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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Terce (Mid-Morning 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  
    Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
    With God the Father and the Son,
    And grant us your abundant grace
    To sanctify and make us one.
    May mind and tongue made strong in love
    Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
    And may that love within our hearts
    Set fire to others with its flame.
    Most blessèd Trinity of love,
    For whom the heart of man was made,
    To you be praise in timeless song,
    And everlasting homage paid.
    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): 9-16
    The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
    How will the young retain purity?
      By obeying your word.
    Wholeheartedly I have sought you:
      do not let me stray from your commandments.
    I have treasured your promise in my heart
      so as not to sin against you.
    Blessed are you, O Lord:
      teach me your judgements.
    My lips have counted
      all the rulings your mouth has spoken.
    I delight in following your decrees,
      uncountable riches.
    I shall strive to follow your commands
      and to contemplate your ways.
    I shall delight in your judgements:
      I shall not forget your words.
    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 16 (17)
    Save me from wrongdoers
    Hear the case I bring before you, Lord,
      listen to my plea.
    Lend your ears to the voice of my pleading:
      on my lips there is no deceit.
    Give judgement yourself in my favour,
      let your eyes see that justice is done.
    Search my heart, inspect it by night,
      test me with fire –
      in me you will find no wrong.
    My speech is not turned aside towards the works of men:
      and because of your words I keep far from the ways of the violent.
    Keep my steps from leaving your paths,
      so that I may never stumble.
    I have cried to you, God, because you will listen;
      turn your ear to me and listen to my words.
    Pour out your kindness till men are astonished,
      you, who keep safe from attack
      all who trust in your strength.
    Guard me as the apple of your eye,
      hide me in the shade of your wings,
      away from the wicked who have done me wrong.
    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 16 (17)
    In their rage, my enemies surround me,
      they have sealed up their hearts and their mouths utter threats.
    They advance, they surround me,
      they watch for their chance to send me sprawling to the ground.
    Their faces are like lions eager for their prey,
      like lion cubs lying and waiting in their den.
    Rise up, O Lord, face my enemy and defeat him,
      with your sword rescue my life from the wicked.
    By your hand, Lord, rescue me from death;
      from joining the dead, who have life no more.
    From your storehouse you fill men’s bellies,
      their children are sated, they leave the rest to their heirs.
    And I, being upright, shall see your face,
      the sight of you, when I wake, will be all that I need.
    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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
    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 119 (120)
    Longing for peace
    The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
    I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
      and he answered me.
    Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
      from deceitful tongues.
    What will be given you, what will you receive,
      deceitful tongue?
    Sharp arrows from the warrior,
      hardened in the flames.
    Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
      I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
    My soul has lived too long
      with those who hate peace.
    I am for making peace;
      but whenever I spoke, they attacked 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 120 (121)
    The guardian of the people
    I shall lift my eyes to the hills:
      where is my help to come from?
    My help will come from the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot slip:
      he will not doze, your guardian.
    Behold, he will not doze or sleep,
      the guardian of Israel.
    The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your shade;
      he is at your right hand.
    By day the sun will not strike you;
      nor the moon by night.
    The Lord will guard you from all harm;
      the Lord will guard your life.
    The Lord will guard your coming and your going
      both now and 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.

    Psalm 121 (122)
    Jerusalem, the holy city
    They filled me with joy when they said,
      “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
    Now our feet are standing
      within your gates, Jerusalem.
    Jerusalem, built as a city,
      whole and self-contained:
    there the tribes have gone up,
      the tribes of the Lord –
    the witness of Israel,
      to praise the Lord’s name.
    For there are the thrones of justice,
      the thrones of the house of David.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
      “Safety for those who care for you,
    peace inside your walls,
      security within your ramparts!”
    For my brethren and those near to me I will say
      “Peace be upon you.”
    For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
      I will call blessings 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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Isaiah 2:11 ©
    Human pride will lower its eyes, the arrogance of men will be humbled. The Lord alone will be exalted, on that day.

    ℣. The nations shall fear your name, O Lord.
    ℟. And all the kings of the earth your glory.

    Let us pray.
    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 Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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