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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Wednesday 20 May 2020

    Wednesday of the 6th week of Eastertide 
    or Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest 


    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 Christ, the heavens’ eternal King,
    Creator, unto thee we sing,
    With God the Father ever One,
    Co-equal, co-eternal Son.

    Thy hand, when first the world began,
    Made in thine own pure image man,
    And linked to fleshly form of earth
    A living soul of heavenly birth.

    And when the envious crafty foe
    Had marred thy noblest work below,
    Thou didst our ruined state repair
    By deigning flesh thyself to wear.

    Once of a virgin born to save,
    And now new born from death’s dark grave,
    O Christ, thou bidd’st us rise with thee
    From death to immortality.

    Eternal Shepherd, thou art wont
    To cleanse Thy sheep within the font,
    That mystic bath, that grave of sin,
    Where ransomed souls new life begin.

    Divine Redeemer, thou didst deign
    To bear for us the cross of pain,
    And freely pay the precious price
    Of all thy blood in sacrifice.

    Jesu, do thou to every heart
    Unceasing Paschal joy impart;
    From death of sin and guilty strife
    Set free the new born sons of life.

    All praise be thine, O risen Lord,
    From death to endless life restored;
    All praise to God the Father be
    And Holy Ghost eternally.


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    Psalm 61 (62)
    Peace in God


    “May the God of hope fill you with all peace as you believe in him” (Rom 15:13).

    Do not let your hearts be troubled: only have faith in me. Alleluia.

    In God alone is my soul at rest;
    my help comes from him.
    He alone is my rock, my stronghold,
    my fortress: I stand firm.

    How long will you all attack one man
    to break him down,
    as though he were a tottering wall,
    or a tumbling fence?

    Their plan is only to destroy:
    they take pleasure in lies.
    With their mouth they utter blessing
    but in their heart they curse.

    In God alone be at rest, my soul;
    for my hope comes from him.
    He alone is my rock, my stronghold,
    my fortress: I stand firm.

    In God is my safety and glory,
    the rock of my strength.
    Take refuge in God, all you people.
    Trust him at all times.
    Pour out your hearts before him
    for God is our refuge.

    Common folk are only a breath,
    great men an illusion.
    Placed in the scales, they rise;
    they weigh less than a breath.

    Do not put your trust in oppression
    nor vain hopes on plunder.
    Do not set your heart on riches
    even when they increase.

    For God has said only one thing:
    only two do I know:
    that to God alone belongs power
    and to you, Lord, love;
    and that you repay each man
    according to his deeds.

    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.

    Do not let your hearts be troubled: only have faith in me. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, you reward each one according to his works. Hear us as we pour out our hearts to you, seeking your grace and secure protection. We look to you for our stable hope in a constantly changing world.


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    Psalm 66 (67)
    All peoples, praise the Lord


    “Let it be known to you that this salvation from God has been sent to all peoples” (Acts 28:28).

    Let the peoples praise you, O God; let them rejoice in your saving help. Alleluia.

    O God, be gracious and bless us
    and let your face shed its light upon us.
    So will your ways be known upon earth
    and all nations learn your saving help.

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you.

    Let the nations be glad and exult
    for you rule the world with justice.
    With fairness you rule the peoples,
    you guide the nations on earth.

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you.

    The earth has yielded its fruit
    for God, our God, has blessed us.
    May God still give us his blessing
    till the ends of the earth revere him.

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you.

    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.

    Let the peoples praise you, O God; let them rejoice in your saving help. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Be gracious and bless us, Lord, and let your face shed its light on us, so that we can make you known with reverence and bring forth a harvest of justice.


    Or:

    All peoples praise you, Father, because through your kindly power the earth has brought forth its fruit, the tree of the cross. We ask that this cross unite all peoples in its embrace and feed them with its fruit, everlasting life.


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    Canticle
    (Colossians 1)
    Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead

    His majesty covers the heavens, the earth is filled with his praise. Alleluia.

    Let us give thanks to the Father,
    who has qualified us to share
    in the inheritance of the saints in light.

    He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness
    and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
    in whom we have redemption,
    the forgiveness of sins.

    He is the image of the invisible God,
    the firstborn of all creation,
    for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth,
    visible and invisible.

    All things were created
    through him and for him.
    He is before all things,
    and in him all things hold together.

    He is the head of the body, the Church;
    he is the beginning,
    the firstborn from the dead,
    that in everything he might be pre-eminent.

    For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
    and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
    whether on earth or in heaven,
    making peace by the blood of his cross.

    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.

    His majesty covers the heavens, the earth is filled with his praise. Alleluia.


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    Short Reading
    Hebrews 7:24-27

    Jesus, because he remains for ever, can never lose his priesthood. It follows, then, that his power to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him. To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because Jesus Christ our Lord has done this once and for all by offering himself.


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    Short Responsory

    The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
    – The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
    They saw the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.
    – The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    The Spirit will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Alleluia.

    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.

    The Spirit will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    In Christ, who was raised from the dead, the Father has opened for us the way to eternal life. Let us pray to him:
    – Save your people through the victory of Christ.

    God of our fathers, in the resurrection you glorified your Son;
    grant us true repentance that we may walk in newness of life.
    – Save your people through the victory of Christ.

    You have brought us to Christ, the shepherd and guardian of our souls;
    keep us faithful to him, under the guidance of our pastors.
    – Save your people through the victory of Christ.

    From the Jewish people you chose Christ’s first disciples;
    show the children of Israel that your promises are fulfilled.
    – Save your people through the victory of Christ.

    Remember the orphans, the widows and the homeless of our world;
    your Son has reconciled men with God, do not abandon them now.
    – Save your people through the victory of Christ.

    You called Stephen to yourself as he bore witness to Jesus;
    welcome the faithful departed who have loved and desired you.
    – Save your people through the victory of Christ.


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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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    God and Father,
    we honour the yearly feast of your Son’s resurrection
    by celebrating it in the sacramental mystery.
    Give us likewise the grace
    to rejoice with all the saints
    when he comes in glory.
    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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