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Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Morning Prayer (Lauds)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


    INTRODUCTION  
    O God, come to our aid.
      O Lord, make haste to help us.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
      and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
      is now, and ever shall be,
      world without end.
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Hymn  
    Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult
    of our life’s wild restless sea,
    day by day his sweet voice sounding,
    saying, ‘Christian, follow me!’
    As of old Saint Andrew heard it
    by the Galilean lake,
    turned from home and toil and kindred,
    leaving all for his dear sake.
    In our joys and in our sorrows,
    days of toil and hours of ease,
    Jesus calls, in cares and pleasures,
    that we love him more than these.
    Jesus calls us: by your mercies,
    Saviour, may we hear thy call,
    give our hearts to your obedience,
    serve and love you best of all.

    Psalm 62 (63)
    Thirsting for God
    Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who followed the Lord.
    O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.
    My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
    I came to your sanctuary,
      as one in a parched and waterless land,
      so that I could see your might and your glory.
    My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.
    Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
      and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
    my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
      and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
    I will remember you as I lie in bed,
      I will think of you in the morning,
    for you have been my helper,
      and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.
    My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
      and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
      is now, and ever shall be,
      world without end.
    Amen.
    Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who followed the Lord.

    Canticle Daniel 3 All creatures, bless the Lord
    The Lord loved Andrew: he accepted him like a fragrant offering.
    Bless the Lord, all his works,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Bless the Lord, you heavens;
      all his angels, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens;
      all his powers, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, sun and moon;
      all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, rain and dew;
      all you winds, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, fire and heat;
      cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, dew and frost;
      ice and cold, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, ice and snow;
      day and night, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, light and darkness;
      lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, all the earth,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
      all growing things, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
      springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, whales and fish;
      birds of the air, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame;
      sons of men, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, O Israel,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Bless the Lord, his priests;
      all his servants, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the just;
      all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.
    Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
      praise and exalt them for ever.
    Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,
      praise and glorify him for ever.
    The Lord loved Andrew: he accepted him like a fragrant offering.

    Psalm 149
    The saints rejoice
    Andrew said to Simon, his brother: ‘We have found the Messiah,’ and he brought him to Jesus.
    Sing a new song to the Lord,
      his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
      and the sons of Zion delight in their king.
    Let them praise his name with dancing,
      sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
    for the Lord’s favour is upon his people,
      and he will honour the humble with victory.
    Let the faithful celebrate his glory,
      rejoice even in their beds,
    the praise of God in their throats;
      and swords ready in their hands,
    to exact vengeance upon the nations,
      impose punishment on the peoples,
    to bind their kings in fetters
      and their nobles in manacles of iron,
    to carry out the sentence that has been passed:
      this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
      and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
      is now, and ever shall be,
      world without end.
    Amen.
    Andrew said to Simon, his brother: ‘We have found the Messiah,’ and he brought him to Jesus.

    Short Reading Ephesians 2:19-22 © In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us
    You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

    Short Responsory  
    You will make them rulers over all the land.
    You will make them rulers over all the land.
    Your name, Lord, will be remembered.
    You will make them rulers over all the land.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    You will make them rulers over all the land.

    Canticle Benedictus The Messiah and his forerunner
    Hail, precious Cross: receive the disciple of my Master, Jesus Christ, who hung upon you.
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
      for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
    He has raised up the sign of salvation
      in the house of his servant David,
    as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
      his prophets through the ages:
    to rescue us from our enemies
      and all who hate us,
    to take pity on our fathers,
      to remember his holy covenant
    and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
      that he would give himself to us,
    that we could serve him without fear
     – freed from the hands of our enemies –
    in uprightness and holiness before him,
      for all of our days.
    And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
      for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
    to let his people know their salvation,
      so that their sins may be forgiven.
    Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
      one born on high will visit us
    to give light to those who walk in darkness,
      who live in the shadow of death;
      to lead our feet in the path of peace.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
      and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
      is now, and ever shall be,
      world without end.
    Amen.
    Hail, precious Cross: receive the disciple of my Master, Jesus Christ, who hung upon you.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Since we have received from the apostles our heavenly inheritance, let us thank our Father for all his blessings.
    Lord, the apostles sing your praises.
    Praise to you Lord God, for the gift of Christ’s body and blood, handed on by the apostles, to give us strength and life;
    Lord, the apostles sing your praises.
    For the table of your word, served by the apostles, to bring us light and joy;
    Lord, the apostles sing your praises.
    For your holy Church, built on the apostles, to make us all one body;
    Lord, the apostles sing your praises.
    For the washing of baptism and penance, entrusted to the apostles, to cleanse our hearts from sin;
    Lord, the apostles sing your praises.

    Our Father, who art in heaven,
      hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
      Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
      and forgive us our trespasses,
      as we forgive those who trespass against us,
    and lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.

    Lord God,
      you called Saint Andrew, your apostle,
      to preach the gospel and to guide your Church.
    We humbly pray
      that he may always plead for us in your presence.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
      who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
      one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
      Amen.