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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 35 (36)
    The sinner's wickedness; God's goodness
    In your light, God, we see light.
    Evil whispers to the sinner in the depths of his heart:
      the fear of God does not stand before his eyes.
    Evil’s flattering light disguises his wickedness,
      so that he does not hate it.
    His words are false and deceitful,
      he no longer considers how to do good.
    Even when in bed he plots mischief;
      he follows the wrong path; he does not hate malice.
    Lord, your mercy fills the heavens,
      your faithfulness rises to the sky.
    Your justice is like the mountains of God,
      your judgements are like the deeps of the sea.
    Lord, you protect both men and beasts.
    How precious is your kindness, O God!
      The sons of men will take shelter under your wings;
    they will eat their fill from the riches of your house,
      drink all they want from the stream of your joy.
    For with you is the spring of life-giving water.
      In your light we shall see true light.
    Hold out your mercy to those who know you,
      offer your justice to the upright in heart.
    Let me not be crushed under the heels of the proud,
      nor dispossessed by the hands of sinners.
    The doers of evil have fallen where they stood,
      they are cast down and cannot rise.
    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.
    In your light, God, we see light.

    Canticle Judith 16 The Lord, creator of the world, protects his people
    Lord, you are great, you are glorious, you are wonderfully strong.
    Make music to my God with drums,
      sing to my Lord with cymbals.
    Begin a new song to him,
      extol and call upon his name.
    You are the God who crushes battle-lines,
      you set up your camp among your people,
      you save me from the grip of my persecutors.
    I will sing a new song to God:
      Lord, you are great and glorious,
      wonderful in your unconquerable power.
    Let all your creatures serve you,
      for you spoke and they were made,
    you sent forth your spirit, and they were created:
      there is no-one who can resist your command.
    For the mountains will be shaken to their roots,
      the seas will be stirred up,
      at your sight the rocks will melt like wax –
    but to those who fear you,
      you will show your loving kindness.
    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 are great, you are glorious, you are wonderfully strong.

    Psalm 46 (47)
    The Lord is King
    Cry to God with shouts of joy.
    All nations, clap your hands;
      cry out to God in exultation,
    for the Lord, the Most High, is greatly to be feared,
      and King over all the earth.
    He has made whole peoples our subjects,
      put nations beneath our feet.
    He has chosen our inheritance for us,
      the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
    God ascends amid rejoicing,
      the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
    Sing to God, sing praise.
      Sing to our king, sing praise.
    God is king over the whole earth:
      sing to him with all your skill.
    God reigns over the nations;
      God sits on his holy throne.
    The nobles of the peoples join together
      with the people of the God of Abraham,
    for to God belong the armies of the earth;
      he is high above all things.
    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.
    Cry to God with shouts of joy.

    Short Reading Isaiah 7:14-15 ©
    The maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel. On curds and honey will he feed until he knows how to refuse evil and choose good.

    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
    There is one coming who is more powerful than I am. I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals.
    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.
    There is one coming who is more powerful than I am. I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    The Word of God has chosen to live among us: let us thank him and give him praise:
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    Bring justice to those bowed down with suffering:
      defend the poor and the powerless.
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    Prince of Peace, turn our jealousies into love,
      teach us to forgive rather than give way to anger.
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    When you come to judge the world,
      may we stand before you without fear.
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    You stand in our midst unknown:
      help us to find you in the poor and the troubled.
    Come, Lord Jesus!

    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.

    Prepare our hearts, Lord,
      by the power of your grace.
    When Christ comes,
      may he find us worthy
      to receive from his hand the bread of heaven
      at the feast of eternal life.
    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.