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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 


    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 50 (51)
    God, have mercy on me


    “You must be made new in mind and spirit, and put on the new nature of God’s creating” (Eph 4:23,24).

    Have courage, my son: your sins are forgiven you. Alleluia.

    Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
    In your compassion blot out my offence.
    O wash me more and more from my guilt
    and cleanse me from my sin.

    My offences truly I know them;
    my sin is always before me.
    Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
    what is evil in your sight I have done.

    That you may be justified when you give sentence
    and be without reproach when you judge,
    O see, in guilt I was born,
    a sinner was I conceived.

    Indeed you love truth in the heart;
    then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
    O purify me, then I shall be clean;
    O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

    Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
    that the bones you have crushed may revive.
    From my sins turn away your face
    and blot out all my guilt.

    A pure heart create for me, O God,
    put a steadfast spirit within me.
    Do not cast me away from your presence,
    nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

    Give me again the joy of your help;
    with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
    that I may teach transgressors your ways
    and sinners may return to you.

    O rescue me, God, my helper,
    and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
    O Lord, open my lips
    and my mouth shall declare your praise.

    For in sacrifice you take no delight,
    burnt offering from me you would refuse,
    my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
    A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

    In your goodness, show favour to Sion:
    rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
    Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
    holocausts offered on your altar.

    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.

    Have courage, my son: your sins are forgiven you. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit we may proclaim your praise and glory before all the nations.


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    Canticle
    Habakkuk 3
    The Lord will appear in judgement


    “Lift up your heads, for your redemption is near at hand” (Lk 21:28).

    Lord, you came forth with strength to save your people; you came with your Anointed One, alleluia.

    Lord, I have heard of your fame,
    I stand in awe at your deeds.
    Do them again in our days,
    in our days make them known!
    In spite of your anger, have compassion.

    God comes forth from Teman,
    the Holy One comes from Mount Paran.
    His splendour covers the sky
    and his glory fills the earth.
    His brilliance is like the light,
    rays flash from his hands;
    there his power is hidden.

    You march out to save your people,
    to save the one you have anointed.
    You made a path for your horses in the sea,
    in the raging of the mighty waters.

    This I heard and I tremble with terror,
    my lips quiver at the sound.
    Weakness invades my bones,
    my steps fail beneath me
    yet I calmly wait for the doom
    that will fall upon the people who assail us.

    For even though the fig does not blossom,
    nor fruit grow on the vine,
    even though the olive crop fail,
    and fields produce no harvest,
    even though flocks vanish from the folds
    and stalls stand empty of cattle,

    Yet I will rejoice in the Lord
    and exult in God my saviour.
    The Lord my God is my strength.
    He makes me leap like the deer,
    he guides me to the high places.

    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.

    Lord, you came forth with strength to save your people; you came with your Anointed One, alleluia.


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    Psalm 147 (147B)
    God, the foundation of Jerusalem


    “Come, and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has chosen” (Rev 21:9).

    Sion, praise your God, for he has established peace in your land, alleluia.

    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    Sion, praise your God!

    He has strengthened the bars of your gates
    he has blessed the children within you.
    He established peace on your borders,
    he feeds you with finest wheat.

    He sends out his word to the earth
    and swiftly runs his command.
    He showers down snow white as wool,
    he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

    He hurls down hailstones like crumbs.
    The waters are frozen at his touch;
    he sends forth his word and it melts them:
    at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

    He makes his word known to Jacob,
    to Israel his laws and decrees.
    He has not dealt thus with other nations;
    he has not taught them his decrees.

    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.

    Sion, praise your God, for he has established peace in your land, alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, you established peace within the borders of Jerusalem. Give the fullness of peace now to your faithful people. May peace rule us in this life and possess us in eternal life. You are about to fill us with the best of wheat; grant that what we see dimly now as in a mirror, we may come to perceive clearly in the brightness of your truth.


    Or:

    All-powerful God, it is through your Church, generously endowed with gifts of grace and fortified by the Holy Spirit, that you send out your word to all nations. Strengthen your Church with the best of all food and make her dauntless in faith. Multiply her children to celebrate with one accord the mysteries of your love at the altar on high.


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    Short Reading
    Acts 5:30-32

    It was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.


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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 Jesus we see one who is crowned now with glory and honour because he suffered death, 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 Jesus we see one who is crowned now with glory and honour because he suffered death, alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Through his Spirit God raised Jesus from the dead and he will give life to our own mortal bodies. Let us pray to him, saying:
    – Lord, give us life through your Holy Spirit.

    Father, you accepted the sacrifice of your Son, raising him from the dead:
    receive our morning offering and lead us to eternal life.
    – Lord, give us life through your Holy Spirit.

    Reveal your presence in our work this day:
    may we do everything for your glory and for the sanctification of our world.
    – Lord, give us life through your Holy Spirit.

    Do not allow our work to come to nothing:
    let it serve our fellow men and bring us to your kingdom.
    – Lord, give us life through your Holy Spirit.

    Open our eyes to see our brother’s need:
    warm our hearts that we may offer him our love.
    – Lord, give us life through your Holy Spirit.


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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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