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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Thursday 30 January 2020

    Thursday of week 3 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): 113-120
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “Happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28)

    Uphold me by your promise, Lord, and I shall live.

    I have no love for half-hearted men;
        my love is for your law.
    You are my shelter, my shield;
        I hope in your word.

    Leave me, you who do evil;
        I will keep God’s command.
    If you uphold me by your promise I shall live;
        let my hopes not be in vain.

    Sustain me and I shall be saved
        and ever observe your statutes.
    You spurn all who swerve from your statutes;
        their cunning is in vain.

    You throw away the wicked like dross;
        so I love your will.
    I tremble before you in terror;
        I fear your decrees.

    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.

    Uphold me by your promise, Lord, and I shall live.


    Psalm-prayer

    Help us and we shall be saved, Lord God; leave us and we are doomed. May you remain with us always so that the fullness of life may be ours.


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    Psalm 78 (79)
    A lamentation over Jerusalem


    “If you had only understood the message of peace” (Lk 19:42).

    Come to our help, O God our saviour, and forgive us our sins.

    O God, the nations have invaded your land,
        they have profaned your holy temple.
        They have made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.
    They have handed over the bodies of your servants
        as food to feed the birds of heaven
        and the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.

    They have poured out blood like water in Jerusalem;
        no one is left to bury the dead.
    We have become the taunt of our neighbours,
        the mockery and scorn of those who surround us.
    How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever;
        how long will your anger burn like fire?

    Do not hold the guilt of our fathers against us.
        Let your compassion hasten to meet us;
        we are left in the depths of distress.
    O God our saviour, come to our help,
        come for the sake of the glory of your name.
    O Lord our God, forgive us our sins;
        rescue us for the sake of your name.

    Why should the nations say: ‘Where is their God?’
        Let us see the nations around us repaid
        with vengeance for the blood of your servants that was shed!
    Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
        let your strong arm reprieve those condemned to die.

    But we, your people, the flock of your pasture,
        will give you thanks for ever and ever.
        We will tell your praise 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.

    Come to our help, O God our saviour, and forgive us our sins.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father of mercy, your only Son on the night he suffered did not ask you to take his disciples from the world but to preserve them from evil. Grant us your mercy that we may work out our salvation in repentance. Let us not be held back by the evil in us or in the world, but let all men see in our lives the glory of your transforming power.


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    Psalm 79 (80)
    Lord, tend your vine


    “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20).

    God of hosts, look down from heaven, and come to visit this vine of yours.

    O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
        you who lead Joseph’s flock,
    shine forth from your cherubim throne
        upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.
    O Lord, rouse up your might,
        O Lord, come to our help.

    God of hosts, bring us back;
        let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

    Lord God of hosts, how long
        will you frown on your people’s plea?
    You have fed them with tears for their bread,
        an abundance of tears for their drink.
    You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
        our enemies laugh us to scorn.

    God of hosts, bring us back;
        let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

    You brought a vine out of Egypt;
        to plant it you drove out the nations.
    Before it you cleared the ground;
        it took root and spread through the land.

    The mountains were covered with its shadow,
        the cedars of God with its boughs.
    It stretched out its branches to the sea,
        to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

    Then why have you broken down its walls?
        It is plucked by all who pass by.
    It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
        devoured by the beasts of the field.

    God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
        look down from heaven and see.
    Visit this vine and protect it,
        the vine your right hand has planted.
    Men have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.
        May they perish at the frown of your face.

    May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
        the man you have given your strength.
    And we shall never forsake you again;
        give us life that we may call upon your name.

    God of hosts, bring us back;
        let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

    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 of hosts, look down from heaven, and come to visit this vine of yours.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, eternal shepherd, you so tend the vineyard you planted that now it extends its branches even to the farthest coast. Look down on your Church and come to us. Help us remain in your Son as branches on the vine, that, planted firmly in your love, we may testify before the whole world to your great power working everywhere.


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    Short Reading
    Wisdom 19:22

    Lord, in every way you have made your people great and glorious. You have never disdained them, but stood by them always and everywhere.


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    ℣. You are the God who works wonders.
    ℟. You have made known to the peoples your might.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord, who at this third hour
        bestowed the gift of the Holy Spirit on the apostles
        while they were at prayer,
    grant us a share in the same grace.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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