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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 29 (30)
    Thanksgiving for rescue from death
    Lord, I cried to you for help and you have healed me: I will thank you for ever.
    Lord, I will give you all praise, for you have rescued me
      and not let my foes triumph over me.
    My Lord God, I cried to you
      and you healed me.
    Lord, you led my soul out from the underworld,
      gave me life so that I would not sink into the abyss.
    Sing to the Lord, his holy ones,
      and proclaim the truth of his holiness.
    His anger lasts a moment,
      but his favour for a lifetime.
    At night there are tears,
      but in the morning, joy.
    Once I was secure. I said,
      “I will never be shaken.”
    Lord, by your
    favour you had given me strength, set me high;
    but then you turned your face from me
      and I was shaken.
    I cried to you, Lord,
      and prayed to my God.
    “What use is my life,
      when I sink into decay?
    Will dust proclaim you,
      or make known your faithfulness?”
    The Lord heard and took pity on me.
      The Lord became my helper.
    You have turned my weeping into dancing,
      torn off my sackcloth and clothed me in joy,
    It is my glory to sing to you and never cease:
      Lord, my God, I will proclaim your goodness 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.
    Lord, I cried to you for help and you have healed me: I will thank you for ever.

    Psalm 31 (32)
    The joy of the forgiven
    Happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt.
    Blessed is he whose sins are forgiven,
      whose transgressions are hidden away.
    Happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no blame,
      and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
    While I kept silent,
      my bones grew old
      as I groaned all day long.
    While your hand lay heavy on me,
      by day and by night,
      my strength was dried up as if by summer heat.
    I made my sin known to you,
      and I did not hide my faults.
    I said “I will bear witness against myself before the Lord,”
      and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
    This is why every saint will pray to you in due time,
      and even in the great flood he will not be touched.
    You are my refuge, you will preserve me from trouble,
      you will surround me with cries of deliverance.
    I will give you understanding and teach you the path you are to follow;
      I will keep watch over you.
    Do not be like the horse and the mule,
      without understanding:
    if you approach them with bit or bridle,
      they will not come near.
    Many are the sufferings of the wicked,
      but the Lord’s mercy will protect those who trust in him.
    Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you just.
      Shout for joy, you upright of heart.
    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.
    Happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt.

    Canticle Apocalypse 11 The Judgement
    The Lord has given him power and honour and empire, and all peoples will serve him.
    We thank you,
      Lord God Almighty,
    who are and who were,
      that you have taken up your great power and begun to reign.
    The nations were angered,
      but your anger came, the time for the dead to be judged,
    the time to reward the prophets and saints, your servants,
      and those who feared your name, both great and small.
    Now have come the salvation and might and kingdom of our God,
      and the power of his Anointed,
    for the accuser of our brethren has been brought down,
      who accused them day and night in the sight of God.
    But they vanquished him through the blood of the Lamb
      and through their own witness.
    They did not cling to life,
      even in the face of death.
    Therefore rejoice, heavens,
      and you who dwell in them.
    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 has given him power and honour and empire, and all peoples will serve him.

    Short Reading James 5:7-8,9 ©
    Be patient, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon. The Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates.

    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
    You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
    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.
    You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Let us pray to Christ, the great light promised by the prophets to those dwelling in the shadow of death:
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    You enlighten all men:
      open the hearts of your people to a wider world.
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    Son of God, in you we see the Father:
      come to reveal to us what true love means.
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    Christ Jesus, you come to us as man:
      may the welcome we give you make us sons of God.
    Come, Lord Jesus!
    You open the gates of liberty and life:
      bring the dead into everlasting freedom.
    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.

    Show forth your power, O Lord, and come.
    Come in your great strength and help us.
    Be merciful and forgiving,
      and hasten the salvation which only our sins delay.
    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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