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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 22 (23)
    The good shepherd
    As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.
    The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
    He has taken me to green pastures,
      he has led me to still waters;
      he has healed my spirit.
    He has led me along right paths
      for his own name’s sake.
    Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
      I shall fear no evil, for you are with me:
      your rod and your staff give me comfort.
    You have set a table before me
      in the sight of my enemies.
    You have anointed my head with oil,
      and my cup overflows.
    Truly goodness and kindness will follow me
      all the days of my life.
    For long years I shall live
      in the house of the Lord.
    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 75 (76)
    Thanksgiving after victory
    God’s name is known in Judah,
      in Israel his name is great.
    His dwelling-place is in Salem,
      in Zion his habitation.
    He has destroyed gleaming bows,
      shields, swords, and whole armies.
    God of Wonders, your glory shines
      from the mountains of spoil.
    The proud and powerful are despoiled
      and now they sleep their sleep –
      all men have lost their strength.
    God of Jacob, at the sound of your rebuke
      chariot and horse fall stunned.
    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 75 (76)
    You bring terror and no-one will stand up to you
      when your anger is roused.
    From the heavens you have made your judgement known:
      the earth trembled and lay still
    when God rose up to give judgement
      to save all the humble of the world.
    For the rage of man will proclaim your greatness
      and the remnants of that rage will make a festival for you.
    Make vows to the Lord and fulfil them.
      Let all around bring gifts to the God of Terror,
    to him who takes away the breath of princes
      and brings terror to the kings of the 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.
    As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.
    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 the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.
    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 the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading 1 Peter 4:13-14 ©
    Beloved, if you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you.

    ℣. Ours were the sufferings he bore,
    ℟. Ours were the sorrows he carried.

    Let us pray.
    Almighty, ever-living God,
      you gave our Saviour the command
      to become man and undergo the cross
      as an example of humility for all men to follow.
    We have the lessons of his sufferings:
      give us also the fellowship of his resurrection.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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