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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Friday 17 January 2020

    Saint Antony, Abbot
     on Friday of week 1 in Ordinary Time


    Morning Prayer (Lauds)


    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

    All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
        Let Angels prostrate fall;
    Bring forth the royal diadem
        To crown him Lord of all.

    Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
        Who from his altar call;
    Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
        And crown him Lord of all.

    Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
        Whom David Lord did call;
    The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
        And crown him Lord of all.

    Let every tribe and every tongue
        To him their hearts enthral,
    Lift high the universal song,
        And crown him Lord of all.


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    Psalm 50 (51)
    God, have mercy on me


    “You must be made new in mind and spirit, and put on the new nature of God’s creating” (Eph 4:23,24).

    Lord, you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice offered on your altar.

    Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
        In your compassion blot out my offence.
    O wash me more and more from my guilt
        and cleanse me from my sin.

    My offences truly I know them;
        my sin is always before me.
    Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
        what is evil in your sight I have done.

    That you may be justified when you give sentence
        and be without reproach when you judge,
    O see, in guilt I was born,
        a sinner was I conceived.

    Indeed you love truth in the heart;
        then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
    O purify me, then I shall be clean;
        O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

    Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
        that the bones you have crushed may revive.
    From my sins turn away your face
        and blot out all my guilt.

    A pure heart create for me, O God,
        put a steadfast spirit within me.
    Do not cast me away from your presence,
        nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

    Give me again the joy of your help;
        with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
    that I may teach transgressors your ways
        and sinners may return to you.

    O rescue me, God, my helper,
        and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
    O Lord, open my lips
        and my mouth shall declare your praise.

    For in sacrifice you take no delight,
        burnt offering from me you would refuse,
    my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
        A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

    In your goodness, show favour to Sion:
        rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
    Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
        holocausts offered on your altar.

    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.

    Lord, you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice offered on your altar.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit we may proclaim your praise and glory before all the nations.


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    Canticle
    Isaiah 45
    All peoples, turn to the Lord


    “Every knee must bow at the name of Jesus” (Phil 2:10).

    All the descendants of Israel shall glory in victory through the Lord.

    Truly, God of Israel, the Saviour,
        you are a God who lies hidden.
    They will be put to shame and disgraced,
        all who resist you.
    They will take themselves off in dismay,
        the makers of idols.

    But Israel is saved by the Lord,
        saved for evermore.
    You will never be ashamed or disgraced
        through endless ages.

    For this is the word of the Lord,
        the creator of heaven,
    the God who made earth and shaped it,
        he who made it firm.
    He did not create it in vain,
        he made it to be lived in.

    ‘I am the Lord, there is no other.
        I have not spoken in secret, in some dark place,
    I have not said to Jacob’s sons
        “Search for me in vain.”

    I am the Lord, I speak the truth,
        I proclaim what is right.
    Assemble, all of you, draw near
        you who have escaped from the nations.

    They know nothing, who carry around
        their idols made of wood
    and keep on praying to a god
        that cannot save them.

    State your case and bring your proofs,
        consult among yourselves.
    Who proclaimed this beforehand,
        who foretold it long ago?

    Was it not I, the Lord?
        There is no god but me,
    a God of justice, a saviour.
        There is none but me.

    Turn to me and be saved,
        all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, there is no other;
        by myself I swear it.

    It is truth that goes forth from my mouth,
        a word beyond recall.
    To me every knee shall bow,
        every tongue shall swear.

    They will say: “In the Lord alone
        are victory and power.
    And to him will come in dismay
        all who have resisted.
    Through the Lord will come victory and glory
        for all Israel’s sons.”’

    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.

    All the descendants of Israel shall glory in victory through the Lord.


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    Psalm 99 (100)
    Enter the Temple with joy


    “The Lord calls all those he has redeemed to sing a hymn of victory” (St Athanasius).

    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.

    Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
        Serve the Lord with gladness.
        Come before him, singing for joy.

    Know that he, the Lord, is God.
        He made us, we belong to him,
        we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

    Go within his gates, giving thanks.
        Enter his courts with songs of praise.
        Give thanks to him and bless his name.

    Indeed, how good is the Lord,
        eternal his merciful love.
        He is faithful from age to age.

    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.

    Come before the Lord, singing for joy.


    Psalm-prayer

    With joy and gladness we cry out to you, Lord, and ask you: open our hearts to sing your praises and announce your goodness and truth.


    Or:

    God, devoted to us as a Father, you created us as a sign of your power and elected us your people to show your goodness. Accept the thanks your children offer that all men may enter your courts praising you in song.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 12:1-2

    Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God. Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.


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    Short Responsory

    The just shall rejoice in the sight of God.
    – The just shall rejoice in the sight of God.
    They shall be filled with gladness.
    – The just shall rejoice in the sight of God.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – The just shall rejoice in the sight of God.


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    Canticle
    Benedictus
    The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

    Whoever does the will of my Father, says the Lord, is my brother, and sister, and mother.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
        He has visited his people and redeemed them.

    He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
        in the house of David his servant,
    as he promised by the lips of holy men,
        those who were his prophets from of old.

    A saviour who would free us from our foes,
        from the hands of all who hate us.
    So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
        and his holy covenant remembered.

    He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,
        that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes,
    we might serve him in holiness and justice
        all the days of our life in his presence.

    As for you, little child,
        you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.
    You shall go ahead of the Lord
        to prepare his ways before him,

    To make known to his people their salvation
        through forgiveness of all their sins,
    the loving-kindness of the heart of our God
        who visits us like the dawn from on high.

    He will give light to those in darkness,
        those who dwell in the shadow of death,
        and guide us into the way of peace.

    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.

    Whoever does the will of my Father, says the Lord, is my brother, and sister, and mother.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us praise Christ, the holy God, and ask that we may serve him in justice and holiness all the days of our life.
    – Lord, you alone are holy.

    You were tempted in every way that we are, but you did not sin;
        Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.
    – Lord, you alone are holy.

    You have called us to grow in love until there is no longer fear;
        Lord Jesus, make us holy.
    – Lord, you alone are holy.

    You have told us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world;
        Lord Jesus, enlighten our minds and hearts.
    – Lord, you alone are holy.

    In a world of human need it was your will to serve and not to be served;
        let us become like you, Lord Jesus, in the humble service of our brothers.
    – Lord, you alone are holy.

    You are the radiant brightness of God’s glory, the perfect likeness of his nature;
        Lord Jesus, let us see the splendour of your face.
    – Lord, you alone are holy.


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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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    Lord God, you bestowed on Saint Antony
        the grace of serving you in the wilderness.
    Grant that through his intercession
        we may deny ourselves and love you above all things.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
        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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