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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


    Compline (Night Prayer)

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    INTRODUCTION

    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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    Examination of Conscience

    This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience.  In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.


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    Hymn

    Now that the daylight dies away,
    By all thy grace and love,
    Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
    To watch our bed above.

    Let dreams depart and phantoms fly,
    The offspring of the night,
    Keep us, like shrines, beneath thine eye,
    Pure in our foe’s despite.

    This grace on thy redeemed confer,
    Father, co-equal Son,
    And Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
    Eternal Three in One.


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    Psalm 90 (91)
    The protection of the Most High


    “Behold, I have given you power to tread under foot both serpents and scorpions” (Lk 10:19).

    He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night.

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        and abides in the shade of the Almighty
    says to the Lord: ‘My refuge,
        my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’

    It is he who will free you from the snare
        of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;
    he will conceal you with his pinions
        and under his wings you will find refuge.

    You will not fear the terror of the night
        nor the arrow that flies by day,
    nor the plague that prowls in the darkness
        nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

    A thousand may fall at your side,
        ten thousand fall at your right,
    you, it will never approach;
        his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

    Your eyes have only to look
        to see how the wicked are repaid,
    you who have said: ‘Lord, my refuge!’
        and have made the Most High your dwelling.

    Upon you no evil shall fall,
        no plague approach where you dwell.
    For you has he commanded his angels,
        to keep you in all your ways.

    They shall bear you upon their hands
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.
    On the lion and the viper you will tread
        and trample the young lion and the dragon.

    Since he clings to me in love, I will free him;
        protect him for he knows my name.
    When he calls I shall answer: ‘I am with you,’
        I will save him in distress and give him glory.

    With length of life I will content him;
        I shall let him see my saving power.

    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.

    He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus Christ, when tempted by the devil, you remained loyal to your Father whose angels watched over you at his command. Guard your Church and keep us safe from the plague of sin so that we may remain loyal to the day we enjoy your salvation and your glory.


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    Short Reading
    Apocalypse 22:4-5

    They will see the Lord face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever.


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    Short Responsory

    Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.


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    Canticle
    Nunc Dimittis
    Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

    At last, all-powerful Master,
        you give leave to your servant
        to go in peace, according to your promise.

    For my eyes have seen your salvation
        which you have prepared for all nations,
    the light to enlighten the Gentiles
        and give glory to Israel, your people.

    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.

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.


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    Let us pray.

    God our Father,
        as we have celebrated today the mystery of the Lord’s resurrection,
        grant our humble prayer:
    free us from all harm
        that we may sleep in peace
        and rise in joy to sing your praise.
    Through Christ our Lord,
    Amen.


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    The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
        Amen.


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    Marian Anthem


    Alma Redemptoris Mater

    Mother of Christ! Hear thou thy people’s cry,
    Star of the deep, and portal of the sky!
    Mother of him who thee from nothing made,
    Sinking we strive, and call to thee for aid:

    Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
    Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.


    Alma Redemptóris Mater,
    quæ pérvia cæli porta manes,
    et stella maris,
    succúrre cadénti,
    súrgere qui curat, pópulo;
    tu quæ genuísti, natúra miránte,
    tuum sanctum Genitórem,

    Virgo prius ac postérius,
    Gabriélis ab ore
    sumens illud Ave,
    peccatórum miserére.


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