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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Monday 29 June 2020

    Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Solemnity 


    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

    O Peter, who were named by Christ
    The guardian-shepherd of his flock,
    Protect the Church he built on you
    To stand unyielding, firm on rock.

    Apostle of the gentiles, Paul,
    The greatest witness of them all,
    You turned to Christ, the risen Lord,
    When out of light you heard him call.

    Unseen, eternal Trinity,
    We give you glory, praise your name,
    Your love keeps faith with those who fall:
    Through time and change you are the same.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    Psalm 62 (63)
    Thirsting for God


    “Let the man who has put away the deeds of the night watch for God.”

    I know who it is that I have put my trust in, and I am certain that he, the just judge, will be able to take care of all that I have had entrusted to me until that Day.

    O God, you are my God, for you I long;
    for you my soul is thirsting.
    My body pines for you
    like a dry, weary land without water.
    So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
    to see your strength and your glory.

    For your love is better than life,
    my lips will speak your praise.
    So I will bless you all my life,
    in your name I will lift up my hands.
    My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
    my mouth shall praise you with joy.

    On my bed I remember you.
    On you I muse through the night
    for you have been my help;
    in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
    My soul clings to you;
    your right hand holds me fast.

    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 know who it is that I have put my trust in, and I am certain that he, the just judge, will be able to take care of all that I have had entrusted to me until that Day.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honour, and our voices celebrate you for ever.


    Or:

    This morning, Lord, we lift up our hands to praise you. We thirst for you; we long for you. Help us to love you more than life itself and fill us with good gifts from your banquet table.


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    Canticle
    Daniel 3:57-88,56
    All creatures, bless the Lord


    “Praise our God, all you his servants” (Rev 19:5).

    The grace of God in me has not been fruitless; rather, his grace remains with me always.

    O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.
    And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord.
    And you, the stars of the heavens, O bless the Lord.
    And you, showers and rain, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, all you breezes and winds, O bless the Lord.
    And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.
    And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord.
    And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.
    And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord.
    And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.
    And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    O let the earth bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord.
    And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.
    And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord.
    And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.
    And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord.
    And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, children of men, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    O Israel, bless the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    And you, spirits and souls of the just, O bless the Lord.
    And you, holy and humble of heart, O bless the Lord.
    Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord.
    To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

    Let us praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit:
    To you be highest glory and praise for ever.
    May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens:
    To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

    The grace of God in me has not been fruitless; rather, his grace remains with me always.


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    Psalm 149
    The saints rejoice


    “The members of the Church, God’s new people, will rejoice in their king, who is Christ” (Hesychius).

    I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.

    Sing a new song to the Lord,
    his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel rejoice in its Maker,
    let Sion’s sons exult in their king.
    Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music with timbrel and harp.

    For the Lord takes delight in his people.
    He crowns the poor with salvation.
    Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
    shout for joy and take their rest.
    Let the praise of God be on their lips
    and a two-edged sword in their hand,

    to deal out vengeance to the nations
    and punishment on all the peoples;
    to bind their kings in chains
    and their nobles in fetters of iron;
    to carry out the sentence pre-ordained:
    this honour is for all his faithful.

    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 have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.


    Psalm-prayer

    Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.


    Or:

    Lord Jesus, you came to your own people and gave to all who welcomed you power to become children of God. In your merciful love watch over the Church and through her ministry bring salvation to the meek and lowly. May we avoid the snares of the impious, and come to rejoice in glory with your saints.


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    Short Reading
    1 Peter 4:13-14

    Beloved, if you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you.


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    Short Responsory

    They laid down their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    – They laid down their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    They went away rejoicing that they had the honour of suffering humiliation.
    – They laid down their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – They laid down their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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    Canticle
    Benedictus
    The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

    Simon Peter said, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; we believe and we know that you are the Christ, the Son of God,’ 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.

    Simon Peter said, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; we believe and we know that you are the Christ, the Son of God,’ alleluia.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    We pray to Christ who built his Church on the rock, and sent his apostles as witnesses to his victory over death:
    – Lord, be with your Church.

    You prayed that the faith of Peter might not fail:
    strengthen and sustain the faith of your Church.
    – Lord, be with your Church.

    When you had risen from the dead you appeared to Peter and revealed yourself to Paul:
    help us to live in the power of your resurrection.
    – Lord, be with your Church.

    You chose Paul to proclaim your good news to the nations:
    like him, may we be committed to spreading the truths of your gospel.
    – Lord, be with your Church.

    Peter denied you, but your love drew him back to you:
    whatever we have done in the past, keep us close to your merciful love.
    – Lord, be with your Church.


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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 our God,
    may the blessed apostles Peter and Paul support us by their prayers.
    Through them you first taught your Church
    the Christian faith.
    Provide us now, by their intercession,
    with help for our eternal salvation.
    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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