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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): 57-64
    Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off, and peace to you who were near.
    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.
    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 Apocalypse 21:23-24 ©
    The city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it. The pagan nations will live by its light and the kings of the earth will bring it their treasures.

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

    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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