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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Terce (Mid-Morning 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  
    Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
    With God the Father and the Son,
    And grant us your abundant grace
    To sanctify and make us one.
    May mind and tongue made strong in love
    Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
    And may that love within our hearts
    Set fire to others with its flame.
    Most blessèd Trinity of love,
    For whom the heart of man was made,
    To you be praise in timeless song,
    And everlasting homage paid.
    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
    This is the time of repentance for us to atone for our sins and seek salvation.
    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.
    This is the time of repentance for us to atone for our sins and seek salvation.
    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 119 (120)
    Longing for peace
    This is the time of repentance for us to atone for our sins and seek salvation.
    I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
      and he answered me.
    Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
      from deceitful tongues.
    What will be given you, what will you receive,
      deceitful tongue?
    Sharp arrows from the warrior,
      hardened in the flames.
    Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
      I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
    My soul has lived too long
      with those who hate peace.
    I am for making peace;
      but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
    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 120 (121)
    The guardian of the people
    I shall lift my eyes to the hills:
      where is my help to come from?
    My help will come from the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot slip:
      he will not doze, your guardian.
    Behold, he will not doze or sleep,
      the guardian of Israel.
    The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your shade;
      he is at your right hand.
    By day the sun will not strike you;
      nor the moon by night.
    The Lord will guard you from all harm;
      the Lord will guard your life.
    The Lord will guard your coming and your going
      both now 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.

    Psalm 121 (122)
    Jerusalem, the holy city
    They filled me with joy when they said,
      “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
    Now our feet are standing
      within your gates, Jerusalem.
    Jerusalem, built as a city,
      whole and self-contained:
    there the tribes have gone up,
      the tribes of the Lord –
    the witness of Israel,
      to praise the Lord’s name.
    For there are the thrones of justice,
      the thrones of the house of David.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
      “Safety for those who care for you,
    peace inside your walls,
      security within your ramparts!”
    For my brethren and those near to me I will say
      “Peace be upon you.”
    For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
      I will call blessings upon you.
    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.
    This is the time of repentance for us to atone for our sins and seek salvation.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading Isaiah 53:2-3 ©
    Like a sapling he grew up in front of us, like a root in arid ground. Without beauty, without majesty (we saw him), no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering, a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him.

    ℣. A pure heart create for me, O God.
    ℟. Put a steadfast spirit within me.

    Let us pray.
    Lord, break the bonds of sin
      which our weaknesses have forged to enchain us,
    and in your loving mercy
      forgive your people’s guilt.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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