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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 


    Morning Prayer (Lauds)


    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

    Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky,
    Heav’n thunders forth its victor cry:
    The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
    And groaning hell makes wild reply.

    While he, the King of sovereign might,
    Treads down death’s strength in death’s despite,
    And trampling hell by victor’s right,
    Brings forth his sleeping saints to light.

    Fast barred beneath the stone of late,
    In watch and ward where soldiers wait,
    Now shining in triumphant state,
    He rises victor from death’s gate.

    Hell’s pains are loosed and tears are fled:
    Captivity is captive led:
    The angel, crowned with light, hath said:
    ‘The Lord is risen from the dead.’

    Author of all, be thou our guide
    In this our joy of Eastertide;
    Whene’er assaults of death impend,
    Thy people strengthen and defend.

    To thee who, dead, again dost live,
    All glory, Lord, thy people give:
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.


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    Psalm 76 (77)
    Remembering the works of the Lord


    “We are in difficulties on every side, but never consumed” (2 Cor 4:8).

    The waters saw you, O God: you led your people through the sea. Alleluia.

    I cry aloud to God,
    cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

    In the day of my distress I sought the Lord.
    My hands were raised at night without ceasing;
    my soul refused to be consoled.
    I remembered my God and I groaned.
    I pondered and my spirit fainted.

    You withheld sleep from my eyes.
    I was troubled, I could not speak.
    I thought of the days of long ago
    and remembered the years long past.
    At night I mused within my heart.
    I pondered and my spirit questioned.

    ‘Will the Lord reject us for ever?
    Will he show us his favour no more?
    Has his love vanished for ever?
    Has his promise come to an end?
    Does God forget his mercy
    or in anger withhold his compassion?’

    I said: ‘This is what causes my grief;
    that the way of the Most High has changed.’
    I remember the deeds of the Lord,
    I remember your wonders of old,
    I muse on all your works
    and ponder your mighty deeds.

    Your ways, O God, are holy.
    What god is great as our God?
    You are the God who works wonders.
    You showed your power among the peoples.
    Your strong arm redeemed your people,
    the sons of Jacob and Joseph.

    The waters saw you, O God,
    the waters saw you and trembled;
    the depths were moved with terror.
    The clouds poured down rain,
    the skies sent forth their voice;
    your arrows flashed to and fro.

    Your thunder rolled round the sky,
    your flashes lighted up the world.
    The earth was moved and trembled
    when your way led through the sea,
    your path through the mighty waters
    and no one saw your footprints.

    You guided your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

    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 waters saw you, O God: you led your people through the sea. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, you established your ancient covenant by signs and wonders, but more wondrously you confirmed the new one through the sacrifice of your Son. Guide your Church through the pathways of life, that we may be led to the land of promise and celebrate your name with lasting praise.


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    Canticle
    1 Samuel 2
    The song of Hannah, mother of Samuel


    “He put down the mighty from their seats and exalted the lowly; he filled the hungry with good things” (Lk 1:52-53).

    The Lord gives death and he gives life. Alleluia.

    My heart exults in the Lord,
    I find my strength in my God;
    my mouth laughs at my enemies
    as I rejoice in your saving help.
    There is none like the Lord,
    there is none besides you.
    There is no Rock like our God.

    Bring your haughty words to an end,
    let no boasts fall from your lips,
    for the Lord is a God who knows all.
    It is he who weighs men’s deeds.

    The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the weak are clothed with strength.
    Those with plenty must labour for bread,
    but the hungry need work no more.
    The childless wife has children now
    but the fruitful wife bears no more.

    It is the Lord who gives life and death,
    he brings men to the grave and back;
    it is the Lord who gives poverty and riches.
    He brings men low and raises them on high.

    He lifts up the lowly from the dust,
    from the ash heap he raises the poor
    to set him in the company of princes,
    to give him a glorious throne.

    For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
    on them he has set the world.
    He guards the steps of his faithful,
    but the wicked perish in darkness,
    for no man’s power gives him victory.
    The enemies of the Lord shall be broken.

    The Most High will thunder in the heavens,
    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
    He will give power to his king
    and exalt the might of his anointed.

    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 gives death and he gives life. Alleluia.


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    Psalm 96 (97)
    The glory of God in his judgements


    “This psalm tells of the salvation of the world and of the faith all peoples would have in Christ” (St Athanasius).

    Light shines forth for the just, and joy for the upright of heart. Alleluia.

    The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
    let all the coastlands be glad.
    Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
    his throne, justice and right.

    A fire prepares his path;
    it burns up his foes on every side.
    His lightnings light up the world,
    the earth trembles at the sight.

    The mountains melt like wax
    before the Lord of all the earth.
    The skies proclaim his justice;
    all peoples see his glory.

    Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
    those who boast of their worthless gods.
    All you spirits, worship him.

    Sion hears and is glad;
    the people of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgements, O Lord.

    For you indeed are the Lord
    most high above all the earth,
    exalted far above all spirits.

    The Lord loves those who hate evil;
    he guards the souls of his saints;
    he sets them free from the wicked.

    Light shines forth for the just
    and joy for the upright of heart.
    Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
    give glory to his holy name.

    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.

    Light shines forth for the just, and joy for the upright of heart. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, you clothe the sky with light and the depths of the ocean with darkness. Among the sons of men you work wonders, and rain terror upon the enemy. Look upon your servants. Do not try us by fire but bring us rejoicing to the shelter of your home.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 6:8-11

    We believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.


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    Short Responsory

    The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
    – The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
    For our sake he died on the cross, alleluia, alleluia.
    – The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.


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    Canticle
    Benedictus
    The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

    I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. When the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth. Alleluia.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
    He has visited his people and redeemed them.

    He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
    in the house of David his servant,
    as he promised by the lips of holy men,
    those who were his prophets from of old.

    A saviour who would free us from our foes,
    from the hands of all who hate us.
    So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
    and his holy covenant remembered.

    He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,
    that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes,
    we might serve him in holiness and justice
    all the days of our life in his presence.

    As for you, little child,
    you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.
    You shall go ahead of the Lord
    to prepare his ways before him,

    To make known to his people their salvation
    through forgiveness of all their sins,
    the loving-kindness of the heart of our God
    who visits us like the dawn from on high.

    He will give light to those in darkness,
    those who dwell in the shadow of death,
    and guide us into the way of 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.

    I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. When the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth. Alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us pray to God, who manifested to the apostles the glory of the risen Christ.
    – Glorify us, Lord, with the glory of Christ.

    Father, we praise you today with grateful hearts, because you have called us into your own marvellous light;
    help us always to see your loving-kindness.
    – Glorify us, Lord, with the glory of Christ.

    Through your Holy Spirit strengthen and purify men;
    give them new heart in their struggle to improve the quality of life.
    – Glorify us, Lord, with the glory of Christ.

    May we pour out our lives in the service of men:
    bless our efforts, that the whole of humanity may become a sacrifice acceptable to you.
    – Glorify us, Lord, with the glory of Christ.

    At the start of the day fill our hearts with your love;
    let the praise of your glory be the joy of our lives.
    – Glorify us, Lord, with the glory 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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