Novena to St. Benedict – Day Six – The Prophet

St. Benedict’s feast is fast approaching!  We reflect today on prophecy and the gifts of God.

HYMN

O favored Saint, in vision bright,
In God’s transcending, wondrous light,
You saw the world in one bright ray,
The universe before you lay.

Obtain for us a vision clear
And save us from all human fear,
That by your guidance we may reach
Perfection’s goal which you did teach.

To you be praise eternally,
Most blessed, holy Trinity,
Whose loving grace did strength impart
And filled our Saints’ enraptured heart.

ANTIPHON: By the light of contemplation his spirit was lifted heavenward.

CANTICLE OF ZACHARY (Luke 1:68-75). Promise of Salvation

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, * for he has visited and redeemed his people;
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us, * in the house of David his servant,
As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, * that we shall be saved from our enemies, / and from the hand of all who hate us:
To perform the mercy promised to our father, * and to remember his holy covenant, / the oath which he swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, * might serve him without fear.
In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.

ANTIPHON: By the light of contemplation his spirit was lifted heavenward.

A READING FROM THE DIALOGS OF ST. GREGORY (II, Prol.).

Long before the night office began, the man of God Benedict was standing at his window, where he watched and prayed while the rest were asleep. In the dead of night he suddenly saw a flood of light shining down from above, more brilliant than the sun, and with it every trace of darkness cleared away. He saw the whole world gathered up before his eyes in what appeared to be a single ray of light. Absorbed as he was in God, it was now easy for him to see all that lay beneath God. In the light outside that was shining before his eyes, there was a brightness which reached into his mind and lifted his spirit heavenward, showing him the insignificance of all that lies below.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. The heart of the wise man.
R. Will know the time and the way.

PRAYER      

Let us pray. All-seeing and all-knowing God, grant us the gift of holy contemplation, so that we may see and understand life on this earth as you see it, and as St. Benedict describes it in his Rule for all who seek God. This we ask of you through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

V. Pray for us, holy Father Benedict.
R. That we may obtain the grace of a happy death.

Holy Father Benedict, * Blessed by God in grace and in name, * while standing in prayer with your hands raised to heaven, * you most happily yielded your angelic spirit into the hands of your Creator. You promised zealously to defend against the snares of the enemy, * in the last struggle of death, * those who shall daily remind you * of your glorious departure and your heavenly joys. Protect us therefore * this day and every day by your holy blessing, * that we may never be separated from our blessed Lord, * from the company of yourself and all the blessed. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

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