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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • None (Afternoon 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  
    Eternal Father, loving God,
    Who made us from the dust of earth,
    Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
    Give value to our little worth.
    Prepare us for that day of days
    When Christ from heaven will come with might
    To call us out of dust again,
    Our bodies glorified in light.
    O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
    All things created bear your trace;
    The seed of glory sown in man
    Will flower when we see your face.
    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 118(119): 1-8
    The word of the Lord in the law
    Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
    Happy are they who follow the pure path,
      who walk in the law of the Lord.
    Happy are they who obey his decrees
      and seek him out with all their heart.
    They do not do evil:
      they walk in his paths.
    You have made your commandments
      for us to obey them.
    If only I can direct my paths
      to conform to your statutes!
    Then I will not be shamed
      as I hold to your precepts.
    I shall proclaim you by right living
      since I have learnt your just decrees.
    I shall hold close to your statutes:
      Lord, never abandon me.
    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 12 (13)
    Lament of a righteous man who trusts in God
    How long, O Lord, will you forget me?
      How long will you turn your face from me?
    How long must I bear grief in my soul,
      how long must I carry sadness in my heart
      by day and by night?
    How long will my enemy be stronger than me?
    Turn to me and hear me, O Lord my God.
      Give light to my eyes and save me from the sleep of death.
    Or my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed against him!’
      and those who torment me will rejoice at my stumbling.
    But I put my hope in your loving kindness.
      My heart will rejoice at your saving power.
      I shall sing to the Lord, who has granted good things to me.
    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 13 (14)
    The folly of the lawless
    The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
      They are corrupt and they do vile things:
      not one of them does good.
    From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
      to see if any understand, and seek God.
    All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
      Not one of them does good, not even one.
    They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
      who eat up my people like so much bread.
    They did not call on the Lord,
      so they tremble with fear,
      for God is on the side of the righteous.
    You persecute the poor,
      but God is on the side of the poor.
    Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
      When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
      Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
    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.
    Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
    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 125 (126)
    Gladness and hope in the Lord
    Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
    When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
    Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
    Among the Gentiles they were saying,
      “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
    The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
      and filled us with rejoicing.
    Give us back our captives, O Lord,
      as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
    Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
    They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
    but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
    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 126 (127)
    Without the Lord, we labour in vain
    If the Lord does not build the house,
      its builders labour in vain.
    If the Lord does not watch over a city,
      its watchmen guard it in vain.
    It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
      and go late to your rest,
      eating the bread of toil –
      to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
    The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
      the fruit of the womb as a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
      so are the sons of one’s youth.
    Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
      when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
      he will not be the loser.
    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 127 (128)
    Peaceful life in the Lord
    Blessed are all who fear the Lord
      and walk in his ways.
    The food you have worked for, you will eat:
      God’s blessing will bring you good things.
    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
      on the side of your house.
    Your children will be like olive shoots,
      seated round your table.
    See, this is how the man is blessed
      who fears the Lord.
    May the Lord bless you from Zion:
      may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
      all the days of your life.
    May you see your children’s children.
      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.
    Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading (Ezekiel 34:15-16) ©
    I will pasture my sheep, I will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall be a true shepherd to them.

    ℣. Come, Lord, and make no delay.
    ℟. Release your people from their sin.

    Let us pray.
    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 Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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