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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Friday 22 May 2020

    Friday before Ascension Sunday 
    or Saint Rita of Cascia 


    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 114 (116A)
    Thanksgiving


    “We must experience many hardships before we can enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

    The Lord saved my soul from the power of death, alleluia.

    I love the Lord for he has heard
    the cry of my appeal;
    for he turned his ear to me
    in the day when I called him.

    They surrounded me, the snares of death,
    with the anguish of the tomb;
    they caught me, sorrow and distress.
    I called on the Lord’s name.
    O Lord, my God, deliver me!

    How gracious is the Lord, and just;
    our God has compassion.
    The Lord protects the simple hearts;
    I was helpless so he saved me.

    Turn back, my soul, to your rest
    for the Lord has been good;
    he has kept my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    and my feet from stumbling.

    I will walk in the presence of the Lord
    in the land of the living.

    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 saved my soul from the power of death, alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    God of power and mercy, through your Son’s passion and resurrection you have freed us from the bonds of death and the anguish of separation from you. Be ever with us on our pilgrimage; then we shall sing rather than weep. Keep our feet from stumbling, so that we may be able to follow you until we come to eternal rest.


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    Psalm 120 (121)
    The guardian of the people


    “They will never hunger or thirst again; neither the sun nor the scorching wind will ever plague them” (Rev 7:16).

    The Lord protected his people as the apple of his eye. Alleluia.

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains:
    from where shall come my help?
    My help shall come from the Lord
    who made heaven and earth.

    May he never allow you to stumble!
    Let him sleep not, your guard.
    No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
    Israel’s guard.

    The Lord is your guard and your shade;
    at your right side he stands.
    By day the sun shall not smite you
    nor the moon in the night.

    The Lord will guard you from evil,
    he will guard your soul.
    The Lord will guard your going and coming
    both now and 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 Lord protected his people as the apple of his eye. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father’s eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end.


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    Canticle
    Apocalypse 15
    A hymn of adoration

    The Lord is my strength and protection: he is my salvation. Alleluia.

    Great and wonderful are your deeds,
    O Lord God the Almighty!
    Just and true are your ways,
    O King of the ages!

    Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord?
    For you alone are holy.
    All nations shall come and worship you,
    for your judgements have been revealed.

    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 is my strength and protection: he is my salvation. Alleluia.


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    Short Reading
    Hebrews 5:8-10

    Christ, although he was Son, learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.


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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

    Your heavenly Father will give his Holy Spirit to those who ask him. 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.

    Your heavenly Father will give his Holy Spirit to those who ask him. Alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us pray to Christ, the fount of life and the source of virtue.
    – Lord, restore your kingdom in the world.

    Jesus, our Saviour, in the body you were put to death, in the Spirit you were raised to life:
    grant that we may die to sin, and live in the power of your resurrection.
    – Lord, restore your kingdom in the world.

    You sent your disciples to proclaim throughout the world the gospel of salvation:
    may all who preach your word be alive with the Holy Spirit.
    – Lord, restore your kingdom in the world.

    You received all power in heaven and on earth to bear witness to the truth:
    guide in the spirit of truth the plans of governments and rulers.
    – Lord, restore your kingdom in the world.

    Keep our eyes fixed on the new heaven and the new earth:
    make us care more deeply for our world and its future.
    – Lord, restore your kingdom in the world.

    You descended into hell to bring the dead good news:
    let the faithful departed come to you, their joy, their hope, their glory.
    – Lord, restore your kingdom in the world.


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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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    Lord, hear our prayer:
    send out on all mankind
    the Spirit who makes us your sons,
    as foretold by Christ, the witness of your truth:
    and so bring to completion through the gospel,
    the sanctification promised by your Word.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    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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