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

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Sext (Midday 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  
    Lord God and Maker of all things,
    Creation is upheld by you.
    While all must change and know decay,
    You are unchanging, always new.
    You are man’s solace and his shield,
    His Rock secure on which to build.
    You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
    In you alone is hope fulfilled.
    To God the Father and the Son
    And Holy Spirit render praise:
    Blest Trinity, from age to age
    The strength of all our living days.
    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal
    Psalm 118(119): 97-104
    Love is the fullness of the Law.
    Lord, how I love your law!
      I ponder it all day long.
    Your teachings have made me wise,
      far above my enemies:
      your law is mine for ever.
    I am wiser than all my teachers,
      because I ponder your teachings.
    I am wiser than the elders
      because I have followed your precepts.
    I have kept my feet away from evil paths
      to obey your commandments.
    I have not fallen away from your decrees,
      for you have given me a law to live by.
    Sweet to the taste are your promises,
      sweeter than honey in my mouth.
    Your precepts have given me wisdom
      and I hate the path of deception.
    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.
    Love is the fullness of the Law.

    Psalm 73 (74)
    Lament over the ruined Temple
    Remember your people, Lord, whom you chose long ago.
    Why, God, have you rejected us so finally?
      Why this rage against the sheep of your flock?
    Remember those you have gathered,
      those who were yours from the beginning.
    The stock you redeemed to be your own possession;
      the mountain of Zion, where you chose to dwell.
    Turn your steps towards the final devastation:
      the enemy has laid waste the sanctuary.
    Those who hate you have roared
      in the midst of your flock.
    They have set up their emblems,
      taking the place of your own.
    They have raised their axes high,
      hewing the wood.
    With hatchets and axes
      they have hewn down the doors.
    They set fire to the sanctuary,
      profaned and trampled your tabernacle.
    They said to themselves, ‘Let us crush them
      once and for all.’
    They burned to the ground
      every shrine of God in the land.
    Our emblems have vanished,
      our prophets are gone,
      and none of us knows any more.
    How long, O God, will the enemy deride?
      Will he insult your name forever?
    Why do you keep your hand away?
      Why do you fold your arms?
    God is our king since the beginning,
      he has given us help throughout the earth.
    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.
    Remember your people, Lord, whom you chose long ago.

    Psalm 73 (74)
    Arise, O Lord, and defend your cause.
    You divided the sea with your power,
      you smashed the heads of dragons in the water.
    You smashed the head of Leviathan
      and fed him to the sea-monsters.
    You opened up springs and torrents
      but dried up rivers that had flowed for ever.
    Yours is the day and the night:
      you made the sun and the other lights.
    You fixed the bounds of the earth,
      you created both summer and winter.
    Remember all this:
      and now the enemy mocks you
      and a foolish people despises your name.
    Do not give to the beasts
      the lives of those who proclaim you.
    Do not forget forever
      the lives of your poor.
    Think of your covenant –
      every cave in the land is a refuge for the violent.
    Let the humble not return ashamed:
      the poor and the destitute will praise your name.
    Rise up, O God, and judge your own cause!
      Remember the insults you have received
      all day long, from fools.
    Do not forget the sound of your enemies’ voices:
      their noise, growing louder.
    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.
    Arise, O Lord, and defend your cause.

    Short Reading Deuteronomy 15:7-8 ©
    Is there a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any town of yours in the land that the Lord your God is giving you? Do not harden your heart or close your hand against that poor brother of yours, but be open-handed with him and lend him enough for his needs.

    ℣. Lord, you have listened to the prayer of the poor.
    ℟. You will give ear to them and strengthen their hearts.

    Let us pray.
    Almighty God,
      who revealed to Peter your plan for the salvation of all men,
    grant that our work may be acceptable to you
      and that, by your grace, it may further your loving purpose of redemption.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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