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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 71 (72)
    The Messiah's royal power
    I will make you the light of the nations to bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.
    Give the king your judgement, O God,
      give the king’s son your righteousness.
    Let him judge your people with justice
      and your poor ones with wisdom.
    Let the mountains bring peace to your people,
      let the hills bring righteousness.
    He will give his judgement to the poor among the people,
      he will rescue the children of the destitute,
      he will lay low the false accuser.
    He will endure with the sun, beneath the moon,
      from generation to generation.
    He will come down like rain on the pasture,
      like a shower that waters the earth.
    In his time, righteousness will flourish
      and abundance of peace,
      until the moon itself is no more.
    He will rule from coast to coast,
      from the world’s centre to its farthest edge.
    The desert-dwellers will cast themselves down before him;
      his enemies will eat dust at his feet.
    The kings of Tharsis and the islands will bring tribute,
      the kings of Arabia and Sheba will bring gifts.
    All the kings will worship him,
      all nations will serve 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.
    I will make you the light of the nations to bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.

    Psalm 71 (72)
    The Lord will save the poor; from oppression he will rescue their lives.
    Because he has given freedom to the destitute who called to him,
      to the poor, whom no-one will hear.
    He will spare the poor and the needy,
      he will keep their lives safe.
    He will rescue their lives from oppression and violence,
      their blood will be precious in his sight.
    He will live long, and receive gifts of gold from Arabia;
      they will pray for him always,
      bless him all through the day.
    There will be abundance of grain in the land,
      it will wave even from the tops of the mountains;
    its fruit will be richer than Lebanon.
      The people will flourish as easily as grass.
    Let his name be blessed for ever,
      let his name endure beneath the sun.
    All the nations of the earth will be blessed in him,
      all nations will acclaim his greatness.
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
      who alone works wonders.
    Let his majesty be blessed for ever;
      let it fill all the earth. Amen, amen.
    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 Lord will save the poor; from oppression he will rescue their lives.

    Canticle Apocalypse 11 The Judgement
    Victory and empire have now been won by our God.
    We thank you,
      Lord God Almighty,
    who are and who were,
      that you have taken up your great power and begun to reign.
    The nations were angered,
      but your anger came, the time for the dead to be judged,
    the time to reward the prophets and saints, your servants,
      and those who feared your name, both great and small.
    Now have come the salvation and might and kingdom of our God,
      and the power of his Anointed,
    for the accuser of our brethren has been brought down,
      who accused them day and night in the sight of God.
    But they vanquished him through the blood of the Lamb
      and through their own witness.
    They did not cling to life,
      even in the face of death.
    Therefore rejoice, heavens,
      and you who dwell in them.
    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.
    Victory and empire have now been won by our God.

    Short Reading 1 John 1:5,7 ©
    God is light; there is no darkness in him at all. If we live our lives in the light, as he is in the light, we are in union with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

    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
    All the men of Saba will come. They will bring gold and frankincense, alleluia.
    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.
    All the men of Saba will come. They will bring gold and frankincense, alleluia.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    United in prayer with all our brothers, let us bless God and call upon his name.
    Lord, show us your mercy.
    Holy Father, we pray for those who know you only by the light of reason;
      lead them to the knowledge of the gospel.
    Lord, show us your mercy.
    Guide all outside the Church who strive for a better world;
      let them find Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.
    Lord, show us your mercy.
    Help men of all other religions to live in sincerity of heart;
      and bring them into your own marvellous light.
    Lord, show us your mercy.
    Cleanse the hearts of your faithful;
      that they may know the great depths of your love.
    Lord, show us your mercy.
    Show your mercy to the dead;
      and endow them with the glory of your saints.
    Lord, show us your 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.

    Through your Son, Lord God,
      you shed eternal light on all mankind.
    Give us grace to acknowledge the full splendour of our Redeemer,
      so that, going from glory to glory,
      we may come at length to your everlasting light.
    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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