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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


    Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce)


    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, Holy Spirit, live in us
    With God the Father and the Son,
    And grant us your abundant grace
    To sanctify and make us one.

    May mind and tongue made strong in love
    Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
    And may that love within our hearts
    Set fire to others with its flame.

    Most blessèd Trinity of love,
    For whom the heart of man was made,
    To you be praise in timeless song,
    And everlasting homage paid.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    PSALMS OF THE DAY

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    Psalm 118(119): 41-48
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 8:21)

    Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.

    Lord, let your love come upon me,
        the saving help of your promise.
    And I shall answer those who taunt me
        for I trust in your word.

    Do not take the word of truth from my mouth
        for I trust in your decrees.
    I shall always keep your law
        for ever and ever.

    I shall walk in the path of freedom
        for I seek your precepts.
    I will speak of your will before kings
        and not be abashed.

    Your commands have been my delight;
        these I have loved.
    I will worship your commands and love them
        and ponder your statutes.

    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 those who hear the word of God and keep it.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, let your salvation come to us as you have promised, that we may keep your law always and, taught by the Word of truth, find strength in his salvation.


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    Psalm 39 (40)
    Thanksgiving and a prayer for help


    “You wanted no sacrifice or oblation, but you have prepared a body for me” (Heb 10:5).

    My food is to do the will of my Father.

    I waited, I waited for the Lord
        and he stooped down to me;
        he heard my cry.

    He drew me from the deadly pit,
        from the miry clay.
    He set my feet upon a rock
        and made my footsteps firm.

    He put a new song into my mouth,
        praise of our God.
    Many shall see and fear
        and shall trust in the Lord.

    Happy the man who has placed
        his trust in the Lord
    and has not gone over to the rebels
        who follow false gods.

    How many, O Lord my God,
        are the wonders and designs
    that you have worked for us;
        you have no equal.
    Should I proclaim and speak of them,
        they are more than I can tell!

    You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
        but an open ear.
    You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
        Instead, here am I.

    In the scroll of the book it stands written
        that I should do your will.
    My God, I delight in your law
        in the depth of my heart.

    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.

    My food is to do the will of my Father.


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    Psalm 39 (40)

    Though I am wretched and poor, the Lord will take care of me.

    Your justice I have proclaimed
        in the great assembly.
    My lips I have not sealed;
        you know it, O Lord.

    I have not hidden your justice in my heart
        but declared your faithful help.
    I have not hidden your love and your truth
        from the great assembly.

    O Lord, you will not withhold
        your compassion from me.
    Your merciful love and your truth
        will always guard me.

    For I am beset with evils
        too many to be counted.
    My sins have fallen upon me
        and my sight fails me.
    They are more than the hairs of my head
        and my heart sinks.

    O Lord, come to my rescue;
        Lord, come to my aid.

    O let there be rejoicing and gladness
        for all who seek you.
    Let them ever say: ‘The Lord is great’,
        who love your saving help.

    As for me, wretched and poor,
        the Lord thinks of me.
    You are my rescuer, my help,
        O God, do not delay.

    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.

    Though I am wretched and poor, the Lord will take care of me.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus Christ, you were made obedient unto death, and your name was exalted above all others. Teach us always to do the Father’s will, so that, made holy by obedience which unites us to the sacrifice of your body, we can expect your great love in times of sorrow and sing a new song to our God.


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    Short Reading
    Jeremiah 31:33

    This is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people.


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    ℣. Put a steadfast heart within me, O God.
    ℟. Do not cast me away from your presence.


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    Let us pray.

    Father, Creator of all that is good,
        you have called men to work in your world,
        and by their cooperation to better the condition of mankind.
    Grant that we may always work together as children of your family,
        and love all men as our brethren.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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    Let us praise the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God.


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