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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.

    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): 17-24
    Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.
    Be good to your servant, and I shall live
      and keep to your teachings.
    Uncover my eyes
      and I shall see the wonders of your law.
    My home is on the earth
      but do not hide your commands from me.
    My soul is weary with longing,
      day and night, for your decrees.
    You have rebuked the proud, they are accursed
      because they turn from your commands.
    Save me from scorn and contempt,
      for I have kept your decrees.
    Princes enthroned may speak against me,
      but your servant will still follow your judgements.
    For your decrees are my delight,
      and your statutes are my counsellors.
    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 24 (25)
    A plea for pardon and salvation
    To you, Lord, I lift up my soul.
      My God, I trust you, I shall not be ashamed.
    Do not let my enemies triumph.
      No-one who trusts you should lose by it.
    Let the losers be the faithless traitors
      who break their word pointlessly.
    Lord, show me your ways
      and teach me your paths.
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
      since you are the God of my salvation
      and I hope in you all the day long.
    Remember your mercies, O Lord:
      remember your loving kindness
      since the beginning of time.
    The sins of my youth and my crimes
     – forget them all, O Lord.
    Your mercy is great, so remember me.
      Lord, remember me in your goodness.
    The Lord is upright and gentle,
      and he will teach sinners good ways.
    He will guide the humble in his judgements;
      he will teach the meek his ways.
    All the ways of the Lord are kindness and faithfulness
      to those who keep his covenant
      and obey his decrees.
    For the sake of your name, O Lord,
      you will not be angry at my sins
      for they are so many.
    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 24 (25)
    Who is the man who fears the Lord?
      The Lord will teach him the path to choose.
    His soul will live in prosperity:
      his children will inherit the land.
    The Lord is close to those who fear him
      in fulfilment of his covenant.
    My eyes are turned to the Lord
      for he frees my feet from the snare.
    Look down on me and take pity,
      for I am alone and a pauper.
    Loosen the bonds of my heart,
      rescue me from my need.
    See my lowliness, see how I labour,
      and forgive all my sins.
    See my enemies, how many they are,
      and the hatred they have for me.
    Guard my life and rescue me:
      I will not be ashamed, for I hope in you.
    May innocence and justice guard me,
      since my hope is in you.
    O God, free Israel
      from all its troubles.
    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.
    Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.
    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
    Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.
    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.

    Psalm 126 (127)
    Without the Lord, we labour in vain
    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.

    Psalm 127 (128)
    Peaceful life in 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.
    Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Hebrews 9:11-12 ©
    Now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us.

    ℣. My sacrifice is a contrite spirit.
    ℟. A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn, O God.

    Let us pray.
    Stand by your people, Lord,
      who place all their trust in your mercy.
    Wash away the stain of our sins,
      make us live in your presence our whole life long,
      and bring us to the inheritance you have promised.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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