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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Wednesday 8 January 2020

    Wednesday 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): 57-64
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “You are a letter from Christ, written not on stone tablets but on the tablets of your living hearts” (2 Cor 3:3)

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

    My párt, I have resólved, O Lórd, *
        is to obéy your wórd.
    With all my héart I implóre your fávour; *
        show the mércy of your prómise.

    I have póndered óver my wáys *
        and retúrned to your wíll.
    I made háste and díd not deláy *
        to obéy your commánds.

    Though the néts of the wícked ensnáred me *
        I remémbered your láw.
    At mídnight I will ríse and thánk you *
        for your júst decrées.

    I am a fríend of áll who revére you, *
        who obéy your précepts.
    Lórd, your lóve fills the éarth. *
        Téach me your státutes.

    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 54 (55)
    Against a faithless friend


    “Jesus began to feel a sudden fear and great distress” (Mk 14:33).

    O Gód, lísten to my práyer, *
        do not híde from my pléading,
    atténd to mé and replý; *
        with my cáres, I cannot rést.

    I trémble at the shóuts of the fóe, *
        at the críes of the wícked;
    for they bríng down évil upón me. *
        They assáil me with fúry.

    My héart is strícken withín me, *
        death’s térror is ón me,
    trémbling and féar fall upón me *
        and hórror overwhélms me.

    Ó that I had wíngs like a dóve *
        to fly awáy and be at rést.
    Só I would escápe far awáy *
        and take réfuge in the désert.

    I would hásten to fínd a shélter *
        from the ráging wínd,
    from the destrúctive stórm, O Lórd, *
        and from their plótting tóngues.

    For Í can see nóthing but víolence *
        and strífe in the cíty.
    Níght and dáy they patról *
        hígh on the city wálls.

    It is fúll of wíckedness and évil; *
        it is fúll of sín.
    Its stréets are néver frée *
        from týranny and decéit.

    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 54 (55)

    If thís had been dóne by an énemy *
        I could béar his táunts.
    If a ríval had rísen agáinst me, *
        I could híde from hím.

    But it is yóu, my ówn compánion, *
        my íntimate fríend!
    How clóse was the fríendship betwéen us. †
        We wálked togéther in hármony *
        in the hóuse of Gód.

    As for mé, I will crý to Gód *
        and the Lórd will sáve me.
    Évening, mórning and at nóon *
        I will crý and lamént.

    He will delíver my sóul in péace *
        in the attáck agáinst me;
    for thóse who fíght me are mány, *
        but he héars my vóice.

    Gód will héar and will húmble them, *
        the etérnal júdge:
    for they wíll not aménd their wáys. *
        They have no féar of Gód.

    The tráitor has túrned against his fríends; *
        he has bróken his wórd.
    His spéech is sófter than bútter, *
        but wár is in his héart.
    His wórds are smóother than óil, *
        but they are náked swórds.

    Entrúst your cáres to the Lórd *
        and hé will suppórt you.
    Hé will néver allów *
        the júst man to stúmble.

    But yóu, O Gód, will bring them dówn *
        to the pít of déath.
    Decéitful and blóodthirsty mén *
        shall not líve half their dáys.
    O Lórd, I will trúst in yóu.

    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

    Lord Jesus, you were rejected by your people, betrayed by the kiss of a friend, and deserted by your disciples. Give us the confidence that you had in the Father, and our salvation will be assured.


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    Short Reading
    1 Timothy 1:15

    Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.


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


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    Let us pray.

    God and Father, light of all mankind,
        make our hearts radiant with the splendour of that light
        which long ago you shed on our fathers in the faith,
        and give your people the joy of lasting peace.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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