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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): 33-40
    Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.
    Lay down the law for me, Lord,
      the way of your statutes,
      and I will follow it always.
    Give me understanding, and I will obey your law
      and keep it with all my heart.
    Lead me down the path of your commandments,
      for that is the path I desire.
    Turn my heart towards your precepts
      and away from the pursuit of wealth.
    Turn my eyes away from frivolous things:
      let me live by following your path.
    Keep your promises to your servant,
      so that you may be feared.
    Keep me from the insults I fear,
      for your judgements are kind.
    See how I long for your precepts;
      and give me life by your righteousness.
    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 33 (34)
    The Lord, the salvation of the righteous
    I shall bless the Lord for ever:
      my mouth will proclaim his praise.
    My soul will glory in the Lord:
      let the meek listen and rejoice.
    Join me and proclaim the greatness of the Lord:
      together let us exalt his name.
    I sought the Lord and he listened to me:
      he rescued me from all my fears.
    Look to him and he will shine upon you,
      and you will not be put to shame.
    This poor man called, and the Lord answered him
      and saved him from all his many troubles.
    The angel of the Lord will build defences
      round those who fear the Lord:
      he will come to their rescue.
    Taste and see that the Lord is kind:
      happy the man who hopes in him.
    Revere the Lord, his saints:
      for those who fear him are never destitute.
    The rich are hungry and in want,
      but for those who seek the Lord
      there is no lack of good things.
    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 33 (34)
    Come, children, listen to me:
      I shall teach you the fear of the Lord.
    Who is the man who desires life,
      who wants to live long to enjoy good things?
    Do not let your tongue speak evil:
      let your lips not utter deceit.
    Avoid evil, do good:
      seek peace and follow it.
    The eyes of the Lord are on the just
      and his ears hear their cries;
    but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil:
      he wipes their memory from the earth.
    The just cried out, and the Lord listened
      and freed them from all their many troubles.
    The Lord is close to the broken-hearted:
      the crushed in spirit he will save.
    Many are the troubles of the just,
      but the Lord will free them from all of them.
    He will protect all their bones:
      not one will be broken.
    Their own evil destroys sinners:
      those who hate the just will be punished.
    The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants:
      those who put their hope in him will not be punished.
    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 1 John 2:8-10 ©
    The night is over and the real light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the dark. But anyone who loves his brother is living in the light and need not be afraid of stumbling.

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

    Let us pray.
    Lord God,
      at all times you are working out the salvation of man,
      but now more especially you enrich your people with grace.
    Look kindly on this people:
      keep the seal of baptism inviolate in those who have received it
      and in those who still await their rebirth in the Spirit.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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