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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Monday 10 February 2020

    Saint Scholastica, Virgin
     on Monday of week 5 in Ordinary Time


    Morning Prayer (Lauds)


    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

    All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
        Let Angels prostrate fall;
    Bring forth the royal diadem
        To crown him Lord of all.

    Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
        Who from his altar call;
    Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
        And crown him Lord of all.

    Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
        Whom David Lord did call;
    The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
        And crown him Lord of all.

    Let every tribe and every tongue
        To him their hearts enthral,
    Lift high the universal song,
        And crown him Lord of all.


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    Psalm 5
    A morning prayer for help


    “Those who have received the Word of God which dwells within will rejoice for ever.”

    It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. In the morning you hear me.

    To my words give ear, O Lord,
        give heed to my groaning.
    Attend to the sound of my cries,
        my King and my God.

    It is you whom I invoke, O Lord.
        In the morning you hear me;
    in the morning I offer you my prayer,
        watching and waiting.

    You are no God who loves evil;
        no sinner is your guest.
    The boastful shall not stand their ground
        before your face.

    You hate all who do evil;
        you destroy all who lie.
    The deceitful and bloodthirsty man
        the Lord detests.

    But I through the greatness of your love
        have access to your house.
    I bow down before your holy temple,
        filled with awe.

    Lead me, Lord, in your justice,
        because of those who lie in wait;
        make clear your way before me.

    No truth can be found in their mouths,
        their heart is all mischief,
    their throat a wide-open grave,
        all honey their speech.

    All those you protect shall be glad
        and ring out their joy.
    You shelter them; in you they rejoice,
        those who love your name.

    It is you who bless the just man, Lord:
        you surround him with favour as with a shield.

    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.

    It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. In the morning you hear me.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, all justice and all goodness come from you; you hate evil and abhor lies. Lead us, your servants, in the path of your justice, so that all who hope in you may rejoice with the Church and in Christ.


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    Canticle
    1 Chronicles 29
    To God alone be honour and glory


    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 1:3).

    Lord our God, we praise the splendour of your name.

    Blessed are you, O Lord,
        the God of Israel our father,
        for ever and ever.

    Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power,
        and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty;
        for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.

    Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
        and you are exalted as head above all.

    Both riches and honour come from you,
        and you rule over all.
    In your hand are power and might;
        and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

    And now we thank you, our God,
        and praise your glorious name.

    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 our God, we praise the splendour of your name.


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    Psalm 28 (29)
    Praise the word of the Lord


    “A voice was heard from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son’” (Mt 3:17).

    Adore the Lord in his holy court.

    O give the Lord, you sons of God,
        give the Lord glory and power;
    give the Lord the glory of his name.
        Adore the Lord in his holy court.

    The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,
        the Lord on the immensity of waters;
    the voice of the Lord, full of power,
        the voice of the Lord, full of splendour.

    The Lord’s voice shattering the cedars,
        the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon;
    he makes Lebanon leap like a calf
        and Sirion like a young wild ox.

    The Lord’s voice flashes flames of fire.
        The Lord’s voice shaking the wilderness,
        the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh;
    the Lord’s voice rending the oak tree
        and stripping the forest bare.

    The God of glory thunders.
        In his temple they all cry: ‘Glory!’
    The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;
        the Lord sits as king for ever.

    The Lord will give strength to his people,
        the Lord will bless his people with 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.

    Adore the Lord in his holy court.


    Psalm-prayer

    You live for ever, Lord and King. All things of the earth justly sing your glory and honour. Strengthen your people against evil that we may rejoice in your peace and trust in your eternal promise.


    Or:

    Your voice sounds over the waters, Lord, as you reign above the flood. May we, who are born again in Christ by the new gift of water, praise your wonderful deeds with him in your holy temple.


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    Short Reading
    Song of Songs 8:7

    Love is something that no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all the wealth of his house to buy love, contempt is all he would purchase.


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    Short Responsory

    My heart has said of you: I have sought your presence, Lord.
    – My heart has said of you: I have sought your presence, Lord.
    It is your face that I will continue to seek.
    – My heart has said of you: I have sought your presence, Lord.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – My heart has said of you: I have sought your presence, Lord.


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    Canticle
    Benedictus
    The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

    See, the wise virgin has gone to Christ: she shines among the choirs of virgins like the sun in the heavens.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
        He has visited his people and redeemed them.

    He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
        in the house of David his servant,
    as he promised by the lips of holy men,
        those who were his prophets from of old.

    A saviour who would free us from our foes,
        from the hands of all who hate us.
    So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
        and his holy covenant remembered.

    He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,
        that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes,
    we might serve him in holiness and justice
        all the days of our life in his presence.

    As for you, little child,
        you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.
    You shall go ahead of the Lord
        to prepare his ways before him,

    To make known to his people their salvation
        through forgiveness of all their sins,
    the loving-kindness of the heart of our God
        who visits us like the dawn from on high.

    He will give light to those in darkness,
        those who dwell in the shadow of death,
        and guide us into the way of 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.

    See, the wise virgin has gone to Christ: she shines among the choirs of virgins like the sun in the heavens.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    With great joy let us praise Christ, the bridegroom of all virgins.
    – Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

    Lord Jesus, the holy virgins loved you as their only spouse;
        may we never be separated from you.
    – Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

    You crowned your mother Mary as queen of all virgins;
        by her prayers grant that we may serve you in purity of life.
    – Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

    The holy virgins followed you with undivided hearts;
        do not allow us to be fascinated by this passing world and drawn away from you.
    – Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

    Lord Jesus, you are the bridegroom that the wise virgins were ready to meet;
        let us watch for your coming with longing and hope.
    – Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

    May Saint N., who reigns in your kingdom, intercede for us;
        through her prayers grant us wisdom and innocence of life.
    – Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.


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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 God, may we, like Saint Scholastica,
        serve you with an unsullied love.
    Then our joy will be full
        as we receive from your loving hand
        all that we desire and ask.
    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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