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Arch 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  
    All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
      Let Angels prostrate fall;
    Bring forth the royal diadem
      To crown him Lord of all.
    Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
      Who from his altar call;
    Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
      And crown him Lord of all.
    Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
      Whom David Lord did call;
    The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
      And crown him Lord of all.
    Let every tribe and every tongue
      To him their hearts enthral,
    Lift high the universal song,
      And crown him Lord of all.

    Psalm 62 (63)
    Thirsting for God
    My soul thirsts for you, my God, since my body was burnt in the fire for you.
    O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.
    My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
    I came to your sanctuary,
      as one in a parched and waterless land,
      so that I could see your might and your glory.
    My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.
    Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
      and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
    my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
      and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
    I will remember you as I lie in bed,
      I will think of you in the morning,
    for you have been my helper,
      and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.
    My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.
    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.
    My soul thirsts for you, my God, since my body was burnt in the fire for you.

    Canticle Daniel 3 All creatures, bless the Lord
    The Lord sent his angel to free me from the fire and I was not burnt.
    Bless the Lord, all his works,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Bless the Lord, you heavens;
      all his angels, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens;
      all his powers, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, sun and moon;
      all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, rain and dew;
      all you winds, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, fire and heat;
      cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, dew and frost;
      ice and cold, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, ice and snow;
      day and night, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, light and darkness;
      lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, all the earth,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
      all growing things, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
      springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, whales and fish;
      birds of the air, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame;
      sons of men, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, O Israel,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Bless the Lord, his priests;
      all his servants, bless the Lord.
    Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the just;
      all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.
    Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,
      praise and exalt him for ever.
    Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
      praise and exalt them for ever.
    Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,
      praise and glorify him for ever.
    The Lord sent his angel to free me from the fire and I was not burnt.

    Psalm 149
    The saints rejoice
    Saint Laurence prayed, saying: ‘I give thanks to you, O Lord, because you have found me worthy to enter your gates.’
    Sing a new song to the Lord,
      his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
      and the sons of Zion delight in their king.
    Let them praise his name with dancing,
      sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
    for the Lord’s favour is upon his people,
      and he will honour the humble with victory.
    Let the faithful celebrate his glory,
      rejoice even in their beds,
    the praise of God in their throats;
      and swords ready in their hands,
    to exact vengeance upon the nations,
      impose punishment on the peoples,
    to bind their kings in fetters
      and their nobles in manacles of iron,
    to carry out the sentence that has been passed:
      this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.
    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.
    Saint Laurence prayed, saying: ‘I give thanks to you, O Lord, because you have found me worthy to enter your gates.’

    Short Reading 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ©
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received from God ourselves. Indeed, as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so, through Christ, does our consolation overflow.

    Short Responsory  
    The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
    The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
    He is my salvation.
    The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.

    Canticle Benedictus The Messiah and his forerunner
    Do not fear, my son, because I am with you; though you should walk through the fire the flames will not harm you, neither will the smell of burning be about you.
    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.
    Do not fear, my son, because I am with you; though you should walk through the fire the flames will not harm you, neither will the smell of burning be about you.

    Prayers and intercessions  
    Through the martyrs who were slain for God’s word, let us give glory to our Saviour, the faithful and true witness.
    You redeemed us by your precious blood.
    Through the martyrs, who bore witness to your love,
      set us free to live for you.
    You redeemed us by your precious blood.
    Through the martyrs, who proclaimed your saving death,
      give us a deep and constant faith.
    You redeemed us by your precious blood.
    Through the martyrs, who took up your cross,
      grant us courage for every trial.
    You redeemed us by your precious blood.
    Through the martyrs, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
      give us grace to conquer our weakness.
    You redeemed us by your precious blood.

    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 inspired Saint Laurence with so ardent a love
      that his life was renowned for the service of your people
      and his death for the splendour of his martyrdom.
    Help us to love what he loved
      and to live as he showed us.
    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.