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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Saturday 23 May 2020

    Saturday before Ascension Sunday


    Compline (Night Prayer)

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    INTRODUCTION

    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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    Examination of Conscience

    This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.


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    Hymn

    Jesu, the world’s redeeming Lord,
    The Father’s co-eternal Word,
    Of light invisible true Light,
    Thine Israel’s Keeper day and night.

    Our great Creator and our Guide,
    Who times and seasons dost divide,
    Refresh at night with quiet rest,
    Our limbs by daily toil oppressed.

    We pray thee, while we dwell below,
    Preserve us from our ghostly foe;
    Nor let his wiles victorious be
    O’er them that are redeemed by thee.

    That while in this frail house of clay
    A little longer here we stay,
    Our flesh in thee may sweetly sleep,
    Our souls with thee their vigils keep.

    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 4
    Thanksgiving

    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

    When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
    from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

    O men, how long will your hearts be closed,
    will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

    It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;
    the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

    Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still
    Make justice your sacrifice, and trust in the Lord.

    ‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
    Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

    You have put into my heart a greater joy
    than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

    I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
    for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

    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 133 (134)
    Evening prayer in the Temple


    “Praise our God, all you his servants, and all who revere him, both great and small” (Rev 19:5).

    O come, bless the Lord,
    all you who serve the Lord,
    who stand in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God.

    Lift up your hands to the holy place
    and bless the Lord through the night.

    May the Lord bless you from Sion,
    he who made both heaven and earth.

    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

    All your servants praise and thank you, Lord. Be our light as night descends. We lift up to you the good works of our hands; grant us your generous blessing.


    Or:

    Where two or three gather in your name, Lord, you promised to be with them and share their fellowship. Look down upon your family gathered here in your name, and graciously pour out your blessing upon us.


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    Short Reading
    Deuteronomy 6:4-7

    Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.


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    Short Responsory

    Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.
    You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth, alleluia, alleluia.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.


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    Canticle
    Nunc Dimittis
    Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Alleluia.

    At last, all-powerful Master,
    you give leave to your servant
    to go in peace, according to your promise.

    For my eyes have seen your salvation
    which you have prepared for all nations,
    the light to enlighten the Gentiles
    and give glory to Israel, your people.

    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.

    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Alleluia.


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    Let us pray.

    Come to visit us, Lord, this night,
    so that by your strength we may rise at daybreak
    to rejoice in the resurrection of Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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    The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
    Amen.


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    Regina Caeli

    Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
    for he whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!
    has risen as he said, alleluia!
    Pray for us to God, alleluia!


    Regína cæli, lætare, allelúia,
    quia quem meruísti portáre, allelúia,
    resurréxit sicut dixit, allelúia;
    ora pro nobis Deum, allelúia.


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