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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. Alleluia.

    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.
    SPECIAL FOR TODAY: If you are celebrating Terce today, you must use the psalms of the day at Terce, and use the complementary psalms now.

    PSALMS OF THE DAY


    Psalm 118(119): 121-128
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
    I have lived in righteousness and justice:
      do not hand me over to my oppressors.
    Watch over the well-being of your servant:
      do not let the proud oppress me.
    My eyes are weary with waiting for your help
      and for the fulfilment of your promises.
    Treat your servant with your loving kindness
      and teach me your statutes.
    I am your servant, give me understanding
      and knowledge of your decrees.
    The time has come for the Lord to act:
      people are ignoring your law.
    And so I love your commandments
      better than gold, purest gold.
    And so I shall direct my life by your precepts:
      I hate all deceptive ways.
    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.
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
    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
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
    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.
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ©
    Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ.

    ℣. The disciples rejoiced, alleluia.
    ℟. When they saw the Lord, alleluia.

    Let us pray.
    God our Father,
      by the waters of baptism
      you have given new life to those who believe in you.
    Protect these new-born members of Christ,
      help them to resist all false beliefs,
      and so keep intact the grace of your blessing.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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