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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
    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.

    Short Reading (Colossians 1:12-14) ©
    We thank the Father who has made it possible for us to share in the saints’ inheritance of light. He has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves. In him, we gain our freedom and the forgiveness of our sins.

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