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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Morning Prayer (Lauds)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


    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  
    O more than mighty cities known,
    Dear Bethlehem, in thee alone
    Salvation’s Lord from heaven took birth
    In human form upon the earth.
    And from a star that far outshone
    The radiant circle of the sun
    In beauty, swift the tidings ran
    Of God on earth in flesh of man.
    The wise men, seeing him, so fair,
    Bow low before him, and with prayer
    Their treasured eastern gifts unfold
    Of incense, myrrh, and royal gold.
    The fragrant incense which they bring,
    The gold, proclaim him God and King;
    The bitter spicy dust of myrrh
    Foreshadows his new sepulchre.
    All glory, Lord, to thee we pay
    For thine Epiphany today;
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.

    Psalm 50 (51)
    God, have mercy on me
    O God, you will not spurn a humbled, contrite heart.
    Take pity on me, Lord, in your mercy;
      in your abundance of mercy wipe out my guilt.
    Wash me ever more from my guilt
      and cleanse me from my sin.
    For I know how guilty I am:
      my sin is always before me.
    Against you, you alone have I sinned,
      and I have done evil in your sight.
    Know this, so that you may give just sentence
      and an unbiased judgement.
    See, I was conceived in guilt,
      in sin my mother conceived me;
    but you love truth in the heart,
      and deep within me you have shown me your wisdom.
    You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be made clean;
      you will wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
    You will make me hear the sound of joy and gladness;
      the bones you have crushed will rejoice.
    Turn your face away from my sins
      and wipe out all my transgressions;
    create a pure heart in me, God,
      put a steadfast spirit into me.
    Do not send me away from your presence,
      or withdraw your holy spirit from me;
    give me again the joy of your salvation,
      and be ready to strengthen me with your spirit.
    I will teach the unjust your ways,
      and the impious will return to you.
    Free me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, God my saviour,
      and my voice will glory in your justice.
    Open my lips, Lord,
      and my mouth will proclaim your praise;
    for you do not delight in sacrifices:
      if I offered you a burnt offering, it would not please you.
    The true sacrifice is a broken spirit:
      a contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not refuse.
    Be pleased, Lord, to look kindly on Zion,
      so that the walls of Jerusalem can be rebuilt,
    Then indeed you will accept the proper sacrifices, gifts and burnt offerings;
      then indeed will bullocks be laid upon your altar.
    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.
    O God, you will not spurn a humbled, contrite heart.

    Canticle Habakkuk 3 The Lord will appear in judgement
    In spite of your anger, Lord, have compassion.
    Lord, I heard what you gave me to hear,
      and I was struck with awe of your work.
    In the midst of the years, bring it to life;
      in the midst of the years you will make it known.
    When you are angry, you will remember your mercy.
    God will come from Theman,
      the holy one from the mountain of Pharan.
    His glory has covered the heavens
      and the earth is full of his praise.
    His brightness shall be like light itself,
      rays shining from his hands –
      there is his strength hidden.
    You went forth for the salvation of the people,
      for salvation with your anointed one.
    You made a way through the sea for your horses,
      in the silt of many waters.
    I have heard you, Lord,
      and my stomach churns within me;
      at the sound of your voice my lips tremble.
    My bones rot away, my steps stumble.
    I will rest and be quiet on the day of tribulation
      and let it overtake those who have invaded us.
    For the fig will not flower,
      the vines will not fruit,
      the work of the olive will be lost.
    The fields will yield no food,
      the flocks will be cut off from the sheepfold,
      there will be no cattle in the stalls.
    But I will rejoice in the Lord, take joy in God my saviour.
    The Lord God is my strength.
      He will make me as sure-footed as the deer.
      He will lead me up to the heights.
    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.
    In spite of your anger, Lord, have compassion.

    Psalm 147 (147B)
    God, the foundation of Jerusalem
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
     — Zion, praise your God.
    For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
      he has blessed your children.
    He keeps your borders in peace,
      he fills you with the richest wheat.
    He sends out his command over the earth,
      and swiftly runs his word.
    He sends down snow that is like wool,
      frost that is like ashes.
    He sends hailstones like crumbs
     — who can withstand his cold?
    He will send out his word, and all will be melted;
      his spirit will breathe, and the waters will flow.
    He proclaims his word to Jacob,
      his laws and judgements to Israel.
    He has not done this for other nations:
      he has not shown them his judgements.
    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.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

    Short Reading Isaiah 45:22-23 ©
    Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God unrivalled. By my own self I swear it, what comes from my mouth is truth, a word irrevocable: before me every knee shall bend, by me every tongue shall swear.

    Short Responsory  
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.
    All the peoples will serve him.
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    All the kings of the earth will adore him.

    Canticle Benedictus The Messiah and his forerunner
    All who despised you shall come and bow down at your feet.
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
      for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
    He has raised up the sign of salvation
      in the house of his servant David,
    as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
      his prophets through the ages:
    to rescue us from our enemies
      and all who hate us,
    to take pity on our fathers,
      to remember his holy covenant
    and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
      that he would give himself to us,
    that we could serve him without fear
     – freed from the hands of our enemies –
    in uprightness and holiness before him,
      for all of our days.
    And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
      for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
    to let his people know their salvation,
      so that their sins may be forgiven.
    Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
      one born on high will visit us
    to give light to those who walk in darkness,
      who live in the shadow of death;
      to lead our feet in the path of peace.
    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 who despised you shall come and bow down at your feet.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    To Christ be honour and glory. He came to create a new man, reborn in mind and heart. Let us pray that his saving will may be fulfilled:
    May your birth renew our lives.
    In your manhood you revealed to us your Godhead;
      grant that we may recognize you in the mysteries of your Church.
    May your birth renew our lives.
    Through the Immaculate Virgin you came to live with men:
      help us, by her prayers, to attain your life with the Father.
    May your birth renew our lives.
    You are the source of eternal life;
      come to us today in your word and in the bread which is your body.
    May your birth renew our lives.
    We adore you as the holy child of Bethlehem;
      help us to attain the maturity and full vigour of your life.
    May your birth renew our lives.

    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.

    Almighty God and Father,
      by the guidance of a star
      you revealed the birth of the Saviour of the world.
    Open our minds to that revelation,
      and let it bear fruit in our lives.
    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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