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Last Week of the Year, Cycle II, Wednesday

They were singing the hymn of Moses and of the Lamb.

What I, John, saw in heaven was a great and wonderful sign: seven angels were bringing the seven plagues that are the last of all, because they exhaust the anger of God. I seemed to see a glass lake suffused with fire, and standing by the lake of glass, those who had fought against the beast and won, and against his statue and the number which is his name. They all had harps from God, and they were singing the hymn of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb:

“How great and wonderful are all your works,

Lord God Almighty;

just and true are all your ways,

King of nations.

Who would not revere and praise your name, O Lord?

You alone are holy,

and all the pagans will come and adore you

for the many acts of justice you have shown.”


V. The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.


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Pharao pursueth the children of Israel. They murmur against Moses, but are encouraged by him, and pass through the Red Sea. Pharao and his army following them are drowned.

And the Lord said to Moses: Why criest thou to me? Speak to the children of Israel and go forward.

But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch forth thy hand over the sea, and divide it: that the children of Israel may go through the midst of the sea on dry ground.

And I will harden the heart of the Egyptians to pursue you: and I will be glorified in Pharao, and in all his host, and in his chariots, and in his horsemen.

And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall be glorified in Pharao, and in his chariots and horsemen.

And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removing, went behind them: and together with him the pillar of cloud, leaving the forepart,

Stood behind, between the Egyptians’ camp and the camp of Israel: and it was a dark cloud, and enlightening the night, so that they could not come at one another all the night.

And when Moses had stretched forth his hand over the sea, the Lord took it away by a strong and burning wind blowing all the night, and turned it into dry ground: and the water was divided.

And the children of Israel went in through the midst of the sea dried up: for the water was a wall on their right hand and on their left.

And the Egyptians pursuing went in after them, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and horsemen through the midst of the sea.

And now the morning watch was come, and behold the Lord looking upon the Egyptian army through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, slew their host.

And overthrew the wheels of the chariots, and they were carried into the deep. And the Egyptians said: Let us flee from Israel: for the Lord fighteth for them against us.

And the Lord said to Moses: Stretch forth thy hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and horsemen.

And when Moses had stretched forth his hand towards the sea, at returned at the first break of day to the former place: and as the Egyptians were fleeing away, the waters came upon them, and the Lord shut them up in the middle of the waves.

And the waters returned, and covered the chariots and the horsemen of all the army of Pharaoh, who had come into the sea after them, neither did there so much as one of them remain.

But the children of Israel marched through the midst of the sea upon dry land, and the waters were to them as a wall on the right hand and on the left:

And the Lord delivered Israel on that day out of the hands of the Egyptians.

And they saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore, and the mighty hand that the Lord had used against them: and the people feared the Lord, and they believed the Lord, and Moses his servant.

Then Moses and the children of Israel sung this canticle to the Lord: and said: Let us sing to the Lord; for he is gloriously magnified, the horse and the rider he hath thrown into the sea.


Canticle of Moses (Responsorial Psalm Ex 15:1-6, 17-18. R. v.1 – Sung by the priests, deacons and all the faithful at the Easter Vigil Mass, during the night)

R. I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!

I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!

Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea!

The Lord is my strength, my song, my salvation.

This is my God and I extol him,

my father’s God and I give him praise. (R.)

The Lord is a warrior! The Lord is his name.

The chariots of Pharaoh he hurled into the sea,

the flower of his army is drowned in the sea.

The deeps hide them; they sank like a stone. (R.)

Your right hand, Lord, glorious in its power,

your right hand, Lord, has shattered the enemy.

In the greatness of your glory you crushed the for. (R.)

You will lead your people and plant them on your mountain,

the place, O Lord, where you have made your home,

the sanctuary, Lord, which your hands have made.

The Lord will reign for ever and ever. (R.)



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God reveals Himself to Moses

“How admirable are the divine manifestations in the life of Moses, the beloved! A fugitive, weeping in the desert over the misfortunes og his people, he perceives in the distamce a mysterious flame; he draws near to examine it – behold! it is the Glory of God!

A voice speaks: ‘Moses! Moses!’

‘Lord, I am here.’

‘Approach not, for the place on which you tread is holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, of Issac, and of Jacob. I have seen the affliction of my people, I have heard their bitter cry; go thou and snatch them from the hands of the Egyptian.’

‘But if the people ask me Who is He Who sends you?’

‘I am Who am’; you will say: ‘He Who is sends me to you.’

‘But Lord, I am infirm, and cannot speak.’

‘Go, I place My power in your hands; miracles compel belief.’

And Moses goes. In the land of Egypt, in the desert into which he leads his rescued people, God speaks to him again; in the last books of the Pentateuch one sees constantly repeated: ‘The Lord spoke to Moses, the Lord said to Moses.’ God speaks to His servant doring the voyage, in the tent, in the assemblies of the people, on Sinai, where the Holy Law is promulgated, at the door and beneath the veils of the Tabernacle.

God speaks to His servant, not as to other mortals, but face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

So often has the prophet seen the splebdid vision of the Lord that his countenance bears its radiant traves and that, emboldened by so many favours, he dares to say, in a moment of sublime familiarity: ‘O God, show me your glory!’ Ostende mihi gloriam tuam!

– R. P. Monsabre

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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Words of Wisdom


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Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who came down from heaven,
the Son of Man who is in heaven;
and the Son of Man must be lifted up
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
Yes, God loved the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time


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The Israelites left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt the land of Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.”

At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.” Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, “Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.” So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time


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And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart:

And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.

And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him.

And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.

And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were much afraid.

And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not.

And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus.

And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


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Moses said to the people: “You are a people consecrated to the Lord your God; it is you that the Lord our God has chosen to be his very own people out of all the peoples on the earth.

“If the Lord set his heart on you and chose you, it was not because you outnumbered other peoples: you were the least of all peoples. It was for love of you and to keep the oath he swore to your fathers that the Lord brought you out with his mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know then that the Lord your God is God indeed, the faithful God who is true to his covenant and his graciousness for a thousand generations towards those who love him and keep his commandments, but who punishes in their own persons those that hate him; he makes him work out his punishment in person. You are therefore to keep and observe the commandments and statutes and ordinances that I lay down for you today.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


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