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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
     or Saint Raymond of Penyafort, Priest


    Vespers (Evening Prayer)

    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

    Why, impious Herod, vainly fear
    That Christ the Saviour cometh here?
    He takes not earthly thrones away
    Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.

    To greet his birth the wise men went,
    Led by the star before them sent;
    Called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
    And by their gifts their God confessed.

    In holy Jordan’s purest wave
    The heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
    That he, to whom was sin unknown,
    Might cleanse his people from their own.

    New miracle of power divine,
    The Water reddens into wine;
    He spoke the word, and poured the wave
    In other streams than nature gave.

    All glory, Lord, to thee we pay
    For thine Epiphany today;
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.


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    Psalm 48 (49)
    The uselessness of riches


    “The rich man will find it very hard to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:23).

    You cannot serve both God and wealth.

    Héar this, áll you péoples, *
        give héed, all who dwéll in the wórld,
    mén both lów and hígh, *
        rích and póor alíke!

    My líps will speak wórds of wísdom. *
        My héart is fúll of ínsight.
    I will túrn my mínd to a párable, *
        with the hárp I will sólve my próblem.

    Whý should I féar in evil dáys *
        the málice of the fóes who surróund me,
    mén who trúst in their wéalth, *
        and bóast of the vástness of their ríches?

    For nó man can búy his own ránsom, *
        or pay a príce to Gód for his lífe.
    The ránsom of his sóul is beyónd him. †
        He cánnot buy lífe without énd, *
        nor avóid cóming to the gráve.

    He knows that wíse men and fóols must both pérish *
        and léave their wéalth to óthers.
    Their gráves are their hómes for éver, †
        their dwélling place from áge to áge, *
        though their námes spread wíde through the lánd.

    In his ríches, mán lacks wísdom; *
        hé is like the béasts that are destróyed.

    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.

    You cannot serve both God and wealth.


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    Psalm 48 (49)

    Build up treasure for yourselves in heaven, says the Lord.

    This is the lót of those who trúst in themsélves, *
        who have óthers at their béck and cáll.
    Like shéep they are dríven to the gráve, †
        where déath shall bé their shépherd *
        and the júst shall becóme their rúlers.

    With the mórning their óutward show vánishes *
        and the gráve becómes their hóme.
    But Gód will ránsom me from déath *
        and táke my sóul to himsélf.

    Then do not féar when a mán grows rích, *
        when the glóry of his hóuse incréases.
    He takes nóthing wíth him when he díes, *
        his glóry does not fóllow him belów.

    Though he fláttered himsélf while he líved: *
        ‘Men will práise me for áll my succéss,’
    yet he will gó to jóin his fáthers, *
        who will néver see the líght any móre.

    In his ríches, mán lacks wísdom; *
        hé is like the béasts that are destróyed.

    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.

    Build up treasure for yourselves in heaven, says the Lord.


    Psalm-prayer

    Make our mouths speak your wisdom, Lord Jesus, and help us to remember that you became man and redeemed us from death that we might merit the beauty of your light.


    Or:

    You condemned the rich, Lord Jesus, because they have already received their reward, and you proclaimed the poor blessed because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Teach us to seek for imperishable goods and to have confidence in your blood, poured out as the price of our redemption.


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    Canticle
    Apocalypse 4,5
    The song of the redeemed

    Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.

    Worthy are you, our Lord and God, *
        to receive glory and honour and power,
    for you created all things, *
        and by your will they existed and were created.

    Worthy are you, O Lord, *
        to take the scroll and to open its seals,
    for you were slain, †
        and by your blood you ransomed men for God *
        from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

    You have made us a kingdom and priests to our God, *
        and we shall reign on earth.

    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain *
        to receive power and wealth
    and wisdom and might *
        and honour and glory and blessing.

    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.

    Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 3:23-25

    All have sinned and forfeited God’s glory, and all are justified through the free gift of his grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice his life so as to win reconciliation through faith.


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    Short Responsory

    All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    – All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    All nations will praise him.
    – All the peoples will be blessed in him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – All the peoples will be blessed in him.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    You came to bring us the eternal light; to you, O Christ, the Magi offer gifts, alleluia.

    My soul glórifies the Lórd, *
        my spirit rejóices in Gód, my Sáviour.
    He looks on his sérvant in her lówliness; *
        henceforth all áges will cáll me bléssed.

    The Almíghty works márvels for me. *
        Hóly his náme!
    His mércy is from age to áge, *
        on thóse who féar him.

    He púts forth his árm in stréngth *
        and scátters the proud-héarted.
    He casts the míghty from their thrónes *
        and ráises the lówly.

    He fills the stárving with good thíngs, *
        sends the rích away émpty.

    He protects Ísrael, his sérvant, *
        remémbering his mércy,
    the mercy prómised to our fáthers, *
        to Ábraham and his sóns for éver.

    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.

    You came to bring us the eternal light; to you, O Christ, the Magi offer gifts, alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us unite ourselves with all Christians, praising the Father and asking for his protection;
    – Heavenly Father, hear your children.

    Father, help those who search for an unknown God;
        and let them discover the light of Christ.
    – Heavenly Father, hear your children.

    Look in mercy on those who adore you as the one and only God;
        show them that you are always close.
    – Heavenly Father, hear your children.

    Remember all your children throughout the world;
        see that they never stray far from you.
    – Heavenly Father, hear your children.

    Send your angels to protect all men;
        save them from a sudden and unprovided death.
    – Heavenly Father, hear your children.

    Bring the dead to the vision of your glory;
        give them eternal happiness in your presence.
    – Heavenly Father, hear your children.


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    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.


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    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 with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
        one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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    The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
        Amen.


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