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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

    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.

    PSALMS OF THE DAY


    Psalm 118(119): 49-56
    I have kept your precepts in the land of my exile.
    Remember how you gave your word to your servant,
      for thus you gave me hope.
    It was this that consoled me in my distress,
      for your promise gave me life.
    The proud laughed themselves sick over me,
      but I did not turn away from your law.
    I remembered your eternal decrees, O Lord,
      and they brought me consolation.
    I was seized with indignation
      at the sinners who abandon your law.
    I made your statutes into songs
      to sing in my exile.
    At night I remembered your name, O Lord,
      and I will keep your law.
    This will be to my credit:
      that I followed your precepts.
    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.
    I have kept your precepts in the land of my exile.

    Psalm 52 (53)
    The folly of the lawless
    The Lord will deliver his people from bondage and we will rejoice.
    The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
      They are corrupt and they do vile things:
      not one of them does good.
    From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
      to see if any understand, and seek God.
    All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
      Not one of them does good, not even one.
    They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
      who eat up my people like so much bread.
    They did not call on the Lord,
      so they tremble with fear
      when there is no reason to be afraid.
    Since God has scattered the bones
      of those who besieged you,
      they are disgraced because God has rejected them.
    Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
      When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
      Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
    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.
    The Lord will deliver his people from bondage and we will rejoice.

    Psalm 53 (54)
    A plea for help
    I have God for my help. The Lord upholds my life.
    God, by your name, save me.
      In your power, God, judge me.
    God, listen to my prayer
      and turn your ear to the words of my mouth.
    The proud have risen up against me,
      the strong seek to take my life.
      They do not keep God in their hearts.
    But God helps me,
      and the Lord lifts up my soul.
    Willingly I will sacrifice to you
      and proclaim your name, O God,
      proclaim your good name.
    It has rescued me from all my troubles,
      and my eyes look down on my enemies.
    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.
    I have God for my help. The Lord upholds my life.
    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 119 (120)
    Longing for peace
    I called and the Lord answered me.
    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.
    I called and the Lord answered me.

    Psalm 120 (121)
    The guardian of the people
    May the Lord guard your going in and coming out.
    I shall lift my eyes to the hills:
      where is my help to come from?
    My help will come from the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot slip:
      he will not doze, your guardian.
    Behold, he will not doze or sleep,
      the guardian of Israel.
    The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your shade;
      he is at your right hand.
    By day the sun will not strike you;
      nor the moon by night.
    The Lord will guard you from all harm;
      the Lord will guard your life.
    The Lord will guard your coming and your going
      both now and 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.
    May the Lord guard your going in and coming out.

    Psalm 121 (122)
    Jerusalem, the holy city
    I rejoiced in the things which were said to me.
    They filled me with joy when they said,
      “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
    Now our feet are standing
      within your gates, Jerusalem.
    Jerusalem, built as a city,
      whole and self-contained:
    there the tribes have gone up,
      the tribes of the Lord –
    the witness of Israel,
      to praise the Lord’s name.
    For there are the thrones of justice,
      the thrones of the house of David.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
      “Safety for those who care for you,
    peace inside your walls,
      security within your ramparts!”
    For my brethren and those near to me I will say
      “Peace be upon you.”
    For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
      I will call blessings upon you.
    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.
    I rejoiced in the things which were said to me.

    CONCLUSION


    Short Reading 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 ©
    There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them.

    ℣. The help of God is near for those who fear him.
    ℟. His glory will dwell in our land.

    Let us pray.
    Almighty, ever-living God,
      who at this third hour sent down your Holy Spirit on the apostles,
    send forth that same Spirit of love into our hearts
      so that we may bear faithful witness to you before all mankind.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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