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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): 25-32
    Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.
    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.
    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 Isaiah 53:6-7 ©
    We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and the Lord burdened him with the sins of all of us. Harshly dealt with, he bore it humbly, he never opened his mouth, like a lamb that is led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep that is dumb before its shearers never opening its mouth.

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

    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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