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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 


    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 91 (92)
    Praise of God, the Creator


    “The deeds of God’s only Son are praised” (St Athanasius).

    You have made me glad, O Lord; for the works of your hands I shout with joy, alleluia.

    It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    to make music to your name, O Most High,
    to proclaim your love in the morning
    and your truth in the watches of the night,
    on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute,
    with the murmuring sound of the harp.

    Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad;
    for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
    O Lord, how great are your works!
    How deep are your designs!
    The foolish man cannot know this
    and the fool cannot understand.

    Though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all who do evil thrive,
    they are doomed to be eternally destroyed.
    But you, Lord, are eternally on high.
    See how your enemies perish;
    all doers of evil are scattered.

    To me you give the wild ox’s strength;
    you anoint me with the purest oil.
    My eyes looked in triumph on my foes;
    my ears heard gladly of their fall.
    The just will flourish like the palm-tree
    and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

    Planted in the house of the Lord
    they will flourish in the courts of our God,
    still bearing fruit when they are old,
    still full of sap, still green,
    to proclaim that the Lord is just.
    In him, my rock, there is no wrong.

    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.

    You have made me glad, O Lord; for the works of your hands I shout with joy, alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Take our shame away from us, Lord, and make us rejoice in your saving works. May all who have been chosen by your Son always abound in works of faith, hope and love in your service.


    Or:

    Lord Jesus Christ, you taught your disciples that the Father is glorified by good works. Uproot your enemies even if they should grow as thick as weeds, and make us flourish in your courts and always remain in you as you are in the Father. May we bring forth a rich harvest in the radiance of your light.


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    Canticle
    Deuteronomy 32
    The things God has done for his people


    “How often have I longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her young under her wings!” (Mt 23:37).

    It is I who give death and life; it is I who strike and also heal. Alleluia.

    Listen, O heavens, and I will speak,
    let the earth hear the words on my lips.
    May my teaching fall like the rain,
    my speech descend like the dew,
    like rain drops on the young green,
    like showers falling on the grass.

    For I shall praise the name of the Lord.
    O give glory to this God of ours!
    The Rock — his deeds are perfect,
    and all his ways are just,
    a faithful God, without deceit,
    a God who is right and just.

    Those whom he begot unblemished
    have become crooked, false, perverse.
    Is it thus you repay the Lord,
    O senseless and foolish people?
    Is he not your father who created you,
    he who made you, on whom you depend?

    Remember the days of old,
    consider the years that are past;
    ask your father and he will show you,
    ask your elders and they will tell you.

    When the Most High gave the nations their heritage
    and disposed men according to his plan,
    in fixing the boundaries of the nations
    he thought first of Israel’s sons.
    For Israel was the Lord’s possession,
    Jacob the one he had chosen.

    God found him in a wilderness,
    in fearful, desolate wastes;
    he surrounded him, he lifted him up,
    he kept him as the apple of his eye.

    Like an eagle that watches its nest,
    that hovers over its young,
    so he spread his wings; he took him,
    placed him on his outstretched wings.
    The Lord alone was his guide
    and no other god was with him.

    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.

    It is I who give death and life; it is I who strike and also heal. Alleluia.


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    Psalm 8
    The greatness of God, the dignity of man


    “He has put all things under his feet, and appointed him to be the head of the whole Church” (Eph 1:22).

    With glory and honour you crowned your Anointed One, alleluia.

    How great is your name, O Lord our God,
    through all the earth!

    Your majesty is praised above the heavens;
    on the lips of children and of babes
    you have found praise to foil your enemy,
    to silence the foe and the rebel.

    When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
    the moon and the stars which you arranged,
    what is man that you should keep him in mind,
    mortal man that you care for him?

    Yet you have made him little less than a god;
    with glory and honour you crowned him,
    gave him power over the works of your hand,
    put all things under his feet.

    All of them, sheep and cattle,
    yes, even the savage beasts,
    birds of the air, and fish
    that make their way through the waters.

    How great is your name, O Lord our God
    through all the 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.

    With glory and honour you crowned your Anointed One, alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Almighty Lord, how wonderful is your name. You have made every creature subject to you; make us worthy to give you service.


    Or:

    Lord, creator of all that is, you made your Son one of us, a little less than the angels. When you crowned him with honour and glory, you raised the dignity of man beyond the skies. Always care for us, your royal children in your Son, the new Adam, so that one day we may be radiant with his splendour.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 14:7-9

    The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life: it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.


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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

    I tell you solemnly: whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will grant it to you. 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.

    I tell you solemnly: whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will grant it to you. Alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Let us pray to Christ, who has revealed to us the knowledge of everlasting life.
    – Lord, may your resurrection enrich us with your grace.

    Eternal Shepherd, strengthen us for the coming day with the bread of your word;
    nourish us with the bread of the eucharist.
    – Lord, may your resurrection enrich us with your grace.

    May your voice find a response in our hearts;
    do not let your word be silenced by rejection or indifference.
    – Lord, may your resurrection enrich us with your grace.

    You are at work in those who spread the gospel, confirming the truth of their message;
    help us to manifest your resurrection by our way of living.
    – Lord, may your resurrection enrich us with your grace.

    You yourself are the joy that can never be taken away;
    may we leave behind the sadness of sin and experience eternal life.
    – Lord, may your resurrection enrich us with your grace.


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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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    Mould our minds, we pray you, Lord,
    by the works of your law.
    Always striving after what is best,
    may we make our lives a constant sharing
    in Christ’s death and resurrection.
    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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