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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 118(119): 41-48
    As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.
    Cover me, Lord, with your loving kindness.
      Save me, as you have promised.
    Then I will answer those who taunt me,
      for I put my hope in what you have said.
    Do not take a single word of your truth
      away from my speech,
      for I have put all my hope in your decrees.
    I will always observe your law,
      for ever and for all ages.
    I shall walk freely and without constraint,
      for I have sought out your commands.
    I shall speak of your decrees in front of kings
      and not be discomfited.
    I shall delight in your precepts,
      for I have loved them.
    I shall stretch out my hand to your precepts,
      for I have loved them.
    I shall ponder your statutes.
    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 39 (40)
    Thanksgiving and a prayer for help
    I waited, I waited for the Lord;
      and he heard me.
    He heard my voice when I cried,
      he led me from the pit of misery,
      he led me from the mire of filth.
    He set my feet on firm rock,
      he steadied my footsteps.
    He filled my being with a new song,
      a song to the Lord.
    Many shall see what has happened, and trust,
      and honour the Lord.
    Happy the man who puts his trust in the Lord,
      who pays no heed to the proud,
      who pays no heed to liars.
    Many are your wonders, O Lord my God,
      and great is your care for us:
      there is no-one like you.
    If I wanted to tell the things you have done for us –
      they are too many to count.
    You have refused sacrifice and oblation,
      but you have opened your ears to me.
    You have refused burnt-offerings, even for sin –
      so I said “I am coming.
    The books of scripture have written of me.
    It is your will, my God, that I wish to perform:
      your law is next to my heart.”
    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 39 (40)
    I have proclaimed your judgement in the great assembly:
      I will not close my lips – Lord, you know it.
    I have not hidden your judgements away in my heart;
      I have not hidden your faithfulness from the assembly of the people.
    But you, Lord, do not keep your mercy from me:
      let your kindness and faithfulness always sustain me.
    For evils besiege me, uncountable evils;
      my transgressions surround me, and I cannot see.
    They are more than the hairs of my head,
      and my heart has failed me.
    Make it your will, Lord, to rescue me:
      Lord, hurry to help me.
    Let all who seek you rejoice in you:
      let them say always, “Great is the Lord,”
      all who delight in your salvation.
    Though I am poor and destitute,
      the Lord takes thought for me.
    You are my help and my liberator:
      my God, do not delay.
    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 Jeremiah 18:20 ©
    Remember how I stood in your presence to plead on their behalf, to turn your wrath away from them.

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

    Let us pray.
    Almighty God,
      grant that we who are constantly betrayed by our own weakness
    may draw the breath of new life
      from the passion and death of your Only-Begotten Son,
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
    Amen.

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