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Liturgy of the Hours


  • Monday 10 February 2020

    Saint Scholastica, Virgin
     on Monday of week 5 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

    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 10 (11)
    The Lord, support of the just


    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied” (Mt 5:6).

    The Lord cares for the weak and oppressed.

    In the Lord I have taken my refuge.
        How can you say to my soul:
        ‘Fly like a bird to its mountain.

    See the wicked bracing their bow;
        they are fixing their arrows on the string
    to shoot upright men in the dark.
        Foundations once destroyed, what can the just do?’

    The Lord is in his holy temple,
        the Lord, whose throne is in heaven.
    His eyes look down on the world;
        his gaze tests mortal men.

    The Lord tests the just and the wicked;
        the lover of violence he hates.
    He sends fire and brimstone on the wicked;
        he sends a scorching wind as their lot.

    The Lord is just and loves justice;
        the upright shall see his face.

    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 cares for the weak and oppressed.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, you search the hearts of all, both the good and the wicked. May those who are in danger for love of you, find security in you now, and, in the day of judgement, may they rejoice in seeing you face to face.


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    Psalm 14 (15)
    Who is worthy to face the Lord?


    “You have come to Mount Sion, to the city of the living God” (Heb 12:22).

    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

    Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent
        and dwell on your holy mountain?

    He who walks without fault;
        he who acts with justice
    and speaks the truth from his heart;
        he who does not slander with his tongue;

    he who does no wrong to his brother,
        who casts no slur on his neighbour,
    who holds the godless in disdain,
        but honours those who fear the Lord;

    he who keeps his pledge, come what may;
        who takes no interest on a loan
    and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
        Such a man will stand firm 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.

    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.


    Psalm-prayer

    Make our lives blameless, Lord. Help us to do what is right and to speak what is true, that we may dwell in your tent and find rest on your holy mountain.


    Or:

    You first chose to live among men, Lord Jesus, and in returning to your Father you made an eternal home for us. Help us walk blamelessly in your ways, that we may come at last to your holy mountain.


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    Canticle
    Ephesians 1
    God the Saviour

    God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted sons.

    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 chose us in his Son and made us his adopted sons.


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    Short Reading
    1 Corinthians 7:32,34

    An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord’s affairs, all he need worry about is pleasing the Lord. In the same way an unmarried woman, like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit.


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    Short Responsory

    The virgins come before the king. They sing for joy.
    – The virgins come before the king. They sing for joy.
    They are led into the temple of the king.
    – The virgins come before the king. They sing for joy.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – The virgins come before the king. They sing for joy.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    Come, bride of Christ, and receive the crown which the Lord has prepared for you.

    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.

    Come, bride of Christ, and receive the crown which the Lord has prepared for you.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Christ the Lord praised those who follow the way of virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let us proclaim his love and pray:
    – Jesus, king of virgins, hear us.

    Christ our Lord, you presented the Church to yourself, as a chaste virgin to her only husband;
        make her pure, holy and faultless.
    – Jesus, king of virgins, hear us.

    Christ Jesus, the holy virgins went to meet you with lamps burning bright;
        keep alive the flame of fidelity in the hearts of religious women.
    – Jesus, king of virgins, hear us.

    Lord, you have always preserved your Church in purity and soundness of faith;
        grant to all Christians a faith that is true and complete.
    – Jesus, king of virgins, hear us.

    You bring joy to the lives of your faithful as they celebrate the feast of your holy virgin N.;
        may they also rejoice in her constant intercession.
    – Jesus, king of virgins, hear us.

    You have welcomed your holy virgins to the wedding feast of heaven;
        invite all the dead to the feast of eternal life.
    – Jesus, king 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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