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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


    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

    Abide with us; the orb of day doth vanish;
    Thou Light of Light, the powers of darkness banish:
    At evenfall, good Lord, thy people bless;
    Shine in our hearts, thou Sun of righteousness.

    For this past day let every creature living
    Ascribe thee glory, honour and thanksgiving:
    Let man, together with the Angel-host
    Bless God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

    Jesu, Good Shepherd, thou who never sleepest,
    But o’er thy sheepfold watch and ward who keepest;
    The day is spent; it draws to eventide:
    With thy disciples, Lord, this night abide.


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    Psalm 44 (45)
    The wedding of the King


    “Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him” (Mt 25:6).

    You are the fairest of the children of men, and graciousness is poured upon your lips.

    My heart overflows with noble words.
        To the king I must speak the song I have made,
        my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.

    You are the fairest of the children of men
        and graciousness is poured upon your lips:
        because God has blessed you for evermore.

    O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh;
        in splendour and state, ride on in triumph
        for the cause of truth and goodness and right.

    Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand.
        Your arrows are sharp, peoples fall beneath you.
        The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.

    Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.
        A sceptre of justice is the sceptre of your kingdom.
        Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.

    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
        with the oil of gladness above other kings:
        your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.

    From the ivory palace you are greeted with music.
        The daughters of kings are among your loved ones.
        On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

    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 are the fairest of the children of men, and graciousness is poured upon your lips.


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    Psalm 44 (45)
    The King's bride

    Behold, the Bridegroom is coming: go out and meet him.

    Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words:
        forget your own people and your father’s house.
    So will the king desire your beauty:
        He is your lord, pay homage to him.

    And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts,
        the richest of the people shall seek your favour.
    The daughter of the king is clothed with splendour,
        her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.

    She is led to the king with her maiden companions.
        They are escorted amid gladness and joy;
        they pass within the palace of the king.

    Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers:
        you will make them princes over all the earth.
    May this song make your name for ever remembered.
        May the peoples praise you from age to age.

    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.

    Behold, the Bridegroom is coming: go out and meet him.


    Psalm-prayer

    When you took on flesh, Lord Jesus, you made a marriage of mankind with God. Help us to be faithful to your word and endure our exile bravely, until we are called to the heavenly marriage feast, to which the Virgin Mary, exemplar of your Church, has preceded us.


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    Canticle
    Ephesians 1
    God the Saviour

    God planned to bring all things together under Christ when the fullness of time had come.

    Blessed be the God and Father
        of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who has blessed us in Christ
        with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

    He chose us in him
        before the foundation of the world,
    that we should be holy
        and blameless before him.

    He destined us in love
        to be his sons through Jesus Christ,
    according to the purpose of his will,
        to the praise of his glorious grace
        which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

    In him we have redemption through his blood,
        the forgiveness of our trespasses,
    according to the riches of his grace
        which he lavished upon us.

    He has made known to us
        in all wisdom and insight
        the mystery of his will,
    according to his purpose
        which he set forth in Christ.

    His purpose he set forth in Christ
        as a plan for the fullness of time,
    to unite all things in him,
        things in heaven and things on earth.

    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.

    God planned to bring all things together under Christ when the fullness of time had come.


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    Short Reading
    1 Thessalonians 2:13

    We constantly thank God for you because as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.


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    Short Responsory

    Let my prayer come before you, O Lord.
    – Let my prayer come before you, O Lord.
    Let it rise in your presence like incense.
    – Let my prayer come before you, O Lord.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Let my prayer come before you, O Lord.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    Let my soul proclaim your greatness for ever, O my God.

    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.

    Let my soul proclaim your greatness for ever, O my God.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us give thanks to Christ our Lord who loves and cherishes his Church.
    – Be near us, Lord, this evening.

    Lord Jesus grant that all men may be saved,
        and come to knowledge of the truth.
    – Be near us, Lord, this evening.

    Protect Pope N. and N., our Bishop:
        help them, Lord, in your strength and mercy.
    – Be near us, Lord, this evening.

    Support those who meet with difficulty and disappointment:
        renew their confidence and sense of purpose.
    – Be near us, Lord, this evening.

    Christ our loving Lord, in your kindness be with the sick and the poor, the weak and the dying:
        bring them your comfort.
    – Be near us, Lord, this evening.

    We commend to you all those who, in their lifetime, shared in the sacred ministry:
        let them praise you for ever in heaven.
    – Be near us, Lord, this evening.


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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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    All-powerful God,
        since you have given us, your unworthy servants,
        the strength to work throughout this day,
    accept this evening sacrifice of praise
        as we thank you for your gifts.
    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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