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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 19 (20)
    Prayer for victory
    The Lord will give victory to his Anointed One.
    May the Lord hear your prayer in the day of tribulation,
      may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
    May he send you help from his holy place;
      from Zion, may he extend his protection.
    May he remember every one of your sacrifices
      and find merit in your burnt-offerings.
    May he deal with you as your heart desires
      and bring all your plans to fulfilment.
    We will rejoice in your salvation,
      we will raise our banners in the name of God;
      may the Lord grant all your prayers.
    Now I know that the Lord keeps his anointed one safe:
      in his sanctuary in heaven he hears his prayer,
      and lends the support of his strong right hand.
    Some put their faith in chariots
      and some in horses,
      but we invoked the name of the Lord our God.
    They stumbled and fell,
      but we rose and we stand upright.
    Lord, keep the king safe,
      and hear our prayer whenever we call upon 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.
    The Lord will give victory to his Anointed One.

    Psalm 20 (21)
    Thanksgiving for victory
    We shall sing and praise your power.
    Lord, the king will rejoice in your strength,
      he will triumph in your saving power.
    You have granted him his heart’s desire,
      you have not denied the wish that he spoke.
    For you showered him with blessings
      even before he asked for them.
      You have placed a crown of purest gold upon his head.
    He asked you for life,
      and you granted it to him,
      length of days for ever and for ever.
    Great is his glory through your help:
      you cover him with splendour and majesty.
    You lay a blessing upon him that will last for ever,
      you make him rejoice in joy before you.
    For the king hopes in the Lord,
      and through the kindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
    Stand high above us, Lord, in your power;
      and we will sing and celebrate your might.
    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.
    We shall sing and praise your power.

    Canticle Apocalypse 4,5 The song of the redeemed
    Lord, you made us a kingdom and priests to serve our God.
    You are worthy, our Lord and our God,
      to receive glory and honour and power;
    for you made all things,
      and it is by your will that they exist and were created.
    You are worthy, Lord,
      to receive the book and open its seals,
    for you were killed,
      and with your blood you have ransomed people
      from every tribe and language and people and nation,
    and made them rulers and priests for God;
      and they will rule over the earth.
    The Lamb is worthy, who was killed,
      to receive power and riches and wisdom,
      strength and honour, glory and blessing.
    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.
    Lord, you made us a kingdom and priests to serve our God.

    Short Reading (1 Corinthians 1:7-9) ©
    We are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.

    Short Responsory  
    Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
    Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
    Let your face smile on us and we shall be safe.
    Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.

    Canticle Magnificat My soul rejoices in the Lord
    Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near, 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.
    Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near, alleluia.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    The Lord God said: ‘I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong.’
    Lord our God, come to save us.
    Lord God, you made us and sustain us with your love:
      help us to recognize that you are in our midst.
    Lord our God, come to save us.
    You are close to each one of us:
      open our hearts to love you.
    Lord our God, come to save us.
    We pray for those who find their lives a burden too heavy to bear:
      Lord, be their strength and their hope.
    Lord our God, come to save us.
    You are Life, and the enemy of death:
      rescue us and all the faithful departed from eternal darkness.
    Lord our God, come to save us.

    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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