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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  
    Who are these like stars appearing,
    these, before God’s throne who stand?
    Each a golden crown is wearing;
    who are all this glorious band?
    Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
    praising loud their heavenly King.
    Who are these of dazzling brightness,
    clothed in God’s own righteousness?
    These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
    shall their lustre still possess,
    still untouched by time’s rude hand?
    Whence came all this glorious band?
    These are they who have contended
    for their Saviour’s honour long,
    wrestling on till life was ended,
    following not the sinful throng;
    these who well the fight sustained,
    triumph through the Lamb have gained.
    These are they whose hearts were riven,
    sore with woe and anguish tried,
    who in prayer full oft have striven
    with the God they glorified;
    now, their painful conflict o’er,
    God has bid them weep no more.
    These, the Almighty contemplating,
    did as priests before him stand,
    soul and body always waiting
    day and night at his command:
    now in God’s most holy place
    blest they stand before his face.

    Psalm 10 (11)
    The Lord, support of the just
    The Lord cares for the weak and oppressed.
    I trust in the Lord, so why do you say to me:
      “Fly up to the mountain like a sparrow”?
    “For the wicked have drawn their bows,
      fitted the arrow to the string,
      to shoot in darkness at the upright of heart.
    When the foundations are being overthrown,
      what are the just to do?”
    The Lord is in his holy temple;
      the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
    His eyes look down on the poor,
      he examines the children of men.
    The Lord scrutinises the just and the unjust,
      and his heart hates those who do evil.
    He rains down coals upon the wicked,
      fire and brimstone and a scorching wind:
      this is what he gives them to drink.
    For the Lord is just and loves just deeds,
      and the upright shall see his face.
    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 cares for the weak and oppressed.

    Psalm 14 (15)
    Who is worthy to face the Lord?
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
    Lord, who will live in your tent?
      Who will dwell on your holy mountain?
    Whoever comes there without stain,
      acts rightly, speaks truth in his heart.
    Whoever does not speak deceitfully,
      or do harm to his neighbour, or slander him.
    Whoever despises the evil-doer,
      but reveres those who fear the Lord.
    Whoever swears and keeps his word, come what may
     – lends his money without usury –
      takes no bribe to condemn the innocent.
    Whoever lives like this
      will stand firm 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 the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

    Canticle Ephesians 1 God the Saviour
    God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted sons.
    Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
      who has blessed us, in Christ,
      with every spiritual blessing in heaven.
    In love, he chose us before the creation of the world,
      to be holy and spotless in his sight.
    He predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ,
      simply because it pleased him to do so.
    This he did for the praise of the glory of his grace,
      of his free gift to us in his Beloved,
    in whose blood we have gained redemption,
      and the forgiveness of our sins.
    This he did according to the riches of his grace,
      which he gave us in abundance,
    with all wisdom and discernment,
      revealing to us the mysteries of his will,
      because it pleased him to do so.
    In this action he has planned, in the fulfilment of time,
      to bring all things together in Christ,
      from the heavens and from the 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.
    God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted sons.

    Short Reading 1 Peter 5:1-4 © Watch over the flock, not simply as a duty but gladly
    Now I have something to tell you elders: I am an elder myself, and a witness to the sufferings of Christ, and with you I have a share in the glory that is to be revealed. Be the shepherds of the flock of God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but gladly, because God wants it; not for sordid money, but because you are eager to do it. Never be a dictator over any group that is put in your charge, but be an example that the whole flock can follow. When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

    Short Responsory  
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.
    He laid down his life for his brothers.
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.

    Canticle Magnificat My soul rejoices in the Lord
    I made myself all things to all men in order to save them all.
    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.
    I made myself all things to all men in order to save them all.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Let us pray to Christ, the high priest, who was appointed to represent men in their relations with God.
    Lord, save your people.
    Lord Jesus, in times past you have lighted the way for your people through wise and holy leaders;
      may Christians always enjoy this sign of your loving kindness.
    Lord, save your people.
    You forgave the sins of your people when holy pastors prayed;
      continually cleanse your Church through their powerful intercession.
    Lord, save your people.
    In the presence of their brothers, you anointed your holy ones and poured on them your Spirit;
      fill with your Holy Spirit all the leaders of your people.
    Lord, save your people.
    Nothing could ever separate the holy pastors from your love;
      do not lose even one of those whom you redeemed by your passion.
    Lord, save your people.
    Through the pastors of your Church you give your sheep eternal life, and no one can steal them from you;
      save the faithful departed, for whom you laid down your life.
    Lord, save your people.

    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 won so many peoples to yourself
      by the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier.
    Give us the same zeal that he had for the faith,
      and let your Church rejoice
      and see the virtue and number of her children increase
      throughout the world.
    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.
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