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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Sext (Midday 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  
    Lord God and Maker of all things,
    Creation is upheld by you.
    While all must change and know decay,
    You are unchanging, always new.
    You are man’s solace and his shield,
    His Rock secure on which to build.
    You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
    In you alone is hope fulfilled.
    To God the Father and the Son
    And Holy Spirit render praise:
    Blest Trinity, from age to age
    The strength of all our living days.
    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 angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’
    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 angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’
    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 122 (123)
    The Lord guards his people
    The angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’
    To you I lift up my eyes,
      to you who dwell in the heavens.
    Like the eyes of a servant watching his master,
      like the eyes of a maid on her mistress’s hands,
      so we keep our eyes on the Lord our God,
      as we wait for his kindness.
    Take pity on us, Lord, take pity:
      we have had our fill of contempt.
    Our souls have had their fill
      of the laughter of the rich,
      of the contempt of the proud.
    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 123 (124)
    Our help is in the name of the Lord
    If the Lord had not been with us
      (so let Israel sing),
    If the Lord had not been with us
      when men rose up against us,
    they might have skinned us alive,
      such was their anger.
    The waters could have drowned us,
      the torrent poured over us,
      the foaming waters poured over us.
    Blessed be the Lord, who saved us
      from being torn to pieces by their teeth.
    We have escaped, like a bird
      from the snare of the fowler.
    The snare was broken,
      and we escaped.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.
    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 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people
    Those who trust in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion:
      it cannot be shaken, it will stand firm for ever.
    Jerusalem – the mountains stand guard over it,
      and the Lord stands guard over his people,
      both now and for ever.
    The sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
      upon the inheritance of the just;
    lest the just themselves stretch out their hands
      and turn to wickedness.
    Be good, O Lord, to the good
      and the upright of heart.
    As for those who turn away to crooked paths,
      the Lord shall treat them like the doers of evil.
    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.
    The angel Gabriel said to Mary, ‘Rejoice, most highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Of all women you are the most blessed.’

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Isaiah 12:2 ©
    See now, he is the God of my salvation. I have trust now and no fear, for the Lord is my strength, my song, he is my salvation.

    ℣. Remember us, Lord, for the love you bear your people.
    ℟. Come to us as a saviour.

    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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