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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Saturday 27 June 2020

    Saturday of week 12 in Ordinary Time


    Afternoon Prayer (None)


    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

    Eternal Father, loving God,
    Who made us from the dust of earth,
    Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
    Give value to our little worth.

    Prepare us for that day of days
    When Christ from heaven will come with might
    To call us out of dust again,
    Our bodies glorified in light.

    O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
    All things created bear your trace;
    The seed of glory sown in man
    Will flower when we see your face.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    PSALMS OF THE DAY

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    Psalm 118(119): 169-176
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “His mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him” (Luke 1:50)

    Let your hand be ready to help me, since I have chosen your precepts.

    Lord, let my cry come before you:
    teach me by your word.
    Let my pleading come before you:
    save me by your promise.

    Let my lips proclaim your praise
    because you teach me your statutes.
    Let my tongue sing your promise
    for your commands are just.

    Let your hand be ready to help me,
    since I have chosen your precepts.
    Lord, I long for your saving help
    and your law is my delight.

    Give life to my soul that I may praise you.
    Let your decrees give me help.
    I am lost like a sheep; seek your servant
    for I remember your commands.

    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.

    Let your hand be ready to help me, since I have chosen your precepts.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, grant that we should always offer you the hymns you have made; then we will live to praise you and never forget your commands.


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    Psalm 44 (45)
    The wedding of the King


    “Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him” (Mt 25:6).

    Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.

    My heart overflows with noble words.
    To the king I must speak the song I have made,
    my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.

    You are the fairest of the children of men
    and graciousness is poured upon your lips:
    because God has blessed you for evermore.

    O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh;
    in splendour and state, ride on in triumph
    for the cause of truth and goodness and right.

    Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand.
    Your arrows are sharp, peoples fall beneath you.
    The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.

    Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.
    A sceptre of justice is the sceptre of your kingdom.
    Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.

    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness above other kings:
    your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.

    From the ivory palace you are greeted with music.
    The daughters of kings are among your loved ones.
    On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

    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.

    Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.


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    Psalm 44 (45)
    The King's bride

    I saw the new Jerusalem, as beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband.

    Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words:
    forget your own people and your father’s house.
    So will the king desire your beauty:
    He is your lord, pay homage to him.

    And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts,
    the richest of the people shall seek your favour.
    The daughter of the king is clothed with splendour,
    her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.

    She is led to the king with her maiden companions.
    They are escorted amid gladness and joy;
    they pass within the palace of the king.

    Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers:
    you will make them princes over all the earth.
    May this song make your name for ever remembered.
    May the peoples praise you from age to age.

    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 saw the new Jerusalem, as beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband.


    Psalm-prayer

    When you took on flesh, Lord Jesus, you made a marriage of mankind with God. Help us to be faithful to your word and endure our exile bravely, until we are called to the heavenly marriage feast, to which the Virgin Mary, exemplar of your Church, has preceded us.


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    Short Reading
    Philippians 4:8,9

    My brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Then the God of peace will be with you.


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    ℣. I will give you glory, O God my King.
    ℟. I will bless your name for ever.


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    Let us pray.

    Give us perfect peace, Lord,
    so that we may delight in serving you
    all the days of our life,
    and at the last, with our Lady’s help,
    come safely to your presence.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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