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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 


    (First Vespers of tomorrow, The Ascension of the Lord)


    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

    Sing we triumphant hymns of praise,
    New hymns to heaven exulting raise:
    Christ, by a road before untrod,
    Ascendeth to the throne of God.

    The holy Apostolic band
    Upon the Mount of Olives stand,
    And with the Virgin Mother see
    Jesu’s resplendent majesty.

    O grant us thitherward to tend,
    And with unwearied hearts ascend
    Toward thy kingdom’s throne, where thou
    (As is our faith) art seated now.

    All glory, Lord, to thee we pay,
    Ascending o’er the stars to-day;
    All glory, as is ever meet,
    To Father and to Paraclete.


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    Psalm 112 (113)
    Praise of the Lord's name


    “He put down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly” (Lk 1:52).

    I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I leave the world to go to the Father. Alleluia.

    Praise, O servants of the Lord,
    praise the name of the Lord!
    May the name of the Lord be blessed
    both now and for evermore!
    From the rising of the sun to its setting
    praised be the name of the Lord!

    High above all nations is the Lord,
    above the heavens his glory.
    Who is like the Lord, our God,
    who has risen on high to his throne
    yet stoops from the heights to look down,
    to look down upon heaven and earth?

    From the dust he lifts up the lowly,
    from his misery he raises the poor
    to set him in the company of princes,
    yes, with the princes of his people.
    To the childless wife he gives a home
    and gladdens her heart with children.

    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 came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I leave the world to go to the Father. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Almighty Father, we praise and bless your name and ask you to join us together through your enduring love in the bosom of Mother Church.


    Or:

    Lord Jesus, Word of God, surrendering the brightness of your glory you became man so that we might be raised from the dust to share your very being. May there be innumerable children of the Church to offer homage to your name from the rising of the sun to its setting.


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    Psalm 116 (117)
    Praise of the merciful Lord


    “I ask the nations to give praise to God for his mercy” (Rom 15:8,9).

    After he had spoken to his disciples, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia.

    O praise the Lord, all you nations,
    acclaim him all you peoples!

    Strong is his love for us;
    he is faithful 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.

    After he had spoken to his disciples, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    God our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts for ever.


    Or:

    Lord God, everything you have promised has been done to show your faithfulness; and you have revealed your kindness to all peoples. Gather all nations into your Church that in all the various tongues of this world one hymn of praise may be offered you.


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    Canticle
    Apocalypse 11
    The Judgement

    No-one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven. Alleluia.

    We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
    who are and who were,
    that you have taken your great power
    and begun to reign.

    The nations raged,
    but your wrath came,
    and the time for the dead to be judged,
    for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
    and those who fear your name,
    both small and great.

    Now the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God
    and the authority of his Christ have come,
    for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down,
    who accuses them day and night before our God.

    And they have conquered him
    by the blood of the Lamb
    and by the word of their testimony,
    for they loved not their lives even unto death.
    Rejoice, then, O heaven,
    and you that dwell therein.

    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.

    No-one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven. Alleluia.


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    Short Reading
    Ephesians 2:4-6

    God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.


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    Short Responsory

    God ascends with shouts of joy, alleluia, alleluia.
    – God ascends with shouts of joy, alleluia, alleluia.
    The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
    – God ascends with shouts of joy, alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – God ascends with shouts of joy, alleluia, alleluia.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    Father, I have made your name known to the men you gave me; now I pray for them, not for the world, since I am coming to you. 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.

    Father, I have made your name known to the men you gave me; now I pray for them, not for the world, since I am coming to you. Alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Rejoicing, let us pray to Christ who is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    – You, Christ, are the king of glory.

    King of glory, in you our mortal flesh has been lifted to the heights:
    deliver us from the corruption of sin and restore us to immortal life.
    – You, Christ, are the king of glory.

    Following the path of love, you came down to us from heaven:
    let us follow that same path in our ascent to you.
    – You, Christ, are the king of glory.

    You promised to draw all men to yourself:
    do not let any of us be separated from your body.
    – You, Christ, are the king of glory.

    You have ascended into heaven:
    let us be there with you in our minds and hearts.
    – You, Christ, are the king of glory.

    We await your coming in majesty on the great day of judgement:
    may we then gaze upon your glory, with all the faithful departed.
    – You, Christ, are the king of glory.


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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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    Almighty God,
    fill us with a holy joy;
    teach us how to thank you with reverence and love
    on account of the ascension of Christ your Son.
    You have raised us up with him:
    where he, the head, has preceded us in glory,
    there we, the body, are called in hope.
    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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