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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Morning Prayer (Lauds)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


    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  
    O more than mighty cities known,
    Dear Bethlehem, in thee alone
    Salvation’s Lord from heaven took birth
    In human form upon the earth.
    And from a star that far outshone
    The radiant circle of the sun
    In beauty, swift the tidings ran
    Of God on earth in flesh of man.
    The wise men, seeing him, so fair,
    Bow low before him, and with prayer
    Their treasured eastern gifts unfold
    Of incense, myrrh, and royal gold.
    The fragrant incense which they bring,
    The gold, proclaim him God and King;
    The bitter spicy dust of myrrh
    Foreshadows his new sepulchre.
    All glory, Lord, to thee we pay
    For thine Epiphany today;
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.

    Psalm 42 (43)
    Longing for the temple
    Lord, send forth your light and your truth.
    Vindicate me, Lord:
      judge my case against an unholy nation,
      rescue me from betrayers, from the wicked.
    For you are the God of my refuge;
      why have you rejected me?
      why must I suffer while my enemies torment me?
    Send forth your light and your truth;
      let them lead me away,
      let them lead me up your holy mountain,
      up to your sanctuary.
    I shall go in to the altar of God,
      to the God of my gladness and joy.
    I will sing out to you on the lyre,
      O God, my God.
    Why are you so sad, my soul,
      and anxious within me?
    Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
      my saviour and my 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.
    Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

    Canticle Isaiah 38 The psalm of Hezekiah on recovering from sickness
    Lord, come to our help all the days of our life.
    I said, in the middle of my days
      I am going to the gates of the underworld.
      Where shall I find the remainder of my years?
    I said, I will not see the Lord God in the land of the living,
      I will never see another of the inhabitants of the earth.
    My dwelling-place is taken away, taken far away from me,
      like the tent of a shepherd.
    Like a weaver, he has rolled up my life
      and cut it off from the loom.
    From morning to night,
      you have made an end of me.
    I cried for help till daybreak;
      like a lion, he has crushed all my bones.
    From morning to night,
      you have made an end of me.
    I twitter like a fledgling sparrow,
      make noises like a dove.
    My eyes are weak
      from looking upward.
    But you have pulled my soul out of the pit of destruction,
      you have put all my sins behind you.
    For after all, the underworld will not proclaim you,
      nor death praise you;
    those who go down there
      do not wait in hope for your faithfulness.
    It is the living, the living who will proclaim you,
      as I do today.
    Fathers will pass on to their children
      the truth of your faithfulness.
    Save me, Lord,
      and to the sound of the harp we will sing to you,
    all the days of our life,
      in the house of the Lord.
    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, come to our help all the days of our life.

    Psalm 64 (65)
    A solemn thanksgiving
    To you our praise is due in Sion, O God.
    To you we owe praise, O God, in Zion;
      to you we will fulfil our vows, in Jerusalem.
    It is you who answer prayers:
      to you must all men come,
      because we are sinners;
    even if our transgressions overwhelm us,
      you will blot them out.
    Blessed is the man you have taken up and chosen:
      he will live within your halls.
    We shall be filled with the good things of your house,
      with the holiness of your temple.
    Marvellous is the justice with which you listen to us,
      God of our salvation,
      hope of all the earth and far-off coasts.
    You make firm the mountains in their place,
      clothed in your power and might.
    You make still the roaring of the sea,
      the crash of its waves; and the tumult of the peoples.
    Those who live at the ends of the earth
      will tremble at your wonders.
    You will fill the east and the west with joy.
    You have come to the earth, you have filled it,
      saturated it with fruitfulness.
    The river of God is filled with water,
      as you prepare the harvest:
    for thus you have prepared the land,
      watering its furrows,
      smoothing its roughnesses,
      softening it with showers,
      blessing the seeds within it.
    You have crowned the year with your kindness.
      Your footsteps will drip with fruitfulness.
    The desert pastures will be soaked,
      the hills will be wrapped in rejoicing.
    The fields will be clothed with flocks,
      the vales overflow with corn.
    They will cry out, and sing your praise.
    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.
    To you our praise is due in Sion, O God.

    Short Reading Isaiah 4:2-3 ©
    That day, the branch of the Lord shall be beauty and glory, and the fruit of the earth shall be the pride and adornment of Israel’s survivors. Those who are left of Zion and remain of Jerusalem shall be called holy and those left in Jerusalem, noted down for survival.

    Short Responsory  
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.
    All the peoples will serve him.
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.

    Canticle Benedictus The Messiah and his forerunner
    The Magi offered the Lord three gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. They offered these gifts to the Son of God, to the great King, alleluia.
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
      for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
    He has raised up the sign of salvation
      in the house of his servant David,
    as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
      his prophets through the ages:
    to rescue us from our enemies
      and all who hate us,
    to take pity on our fathers,
      to remember his holy covenant
    and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
      that he would give himself to us,
    that we could serve him without fear
     – freed from the hands of our enemies –
    in uprightness and holiness before him,
      for all of our days.
    And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
      for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
    to let his people know their salvation,
      so that their sins may be forgiven.
    Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
      one born on high will visit us
    to give light to those who walk in darkness,
      who live in the shadow of death;
      to lead our feet in the path of peace.
    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 Magi offered the Lord three gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. They offered these gifts to the Son of God, to the great King, alleluia.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Christ came that creation might be freed from its slavery to corruption, and so enjoy the freedom of the sons of God. Let us ask him:
    From all evil, save us through your birth.
    Lord Jesus, you came to bring us new life;
      renew us by the mystery of your birth.
    From all evil, save us through your birth.
    Christ, God and man, may your divine life penetrate our humanity;
      may we live as sons of God.
    From all evil, save us through your birth.
    Light of the nations, teacher of holiness;
      may your word enlighten our path through life.
    From all evil, save us through your birth.
    You were made flesh in Mary’s womb;
      dwell always in our hearts through faith.
    From all evil, save us through your birth.

    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.

    God, our Father,
      when your Only-Begotten Son revealed himself in flesh and blood,
      we came to know him as our fellow-man.
    May he transform us inwardly until we bear his likeness,
    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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