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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


    Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce)


    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

    Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
    With God the Father and the Son,
    And grant us your abundant grace
    To sanctify and make us one.

    May mind and tongue made strong in love
    Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
    And may that love within our hearts
    Set fire to others with its flame.

    Most blessèd Trinity of love,
    For whom the heart of man was made,
    To you be praise in timeless song,
    And everlasting homage paid.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    PSALMS OF THE DAY

    The psalms of the day are shown here, because the complementary psalms cannot be used today at this hour.


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    Psalm 118(119): 73-80
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “My Father, if this cup cannot pass by without my drinking it, your will be done” (Mt 26:42)

    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

    It was your hands that made me and shaped me:
    help me to learn your commands.
    Your faithful will see me and rejoice
    for I trust in your word.

    Lord, I know that your decrees are right,
    that you afflicted me justly.
    Let your love be ready to console me
    by your promise to your servant.

    Let your love come and I shall live
    for your law is my delight.
    Shame the proud who harm me with lies
    while I ponder your precepts.

    Let your faithful turn to me,
    those who know your will.
    Let my heart be blameless in obeying you
    lest I be ashamed.

    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 58 (59)
    A prayer against attackers


    “Let these words of the Saviour teach all men to look to his Father like dutiful sons” (Eusebius of Caeserea).

    Rescue me, God, from my foes;
    protect me from those who attack me.
    O rescue me from those who do evil
    and save me from blood-thirsty men.

    See, they lie in wait for my life;
    powerful men band together against me.
    For no offence, no sin of mine, Lord,
    for no guilt of mine they rush to take their stand.
    Awake, come to my aid and see!

    O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,
    for you, O God, are my stronghold,
    the God who shows me love.

    O God, come to my aid
    and let me look in triumph on my foes.

    As for me, I will sing of your strength
    and each morning acclaim your love
    for you have been my stronghold,
    a refuge in the day of my distress.

    O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,
    for you, O God, are my stronghold,
    the God who shows me love.

    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 59 (60)
    A prayer after disaster


    “In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).

    O God, you have rejected us and broken us.
    You have been angry; come back to us.

    You have made the earth quake, torn it open.
    Repair what is shattered for it sways.
    You have inflicted hardships on your people
    and made us drink a wine that dazed us.

    You have given those who fear you a signal
    to flee from the enemy’s bow.
    O come and deliver your friends,
    help with your right hand and reply.

    From his holy place God has made this promise;
    ‘I will triumph and divide the land of Shechem,
    I will measure out the valley of Succoth.

    Gilead is mine and Manasseh,
    Ephraim I take for my helmet,
    Judah for my commander’s staff.

    Moab I will use for my washbowl;
    on Edom I will plant my shoe.
    Over the Philistines I will shout in triumph.’

    But who will lead me to conquer the fortress?
    Who will bring me face to face with Edom?
    Will you utterly reject us, O God,
    and no longer march with our armies?

    Give us help against the foe:
    for the help of man is vain.
    With God we shall do bravely
    and he will trample down our 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

    Lord Jesus, all power and authority is yours; you have overcome the world. Give us courage when evil seems to triumph and help us never to forget that you are with us to the end of time.


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    Short Reading
    Acts 2:32,36

    God raised this man Jesus to life, and all of us are witnesses to that. For this reason the whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.


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    ℣. The Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
    ℟. He has appeared to Simon, alleluia.


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    Let us pray.

    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 Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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