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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): 169-176
    Let your hand be ready to help me, since I have chosen your precepts.
    Let my appeal come before you, O Lord.
      May your word give me understanding.
    Let my plea come before you
      and free me according to your promise.
    My hopes will burst forth in song
      when you have taught me your judgements.
    My voice will sing of your promises
      because all your commands are just.
    May your hand be there to help me,
      since I have chosen your precepts.
    I long for your salvation, O Lord,
      and your law is my delight.
    My soul will live and will praise you
      and your decrees will be my help.
    I have wandered like a sheep that is lost.
      Find me, your servant:
      I have not forgotten your commands.
    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 your hand be ready to help me, since I have chosen your precepts.

    Psalm 44 (45)
    The wedding of the King
    Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.
    My heart cries out on a joyful theme:
      I will tell my poem to the king,
      my tongue like the pen of the swiftest scribe.
    You have been given more than human beauty,
      and grace is poured out upon your lips,
      so that God has blessed you for ever.
    Strap your sword to your side, mighty one,
      in all your greatness and splendour.
    In your splendour go forth, mount your chariot,
      on behalf of truth, kindness and justice.
    Let your right hand show your marvels,
      let your arrows be sharp against the hearts of the king’s enemies
     – the peoples will fall before you.
    Your throne is firm, O God, from age to age,
      your royal sceptre is a sceptre of justice.
    You love uprightness, hate injustice
     – for God, your God has anointed you
      with the oil of gladness, above all your companions.
    Myrrh and aloes and cassia anoint your garments.
    From ivory palaces the sound of harps delights you.
    In your retinue go the daughters of kings.
    At your right hand, the queen is adorned with gold of Ophir.
    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.
    Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.

    Psalm 44 (45)
    The King's bride
    I saw the new Jerusalem, as beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband.
    Listen, my daughter, and understand;
      turn your ears to what I have to say.
    Forget your people, forget your father’s house,
      and the king will desire you for your beauty.
      He is your lord, so worship him.
    The daughters of Tyre will bring you gifts;
      the richest of your subjects will beg you to look on them.
    How great is the king’s daughter, within the palace!
      She is clothed in woven gold.
    She will be taken to the king in coloured garments,
      her maidens will escort her to your presence.
    In gladness and rejoicing they are brought
      and led to the house of the king.
    Instead of your fathers you will have sons:
      you will make them rulers over all the world.
    I will remember your name
      from generation to generation.
    And so your people will do you honour
      for ever and 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.
    I saw the new Jerusalem, as beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband.
    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
    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.
    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.
    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.

    Psalm 123 (124)
    Our help is in the name of the Lord
    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.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord.

    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people
    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.
    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.
    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Romans 15:5-7 ©
    May God, who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It can only be to God’s glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you.

    ℣. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    ℟. He crowns the poor with salvation.

    Let us pray.
    Lord God,
      living light of eternal love,
    grant that, always aglow with charity,
      we may love you above all else
      and our brethren for your sake,
      with one and the selfsame love.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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