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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Morning Prayer (Lauds)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


    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  
    Mary Immaculate, star of the morning,
      Chosen before the creation began,
    Chosen to bring in the light of thy dawning,
      Woe to the serpent and rescue to man.
    Here, in this world of both shadow and sadness
      Veiling thy splendour, thy course hast thou run:
    Now thou art throned in all glory and gladness,
      Crowned by the hand of thy Saviour and Son.
    Sinners, we worship thy sinless perfection;
      Fallen and weak, for thy pity we plead:
    Grant us the shield of thy sov’reign protection,
      Measure thine aid by the depth of our need.
    Bend from thy throne at the voice of our crying,
      Bend to this earth which thy footsteps have trod:
    Stretch out thine arms to us, living and dying,
      Mary Immaculate, Mother of God.

    Psalm 41 (42)
    Longing for the Lord and his temple
    When can I enter and see the face of God?
    Like a deer that longs for springs of water,
      so my soul longs for you, O God.
    My soul thirsts for God, the living God:
      when shall I come and stand before the face of God?
    My tears are my food, by day and by night,
      and everyone asks, “where is your God?”.
    I remember how I went up to your glorious dwelling-place
      and into the house of God:
      the memory melts my soul.
    The sound of joy and thanksgiving,
      the crowds at the festival.
    Why are you so sad, my soul,
      and anxious within me?
    Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
      my saviour and my God.
    My soul is sad within me,
      and so I will remember you
      in the lands of Jordan and Hermon,
      on the mountain of Mizar.
    Deep calls to deep
      in your rushing waters:
    and all your torrents, all your waves
      have flowed over me.
    By day the Lord sends his kindness upon me;
      by night his song is with me,
      a prayer to the God of my life.
    I will say to God:
      “You are my support, why have you forgotten me?
      Why must I go in mourning, while the enemy persecutes me?.”
    As my bones break,
      my persecutors deride me,
      all the time saying “where is your God?.”
    Why are you so sad, my soul,
      and anxious within me?
    Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
      my saviour and my God.
    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.
    When can I enter and see the face of God?

    Canticle Ecclesiasticus 36 A prayer for Jerusalem, the holy city
    Show us, Lord, the light of your mercy.
    God of all, have mercy on us, take notice of us,
      and show us the light of your mercies.
    Make the nations fear you, who have not sought you out,
      make them know that there is no God except you,
      let them tell of your wonders.
    Lift up your hand over foreign nations, that they may see your power –
      for just as in their sight you have been sanctified in us,
      so in our sight you will be magnified in them.
    Lift up your hand so that they may know, as we know,
      that there is no God but you, Lord.
    Bring forth new signs and repeat your wonders;
      glorify your hand, show the strength of your arm.
    Gather together all the tribes of Jacob,
      give them back the inheritance they had from the beginning.
    Take pity on your people, over whom we invoke your name,
      and on Israel, whom you have made equal to your firstborn.
    Take pity on the city you have sanctified,
      Jerusalem, the place of your rest.
    Fill Zion with your majesty;
      fill your temple with your glory.
    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.
    Show us, Lord, the light of your mercy.

    Psalm 18 (19)
    Praise of God the creator
    Blessed are you, Lord, in the vault of heaven.
    The skies tell the story of the glory of God,
      the firmament proclaims the work of his hands;
    day pours out the news to day,
      night passes to night the knowledge.
    Not a speech, not a word,
      not a voice goes unheard.
    Their sound is spread throughout the earth,
      their message to all the corners of the world.
    At the ends of the earth he has set up
      a dwelling place for the sun.
    Like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
      it rejoices like an athlete at the race to be run.
    It appears at the edge of the sky,
      runs its course to the sky’s furthest edge.
    Nothing can hide from its heat.
    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.
    Blessed are you, Lord, in the vault of heaven.

    Short Reading (Isaiah 61:10) ©
    I exult for joy in the Lord,
    my soul rejoices in my God,
    for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,
    he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,
    like a bride adorned in her jewels.

    Short Responsory  
    The Lord chose her. He chose her before she was born.
    The Lord chose her. He chose her before she was born.
    He made her live in his own dwelling-place.
    The Lord chose her. He chose her before she was born.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    The Lord chose her. He chose her before she was born.

    Canticle Benedictus The Messiah and his forerunner
    They all joined together in constant prayer, with Mary the mother of Jesus.
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
      for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
    He has raised up the sign of salvation
      in the house of his servant David,
    as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
      his prophets through the ages:
    to rescue us from our enemies
      and all who hate us,
    to take pity on our fathers,
      to remember his holy covenant
    and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
      that he would give himself to us,
    that we could serve him without fear
     – freed from the hands of our enemies –
    in uprightness and holiness before him,
      for all of our days.
    And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
      for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
    to let his people know their salvation,
      so that their sins may be forgiven.
    Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
      one born on high will visit us
    to give light to those who walk in darkness,
      who live in the shadow of death;
      to lead our feet in the path of peace.
    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.
    They all joined together in constant prayer, with Mary the mother of Jesus.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Let us proclaim the greatness of our Saviour who chose to be born of the Virgin Mary. Confident that he will hear us, we ask:
    Lord, may your mother pray for us.
    Sun of justice, you showed your day was dawning in the immaculate Virgin Mary;
      help us to walk in the daylight of your presence.
    Lord, may your mother pray for us.
    Eternal Word, in the living flesh of Mary you found a dwelling place on earth;
      remain with us for ever in hearts free from sin.
    Lord, may your mother pray for us.
    Christ, our Saviour, you willed that your mother should be there when you died;
      through her intercession may we rejoice to share your suffering.
    Lord, may your mother pray for us.
    Loving Saviour, while hanging on the cross, you gave your mother Mary to be the mother of John;
      let us be known as her children by our way of living.
    Lord, may your mother pray for us.

    Our Father, who art in heaven,
      hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
      Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
      and forgive us our trespasses,
      as we forgive those who trespass against us,
    and lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.

    Let us pray.
    O God, Father of mercies,
    whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross,
    chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother, to be our Mother also;
    grant, we pray,
    that with her loving help,
    your Church may be more fruitful day by day,
    and exulting in the holiness of her children,
    may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
      who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
      one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
      Amen.