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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


    Midday Prayer (Sext)


    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

    Lord God and Maker of all things,
    Creation is upheld by you.
    While all must change and know decay,
    You are unchanging, always new.

    You are man’s solace and his shield,
    His Rock secure on which to build.
    You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
    In you alone is hope fulfilled.

    To God the Father and the Son
    And Holy Spirit render praise:
    Blest Trinity, from age to age
    The strength of all our living days.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS

    Here are the complementary psalms. Your current settings have the psalms of the day at Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce).


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    Psalm 122 (123)
    The Lord guards his people


    “The two blind men cried out, ‘Lord, have pity on us, Son of David’” (Mt 20:30).

    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.

    To you have I lifted up my eyes,
        you who dwell in the heavens;
    my eyes, like the eyes of slaves
        on the hand of their lords.

    Like the eyes of a servant
        on the hand of her mistress,
    so our eyes are on the Lord our God
        till he show us his mercy.

    Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
        We are filled with contempt.
    Indeed all too full is our soul
        with the scorn of the rich,
        with the proud man’s disdain.

    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.

    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.


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    Psalm 123 (124)
    Our help is in the name of the Lord


    “The Lord said to Paul, ‘Do not fear; for I am with you’” (Acts 18:9,10).

    Our help is in the name of the Lord.

    ‘If the Lord had not been on our side,’
        this is Israel’s song.
    ‘If the Lord had not been on our side
        when men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive
        when their anger was kindled.

    ‘Then would the waters have engulfed us,
        the torrent gone over us;
    over our head would have swept
        the raging waters.’

    Blessed be the Lord who did not give us
        a prey to their teeth!
    Our life, like a bird, has escaped
        from the snare of the fowler.

    Indeed the snare has been broken
        and we have escaped.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
        who made heaven and 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.

    Our help is in the name of the Lord.


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    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people


    “Peace to the Israel of God” (Gal 6:16).

    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.

    Those who put their trust in the Lord
        are like Mount Sion, that cannot be shaken,
        that stands for ever.

    Jerusalem! The mountains surround her,
        so the Lord surrounds his people
        both now and for ever.

    For the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
        over the land of the just
    for fear that the hands of the just
        should turn to evil.

    Do good, Lord, to those who are good,
        to the upright of heart;
    but the crooked and those who do evil,
        drive them away!
    On Israel, 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.

    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.


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    Short Reading
    2 Corinthians 13:4

    He was crucified through weakness, but still he lives now through the power of God. So then, we are weak, as he was, but we shall live with him, through the power of God, for your benefit.


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    ℣. My soul lies in the dust.
    ℟. Lord, revive me by your word.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord Jesus Christ,
        who at this sixth hour, when the whole world was shrouded in darkness,
        mounted the wood of the cross
        as the innocent victim for our redemption,
    give us always that light
        which will bring us to eternal life.
    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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