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Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

Liturgy of the Hours

  • None (Afternoon 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  
    Eternal Father, loving God,
    Who made us from the dust of earth,
    Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
    Give value to our little worth.
    Prepare us for that day of days
    When Christ from heaven will come with might
    To call us out of dust again,
    Our bodies glorified in light.
    O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
    All things created bear your trace;
    The seed of glory sown in man
    Will flower when we see your face.
    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
    I have appointed you to be a light to all peoples, to be my saving power to the very ends of the earth.
    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.
    I have appointed you to be a light to all peoples, to be my saving power to the very ends of the earth.
    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 125 (126)
    Gladness and hope in the Lord
    I have appointed you to be a light to all peoples, to be my saving power to the very ends of the earth.
    When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
    Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
    Among the Gentiles they were saying,
      “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
    The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
      and filled us with rejoicing.
    Give us back our captives, O Lord,
      as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
    Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
    They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
    but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
    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 126 (127)
    Without the Lord, we labour in vain
    If the Lord does not build the house,
      its builders labour in vain.
    If the Lord does not watch over a city,
      its watchmen guard it in vain.
    It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
      and go late to your rest,
      eating the bread of toil –
      to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
    The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
      the fruit of the womb as a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
      so are the sons of one’s youth.
    Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
      when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
      he will not be the loser.
    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 127 (128)
    Peaceful life in the Lord
    Blessed are all who fear the Lord
      and walk in his ways.
    The food you have worked for, you will eat:
      God’s blessing will bring you good things.
    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
      on the side of your house.
    Your children will be like olive shoots,
      seated round your table.
    See, this is how the man is blessed
      who fears the Lord.
    May the Lord bless you from Zion:
      may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
      all the days of your life.
    May you see your children’s children.
      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.
    I have appointed you to be a light to all peoples, to be my saving power to the very ends of the earth.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Zechariah 2:15 ©
    Many nations will join the Lord, on that day; they will become his people. I shall remain among you, and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you.

    ℣. All peoples, bless our God.
    ℟. Cry out in praise of him.

    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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