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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Vespers (Evening 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  
    Who are these like stars appearing,
    these, before God’s throne who stand?
    Each a golden crown is wearing;
    who are all this glorious band?
    Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
    praising loud their heavenly King.
    Who are these of dazzling brightness,
    clothed in God’s own righteousness?
    These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
    shall their lustre still possess,
    still untouched by time’s rude hand?
    Whence came all this glorious band?
    These are they who have contended
    for their Saviour’s honour long,
    wrestling on till life was ended,
    following not the sinful throng;
    these who well the fight sustained,
    triumph through the Lamb have gained.
    These are they whose hearts were riven,
    sore with woe and anguish tried,
    who in prayer full oft have striven
    with the God they glorified;
    now, their painful conflict o’er,
    God has bid them weep no more.
    These, the Almighty contemplating,
    did as priests before him stand,
    soul and body always waiting
    day and night at his command:
    now in God’s most holy place
    blest they stand before his face.

    Psalm 71 (72)
    The Messiah's royal power
    I will make you the light of the nations to bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.
    Give the king your judgement, O God,
      give the king’s son your righteousness.
    Let him judge your people with justice
      and your poor ones with wisdom.
    Let the mountains bring peace to your people,
      let the hills bring righteousness.
    He will give his judgement to the poor among the people,
      he will rescue the children of the destitute,
      he will lay low the false accuser.
    He will endure with the sun, beneath the moon,
      from generation to generation.
    He will come down like rain on the pasture,
      like a shower that waters the earth.
    In his time, righteousness will flourish
      and abundance of peace,
      until the moon itself is no more.
    He will rule from coast to coast,
      from the world’s centre to its farthest edge.
    The desert-dwellers will cast themselves down before him;
      his enemies will eat dust at his feet.
    The kings of Tharsis and the islands will bring tribute,
      the kings of Arabia and Sheba will bring gifts.
    All the kings will worship him,
      all nations will serve him.
    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 will make you the light of the nations to bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.

    Psalm 71 (72)
    The Lord will save the poor; from oppression he will rescue their lives.
    Because he has given freedom to the destitute who called to him,
      to the poor, whom no-one will hear.
    He will spare the poor and the needy,
      he will keep their lives safe.
    He will rescue their lives from oppression and violence,
      their blood will be precious in his sight.
    He will live long, and receive gifts of gold from Arabia;
      they will pray for him always,
      bless him all through the day.
    There will be abundance of grain in the land,
      it will wave even from the tops of the mountains;
    its fruit will be richer than Lebanon.
      The people will flourish as easily as grass.
    Let his name be blessed for ever,
      let his name endure beneath the sun.
    All the nations of the earth will be blessed in him,
      all nations will acclaim his greatness.
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
      who alone works wonders.
    Let his majesty be blessed for ever;
      let it fill all the earth. Amen, amen.
    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 save the poor; from oppression he will rescue their lives.

    Canticle Apocalypse 11 The Judgement
    Victory and empire have now been won by our God.
    We thank you,
      Lord God Almighty,
    who are and who were,
      that you have taken up your great power and begun to reign.
    The nations were angered,
      but your anger came, the time for the dead to be judged,
    the time to reward the prophets and saints, your servants,
      and those who feared your name, both great and small.
    Now have come the salvation and might and kingdom of our God,
      and the power of his Anointed,
    for the accuser of our brethren has been brought down,
      who accused them day and night in the sight of God.
    But they vanquished him through the blood of the Lamb
      and through their own witness.
    They did not cling to life,
      even in the face of death.
    Therefore rejoice, heavens,
      and you who dwell in them.
    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.
    Victory and empire have now been won by our God.

    Short Reading 1 Peter 5:1-4 ©
    Now I have something to tell your elders: I am an elder myself, and a witness to the sufferings of Christ, and with you I have a share in the glory that is to be revealed. Be the shepherds of the flock of God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but gladly, because God wants it; not for sordid money, but because you are eager to do it. Never be a dictator over any group that is put in your charge, but be an example that the whole flock can follow. When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

    Short Responsory  
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.
    He laid down his life for his brothers.
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    This is a man who loves his brothers and intercedes for the people.

    Canticle Magnificat My soul rejoices in the Lord
    I made myself all things to all men in order to save them all.
    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
      and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
    For he has shown me such favour –
      me, his lowly handmaiden.
    Now all generations will call me blessed,
      because the mighty one has done great things for me.
    His name is holy,
      his mercy lasts for generation after generation
      for those who revere him.
    He has put forth his strength:
      he has scattered the proud and conceited,
      torn princes from their thrones;
      but lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things;
      the rich he has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
      he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
      to Abraham and his children 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.
    I made myself all things to all men in order to save them all.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Let us pray to Christ, the high priest, who was appointed to represent men in their relations with God.
    Lord, save your people.
    Lord Jesus, in times past you have lighted the way for your people through wise and holy leaders;
      may Christians always enjoy this sign of your loving kindness.
    Lord, save your people.
    You forgave the sins of your people when holy pastors prayed;
      continually cleanse your Church through their powerful intercession.
    Lord, save your people.
    In the presence of their brothers, you anointed your holy ones and poured on them your Spirit;
      fill with your Holy Spirit all the leaders of your people.
    Lord, save your people.
    Nothing could ever separate the holy pastors from your love;
      do not lose even one of those whom you redeemed by your passion.
    Lord, save your people.
    Through the pastors of your Church you give your sheep eternal life, and no one can steal them from you;
      save the faithful departed, for whom you laid down your life.
    Lord, save your people.

    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.

    Lord God,
      you gave Saint Dominic to the Church of his day
      as a great preacher of your truth.
    We pray that he will help us in our time
      by his merits, his teaching, and his unfailing prayer.
    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.
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