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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Friday 14 February 2020

    Friday of week 5 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): 25-32
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “He said, on coming into the world: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will ” (Heb 10:5,7)

    I will run the way of your commands, when you give me a docile heart.

    My soul lies in the dust;
        by your word revive me.
    I declared my ways and you answered;
        teach me your statutes.

    Make me grasp the way of your precepts
        and I will muse on your wonders.
    My soul pines away with grief;
        by your word raise me up.

    Keep me from the way of error
        and teach me your law.
    I have chosen the way of truth
        with your decrees before me.

    I bind myself to do your will;
        Lord, do not disappoint me.
    I will run the way of your commands;
        you give freedom to my heart.

    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.

    I will run the way of your commands, when you give me a docile heart.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, we are citizens of this earth and ask to be made citizens of heaven by your free gift. Help us to run in the way of your commandments and to set our hearts on you alone.


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    Psalm 25 (26)
    Trustful prayer of an innocent man


    “God has chosen us in Christ, that we may be holy and unstained” (Eph 1:4).

    I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.

    Give judgement for me, O Lord:
        for I walk the path of perfection.
        I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.

    Examine me, Lord, and try me;
        O test my heart and my mind,
    for your love is before my eyes
        and I walk according to your truth.

    I never take my place with liars
        and with hypocrites I shall not go.
    I hate the evil-doer’s company:
        I will not take my place with the wicked.

    To prove my innocence I wash my hands
        and take my place around your altar,
    singing a song of thanksgiving,
        proclaiming all your wonders.

    O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
        the place where your glory abides.

    Do not sweep me away with sinners,
        nor my life with bloodthirsty men
    in whose hands are evil plots,
        whose right hands are filled with gold.

    As for me, I walk the path of perfection.
        Redeem me and show me your mercy.
    My foot stands on level ground:
        I will bless the Lord in the assembly.

    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.

    I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.


    Psalm-prayer

    Send the fire of your Holy Spirit deep within us, Lord, so that we can serve you with chaste bodies and please you with pure minds.


    Or:

    Lord Jesus, Lamb without stain, image of the Father’s glory, give us the strength to avoid all sin and to be faithful to you always. Lead us to the place where God dwells in his glory that we may praise him with joy among his saints.


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    Psalm 27 (28)
    Supplication and thanksgiving


    “Father, I give you thanks, since you have heard me” (Jn 11:41).

    In the Lord my heart trusts, so I am sustained.

    To you, O Lord, I call,
        my rock, hear me.
    If you do not heed I shall become
        like those in the grave.

    Hear the voice of my pleading
        as I call for help,
    as I lift up my hands in prayer
        to your holy place.

    Do not drag me away with the wicked,
        with the evil-doers,
    who speak words of peace to their neighbours
        but with evil in their hearts.

    Blessed be the Lord for he has heard
        my cry, my appeal.
    The Lord is my strength and my shield;
        in him my heart trusts.
    I was helped, my heart rejoices
        and I praise him with my song.

    The Lord is the strength of his people,
        a fortress where his anointed find help.
    Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.
        Be their shepherd and carry them 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.

    In the Lord my heart trusts, so I am sustained.


    Psalm-prayer

    You are the strength of the people, Father. Save us from the pit of death and unite us as one in your holy temple, so that we may attain in our hearts the peace our tongues proclaim.


    Or:

    You heard your Son, Lord, when he stretched out his hands to you on the cross. He did not become like those who go into the pit, but the Son you begot before the daystar arose from the dead before dawn. Strengthen your people to offer you thanks for the many works you have done.


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    Short Reading
    Philippians 2:2-4

    Be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.


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    ℣. The ways of the Lord are faithfulness and love.
    ℟. These are the ways of those who keep his covenant and will.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord Jesus Christ,
        at this third hour you were led to the cross
        to suffer the penalty of death for the salvation of mankind:
    in your mercy grant us pardon for our past offences
        and by your power preserve us from future falls.
    You live and reign for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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


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