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Bishop 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  
    Why, impious Herod, vainly fear
    That Christ the Saviour cometh here?
    He takes not earthly thrones away
    Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.
    To greet his birth the wise men went,
    Led by the star before them sent;
    Called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
    And by their gifts their God confessed.
    In holy Jordan’s purest wave
    The heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
    That he, to whom was sin unknown,
    Might cleanse his people from their own.
    New miracle of power divine,
    The Water reddens into wine;
    He spoke the word, and poured the wave
    In other streams than nature gave.
    All glory, Lord, to thee we pay
    For thine Epiphany today;
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.

    Psalm 109 (110)
    The Messiah, king and priest
    The King of Peace is more glorious than all the kings of the world.
    The Lord has said to my lord:
      “Sit at my right hand
      while I make your enemies your footstool.”
    From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,
      and you will rule in the midst of your foes.
    Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,
      among the sacred splendours.
      Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.
    The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:
      “You are a priest for ever,
      a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”
    The Lord is at your right hand,
      and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.
    He will drink from the stream as he goes –
      he will hold his head high.
    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 King of Peace is more glorious than all the kings of the world.

    Psalm 111 (112)
    How blessed are the just
    A beacon now shines in the darkness for honest men: the Lord is compassionate, merciful, and kind.
    Blessed is the man who fears the Lord
      and loves his commands above all things.
    His seed will be powerful on earth:
      the descendants of the just will be blessed.
    Glory and riches will fill his house,
      and his righteousness will stand firm for ever.
    He rises up in the darkness,
      a light for the upright,
      compassionate, generous, and just.
    Happy the man who takes pity and lends,
      who directs his affairs with wisdom –
      he will never be shaken.
    The just man will be remembered for ever,
      no slander will he fear.
    His heart is ready, hoping in the Lord;
      his heart is strong, it will not fear,
      until he looks down on his defeated enemies.
    He gives alms and helps the poor:
      his righteousness will endure for ever,
      his future will be glorious.
    The transgressor will see, and be enraged:
      he will grind his teeth and fade away.
    The desires of the wicked will perish.
    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.
    A beacon now shines in the darkness for honest men: the Lord is compassionate, merciful, and kind.

    Canticle Apocalypse 15 A hymn of adoration
    All the peoples, that you have made, will come and adore you, O Lord.
    Great and wonderful are your deeds,
      O Lord God the Almighty!
    Just and true are your ways,
      O King of the ages!
    Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord?
      For you alone are holy.
    All nations shall come and worship you,
      for your judgements have been revealed.
    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.
    All the peoples, that you have made, will come and adore you, O Lord.

    Short Reading Titus 3:4-5 ©
    When the kindness and love of God our saviour for mankind were revealed, it was not because he was concerned with any righteous actions we might have done ourselves: it was for no reason except his own compassion that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit.

    Short Responsory  
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    All nations will praise him.
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.

    Canticle Magnificat My soul rejoices in the Lord
    Three wonders mark this day we celebrate: today the star led the Magi to the manger; today water was changed into wine at the marriage feast; today Christ desired to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation, alleluia.
    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.
    Three wonders mark this day we celebrate: today the star led the Magi to the manger; today water was changed into wine at the marriage feast; today Christ desired to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation, alleluia.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Today the Magi knelt before our Saviour. Let us also worship him with great joy, and pray:
    Lord, save us in our need.
    King of nations, the wise men came from the East to worship you:
      grant us the true spirit of adoration and submission.
    Lord, save us in our need.
    King of glory, your people look to you for judgement:
      grant an abundance of peace to our world.
    Lord, save us in our need.
    King of ages, your word is ever powerful:
      may it penetrate our hearts and lives today.
    Lord, save us in our need.
    King of justice, show your love for the poor and the powerless;
      strengthen those who are suffering.
    Lord, save us in our need.
    King of heaven, hope of all who trust in you;
      give to the faithful departed the wonders of your salvation.
    Lord, save us in our need.

    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.

    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 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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