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Liturgy of the Hours


  • Friday 17 January 2020

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


    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

    For all the saints who from their labours rest,
    Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
    Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
        Alleluia, Alleluia!

    Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
    Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
    Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light.
        Alleluia, Alleluia!

    O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
    Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
    And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
        Alleluia, Alleluia!

    O blest communion! fellowship divine!
    We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
    Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
        Alleluia, Alleluia!


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    Psalm 40 (41)
    Prayer in time of sickness


    “One of you will betray me – one who is eating with me” (Mk 14:18).

    Lord, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.

    Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak.
        The Lord will save him in the day of evil,
    will guard him, give him life, make him happy in the land
        and will not give him up to the will of his foes.
    The Lord will help him on his bed of pain,
        he will bring him back from sickness to health.

    As for me, I said: ‘Lord, have mercy on me,
        heal my soul for I have sinned against you.’
    My foes are speaking evil against me.
        ‘How long before he dies and his name is forgotten?’
    They come to visit me and speak empty words,
        their hearts full of malice, they spread it abroad.

    My enemies whisper together against me.
        They all weigh up the evil which is on me.
    ‘Some deadly thing has fastened upon him,
        he will not rise again from where he lies.’
    Thus even my friend, in whom I trusted,
        who ate my bread, has turned against me.

    But you, O Lord, have mercy on me.
        Let me rise once more and I will repay them.
    By this I shall know that you are my friend,
        if my foes do not shout in triumph over me.
    If you uphold me I shall be unharmed
        and set in your presence for ever more.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel
        from age to age. Amen. Amen.

    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, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, healer of soul and body, you said: Blessed are the merciful, they will obtain mercy. Teach us to come to the aid of the needy in a spirit of brotherly love, that we in turn may be received and strengthened by you.


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    Psalm 45 (46)
    God, our refuge and our strength


    “They will call his name ‘Immanuel’, which means ‘God with us’” (Mt 1:23).

    The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

    God is for us a refuge and strength,
        a helper close at hand, in time of distress,
    so we shall not fear though the earth should rock,
        though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea;
    even though its waters rage and foam,
        even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.

    The Lord of hosts is with us:
        the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

    The waters of a river give joy to God’s city,
        the holy place where the Most High dwells.
    God is within, it cannot be shaken;
        God will help it at the dawning of the day.
    Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken:
        he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.

    The Lord of hosts is with us:
        the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

    Come, consider the works of the Lord,
        the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
    He puts an end to wars over all the earth;
        the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps.
        He burns the shields with fire.
    ‘Be still and know that I am God,
        supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!’

    The Lord of hosts is with us:
        the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

    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 Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


    Psalm-prayer

    All-powerful Father, the refuge and strength of your people, you protect in adversity and defend in prosperity those who put their trust in you. May they persevere in seeking your will and find their way to you through obedience.


    Or:

    Lord God, when the restless powers of this world and the waters of hell rise up against your holy city, the new Jerusalem, you keep watch over it and it is safe, founded on solid rock. May the river that flows from the throne of the Lamb so purify this city as to make it shine out before men as your chosen dwelling, the unfailing sign of your greatness.


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    Canticle
    Apocalypse 15
    A hymn of adoration

    All the peoples will come and adore you, Lord.

    Great and wonderful are your deeds,
        O Lord God the Almighty!
    Just and true are your ways,
        O King of the ages!

    Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord?
        For you alone are holy.
    All nations shall come and worship you,
        for your judgements have been revealed.

    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 peoples will come and adore you, Lord.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 8:28-30

    We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.


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    Short Responsory

    The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
    – The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
    His face is turned towards the upright man.
    – The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    You have left all things and have followed me; you will be repaid a hundred times over, and gain eternal life.

    My soul glorifies the Lord,
        my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
    He looks on his servant in her lowliness;
        henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

    The Almighty works marvels for me.
        Holy his name!
    His mercy is from age to age,
        on those who fear him.

    He puts forth his arm in strength
        and scatters the proud-hearted.
    He casts the mighty from their thrones
        and raises the lowly.

    He fills the starving with good things,
        sends the rich away empty.

    He protects Israel, his servant,
        remembering his mercy,
    the mercy promised to our fathers,
        to Abraham and his sons for ever.

    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 have left all things and have followed me; you will be repaid a hundred times over, and gain eternal life.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us ask the Father to lead us to holiness through the intercession and example of the saints.
    – Make us holy as you are holy.

    Father, it was your will that we be called your children, and that is what we are;
        may your Church all over the world bear witness to your goodness.
    – Make us holy as you are holy.

    Father, you have called us to walk in your light and do always the things that please you;
        may our lives be rich in every kind of good work.
    – Make us holy as you are holy.

    Father, through Christ you have reconciled us to yourself;
        keep us in your name that we may all be one.
    – Make us holy as you are holy.

    Father, you have invited us to the festival of eternal life;
        make us perfect in your love through the bread that comes from heaven.
    – Make us holy as you are holy.

    Father, grant all sinners peace and forgiveness;
        let the dead live in the light of your presence.
    – Make us holy as you 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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