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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Vespers (Evening 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  
    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Come then and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings from the King of kings.
    Then cleansed be every Christian breast,
    And furnished for so great a guest!
    Yea, let us each his heart prepare
    For Christ to come and enter there.
    For thou art our salvation, Lord,
    Our refuge and our great reward;
    Without thy grace our souls must fade,
    And wither like a flower decayed.
    Stretch forth thine hand, to heal our sore,
    And make us rise to fall no more;
    Once more upon thy people shine,
    And fill the world with love divine.
    All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
    Whose Advent sets thy people free,
    Whom, with the Father, we adore,
    And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

    Psalm 109 (110)
    The Messiah, king and priest
    Rejoice greatly, daughter of Sion; shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem. Alleluia.
    The Lord has said to my lord:
      “Sit at my right hand
      while I make your enemies your footstool.”
    From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,
      and you will rule in the midst of your foes.
    Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,
      among the sacred splendours.
      Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.
    The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:
      “You are a priest for ever,
      a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”
    The Lord is at your right hand,
      and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.
    He will drink from the stream as he goes –
      he will hold his head high.
    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.
    Rejoice greatly, daughter of Sion; shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem. Alleluia.

    Psalm 113A (114)
    Israel set free from Egypt
    Christ our King will come. He is the Lamb that John announced.
    When Israel came out of Egypt,
      Jacob’s people from a land of strangers,
    Judah became his sanctuary
      and Israel his domain.
    The sea saw it, and fled;
      the Jordan flowed backwards at the sight;
    the mountains leapt like rams;
      the hills, like yearling sheep.
    Sea, what was it, what made you flee?
      And you, Jordan, why did you flow uphill?
    Mountains, why did you leap like rams?
      Hills, like yearling sheep?
    Tremble, Earth, at the presence of the Lord,
      the presence of the Lord of Jacob,
    who has turned the rock into a pool of water
      and made a fountain out of the flint.
    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.
    Christ our King will come. He is the Lamb that John announced.

    Canticle (Apocalypse 19) The wedding of the Lamb
    Behold, I am coming soon to reward every man according to his deeds, says the Lord.
    Alleluia.
    Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
      because his judgements are true and just.
    Alleluia.
    Alleluia.
    Praise our God, all his servants,
      and you who fear him, small and great.
    Alleluia.
    Alleluia.
    For the Lord reigns, our God, the Almighty:
      let us rejoice and exult and give him glory.
    Alleluia.
    Alleluia.
    The marriage of the Lamb has come,
      and his spouse has made herself ready.
    Alleluia.
    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.
    Behold, I am coming soon to reward every man according to his deeds, says the Lord.

    Short Reading Philippians 4:4-5 ©
    I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near.

    Short Responsory  
    Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
    Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
    And grant us your salvation.
    Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

    Canticle Magnificat My soul rejoices in the Lord
    Blessed are you, Mary, because you believed that the promise made you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Alleluia. (Year C)
    Or: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, alleluia.
    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
      and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
    For he has shown me such favour –
      me, his lowly handmaiden.
    Now all generations will call me blessed,
      because the mighty one has done great things for me.
    His name is holy,
      his mercy lasts for generation after generation
      for those who revere him.
    He has put forth his strength:
      he has scattered the proud and conceited,
      torn princes from their thrones;
      but lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things;
      the rich he has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
      he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
      to Abraham and his children for ever.
    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 are you, Mary, because you believed that the promise made you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Alleluia. (Year C)
    Or: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, alleluia.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    We pray to our Lord, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
    Come, and remain with us, Lord.
    Gabriel announced your coming to the Virgin Mary:
      Son of the most High, come to claim your kingdom.
    Come, and remain with us, Lord.
    John the Baptist rejoiced to see your day:
      come, bring us your salvation.
    Come, and remain with us, Lord.
    Simeon acknowledged you, Light of the World:
      bring your light to all men of goodwill.
    Come, and remain with us, Lord.
    We look for you as watchmen look for the dawn:
      you are the sun that will wake the dead to new life.
    Come, and remain with us, Lord.

    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.

    Grant, almighty Father,
    that when Christ comes again we may go out to meet him
      bearing the harvest of good works achieved by your grace.
    We pray that he will receive us into the company of the saints
      and call us into the kingdom of heaven.
    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.