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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Tuesday 11 February 2020

    Tuesday of week 5 in Ordinary Time
     or Our Lady of Lourdes


    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

    O Strength and Stay upholding all creation,
    Who ever dost thyself unmoved abide,
    Yet day by day the light in due gradation
    From hour to hour in all its changes guide –

    Grant to life’s day a calm unclouded ending,
    An eve untouched by shadows of decay,
    The brightness of a holy death-bed blending
    With dawning glories of the eternal day.

    Hear us, O Father, gracious and forgiving,
    Through Jesus Christ thy co-eternal Word,
    Who, with the Holy Ghost, by all things living
    Now and to endless ages art adored.


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    Psalm 19 (20)
    Prayer for victory


    “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

    The Lord will give victory to his Anointed One.

    May the Lord answer in time of trial;
        may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.

    May he send you help from his shrine
        and give you support from Sion.
    May he remember all your offerings
        and receive your sacrifice with favour.

    May he give you your heart’s desire
        and fulfil every one of your plans.
    May we ring out our joy at your victory
        and rejoice in the name of our God.
        May the Lord grant all your prayers.

    I am sure now that the Lord
        will give victory to his anointed,
    will reply from his holy heaven
        with the mighty victory of his hand.

    Some trust in chariots or horses,
        but we in the name of the Lord.
    They will collapse and fall,
        but we shall hold and stand firm.

    Give victory to the king, O Lord,
        give answer on the day we call.

    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 will give victory to his Anointed One.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, you accepted the perfect sacrifice of your Son upon the cross. Hear us during times of trouble and protect us by the power of his name, that we who share his struggle on earth may merit a share in his victory.


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    Psalm 20 (21)
    Thanksgiving for victory


    “He accepted human life, so that he could rise from the dead and live for ever and ever” (St Irenaeus).

    We shall sing and praise your power.

    O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king;
        how your saving help makes him glad!
    You have granted him his heart’s desire;
        you have not refused the prayer of his lips.

    You came to meet him with the blessings of success,
        you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
    He asked you for life and this you have given,
        days that will last from age to age.

    Your saving help has given him glory.
        You have laid upon him majesty and splendour,
    you have granted your blessings to him for ever.
        You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.

    The king has put his trust in the Lord:
        through the mercy of the Most High he shall stand firm.
    O Lord, arise in your strength;
        we shall sing and praise your power.

    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.

    We shall sing and praise your power.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, you have given us life on this earth and have met us with the grace of redemption. Bestow your greatest blessing on us, the fullness of eternal life.


    Or:

    Lord, you have given your Son a crown of precious stones. Bless your Church that your people may overcome hardship and rejoice in your power and glory.


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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
    1 John 3:1,2


    Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
    by letting us be called God’s children;
    and that is what we are.
    My dear people, we are already the children of God
    but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
    all we know is, that when it is revealed
    we shall be like him
    because we shall see him as he really is.


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    Short Responsory

    Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.
    – Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.
    Your truth will last from age to age.
    – Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    My spirit exults in the Lord God, my saviour.

    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.

    My spirit exults in the Lord God, my saviour.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Through Christ we are sons of God: in him we see what we shall be when we come to the Father. With confidence we pray:
    – Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Guide leaders and governments:
        give them wisdom and integrity.
    – Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    You are the Lord and source of our freedom:
        bring those in captivity of mind or body to the freedom of the children of God.
    – Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Give courage and strength to the young.
        Help them to choose their work, and make the right decisions for their way of life.
    – Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Give patient tolerance to all who are no longer young;
        open the hearts of the young to accept from them understanding and love.
    – Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Receive the departed into your eternal kingdom;
        sustain our hope to reign with you for ever.
    – Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


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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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    We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
        for bringing us safely to the evening of this day;
    we humbly ask that the prayer we make with uplifted hands
        may be an offering pleasing in your sight.
    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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