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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • None (Afternoon 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  
    Eternal Father, loving God,
    Who made us from the dust of earth,
    Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
    Give value to our little worth.
    Prepare us for that day of days
    When Christ from heaven will come with might
    To call us out of dust again,
    Our bodies glorified in light.
    O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
    All things created bear your trace;
    The seed of glory sown in man
    Will flower when we see your face.
    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): 161-168
    The lovers of your law have great peace, O Lord.
    Princes are hounding me for no reason.
      Your words fill me with dread.
    I shall rejoice over your sayings
      like one who has found a great treasure.
    I loathe and detest untruthfulness
      but I love the truth of your law.
    Seven times a day I praise you
      for the righteousness of your judgements.
    Those who love you have abounding peace:
      there is nothing to trip them up.
    I looked forward to your salvation, O Lord,
      and followed your commandments.
    I keep your precepts in my heart:
      I love them intensely.
    I have followed your commands and your precepts.
      All that I do is in your sight.
    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 lovers of your law have great peace, O Lord.

    Psalm 132 (133)
    The pleasure of brotherly unity
    The whole group of believers was united in heart and in soul.
    How pleasant it is, how good,
      when brothers dwell together in unity.
    Like precious oil poured upon the head,
      flowing down the beard, the beard of Aaron,
      flowing onto the collar of his robes.
    Like the dew of Hermon,
      flowing onto the mountains of Zion.
    From there the Lord sends blessing
      and life everlasting.
    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 whole group of believers was united in heart and in soul.

    Psalm 139 (140)
    You are my refuge
    Guard me from the hands of the wicked, O Lord, my mighty help.
    Tear me, Lord, from men of evil,
      keep me safe from men of violence.
    They plan evil in their hearts,
      make warlike plots all day long.
    They sharpen their tongues like serpents:
      vipers’ venom is on their lips.
    Protect me, Lord, from the power of the wicked,
      keep me safe from men of violence
      who plan to make me stumble.
    In their pride they have laid a trap for me,
      stretched out a network of ropes,
      set snares in my path.
    I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my God.
      Lord, listen to my pleading.’
    Lord, O Lord, the power that saves me:
      you have shielded my head on the day of battle.
    Lord, do not grant the wicked their desires:
      do not fulfil their plans.
    I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy
      and give judgement in favour of the poor.
    The righteous will proclaim your name
      and the upright will dwell in your presence.
    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.
    Guard me from the hands of the wicked, O Lord, my mighty help.
    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 125 (126)
    Gladness and hope in the Lord
    What marvels the Lord worked for us: indeed we are glad.
    When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
    Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
    Among the Gentiles they were saying,
      “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
    The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
      and filled us with rejoicing.
    Give us back our captives, O Lord,
      as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
    Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
    They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
    but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
    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.
    What marvels the Lord worked for us: indeed we are glad.

    Psalm 126 (127)
    Without the Lord, we labour in vain
    The Lord will build the house for us; he will watch over our city.
    If the Lord does not build the house,
      its builders labour in vain.
    If the Lord does not watch over a city,
      its watchmen guard it in vain.
    It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
      and go late to your rest,
      eating the bread of toil –
      to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
    The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
      the fruit of the womb as a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
      so are the sons of one’s youth.
    Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
      when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
      he will not be the loser.
    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 build the house for us; he will watch over our city.

    Psalm 127 (128)
    Peaceful life in the Lord
    O blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Blessed are all who fear the Lord
      and walk in his ways.
    The food you have worked for, you will eat:
      God’s blessing will bring you good things.
    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
      on the side of your house.
    Your children will be like olive shoots,
      seated round your table.
    See, this is how the man is blessed
      who fears the Lord.
    May the Lord bless you from Zion:
      may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
      all the days of your life.
    May you see your children’s children.
      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.
    O blessed are those who fear the Lord.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading 1 John 4:9-11 ©
    God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away. My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.

    ℣. Turn your eyes to us, O God our protector.
    ℟. Look on the face of your anointed.

    Let us pray.
    Lord Jesus Christ,
      who on the cross called the penitent thief into your kingdom,
    in faith and trust and confessing our sins we implore your mercy,
      that after our death
      you will lead us rejoicing through the gates of paradise.
    You live and reign for ever and ever.
    Amen.

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