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Liturgy of the Hours


  • Tuesday 28 January 2020

    Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor
     on Tuesday of week 3 in Ordinary Time


    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

    Who are these like stars appearing,
    these, before God’s throne who stand?
    Each a golden crown is wearing;
    who are all this glorious band?
    Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
    praising loud their heavenly King.

    Who are these of dazzling brightness,
    clothed in God’s own righteousness?
    These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
    shall their lustre still possess,
    still untouched by time’s rude hand?
    Whence came all this glorious band?

    These are they who have contended
    for their Saviour’s honour long,
    wrestling on till life was ended,
    following not the sinful throng;
    these who well the fight sustained,
    triumph through the Lamb have gained.

    These are they whose hearts were riven,
    sore with woe and anguish tried,
    who in prayer full oft have striven
    with the God they glorified;
    now, their painful conflict o’er,
    God has bid them weep no more.

    These, the Almighty contemplating,
    did as priests before him stand,
    soul and body always waiting
    day and night at his command:
    now in God’s most holy place
    blest they stand before his face.


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    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people


    “Peace to the Israel of God” (Gal 6:16).

    The Lord surrounds his people.

    Those who put their trust in the Lord
        are like Mount Sion, that cannot be shaken,
        that stands for ever.

    Jerusalem! The mountains surround her,
        so the Lord surrounds his people
        both now and for ever.

    For the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
        over the land of the just
    for fear that the hands of the just
        should turn to evil.

    Do good, Lord, to those who are good,
        to the upright of heart;
    but the crooked and those who do evil,
        drive them away!
    On Israel, 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.

    The Lord surrounds his people.


    Psalm-prayer

    Surround your people, Lord, within the safety of your Church, which you preserve on her rock foundation. Do not let us stretch out our hands to evil deeds, nor be destroyed by the insidious snares of the enemy, but bring us to share the lot of the saints in light.


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    Psalm 130 (131)
    Childlike trust in God


    “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29).

    Unless you become like little children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    O Lord, my heart is not proud
        nor haughty my eyes.
    I have not gone after things too great
        nor marvels beyond me.

    Truly I have set my soul
        in silence and peace.
    A weaned child on its mother’s breast,
        even so is my soul.

    O Israel, hope in the Lord
        both now and 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.

    Unless you become like little children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you declared that whoever receives a little child in your name receives you, and you promised your kingdom to those who are like children. Never let pride reign in our hearts, but may the Father’s compassion reward and embrace all who willingly bear your gentle yoke.


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    Canticle
    Apocalypse 4,5
    The song of the redeemed

    Lord, you made us a kingdom and priests to serve our God.

    Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
        to receive glory and honour and power,
    for you created all things,
        and by your will they existed and were created.

    Worthy are you, O Lord,
        to take the scroll and to open its seals,
    for you were slain,
        and by your blood you ransomed men for God
        from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

    You have made us a kingdom and priests to our God,
        and we shall reign on earth.

    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
        to receive power and wealth
    and wisdom and might
        and honour and glory and blessing.

    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.

    Lord, you made us a kingdom and priests to serve our God.


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    Short Reading
    James 3:17-18

    The wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure. It also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.


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    Short Responsory

    This man became a teacher in the Church of God.
    – This man became a teacher in the Church of God.
    The Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
    – This man became a teacher in the Church of God.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – This man became a teacher in the Church of God.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    God gave him great wisdom which he faithfully taught to others; he passed it on to them without keeping anything for himself.

    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.

    God gave him great wisdom which he faithfully taught to others; he passed it on to them without keeping anything for himself.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us pray to Christ, the high priest, who was appointed to represent men in their relations with God.
    – Lord, save your people.

    Lord Jesus, in times past you have lighted the way for your people through wise and holy leaders;
        may Christians always enjoy this sign of your loving kindness.
    – Lord, save your people.

    You forgave the sins of your people when holy pastors prayed;
        continually cleanse your Church through their powerful intercession.
    – Lord, save your people.

    In the presence of their brothers, you anointed your holy ones and poured on them your Spirit;
        fill with your Holy Spirit all the leaders of your people.
    – Lord, save your people.

    Nothing could ever separate the holy pastors from your love;
        do not lose even one of those whom you redeemed by your passion.
    – Lord, save your people.

    Through the pastors of your Church you give your sheep eternal life, and no one can steal them from you;
        save the faithful departed, for whom you laid down your life.
    – Lord, save your people.


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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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    Lord, our God, since it was by your gift that Saint Thomas became so great a saint and theologian,
        give us grace to understand his teaching and follow his way of life.
    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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