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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Terce (Mid-Morning 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  
    Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
    With God the Father and the Son,
    And grant us your abundant grace
    To sanctify and make us one.
    May mind and tongue made strong in love
    Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
    And may that love within our hearts
    Set fire to others with its flame.
    Most blessèd Trinity of love,
    For whom the heart of man was made,
    To you be praise in timeless song,
    And everlasting homage paid.
    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 118(119): 41-48
    The mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.
    Cover me, Lord, with your loving kindness.
      Save me, as you have promised.
    Then I will answer those who taunt me,
      for I put my hope in what you have said.
    Do not take a single word of your truth
      away from my speech,
      for I have put all my hope in your decrees.
    I will always observe your law,
      for ever and for all ages.
    I shall walk freely and without constraint,
      for I have sought out your commands.
    I shall speak of your decrees in front of kings
      and not be discomfited.
    I shall delight in your precepts,
      for I have loved them.
    I shall stretch out my hand to your precepts,
      for I have loved them.
    I shall ponder your statutes.
    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 39 (40)
    Thanksgiving and a prayer for help
    I waited, I waited for the Lord;
      and he heard me.
    He heard my voice when I cried,
      he led me from the pit of misery,
      he led me from the mire of filth.
    He set my feet on firm rock,
      he steadied my footsteps.
    He filled my being with a new song,
      a song to the Lord.
    Many shall see what has happened, and trust,
      and honour the Lord.
    Happy the man who puts his trust in the Lord,
      who pays no heed to the proud,
      who pays no heed to liars.
    Many are your wonders, O Lord my God,
      and great is your care for us:
      there is no-one like you.
    If I wanted to tell the things you have done for us –
      they are too many to count.
    You have refused sacrifice and oblation,
      but you have opened your ears to me.
    You have refused burnt-offerings, even for sin –
      so I said “I am coming.
    The books of scripture have written of me.
    It is your will, my God, that I wish to perform:
      your law is next to my 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.

    Psalm 39 (40)
    I have proclaimed your judgement in the great assembly:
      I will not close my lips – Lord, you know it.
    I have not hidden your judgements away in my heart;
      I have not hidden your faithfulness from the assembly of the people.
    But you, Lord, do not keep your mercy from me:
      let your kindness and faithfulness always sustain me.
    For evils besiege me, uncountable evils;
      my transgressions surround me, and I cannot see.
    They are more than the hairs of my head,
      and my heart has failed me.
    Make it your will, Lord, to rescue me:
      Lord, hurry to help me.
    Let all who seek you rejoice in you:
      let them say always, “Great is the Lord,”
      all who delight in your salvation.
    Though I am poor and destitute,
      the Lord takes thought for me.
    You are my help and my liberator:
      my God, do not delay.
    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 mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.
    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 119 (120)
    Longing for peace
    The mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.
    I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
      and he answered me.
    Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
      from deceitful tongues.
    What will be given you, what will you receive,
      deceitful tongue?
    Sharp arrows from the warrior,
      hardened in the flames.
    Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
      I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
    My soul has lived too long
      with those who hate peace.
    I am for making peace;
      but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
    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 120 (121)
    The guardian of the people
    I shall lift my eyes to the hills:
      where is my help to come from?
    My help will come from the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot slip:
      he will not doze, your guardian.
    Behold, he will not doze or sleep,
      the guardian of Israel.
    The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your shade;
      he is at your right hand.
    By day the sun will not strike you;
      nor the moon by night.
    The Lord will guard you from all harm;
      the Lord will guard your life.
    The Lord will guard your coming and your going
      both now and 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.

    Psalm 121 (122)
    Jerusalem, the holy city
    They filled me with joy when they said,
      “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
    Now our feet are standing
      within your gates, Jerusalem.
    Jerusalem, built as a city,
      whole and self-contained:
    there the tribes have gone up,
      the tribes of the Lord –
    the witness of Israel,
      to praise the Lord’s name.
    For there are the thrones of justice,
      the thrones of the house of David.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
      “Safety for those who care for you,
    peace inside your walls,
      security within your ramparts!”
    For my brethren and those near to me I will say
      “Peace be upon you.”
    For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
      I will call blessings upon you.
    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 mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Deuteronomy 4:7 ©
    What great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him?

    ℣. He appeared on earth.
    ℟. And he lived among men.

    Let us pray.
    Lord, may the radiance of your glory light up our hearts
      and bring us through the shadows of this world
      until we reach our homeland of everlasting light.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Let us praise the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God.
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