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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.

    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): 25-32
    As I live, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked man; rather let him turn from his evil way and live.
    My life is in the dust.
      Revive me, as you have promised.
    I told you my ways and you heard me:
      now teach me the way of your judgements.
    Make me understand the way of your commandments,
      and I will reflect on your wonders.
    My soul is sad and weeps:
      rescue me as you have promised.
    Turn me from deceptive paths
      and give me the gift of the law.
    I have chosen the path of truth
      with your decrees in front of me.
    I hold on to your decrees:
      let me not be disappointed.
    I shall walk the path of your commandments,
      for you have set my heart free.
    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.

    Psalm 25 (26)
    Trustful prayer of an innocent man
    Pass judgement on me, Lord:
      I have come to you in my innocence
      and I stand upright, trusting in the Lord.
    Probe me, Lord, and test me:
      test my heart and my innermost being.
    Your loving kindness is before my eyes:
      I have walked in your truth.
    I have not taken my seat with frivolous men;
      I have not gone in with those who plot secretly.
    I hate the gatherings of evil men;
      I do not take my seat with wrongdoers.
    I shall wash my hands in innocence
      and take my place by your altar, O Lord.
    I shall proclaim your promises aloud
      and tell the story of all your wonders.
    Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
      the place where your glory resides.
    Do not lump my soul with wrongdoers,
      my life with the men of blood,
    whose hands are stained with their crimes,
      their right hands heavy with bribes.
    I have come to you in my innocence:
      rescue me and take pity on me.
    My feet stand on the right path:
      I will bless the Lord in the assembly.
    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.

    Psalm 27 (28)
    Supplication and thanksgiving
    To you, Lord, I make my cry.
      My God, do not refuse to speak to me.
    Do not be silent
      or I will be like those who go down into the underworld.
    Listen to my cry as I plead with you,
      as I stretch out my hand to your holy temple.
    Do not drag me away like the wicked,
      like those who do evil.
    They speak peace to their neighbour
      but evil is in their hearts.
    Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my plea.
      God is my help and my protection.
    My heart hoped in him, and I received help.
      My heart rejoices, I will sing songs to him.
    The Lord is the strength of his people,
      a safe refuge for his anointed.
    Lord, save your people
      and bless your inheritance.
    Pasture them and carry them
      for all eternity.
    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.
    As I live, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked man; rather let him turn from his evil way and live.
    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
    As I live, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked man; rather let him turn from his evil way and live.
    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.

    Psalm 123 (124)
    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.

    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people
    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.
    As I live, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked man; rather let him turn from his evil way and live.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading (Jeremiah 3:12,14) ©
    Come back, says the Lord, and I will frown on you no more, since I am merciful and I shall not keep my resentment for ever. Come back, disloyal children, says the Lord.

    ℣. From my sins turn away your face.
    ℟. And blot out all my guilt.

    Let us pray.
    Bend our wills, Lord, so that by this Lenten observance
      we may fit ourselves to celebrate the Easter festival;
    and as we have all undertaken to subdue the body,
      may we all be renewed in spirit.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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