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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Sext (Midday Prayer)


    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  
    Lord God and Maker of all things,
    Creation is upheld by you.
    While all must change and know decay,
    You are unchanging, always new.
    You are man’s solace and his shield,
    His Rock secure on which to build.
    You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
    In you alone is hope fulfilled.
    To God the Father and the Son
    And Holy Spirit render praise:
    Blest Trinity, from age to age
    The strength of all our living days.
    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

    The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.
    SPECIAL FOR TODAY: If you are celebrating Terce today, you must use the psalms of the day at Terce, and use the complementary psalms now.

    PSALMS OF THE DAY


    Psalm 118(119): 73-80
    Let your love be ready to console me according to your promise.
    Your hands, Lord, made and shaped me:
      give me understanding and I will learn your commands.
    Those who fear you will see me and rejoice in you
      because I have put all my trust in your word.
    I know, O Lord, that your decrees are just,
      and that you were right to lay me low.
    Give me your loving kindness and console me,
      as you have promised to your servant.
    Pour out your mercies on me, and I shall live,
      because your law is my delight.
    Bring confusion upon the proud,
      for they attack me with lies;
      but I shall devote myself to your commandments.
    May those who fear you turn towards me,
      those who know your precepts.
    In the light of your judgements may my heart shine pure:
      let me not be ashamed.
    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.
    Let your love be ready to console me according to your promise.

    Psalm 58 (59)
    A prayer against attackers
    Protect me, my God, from those who attack me.
    Tear me, God, from the hands of my enemies.
      Protect me from those who rise up against me.
    Rescue me from those who do evil,
      save me from the men of blood.
    They lie in wait for my life,
      they come down on me in force.
    But no crime, no sin is in me, O Lord –
      they attack me when I have done nothing.
    Rise up, come out to me and see!
      O my strength, I will await you,
      for you, God, are my refuge.
    The loving kindness of my God will come to help me:
      thanks to God I will look down on my enemies.
    I, in turn, will sing of your power
      and your loving kindness every morning,
    because you are my stronghold,
      my refuge in times of trouble.
    My strength, I will sing to you,
      because you, God, are my stronghold:
      my God of loving kindness.
    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.
    Protect me, my God, from those who attack me.

    Psalm 59 (60)
    A prayer after disaster
    Blessed is the man whom God corrects; though he may hurt us he is also our healer.
    O God, you have pushed us away and destroyed us.
      You have been angry – turn back to us!
    You have struck the earth and broken it:
      now heal its tottering remnants.
    You have given your people hardship,
      made them dizzy with the wine you made them drink.
    You have given those who fear you a signal
      to flee from the enemy’s bow.
    Put forth your strength for those you love:
      free them, make them safe – hear us!
    God has spoken from his holy place:
    “I shall triumph, dividing Shechem,
      measuring off the vale of Succoth.
    Gilead is mine, mine is Manasseh;
      Ephraim my helmet, Judah my sceptre.
    But Moab shall be my wash-basin,
      on Edom I will place my sandal;
      I will cry in triumph over the Philistine.”
    Who shall lead me to the fortified city?
      Who shall lead me to Edom?
    Surely you, God – although you rejected us.
      Will you not come out, O God, with our armies?
    Give us help in our troubles,
      for vain is the help of man.
    With God we shall triumph –
      he will trample our enemies.
    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.
    Blessed is the man whom God corrects; though he may hurt us he is also our healer.
    OR:

    At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

    COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


    Psalm 122 (123)
    The Lord guards his people
    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.
    To you I lift up my eyes,
      to you who dwell in the heavens.
    Like the eyes of a servant watching his master,
      like the eyes of a maid on her mistress’s hands,
      so we keep our eyes on the Lord our God,
      as we wait for his kindness.
    Take pity on us, Lord, take pity:
      we have had our fill of contempt.
    Our souls have had their fill
      of the laughter of the rich,
      of the contempt of the proud.
    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.
    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.

    Psalm 123 (124)
    Our help is in the name of the Lord
    Our help is in the name of the Lord.
    If the Lord had not been with us
      (so let Israel sing),
    If the Lord had not been with us
      when men rose up against us,
    they might have skinned us alive,
      such was their anger.
    The waters could have drowned us,
      the torrent poured over us,
      the foaming waters poured over us.
    Blessed be the Lord, who saved us
      from being torn to pieces by their teeth.
    We have escaped, like a bird
      from the snare of the fowler.
    The snare was broken,
      and we escaped.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.
    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.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord.

    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people
    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.
    Those who trust in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion:
      it cannot be shaken, it will stand firm for ever.
    Jerusalem – the mountains stand guard over it,
      and the Lord stands guard over his people,
      both now and for ever.
    The sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
      upon the inheritance of the just;
    lest the just themselves stretch out their hands
      and turn to wickedness.
    Be good, O Lord, to the good
      and the upright of heart.
    As for those who turn away to crooked paths,
      the Lord shall treat them like the doers of evil.
    Peace be on Israel!
    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.
    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Acts 5:12,14 ©
    Many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily.

    ℣. They observed the precepts of God.
    ℟. They kept his decrees.

    Let us pray.
    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 Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Let us praise the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God.
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