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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Wednesday 12 February 2020

    Wednesday of week 5 in Ordinary Time

    Compline (Night Prayer)
    (today)

    The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday.


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    INTRODUCTION

    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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    Examination of Conscience

    This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience.  In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.


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    Hymn

    Now that the daylight dies away,
    By all thy grace and love,
    Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
    To watch our bed above.

    Let dreams depart and phantoms fly,
    The offspring of the night,
    Keep us, like shrines, beneath thine eye,
    Pure in our foe’s despite.

    This grace on thy redeemed confer,
    Father, co-equal Son,
    And Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
    Eternal Three in One.


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    Psalm 30 (31)
    Trustful prayer in time of adversity


    “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk 23:46).

    O God, be my protector and my refuge.

    In you, O Lord, I take refuge.
        Let me never be put to shame.
    In your justice, set me free,
        hear me and speedily rescue me.

    Be a rock of refuge for me,
        a mighty stronghold to save me,
    for you are my rock, my stronghold.
        For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

    Release me from the snares they have hidden
        for you are my refuge, Lord.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit.
        It is you who will redeem me, Lord.

    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.

    O God, be my protector and my refuge.


    Psalm-prayer

    Full of trust we run to you, Lord, and put our lives into your hands. You are our strength in times of trouble and our refuge along the way. May you be our joy at the turning points of life and our reward at its end.


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    Psalm 129 (130)
    Out of the depths


    “He will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21).

    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
        Lord, hear my voice!
    O let your ears be attentive
        to the voice of my pleading.

    If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
        Lord, who would survive?
    But with you is found forgiveness:
        for this we revere you.

    My soul is waiting for the Lord.
        I count on his word.
    My soul is longing for the Lord
        more than watchman for daybreak.
    Let the watchman count on daybreak
        and Israel on the Lord.

    Because with the Lord there is mercy
        and fullness of redemption,
    Israel indeed he will redeem
        from all its iniquity.

    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.

    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.


    Psalm-prayer

    Listen with compassion to our prayers, Lord. The forgiveness of sins is yours. Do not look on the wrong we have done, but grant us your merciful kindness.


    Or:

    God of might and compassion, you sent your Word into the world, a watchman to announce to men the dawn of salvation. Do not leave us in the depths of our sins but listen to your Church pleading with you. Respond to her trust, and pour out in her the fullness of your redeeming grace.


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    Short Reading
    Ephesians 4:26-27

    Do not let resentment lead you into sin; the sunset must not find you still angry. Do not give the devil his opportunity.


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    Short Responsory

    Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.


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    Canticle
    Nunc Dimittis
    Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

    At last, all-powerful Master,
        you give leave to your servant
        to go in peace, according to your promise.

    For my eyes have seen your salvation
        which you have prepared for all nations,
    the light to enlighten the Gentiles
        and give glory to Israel, your people.

    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.

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord Jesus Christ,
        meek and humble of heart,
    you offer to those who follow you
        a yoke that is good to bear,
        a burden that is light.
    Accept, we beg you, our prayer and work of this day,
        and grant us the rest we need
        that we may be ever more willing to serve you,
        who live and reign for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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    The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
        Amen.


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    Marian Anthem


    Ave Regina Caelorum

    Hail, Queen of heaven, beyond compare,
    To whom the angels homage pay;
    Hail, Root of Jesse, Gate of Light,
    That opened for the world’s new Day.

    Rejoice, O Virgin unsurpassed,
    In whom our ransom was begun,
    For all your loving children pray
    To Christ, our Saviour and your Son.


    Ave, Regína cælórum,
    ave, Dómina angelórum,
    salve, radix, salve, porta,
    ex qua mundo lux est orta.

    Gaude, Virgo gloriósa,
    super omnes speciósa;
    vale, o valde decóra,
    et pro nobis Christum exóra.


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