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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 26 (27)
    Keeping faith in time of peril
    The Lord is my light and my help: whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is my light and my help:
      whom should I fear?
    The Lord protects my life:
      what could terrify me?
    When they come to do me harm,
      to consume my flesh,
    my enemies and my persecutors,
      it is they who stumble and fall.
    If their armies encamp against me,
      my heart will not fear;
    if battle flares up against me,
      even then will I hope.
    One thing I beg of the Lord, one thing will I ask:
      that I may live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    so that I may behold the joys of the Lord
      and always see his temple.
    For he will shelter me in his tent in the time of evils.
    He will hide me in the hidden parts of the tabernacle;
      then raise me up on a rock,
      lift me high up above the enemies who surround me.
    In his tabernacle I will offer him a sacrifice
      of shouts, of songs, of psalms to the Lord.
    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 is my light and my help: whom shall I fear?

    Psalm 26 (27)
    It is your face, O Lord, that I seek: hide not your face.
    Listen, Lord, to my voice as I cry:
      have mercy and listen to me.
    “Seek his face,” my heart has said,
      and so I will seek your face, O Lord.
    Do not turn your face away from me,
      do not turn from your servant in anger.
    You are my helper, do not reject me;
      do not abandon me, God, my help.
    For when my father and mother have abandoned me,
      the Lord will take me up.
    Show me your ways, Lord, and guide me along the right path,
      out of the reach of my enemies.
    Do not hand me over to the whim of those who would persecute me,
      when lying witnesses have risen up against me,
      with those who plan to do me violence.
    I trust I shall see the joys of the Lord
      in the land of the living.
    Hope in the Lord, be brave,
      let your heart take comfort and trust in the Lord.
    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.
    It is your face, O Lord, that I seek: hide not your face.

    Canticle (Colossians 1) Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
    He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.
    Let us give thanks to God the Father,
      who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
    He has rescued us from the power of the shadows
      and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
    in whom we have redemption
      and the forgiveness of sins.
    He is the image of the invisible God,
      the first-born of all creation,
    for in him all things were created,
      in heaven and on earth,
      visible and invisible,
    thrones and dominations,
      principalities and powers.
    All things were created through him and for him:
      he is before all things,
      and in him all things hold together.
    And he is the head of the body, the Church.
      He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
      and so he is pre-eminent above all.
    For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him,
      and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
    Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things,
      both on Earth and in the heavens.
    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.
    He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.

    Short Reading 1 Corinthians 4:5 ©
    There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.

    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
    The Law will go forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
    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.
    The Law will go forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Let us pray to God the Father who is Lord and Ruler of all.
    Come and visit your people!
    Come as the shepherd to tend your flock;
      gather all men into the unity of the Church.
    Come and visit your people!
    Lord, remember all the sons of Abraham,
      all who await your promise in faith.
    Come and visit your people!
    We pray for those who seek to escape from life;
      Lord, give them hope to live by and courage to persevere.
    Come and visit your people!
    Remember those who have died;
      show them the glory your Son has gained for them.
    Come and visit your people!

    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.
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