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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Tuesday 7 January 2020

    Tuesday after Epiphany Sunday


    Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce)


    Introduction (without Invitatory)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.


    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.


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    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

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    PSALMS OF THE DAY

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    Psalm 118(119): 49-56
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life” (John 6:68)

    The mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.

    Remémber your wórd to your sérvant *
        by whích you gave me hópe.
    Thís is my cómfort in sórrow: *
        that your prómise gives me lífe.

    Though the próud may útterly deríde me *
        I kéep to your láw.
    I remémber your decrées of óld *
        and thése, Lord, consóle me.

    I am séized with indignátion at the wícked *
        who forsáke your láw.
    Your státutes have becóme my sóng *
        in the lánd of éxile.

    I thínk of your náme in the níght-time *
        and I kéep your láw.
    Thís has béen my bléssing, *
        the kéeping of your précepts.

    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.


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    Psalm 52 (53)
    The folly of the lawless


    “All have sinned and forfeited the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

    The fóol has sáid in his héart: *
        ‘There is no Gód abóve.’
    Their déeds are corrúpt, depráved; *
        not a góod man is léft.

    Gód looks dówn from héaven *
        on the sóns of mén
    to sée if ány are wíse, *
        if ány seek Gód.

    Áll have left the ríght páth; *
        depráved, every óne;
    There is nót a góod man léft, *
        nó, not even óne.

    Will the évil-doers nót understánd? *
        They éat up my péople
    as thóugh they were éating bréad; *
        they néver pray to Gód.

    Sée how they trémble with féar *
        without cáuse for féar:
    for Gód scatters the bónes of the wícked. *
        They are shámed, God rejécts them.

    O that Ísrael’s salvátion might cóme from Síon! †
        When Gód delívers his péople from bóndage, *
        then Jácob will be glád and Ísrael rejóice.

    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.


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    Psalm 53 (54)
    A plea for help


    “The prophet prays in the name of the Lord to be freed from the evil of those who persecute him” (Cassian).

    O Gód, sáve me by your náme; *
        by your pówer, uphóld my cáuse.
    O Gód, héar my práyer; *
        lísten to the wórds of my móuth.

    For próud men have rísen agáinst me, †
        rúthless men séek my lífe. *
        They háve no regárd for Gód.
    But Í have Gód for my hélp. *
        The Lórd uphólds my lífe.

    I will sácrifice to yóu with willing héart *
        and práise your náme for it is góod:
    for you have réscued me from áll my distréss *
        and my éyes have seen the dównfall of my fóes.

    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 mystery, which was hidden from earlier ages and generations, is now made clear.


    Psalm-prayer

    We humbly ask you, Father, to save us from every evil and trial on earth, that we may seek with our hearts and deeds our Lord and helper, Jesus Christ, whom we look to in the heavens.


    Or:

    Father, hear our prayer and come to the aid of your Church. Mercifully deliver her from evil so that she may fearlessly praise your good and holy name and offer you a pure sacrifice from the rising of the sun to its setting.


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    Short Reading
    Isaiah 45:13

    I roused him to victory, I levelled the way for him. He will rebuild my city, will bring my exiles back without ransom or indemnity, so says the Lord of Hosts.


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    ℣. He appeared on earth.
    ℟. And he lived among men.


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    Let us pray.

    God, our Father,
        when your Only-Begotten Son revealed himself in flesh and blood,
        we came to know him as our fellow-man.
    May he transform us inwardly until we bear his likeness,
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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


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