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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


    Afternoon Prayer (None)


    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

    Eternal Father, loving God,
    Who made us from the dust of earth,
    Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
    Give value to our little worth.

    Prepare us for that day of days
    When Christ from heaven will come with might
    To call us out of dust again,
    Our bodies glorified in light.

    O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
    All things created bear your trace;
    The seed of glory sown in man
    Will flower when we see your face.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS

    Here are the complementary psalms. Your current settings have the psalms of the day at Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce).


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    Psalm 125 (126)
    Gladness and hope in the Lord


    “Just as you are sharing in our sufferings, so also will you share our consolations” (2 Cor 1:7).

    I have appointed you to be a light to all peoples, to be my saving power to the very ends of the earth.

    When the Lórd delivered Síon from bóndage, *
        it séemed like a dréam.
    Thén was our móuth filled with láughter, *
        on our líps there were sóngs.

    The héathens themsélves said: ‘What márvels *
        the Lórd worked for thém!’
    What márvels the Lórd worked for ús! *
        Indéed we were glád.

    Delíver us, O Lórd, from our bóndage *
        as stréams in dry lánd.
    Thóse who are sówing in téars *
        will síng when they réap.

    They go óut, they go óut, full of téars, *
        carrying séed for the sówing:
    they come báck, they come báck, full of sóng, *
        cárrying their shéaves.

    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 126 (127)
    Without the Lord, we labour in vain


    “You are God’s building” (1 Cor 3:9).

    If the Lórd does not búild the hóuse, *
        in váin do its búilders lábour;
    if the Lórd does not wátch over the cíty, *
        in váin does the wátchman keep vígil.

    In váin is your éarlier rísing, *
        your góing láter to rést,
    you who tóil for the bréad you éat, *
        when he pours gífts on his belóved while they slúmber.

    Truly sóns are a gíft from the Lórd, *
        a bléssing, the frúit of the wómb.
    Indéed the sóns of yóuth *
        are like árrows in the hánd of a wárrior.

    Ó the háppiness of the mán *
        who has fílled his quíver with these árrows!
    Hé will have no cáuse for sháme *
        when he dispútes with his fóes in the gáteways.

    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 127 (128)
    Peaceful life in the Lord


    “’May the Lord bless you from Sion’, that is, from his Church” (Arnobius).

    O bléssed are thóse who fear the Lórd *
        and wálk in his wáys!

    By the lábour of your hánds you shall éat. *
        You will be háppy and prósper;
    your wífe like a frúitful víne *
        in the héart of your hóuse;
    your chíldren like shóots of the ólive, *
        aróund your táble.

    Indéed thús shall be bléssed *
        the mán who fears the Lórd.
    May the Lórd bléss you from Síon *
        all the dáys of your lífe!
    May you sée your chíldren’s chíldren *
        in a háppy Jerúsalem!

    On Ísrael, péace!

    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.

    I have appointed you to be a light to all peoples, to be my saving power to the very ends of the earth.


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    Short Reading
    1 John 1:5

    This is what we have heard from him, and the message that we are announcing to you: God is light; there is no darkness in him at all.


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    ℣. All peoples, bless our God.
    ℟. Cry out in praise of him.


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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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