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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Sunday 19 January 2020

    2nd Sunday 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

    I bind unto myself today
    The strong name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same,
    The Three in One, and One in Three.

    I bind unto myself today
    The power of God to hold and lead,
    His eye to watch, his might to stay,
    His ear to hearken to my need,

    The wisdom of my God to teach,
    His hand to guide, his shield to ward;
    The word of God to give me speech,
    His heavenly host to be my guard.

    I bind unto myself the name,
    The strong name of the Trinity;
    By invocation of the same,
    The Three in One, and One in Three –

    Of whom all nature hath creation;
    Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
    Praise to the Lord of my salvation:
    Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


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    Psalm 117 (118)
    A cry of rejoicing and triumph


    “This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the cornerstone” (Acts 4:11).

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

    Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
        for his love endures for ever.

    Let the sons of Israel say:
        ‘His love endures for ever.’
    Let the sons of Aaron say:
        ‘His love endures for ever.’
    Let those who fear the Lord say:
        ‘His love endures for ever.’

    I called to the Lord in my distress;
        he answered and freed me.
    The Lord is at my side; I do not fear.
        What can man do against me?
    The Lord is at my side as my helper;
        I shall look down on my foes.

    It is better to take refuge in the Lord
        than to trust in men;
    it is better to take refuge in the Lord
        than to trust in princes.

    The nations all encompassed me;
        in the Lord’s name I crushed them.

    They compassed me, compassed me about;
        in the Lord’s name I crushed them.

    They compassed me about like bees;
        they blazed like a fire among thorns.
        In the Lord’s name I crushed them.

    I was hard-pressed and was falling,
        but the Lord came to help me.
    The Lord is my strength and my song;
        he is my saviour.
    There are shouts of joy and victory
        in the tents of the just.

    The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
        his right hand raised me.
        The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
    I shall not die, I shall live
        and recount his deeds.
    I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,
        but not doomed to die.

    Open to me the gates of holiness:
        I will enter and give thanks.
    This is the Lord’s own gate
        where the just may enter.
    I will thank you for you have answered
        and you are my saviour.

    The stone which the builders rejected
        has become the corner stone.
    This is the work of the Lord,
        a marvel in our eyes.
    This day was made by the Lord;
        we rejoice and are glad.

    O Lord, grant us salvation;
        O Lord, grant success.
    Blessed in the name of the Lord
        is he who comes.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord;
        the Lord God is our light.

    Go forward in procession with branches
        even to the altar.
    You are my God, I thank you.
        My God, I praise you.
    Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
        for his love endures 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.

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, you have given us the great day of rejoicing: Jesus Christ, the stone rejected by the builders, has become the cornerstone of the Church, our spiritual home. Shed upon your Church the rays of your glory, that she may be seen as the gate of salvation open to all nations. Let cries of joy and exultation ring out from her tents, to celebrate the wonder of Christ’s resurrection.


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    Canticle
    Daniel 3:52-57
    Let every creature praise the Lord


    “The Creator is blessed for ever” (Rom 1:25).

    Let us sing a hymn to our God. Alleluia.

    You are blest, Lord God of our fathers.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    Blest your glorious holy name.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    You are blest in the temple of your glory.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    You are blest who gaze into the depths.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    You are blest in the firmament of heaven.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    You who walk on the wings of the wind.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    May they bless you, the saints and the angels.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    From the heavens, the earth and the sea.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    You are blest, Lord God of our fathers.
        To you glory and praise for evermore.

    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.

    Let us sing a hymn to our God. Alleluia.


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    Psalm 150
    Praise the Lord


    “Sing praise in your spirit, sing praise with your soul, that is: give glory to God in both your soul and your body” (Hesychius).

    Praise the Lord for his surpassing greatness. Alleluia.

    Praise God in his holy place,
        praise him in his mighty heavens.
    Praise him for his powerful deeds,
        praise his surpassing greatness.

    O praise him with sound of trumpet,
        praise him with lute and harp.
    Praise him with timbrel and dance,
        praise him with strings and pipes.

    O praise him with resounding cymbals,
        praise him with clashing of cymbals.
    Let everything that lives and that breathes
        give praise to the Lord.

    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.

    Praise the Lord for his surpassing greatness. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, maker of heaven and earth and of all created things, you make your just one holy and you justify sinners who confess your name. Hear us as we humbly pray to you: give us eternal joy with your saints.


    Or:

    Lord God, through your saving plan all things are ours, and we are Christ’s and Christ is yours. Accept the praises of your Church. By these praises, through Christ, with him and in him, all your honour and glory is celebrated, all-powerful Father, in the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.


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    Short Reading
    Ezekiel 36:25-27

    I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances.


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    Short Responsory

    We give thanks to you, O God, and call upon your name.
    – We give thanks to you, O God, and call upon your name.
    We recount your wonderful deeds.
    – We give thanks to you, O God, and call upon your name.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – We give thanks to you, O God, and call upon your name.


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

    John bore witness, saying ‘A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me.’ (Year A)
    Or: The disciples went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they spent the rest of that day with him.

    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.

    John bore witness, saying ‘A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me.’ (Year A)
    Or: The disciples went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they spent the rest of that day with him.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us thank our Saviour, who came into this world that God might be with us.
    – We praise you, O Lord, and we thank you.

    We welcome you with praise, you are the Daystar, the first fruits from the dead:
        let us rise with you to walk in the light of Easter.
    – We praise you, O Lord, and we thank you.

    Help us on this day of rest to see goodness in all your creatures:
        open our eyes and our hearts to your love in the world.
    – We praise you, O Lord, and we thank you.

    Lord, we meet around your table as your family:
        help us to see that our bitterness is forgotten, our discord is resolved, and our sins are forgiven.
    – We praise you, O Lord, and we thank you.

    We pray for all Christian families:
        may your Spirit deepen their unity in faith and love.
    – We praise you, O Lord, and we thank you.


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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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    Almighty God,
        ruler of all things in heaven and on earth,
    listen favourably to the prayer of your people,
        and grant us your peace in our day.
    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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