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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): 57-64
    The mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.
    My part is to follow the Lord:
      I have promised to observe your words.
    With all my heart I implore you to your face:
      take pity on me, as you have promised.
    I have considered my paths
      and turned my footsteps to follow your decrees.
    I have hurried, I have not delayed
      to keep your commandments.
    The wicked have wound ropes around me,
      but still I remember your law.
    In the dark of the night I rise and thank you
      for your just judgements.
    I am one with all who fear you
      and keep your commandments.
    The earth is filled with your loving kindness:
      Lord, teach me 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 54 (55)
    Against a faithless friend
    Open your ears, O God, to my prayer,
      and do not hide when I call on you:
      turn to me and answer me.
    My thoughts are distracted and I am disturbed
      by the voice of my enemy and the oppression of the wicked.
    They let loose their wickedness on me,
      they persecute me in their anger.
    My heart is tied in a knot
      and the terrors of death lie upon me.
    Fear and trembling come over me;
      terror holds me tight.
    I said, “Will no-one give me wings like a dove?
      I shall fly away and rest.
    I shall flee far away
      and remain all alone.
    I shall wait for him who will save me
      from the stormy wind and the tempest.”
    Scatter them, Lord, and separate their tongues,
      for I see violence and conflict in the city.
    By day and by night they circle it
      high on its battlements.
    Within it are oppression and trouble;
      scheming and fraud fill its squares.
    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 54 (55)
    For if my enemy had slandered me,
      I think I could have borne it.
    And if the one who hated me had trampled me,
      perhaps I could have hidden.
    But you – a man just like me,
      my companion and my friend!
    We had happy times together,
      we walked together in the house of God.
    Let death break in upon them!
      Let them go down alive to the underworld,
      for wickedness shares their home.
    As for me, I will call upon God,
      and the Lord will rescue me.
    Evening, morning, noon – I shall watch and groan,
      and he will hear my voice.
    He will redeem my soul
      and give it peace from those who attack me –
      for very many are my enemies.
    God will hear and will bring them low,
      God, the eternal.
    They will never reform:
      they do not fear God.
    That man – he stretched out his hand against his allies:
      he corrupted his own covenant.
    His face was smoother than butter,
      but his heart was at war;
    his words were softer than oil,
      but they were sharp as drawn swords.
    Throw all your cares on the Lord
      and he will give you sustenance.
      He will not let the just be buffeted for ever.
    No – but you, Lord, will lead the wicked
      to the gaping mouth of destruction.
    The men of blood and guile
      will not live half their days.
    But I, Lord, will put my trust in 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.
    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 1 Timothy 1:15 ©
    Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

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

    Let us pray.
    God and Father, light of all mankind,
      make our hearts radiant with the splendour of that light
      which long ago you shed on our fathers in the faith,
      and give your people the joy of lasting peace.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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