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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

    Compline (Night Prayer)
    (today)

    The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday.


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    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.


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    Examination of Conscience

    This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience.  In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.


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    Hymn

    Now that the daylight dies away,
    By all thy grace and love,
    Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
    To watch our bed above.

    Let dreams depart and phantoms fly,
    The offspring of the night,
    Keep us, like shrines, beneath thine eye,
    Pure in our foe’s despite.

    This grace on thy redeemed confer,
    Father, co-equal Son,
    And Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
    Eternal Three in One.


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    Psalm 142 (143)
    A prayer in time of trouble


    “A man is made righteous not by obedience to the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16).

    Do not hide your face from me, for in you have I put my trust.

    Lórd, lísten to my práyer: †
        túrn your éar to my appéal. *
        You are fáithful, you are júst; give ánswer.
    Do not cáll your sérvant to júdgement *
        for nó one is júst in your síght.

    The énemy pursúes my sóul; *
        he has crúshed my lífe to the gróund;
    he has máde me dwéll in dárkness *
        like the déad, lóng forgótten.
    Thérefore my spírit fáils; *
        my héart is númb withín me.

    I remémber the dáys that are pást: *
        I pónder áll your wórks.
    I múse on what your hánd has wróught †
        and to yóu I strétch out my hánds. *
        Like a párched land my sóul thirsts for yóu.

    Lórd, make háste and ánswer; *
        for my spírit fáils withín me.
    Dó not híde your fáce *
        lest I becóme like thóse in the gráve.

    In the mórning let me knów your lóve *
        for I pút my trúst in yóu.
    Make me knów the wáy I should wálk: *
        to yóu I líft up my sóul.

    Réscue me, Lórd, from my énemies; *
        I have fléd to yóu for réfuge.
    Téach me to dó your wíll *
        for yóu, O Lórd, are my Gód.
    Let yóur good spírit gúide me *
        in wáys that are lével and smóoth.

    For your náme’s sake, Lórd, save my lífe; *
        in your jústice save my sóul from distréss.

    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 hide your face from me, for in you have I put my trust.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, early in the morning of your resurrection, you made your love known and brought the first light of dawn to those who dwell in darkness. Your death has opened a path for us. Do not enter into judgement with your servants; let your Holy Spirit guide us together into the land of justice.


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    Short Reading
    1 Peter 5:8-9

    Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith.


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    Short Responsory

    Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.


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    Canticle
    Nunc Dimittis
    Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

    At lást, all-pówerful Máster, †
        you give léave to your sérvant *
        to go in péace, accórding to your prómise.

    For my éyes have séen your sálvation *
        which you have prepáred for all nátions,
    the líght to enlíghten the Géntiles *
        and give glóry to Ísrael, your péople.

    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.

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.


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    Let us pray.

    In your mercy, Lord,
        dispel the darkness of this night.
    Let your household so sleep in peace
        that at the dawn of a new day
        they may, with joy, waken in your name.
    Through Christ our Lord,
    Amen.


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    The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
        Amen.


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    Marian Anthem


    Alma Redemptoris Mater

    Mother of Christ! Hear thou thy people’s cry,
    Star of the deep, and portal of the sky!
    Mother of him who thee from nothing made,
    Sinking we strive, and call to thee for aid:

    Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
    Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.


    Alma Redemptóris Mater,
    quæ pérvia cæli porta manes,
    et stella maris,
    succúrre cadénti,
    súrgere qui curat, pópulo;
    tu quæ genuísti, natúra miránte,
    tuum sanctum Genitórem,

    Virgo prius ac postérius,
    Gabriélis ab ore
    sumens illud Ave,
    peccatórum miserére.


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