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Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Terce (Mid-Morning 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  
    Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
    With God the Father and the Son,
    And grant us your abundant grace
    To sanctify and make us one.
    May mind and tongue made strong in love
    Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
    And may that love within our hearts
    Set fire to others with its flame.
    Most blessèd Trinity of love,
    For whom the heart of man was made,
    To you be praise in timeless song,
    And everlasting homage paid.
    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal
    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.

    Short Reading (Apocalypse 1:17-18) ©
    I saw the Son of Man, and he said to me, ‘Have no fear! I am the First and the Last. I was dead and now I am to live for ever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and of the underworld.’

    ℣. The Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
    ℟. He has appeared to Simon, 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.