the bosom of the Church 
all the peoples of the world, O Lord: 
 Rs. And in your mercy hear the Holy Father’s intentions 
for all the peoples of the world, O Lord.

Vs. Holy Mary, holy Mother of the Church, pray for her: 
 Rs. that she be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 


Seasonal 
Antiphon 
to the 
Blessed Virgin 
Mary


(To the tune of the Roman Salve, below.) 

Mary, we greet thee, 
Mother and Queen all merciful:
our life, our sweetness, and our hope, 
we greet thee! 

To thee we exiles, 
children of Eve, lift our crying;
to thee we send our sighs, 
as mourning and weeping 
 we pass through this valley of tears. 

Therefore we pray, 
be our gracious helper, 
look with pity, with eyes of loving tenderness, 
 upon us sinners. 

And at the end, 
when this earthly exile shall be over, 
show us 
the blessed fruit of thy womb: 
Jesus. 

O loving! 
O gentle! 
O most sweet 
Virgin Mary!



 Vs. Pray for us, o holy Mother of God: 
Rs. That we be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

The concluding prayer is recited by a leader of prayers: 

Lord holy Father, 
 as your only begotton Son by his life, death, and resurrection 
 has obtained for us the rewards of eternal life:
grant us, we beseech thee, 
that by pondering in our hearts these mysteries that 
his blessed Mother keeps in hers, 
we may imitate what they contain 
and attain what they promise. 
Through the same Christ our Lord: 
Rs. Amen  

Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, 
and to the Holy Spirit: 
Rs. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 
world without end. 
 Amen 

 The leader invokes the final blessing: 

Vs. May the Lord our God bless us, 
defend us from all evil, 
and lead us to eternal life: 

They conclude, kissing the crucifix and making the sign of the cross with it: 

Rs. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Spirit. 
 Amen.