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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Monday 20 January 2020

    Monday of week 2 in Ordinary Time
     or Saint Fabian, Pope, Martyr
     or Saint Sebastian, Martyr


    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

    Come, O Creator Spirit, come,
    And make within our hearts your home;
    To us your grace eternal give,
    Who of your breathing move and live.

    Our senses with your light inflame,
    Our hearts to heavenly love reclaim;
    Our bodies’ poor infirmity
    With strength perpetual fortify.

    Our earthly foe afar repel:
    grant us henceforth in peace to dwell;
    and so to us, with you for guide,
    no ill shall come, no harm betide.

    May we by you the Father learn,
    And know the Son, and you discern,
    Who are of both; and thus adore
    In perfect faith for evermore.


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    Psalm 41 (42)
    Longing for the Lord and his temple


    “Let all who are thirsty come; all who want it may have the water of life” (Rev 22:17).

    When can I enter and see the face of God?

    Like the deer that yearns
        for running streams,
    so my soul is yearning
        for you, my God.

    My soul is thirsting for God,
        the God of my life;
    when can I enter and see
        the face of God?

    My tears have become my bread,
        by night, by day,
    as I hear it said all the day long:
        ‘Where is your God?’

    These things will I remember
        as I pour out my soul:
    how I would lead the rejoicing crowd
        into the house of God,
    amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,
        the throng wild with joy.

    Why are you cast down, my soul,
        why groan within me?
    Hope in God; I will praise him still,
        my saviour and my God.

    My soul is cast down within me
        as I think of you,
    from the country of Jordan and Mount Hermon,
        from the Hill of Mizar.

    Deep is calling on deep,
        in the roar of waters;
    your torrents and all your waves
        swept over me.

    By day the Lord will send
        his loving kindness;
    by night I will sing to him,
        praise the God of my life.

    I will say to God, my rock:
        ‘Why have you forgotten me?
    Why do I go mourning
        oppressed by the foe?’

    With cries that pierce me to the heart,
        my enemies revile me,
    saying to me all the day long:
        ‘Where is your God?’

    Why are you cast down, my soul,
        why groan within me?
    Hope in God; I will praise him still,
        my saviour and my God.

    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.

    When can I enter and see the face of God?


    Psalm-prayer

    Father in heaven, when your strength takes possession of us we no longer say: Why are you cast down, my soul? So now that the surging waves of your indignation have passed over us, let us feel the healing calm of your forgiveness. Inspire us to yearn for you always, like the deer for running streams, until you satisfy every longing in heaven.


    Or:

    Lord God, never-failing fountain of life eternal, by the saving waters of baptism you called us from the depths of sin, to the depths of mercy. Do not forget the trials of our exile, but from the wellspring of the Word, satisfy our thirst for you so we may come rejoicing to your holy mountain.


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    Canticle
    Ecclesiasticus 36
    A prayer for Jerusalem, the holy city


    “This is eternal life: to know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (Jn 17:3).

    Show us, Lord, the light of your mercy.

    Save us, God of all things,
        strike all the nations with terror;
    raise your hand against foreign nations,
        that they may see the greatness of your might.

    Our sufferings proved your holiness to them;
        let their downfall prove your glory to us.
    Let them know, as we ourselves know,
        that there is no other God but you.

    Give us signs again, work further wonders,
        clothe your hand, your right arm in glory.

    Assemble all the tribes of Jacob,
        as when they first received their inheritance.
    Pity the poor people called by your name,
        pity Israel, chosen as your first-born.

    Have compassion on the holy city,
        Jerusalem, the place of your rest.
    Let Sion ring with your praises,
        let your temple be filled with your glory.

    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.

    Show us, Lord, the light of your mercy.


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    Psalm 18 (19)
    Praise of God the creator


    “The Rising Sun has come to visit us to guide our feet in the way of peace” (Lk 1:78,79).

    Blessed are you, Lord, in the vault of heaven.

    The heavens proclaim the glory of God,
        and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
    Day unto day takes up the story
        and night unto night makes known the message.

    No speech, no word, no voice is heard
        yet their span extends through all the earth,
        their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

    There he has placed a tent for the sun;
        it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent,
        rejoices like a champion to run its course.

    At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun;
        to the furthest end of the sky is its course.
        There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.

    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 are you, Lord, in the vault of heaven.


    Psalm-prayer

    To enlighten the world, Father, you sent to us your Word as the sun of truth and justice shining upon mankind. Illumine our eyes that we may discern your glory in the many works of your hand.


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    Short Reading
    Jeremiah 15:16

    When your words came, I devoured them: your word was my delight and the joy of my heart; for I was called by your name, Lord, God of hosts.


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    Short Responsory

    Rejoice in the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
    – Rejoice in the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
    Sing to him a new song.
    – Rejoice in the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Rejoice in the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.


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

    Blessed be the Lord, for he has visited us and freed us.

    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.

    Blessed be the Lord, for he has visited us and freed us.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Christ has given us all a share in his priesthood. We offer our prayers and ourselves in union with him.
    – Lord, accept our love and service.

    Jesus Christ, you are the eternal priest:
        make this morning’s offering acceptable to the Father.
    – Lord, accept our love and service.

    Lord, you are love itself:
        grant that we may love you.
    – Lord, accept our love and service.

    Give us today the fruits of the Holy Spirit:
        make us patient, kind and gentle.
    – Lord, accept our love and service.

    Give us the discernment to know the needs of our neighbours,
        and give us the courage to love them as brothers.
    – Lord, accept our love and service.


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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 Lord and God,
        protect us by your power throughout the course of this day,
        even as you have enabled us to begin it.
    Do not let us turn aside to any sin,
        but let our every thought, word and deed
        aim at doing what is pleasing in your sight.
    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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