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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Thursday 21 May 2020

    Thursday before Ascension Sunday 
    or Saint Christopher Magallanes and his Companions, Martyrs 


    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 79 (80)
    Lord, tend your vine


    “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20).

    I am the vine, you are the branches. Alleluia.

    O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
    you who lead Joseph’s flock,
    shine forth from your cherubim throne
    upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.
    O Lord, rouse up your might,
    O Lord, come to our help.

    God of hosts, bring us back;
    let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

    Lord God of hosts, how long
    will you frown on your people’s plea?
    You have fed them with tears for their bread,
    an abundance of tears for their drink.
    You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
    our enemies laugh us to scorn.

    God of hosts, bring us back;
    let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

    You brought a vine out of Egypt;
    to plant it you drove out the nations.
    Before it you cleared the ground;
    it took root and spread through the land.

    The mountains were covered with its shadow,
    the cedars of God with its boughs.
    It stretched out its branches to the sea,
    to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

    Then why have you broken down its walls?
    It is plucked by all who pass by.
    It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
    devoured by the beasts of the field.

    God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
    look down from heaven and see.
    Visit this vine and protect it,
    the vine your right hand has planted.
    Men have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.
    May they perish at the frown of your face.

    May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
    the man you have given your strength.
    And we shall never forsake you again;
    give us life that we may call upon your name.

    God of hosts, bring us back;
    let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

    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 am the vine, you are the branches. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, eternal shepherd, you so tend the vineyard you planted that now it extends its branches even to the farthest coast. Look down on your Church and come to us. Help us remain in your Son as branches on the vine, that, planted firmly in your love, we may testify before the whole world to your great power working everywhere.


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    Canticle
    Isaiah 12
    The rejoicing of a redeemed people


    “If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (Jn 7:37)

    With joy you will draw water from the wells of the Saviour, alleluia.

    I thank you, Lord: you were angry with me,
    but your anger has passed and you give me comfort.

    Truly, God is my salvation,
    I trust, I shall not fear.
    For the Lord is my strength, my song,
    he is my saviour.

    With joy you will draw water
    from the wells of salvation.
    Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
    Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples.

    Declare the greatness of his name,
    sing a psalm to the Lord!
    For he has done glorious deeds:
    make them known to all the earth!

    People of Zion, sing and shout for joy,
    for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

    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.

    With joy you will draw water from the wells of the Saviour, alleluia.


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    Psalm 80 (81)
    Solemn renewal of the covenant


    “Take care that no one among you has a wicked, disbelieving heart” (Heb 3:12).

    The Lord has fed us with finest wheat, alleluia.

    Ring out your joy to God our strength,
    shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

    Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
    the sweet-sounding harp and the lute;
    blow the trumpet at the new moon,
    when the moon is full, on our feast.

    For this is Israel’s law,
    a command of the God of Jacob.
    He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,
    when he went out against the land of Egypt.

    A voice I did not know said to me:
    ‘I freed your shoulder from the burden;
    your hands were freed from the load.
    You called in distress and I saved you.

    ‘I answered, concealed in the storm cloud;
    at the waters of Meribah I tested you.
    Listen, my people, to my warning.
    O Israel, if only you would heed!

    ‘Let there be no foreign god among you,
    no worship of an alien god.
    I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you from the land of Egypt.
    Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

    ‘But my people did not heed my voice
    and Israel would not obey,
    so I left them in their stubbornness of heart
    to follow their own designs.

    ‘O that my people would heed me,
    that Israel would walk in my ways!
    At once I would subdue their foes,
    turn my hand against their enemies.

    ‘The Lord’s enemies would cringe at their feet
    and their subjection would last for ever.
    But Israel I would feed with finest wheat
    and fill them with honey from the rock.’

    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 has fed us with finest wheat, alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord God, open our mouths to proclaim your glory. Help us to leave sin behind and to rejoice in professing your name.


    Or:

    Father, you rescued your people from slavery and acquired, through the passion of your Son, a new people united in his body and signed with his holiness. Make us faithful to your covenant and obedient to your commandments, so that we may have in your finest bread food for this life and a foretaste of eternity and be able to walk in your ways until we reach our home.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 8:10-11

    Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.


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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

    In a short time you will no longer see me, says the Lord; and then a short time later you will see me again, since I am going to the Father. 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.

    In a short time you will no longer see me, says the Lord; and then a short time later you will see me again, since I am going to the Father. Alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us pray with confidence to God our Father. In Christ he has given all his children the pledge of resurrection.
    – May the Lord Jesus be our life.

    Father, by a pillar of fire you led your people through the desert;
    may the risen Christ be the light of our lives.
    – May the Lord Jesus be our life.

    Through the voice of Moses you spoke on the mountain;
    may the risen Christ be our word of life.
    – May the Lord Jesus be our life.

    With the gift of manna you fed your wandering people;
    may the risen Christ be our bread from heaven.
    – May the Lord Jesus be our life.

    You drew water from the rock to save your children;
    may the risen Christ fill us with his Spirit.
    – May the Lord Jesus be our life.


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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 the Father,
    you have given a saviour to your people:
    fill our hearts with constant thanks and praise
    that Christ the Lord is risen from the dead.
    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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