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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Tuesday 19 May 2020

    Tuesday of the 6th week of Eastertide


    Afternoon Prayer (None)


    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

    Eternal Father, loving God,
    Who made us from the dust of earth,
    Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
    Give value to our little worth.

    Prepare us for that day of days
    When Christ from heaven will come with might
    To call us out of dust again,
    Our bodies glorified in light.

    O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
    All things created bear your trace;
    The seed of glory sown in man
    Will flower when we see your face.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    PSALMS OF THE DAY

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    Psalm 118(119): 49-56
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life” (John 6:68)

    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

    Remember your word to your servant
    by which you gave me hope.
    This is my comfort in sorrow:
    that your promise gives me life.

    Though the proud may utterly deride me
    I keep to your law.
    I remember your decrees of old
    and these, Lord, console me.

    I am seized with indignation at the wicked
    who forsake your law.
    Your statutes have become my song
    in the land of exile.

    I think of your name in the night-time
    and I keep your law.
    This has been my blessing,
    the keeping of your precepts.

    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.


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    Psalm 52 (53)
    The folly of the lawless


    “All have sinned and forfeited the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

    The fool has said in his heart:
    ‘There is no God above.’
    Their deeds are corrupt, depraved;
    not a good man is left.

    God looks down from heaven
    on the sons of men
    to see if any are wise,
    if any seek God.

    All have left the right path;
    depraved, every one;
    There is not a good man left,
    no, not even one.

    Will the evil-doers not understand?
    They eat up my people
    as though they were eating bread;
    they never pray to God.

    See how they tremble with fear
    without cause for fear:
    for God scatters the bones of the wicked.
    They are shamed, God rejects them.

    O that Israel’s salvation might come from Sion!
    When God delivers his people from bondage,
    then Jacob will be glad and Israel rejoice.

    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.


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    Psalm 53 (54)
    A plea for help


    “The prophet prays in the name of the Lord to be freed from the evil of those who persecute him” (Cassian).

    O God, save me by your name;
    by your power, uphold my cause.
    O God, hear my prayer;
    listen to the words of my mouth.

    For proud men have risen against me,
    ruthless men seek my life.
    They have no regard for God.
    But I have God for my help.
    The Lord upholds my life.

    I will sacrifice to you with willing heart
    and praise your name for it is good:
    for you have rescued me from all my distress
    and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes.

    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. Alleluia. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    We humbly ask you, Father, to save us from every evil and trial on earth, that we may seek with our hearts and deeds our Lord and helper, Jesus Christ, whom we look to in the heavens.


    Or:

    Father, hear our prayer and come to the aid of your Church. Mercifully deliver her from evil so that she may fearlessly praise your good and holy name and offer you a pure sacrifice from the rising of the sun to its setting.


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    Short Reading
    Colossians 3:1-2

    Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth.


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    ℣. Stay with us, Lord, alleluia.
    ℟. It is nearly evening and the day is drawing to a close, alleluia.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord God,
    grant your people constant joy
    in the renewed vigour of their souls.
    They rejoice because you have restored them
    to the glory of your adopted children:
    let them look forward gladly
    in the certain hope of resurrection.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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