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Arch 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 None today, you must use the psalms of the day at None, and use the complementary psalms now.

    PSALMS OF THE DAY


    Psalm 118(119): 153-160
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
    See my distress, and rescue me,
      since I have not forgotten your law.
    Give judgement in my case and redeem me;
      give me life, as you have promised.
    The wicked are far from salvation:
      they have not sought out your judgements.
    Your acts of kindness are many:
      Lord, give me life as you have decreed.
    How many pursue me and trouble me!
      But I have not abandoned your decrees.
    I have seen liars and they disgust me,
      since they have ignored your promises.
    Lord, see how I love your commandments!
      In your loving kindness, give me life.
    Truth lies behind all your words:
      justice makes your judgements last for ever.
    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.

    Psalm 128 (129)
    The renewed faith of an afflicted people
    Let Israel say: ‘They have attacked me
      again and again from my youth.
    Again and again from my youth –
      but they could never defeat me.
    My back has been scored by ploughmen
      ploughing long furrows.
    But the Lord, the Righteous One,
      has broken the necks of the wicked.’
    May all who hate Zion
      be thrown back in utter confusion.
    Like the grass that grows on the roof
      that withers before it flowers.
    He who harvests it is empty-handed;
      his arms are empty of its sheaves.
    Those who go past do not say
      ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you,
      we bless you in the name 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.
    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 Titus 3:5,7 ©
    God saved us by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our saviour. He did this so that we should be justified by his grace, to become heirs looking forward to inheriting eternal life.

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

    Let us pray.
    Lord God,
      you restore our human nature
      to a dignity higher than you gave it at creation.
    Look with favour on the mystery of your love;
      keep your gifts of grace intact
      in those whose life you have renewed in baptism,
      the sacrament of new birth.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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