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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  
    Hark! a herald voice is calling
      Through the shadows of the night
    ‘Cast away the dreams of darkness
      Christ descends with heavenly light.’
    Wakened by the solemn warning,
      Let the earthbound soul arise;
    Christ, her sun, all sloth dispelling,
      Shines upon the morning skies.
    Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
      Comes with pardon down from heav’n;
    Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
      One and all to be forgiv’n;
    So, when next he comes with glory,
      And his judgement-day draws near,
    Faithful he may find his servants,
      Watching till their Lord appear.
    Honour, glory, might, and blessing
      To the Father and the Son,
    With the everlasting Spirit,
      While eternal ages run.

    Psalm 23 (24)
    The Lord comes to his temple
    The man with clean hands and pure heart will climb the mountain of the Lord.
    The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
      the world and all who live in it.
    He himself founded it upon the seas
      and set it firm over the waters.
    Who will climb the mountain of the Lord?
      Who will stand in his holy place?
    The one who is innocent of wrongdoing and pure of heart,
      who has not given himself to vanities or sworn falsely.
    He will receive the blessing of the Lord
      and be justified by God his saviour.
    This is the way of those who seek him,
      seek the face of the God of Jacob.
    Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,
      and let the king of glory enter.
    Who is the king of glory?
    The Lord of might and power.
      The Lord, strong in battle.
    Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,
      and let the king of glory enter.
    Who is the king of glory?
    The Lord of hosts
     – he is the king of glory.
    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 man with clean hands and pure heart will climb the mountain of the Lord.

    Canticle Tobit 13 God punishes and God saves
    Praise the king of the ages in all your deeds.
    Blessed be God who lives for ever,
      whose kingdom is eternal:
      for he both punishes and takes pity,
    he leads down to the underworld,
      and rescues from perdition;
      no one can escape him.
    Give thanks to him before all nations, children of Israel:
      he scattered you among them,
      and there he has made known his greatness.
    Give glory to him before all who live:
      he is our Lord, our father,
      and our God for ever.
    He will punish you for your transgressions;
      but he will take pity on all your sufferings,
    and gather you together from all the nations
      among whom he scattered you.
    If you turn back to him
      with all your heart and soul
     – if you keep faithful to him –
    he will turn back to you
      and hide his face no longer.
    So now look at what he has done with you,
      and praise him with all your might.
    Bless the Lord of justice,
      and glorify the eternal King.
    In the land of my captivity I trust in him;
      I show his power and majesty to the sinful people.
    Turn back, sinners,
      and be upright in his presence
     – perhaps he will forgive you and show you his favour.
    I will rejoice in the Lord with all my soul,
      my soul will rejoice as long as it lives.
    Bless the Lord, all his chosen ones:
      all people, praise his greatness.
    Fill your days with joy
      and proclaim his glory.
    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.
    Praise the king of the ages in all your deeds.

    Psalm 32 (33)
    The Lord provides
    Praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
    Rejoice in the Lord, you just:
      it is good for the upright to praise him.
    Proclaim the Lord on the lyre,
      play his song on the ten-stringed harp.
    Sing a new song to the Lord,
      sing out your cries of triumph,
    for the word of the Lord is truly just,
      and all his actions are faithful.
    The Lord loves justice and right judgement;
      the earth is full of his loving kindness.
    By the Lord’s word the heavens were made,
      and all their array by the breath of his mouth.
    He gathered the seas as if in a bag,
      he stored up the depths in his treasury.
    Let every land fear the Lord,
      let all the world be awed at his presence.
    For he spoke, and they came into being;
      he commanded, and they were made.
    The Lord confounds the counsel of the nations,
      throws the thoughts of the peoples into confusion.
    But the Lord’s own counsel stands firm for ever,
      his thoughts last for all generations.
    Happy the nation whose lord is God,
      the people he has chosen as his inheritance.
    The Lord looks down from the heavens
      and sees all the children of men.
    From his dwelling-place he looks
      upon all who inhabit the earth.
    He moulded each one of their hearts,
      he understands all that they do.
    The king will not be saved by his forces;
      the abundance of his strength will not set the strong man free.
    Do not trust a horse to save you,
      whatever its swiftness and strength.
    For see, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
      upon those who trust in his mercy,
    hoping he will save their souls from death
      and their bodies from hunger.
    Our souls praise the Lord,
      for he is our help and our protector,
    for our hearts rejoice in him,
      and we trust in his holy name.
    Lord, show us your loving kindness,
      just as we put our hope in you.
    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.
    Praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

    Short Reading Genesis 49:10 ©
    The sceptre shall not pass from Judah, nor the mace from between his feet, until the one comes to whom it belongs, to whom the peoples shall render obedience.

    Short Responsory  
    The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
    The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
    His glory will appear in your midst.
    The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.

    Canticle Benedictus The Messiah and his forerunner
    A shoot shall spring from the stock of Jesse: the whole world shall be filled with the glory of the Lord and all flesh shall see the saving power of God.
    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.
    A shoot shall spring from the stock of Jesse: the whole world shall be filled with the glory of the Lord and all flesh shall see the saving power of God.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    It is time for us to wake from our sleep: the day of our salvation is near.
    Lord, may your kingdom come!
    Help us to show our repentance
      by a new way of living.
    Lord, may your kingdom come!
    Prepare us for the coming of your Word
      by opening our hearts to receive him.
    Lord, may your kingdom come!
    Help us to overcome our pride,
      and raise us from the depths of our weakness.
    Lord, may your kingdom come!
    Throw down the walls of hatred between nations;
      clear the way for those who work for peace.
    Lord, may your kingdom come!

    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.

    Take pity on our distress, Lord God:
      show us your love.
    May the coming of your Son strengthen us
      and cleanse us from all trace of sin.
    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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