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Bishop 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 46 (47)
    The Lord is King
    Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off, and peace to you who were near.
    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.

    Psalm 85 (86)
    Turn your ear to me, Lord, and hear me,
      for I am poor and destitute.
    Keep my life safe, for I am faithful;
      O God, save your servant, who trusts in you.
    Take pity upon me, O Lord,
      for I call to you all the day long.
    Make your servant’s heart glad,
      for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.
    For you, Lord, are gentle and mild:
      you are kind to all those who call on you.
    Let your ears hear my prayer, O Lord!
      Turn to the voice of my pleading!
    In my time of trouble I call on you,
      for you, O Lord, will hear me.
    No other god is like you, O Lord,
      and nothing compares with your works.
    All people – all nations you made –
      will come and worship before you;
      they will give glory to your name.
    For you are great, you work wonders:
      you alone are God.
    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 97 (98)
    The Lord has brought salvation
    Sing a new song to the Lord,
      for he has worked wonders.
    His right hand, his holy arm,
      have brought him victory.
    The Lord has shown his saving power,
      and before all nations he has shown his justice.
    He has remembered to show his kindness
      and his faithfulness to the house of Israel.
    The farthest ends of the earth
      have seen the saving power of our God.
    Rejoice in God, all the earth.
      Break forth in triumph and song!
    Sing to the Lord on the lyre,
      with the lyre and with music.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
      sound jubilation to the Lord, our king.
    Let the sea resound in its fullness,
      all the earth and all its inhabitants.
    The rivers will clap their hands,
      and the mountains will exult at the presence of the Lord,
      for he comes to judge the earth.
    He will judge all the world in justice,
      and the peoples with fairness.
    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.
    Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off, and peace to you who were near.
    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
    Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off, and peace to you who were near.
    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.
    Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off, and peace to you who were near.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Isaiah 49:6 ©
    It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

    ℣. All the peoples have seen your Holy One.
    ℟. All the kings have seen your glory.

    Let us pray.
    On this day, Lord God,
      by a guiding star you revealed your Only-Begotten Son
      to all the peoples of the world.
    Lead us from the faith by which we know you now
      to the vision of your glory, face to face.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Let us praise the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God
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