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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 118(119): 49-56
    Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off, and peace to you who were near.
    Remember how you gave your word to your servant,
      for thus you gave me hope.
    It was this that consoled me in my distress,
      for your promise gave me life.
    The proud laughed themselves sick over me,
      but I did not turn away from your law.
    I remembered your eternal decrees, O Lord,
      and they brought me consolation.
    I was seized with indignation
      at the sinners who abandon your law.
    I made your statutes into songs
      to sing in my exile.
    At night I remembered your name, O Lord,
      and I will keep your law.
    This will be to my credit:
      that I followed your precepts.
    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 52 (53)
    The folly of the lawless
    The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
      They are corrupt and they do vile things:
      not one of them does good.
    From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
      to see if any understand, and seek God.
    All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
      Not one of them does good, not even one.
    They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
      who eat up my people like so much bread.
    They did not call on the Lord,
      so they tremble with fear
      when there is no reason to be afraid.
    Since God has scattered the bones
      of those who besieged you,
      they are disgraced because God has rejected them.
    Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
      When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
      Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
    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 53 (54)
    A plea for help
    God, by your name, save me.
      In your power, God, judge me.
    God, listen to my prayer
      and turn your ear to the words of my mouth.
    The proud have risen up against me,
      the strong seek to take my life.
      They do not keep God in their hearts.
    But God helps me,
      and the Lord lifts up my soul.
    Willingly I will sacrifice to you
      and proclaim your name, O God,
      proclaim your good name.
    It has rescued me from all my troubles,
      and my eyes look down on my enemies.
    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 48:20 ©
    Declare this with cries of joy and proclaim it, send it out to the ends of the earth. Say, ‘The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.’

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

    Let us pray.
    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 for ever and ever.
    Amen.

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