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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Vespers (Evening 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  
    Why, impious Herod, vainly fear
    That Christ the Saviour cometh here?
    He takes not earthly thrones away
    Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.
    To greet his birth the wise men went,
    Led by the star before them sent;
    Called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
    And by their gifts their God confessed.
    In holy Jordan’s purest wave
    The heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
    That he, to whom was sin unknown,
    Might cleanse his people from their own.
    New miracle of power divine,
    The Water reddens into wine;
    He spoke the word, and poured the wave
    In other streams than nature gave.
    All glory, Lord, to thee we pay
    For thine Epiphany today;
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.

    Psalm 61 (62)
    Peace in God
    We are waiting in hope for the blessings of the glorious coming of our Saviour.
    My soul, find peace in God alone:
      from him comes my salvation.
    It is he who is my refuge and my safeguard,
      my stronghold: I shall never be shaken.
    How long will you assail a man
      and band together to crush him,
      like a toppling wall or a falling fence?
    They plan to thrust him down from his high place.
      They delight in lies:
      with their lips they bless, but a curse is in their hearts.
    My soul, find peace in God alone,
      for he gives me strength to endure.
    It is he who is my God and my safeguard,
      my stronghold: I shall never be shaken.
    In God is my salvation and my glory,
      God is my strength – my refuge is with God.
    Trust in him, all you people together,
      pour out your hearts before him;
      God is our refuge.
    The children of Adam are as nothing;
      the children of men are a deceit.
    Weigh them in the scales, and they rise:
      they are lighter than a puff of smoke.
    Put no trust in violence,
      do not be seduced into robbery;
      and if riches come, do not count upon them.
    God has spoken once and for all.
      Two things have I heard him say:
      that strength belongs to God,
      and that mercy, Lord, belongs to you.
    For to each of us you give
      whatever our actions have deserved.
    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.
    We are waiting in hope for the blessings of the glorious coming of our Saviour.

    Psalm 66 (67)
    All peoples, praise the Lord
    Let God bless us; let his face shine upon us.
    O God, take pity on us and bless us,
      and let your face shine upon us,
    so that your ways may be known across the world,
      and all nations learn of your salvation.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God,
      let all the peoples praise you.
    Let the nations be glad and rejoice,
      for you judge the peoples with fairness
      and you guide the nations of the earth.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God,
      let all the peoples praise you.
    The earth has produced its harvest:
      may God, our God, bless us.
    May God bless us,
      may the whole world revere him.
    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.
    Let God bless us; let his face shine upon us.

    Canticle (Colossians 1) Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
    All things were created in him and he holds all things in being.
    Let us give thanks to God the Father,
      who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
    He has rescued us from the power of the shadows
      and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
    in whom we have redemption
      and the forgiveness of sins.
    He is the image of the invisible God,
      the first-born of all creation,
    for in him all things were created,
      in heaven and on earth,
      visible and invisible,
    thrones and dominations,
      principalities and powers.
    All things were created through him and for him:
      he is before all things,
      and in him all things hold together.
    And he is the head of the body, the Church.
      He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
      and so he is pre-eminent above all.
    For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him,
      and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
    Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things,
      both on Earth and in the heavens.
    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.
    All things were created in him and he holds all things in being.

    Short Reading Colossians 1:13-15 ©
    God has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins. He is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation.

    Short Responsory  
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    All nations will praise him.
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    All the peoples will be blessed in him.

    Canticle Magnificat My soul rejoices in the Lord
    Herod asked the Magi, ‘What sign have you seen regarding this newborn king?’ – ‘We saw a bright star whose light fills the whole world.’
    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
      and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
    For he has shown me such favour –
      me, his lowly handmaiden.
    Now all generations will call me blessed,
      because the mighty one has done great things for me.
    His name is holy,
      his mercy lasts for generation after generation
      for those who revere him.
    He has put forth his strength:
      he has scattered the proud and conceited,
      torn princes from their thrones;
      but lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things;
      the rich he has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
      he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
      to Abraham and his children 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.
    Herod asked the Magi, ‘What sign have you seen regarding this newborn king?’ – ‘We saw a bright star whose light fills the whole world.’

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Full of confidence, we pray to the Word of God who came to drown all our sins in the ocean of his love.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Eternal High-Priest, in you the fullness of divine worship is given to us;
      grant all men a share in this worship through your Church.
    Lord, have mercy.
    You came to us as healer of soul and body;
      strengthen the sick and restore them to health.
    Lord, have mercy.
    With you there is mercy and fullness of redemption;
      may all men discover the deep joy of repentance.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Mighty King, you broke the chains that held us;
      give strength and comfort to those in prison.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Lord of life and death, you opened the gate of heaven,
      receive the dead into the glory of your presence.
    Lord, have mercy.

    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 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 our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
      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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