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Arch 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. Alleluia.

    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.
    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): 129-136
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
    Your rulings fill me with wonder,
      and therefore I obey them.
    As your word unfolds, it gives light
      and understanding to the simple.
    I opened my mouth and I sighed
      with longing for your commands.
    Turn to me and take pity on me
      according to your judgement on those who love your name.
    Direct my steps according to your promises,
      and let no wickedness seduce me.
    Rescue me from human opposition
      so that I can follow your commands.
    Let your face shine on your servant;
      and teach me your statutes.
    Tears flow from my eyes
      when your law is not kept.
    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 81 (82)
    Against unjust judges
    God stands in the divine assembly
      among the gods he gives judgement.
    ‘How long will you be giving unjust judgements
      in favour of the wicked?’
    Judge for the weak and for orphans,
      in favour of the poor and the lowly.
    Rescue the weak and the poor
      from the power of the wicked.
    They did not know, they did not understand;
      they walk in the shadows,
      the foundations of the world are shaken.
    I said, ‘You are gods,
      you are all sons of the Most High.’
    But you will die just like men;
      you will fall just like princes.
    Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
      for all nations are your inheritance.
    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 119 (120)
    Longing for peace
    I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
      and he answered me.
    Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
      from deceitful tongues.
    What will be given you, what will you receive,
      deceitful tongue?
    Sharp arrows from the warrior,
      hardened in the flames.
    Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
      I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
    My soul has lived too long
      with those who hate peace.
    I am for making peace;
      but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
    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 125 (126)
    Gladness and hope in the Lord
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
    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.
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading 2 Timothy 2:8,11 ©
    Remember the Good News that I carry, ‘Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David’. Here is a saying that you can rely on: ‘If we have died with him, then we shall live with him.’

    ℣. Stay with us, Lord, alleluia.
    ℟. It is nearly evening and the day is drawing to a close, alleluia.

    Let us pray.
    Lord God,
      when our world lay in ruins,
      you raised it up again on the foundation of your Son’s Passion and Death.
    Give us grace to rejoice in the freedom from sin which he gained for us,
      and bring us to everlasting joy.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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