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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.

    PSALMS OF THE DAY


    Psalm 18 (19)
    Praise of God, the Lord of the law
    The angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’
    The law of the Lord is spotless,
      it refreshes the soul.
    The teaching of the Lord can be trusted,
      it gives wisdom to children.
    The judgements of the Lord are right:
      they give joy to the heart.
    The precepts of the Lord are clear:
      they give light to the eyes.
    The fear of the Lord is pure:
      it lasts through all ages.
    The decrees of the Lord are true:
      each one of them is just.
    They are more desirable than gold,
      than heaps of precious stones.
    They are sweeter than honey,
      than dripping honeycomb.
    From them your servant learns;
      keeping them brings rich rewards.
    But who knows his own errors?
      Save me from those I do not see.
    Save me, your servant, from pride:
      let it have no hold over me.
    Then I will be spotless
      washed clean of the gravest sin.
    May the words of my mouth be pleasing
      and the thoughts of my heart, in your sight.
    O Lord, you are my helper,
      O Lord, you are my redeemer.
    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.

    Psalm 7
    Prayer of the just man under persecution
    I put my hope in you, O Lord, my God.
      Save me from all who persecute me,
      save me and set me free.
    Lest my enemy rip me to pieces like a lion
      because no-one defends me.
    If I have done this, O Lord, my God –
      if my hands have done wickedness,
    if I have done harm to those who harm me,
      if I have ruined my enemy and sent him away with nothing –
    then let my enemy pursue me and surround me;
      let him pound my life into the ground,
      let him drag my glory down to the dust.
    Lord, rise up in wrath.
      Rise up against the fury of my enemies.
    My God, come out
      to the trial that you commanded.
    The assembly of the peoples will gather round you
      and you will be above them –
      the Lord judges the peoples.
    Judge me, Lord, in your justice,
      judge me according to the innocence that is mine.
    Annihilate the wickedness of sinners
      and set the righteous firm:
      God, you are just and see into men’s hearts.
    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.

    Psalm 7
    My help comes from God,
      who saves the upright of heart.
    God is a just judge,
      he is strong and his anger grows daily.
    See, he has sharpened his sword once again,
      he has stretched his bow and prepared it.
    He has prepared to pour out death,
      made ready his burning arrows.
    See, the enemy is pregnant with wickedness,
      he has conceived torment and given birth to evil.
    He has opened a pit and excavated it –
      and fallen into the pit he has dug.
    His wickedness will rebound on his head;
      on his head his own evil will fall.
    I will proclaim the Lord and his justice.
      I will sing psalms to his name,
      the name of the Lord, the Most 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.
    The angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’
    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
    The angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’
    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.

    Psalm 123 (124)
    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.

    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people
    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 angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading (Isaiah 10:24,27) ©
    The Lord of Hosts says this: My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid. On that day the burden will fall from your shoulder and the yoke will cease to weigh on your neck.

    ℣. Remember us, Lord, for the love you bear your people.
    ℟. Come to us as a saviour.

    Let us pray.
    Give us the grace, Lord, to be ever on the watch for Christ your Son.
    When he comes and knocks at our door,
      let him find us alert in prayer,
      joyfully proclaiming his glory.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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