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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Tuesday 4 February 2020

    Tuesday of week 4 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): 137-144
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “Happy are those who read this prophecy and treasure all that it says” (Apoc 1:3)

    Since you know the will of God, act according to it and you will be blessed.

    Lord, you are just indeed;
        your decrees are right.
    You have imposed your will with justice
        and with absolute truth.

    I am carried away by anger
        for my foes forget your word.
    Your promise is tried in the fire,
        the delight of your servant.

    Although I am weak and despised,
        I remember your precepts.
    Your justice is eternal justice
        and your law is truth.

    Though anguish and distress have seized me,
        I delight in your commands.
    The justice of your will is eternal:
        if you teach me, I shall live.

    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.

    Since you know the will of God, act according to it and you will be blessed.


    Psalm-prayer

    You are just indeed, Lord, and your commandments are eternal. Teach us to love you with all our hearts and to love our neighbour as ourselves.


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    Psalm 87 (88)
    The prayer of one gravely ill


    “This is your hour; this is the reign of darkness” (Lk 22:53).

    Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

    Lord my God, I call for help by day;
        I cry at night before you.
    Let my prayer come into your presence.
        O turn your ear to my cry.

    For my soul is filled with evils;
        my life is on the brink of the grave.
    I am reckoned as one in the tomb:
        I have reached the end of my strength,

    like one alone among the dead;
        like the slain lying in their graves;
    like those you remember no more,
        cut off, as they are, from your hand.

    You have laid me in the depths of the tomb,
        in places that are dark, in the depths.
    Your anger weighs down upon me:
        I am drowned beneath your waves.

    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 prayer come into your presence, O Lord.


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    Psalm 87 (88)

    To you, Lord, I call for help: do not hide your face from me.

    You have taken away my friends
        and made me hateful in their sight.
    Imprisoned, I cannot escape;
        my eyes are sunken with grief.

    I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
        to you I stretch out my hands.
    Will you work your wonders for the dead?
        Will the shades stand and praise you?

    Will your love be told in the grave
        or your faithfulness among the dead?
    Will your wonders be known in the dark
        or your justice in the land of oblivion?

    As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
        in the morning my prayer comes before you.
    Lord, why do you reject me?
        Why do you hide your face?

    Wretched, close to death from my youth,
        I have borne your trials; I am numb.
    Your fury has swept down upon me;
        your terrors have utterly destroyed me.

    They surround me all the day like a flood,
        they assail me all together.
    Friend and neighbour you have taken away:
        my one companion is darkness.

    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.

    To you, Lord, I call for help: do not hide your face from me.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, redeemer of all and author of our salvation, for us you went down to the realm of death and became free of death. Hear the prayers of your family and lift us from our slavery to evil, that we may be redeemed by you and see your Father’s glory.


    Or:

    Lord Jesus Christ, you chose to suffer and be overwhelmed by death in order to open the gates of death in triumph. Stay with us to help us on our pilgrimage; free us from all evil by the power of your resurrection. In the company of your saints, and constantly remembering your love for us, may we sing of your wonders in our Father’s house.


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    Short Reading
    1 John 3:17-18

    If a man who was rich enough in this world’s goods saw that one of his brothers was in need, but closed his heart to him, how could the love of God be living in him? My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.


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    ℣. Happy is the man who shows mercy and compassion.
    ℟. He will be remembered for ever.


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    Let us pray.

    Almighty, ever-living God,
        who at this third hour sent down your Holy Spirit on the apostles,
    send forth that same Spirit of love into our hearts
        so that we may bear faithful witness to you before all mankind.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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