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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Wednesday 1 July 2020

    Wednesday of week 13 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): 9-16
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15)

    Blessed are you, O Lord: teach me your commands.

    How shall the young remain sinless?
    By obeying your word.
    I have sought you with all my heart;
    let me not stray from your commands.

    I treasure your promise in my heart
    lest I sin against you.
    Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes.

    With my tongue I have recounted
    the decrees of your lips.
    I rejoiced to do your will
    as though all riches were mine.

    I will ponder all your precepts
    and consider your paths.
    I take delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

    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.

    Blessed are you, O Lord: teach me your commands.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, may we treasure your commandments as the greatest of all riches; never let us fear that anything will be wanting to us while you are at our side.


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    Psalm 16 (17)
    Save me from wrongdoers


    “During his life on earth he offered up prayer, which was heard” (Heb 5:7).

    Maintain my steps firm in your ways, Lord.

    Lord, hear a cause that is just,
    pay heed to my cry.
    Turn your ear to my prayer:
    no deceit is on my lips.

    From you may my judgement come forth.
    Your eyes discern the truth.

    You search my heart, you visit me by night.
    You test me and you find in me no wrong.
    My words are not sinful as are men’s words.

    I kept from violence because of your word,
    I kept my feet firmly in your paths;
    there was no faltering in my steps.

    I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.
    Turn your ear to me; hear my words.
    Display your great love, you whose right hand saves
    your friends from those who rebel against them.

    Guard me as the apple of your eye.
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings
    from the violent attack of the wicked.

    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.

    Maintain my steps firm in your ways, Lord.


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    Psalm 16 (17)

    Lord, arise, rescue my soul.

    My foes encircle me with deadly intent.
    Their hearts tight shut, their mouths speak proudly.
    They advance against me, and now they surround me.

    Their eyes are watching to strike me to the ground,
    as though they were lions ready to claw
    or like some young lion crouched in hiding.

    Lord, arise, confront them, strike them down!
    Let your sword rescue my soul from the wicked;
    let your hand, O Lord, rescue me from men,
    from men whose reward is in this present life.

    You give them their fill of your treasures;
    they rejoice in abundance of offspring
    and leave their wealth to their children.

    As for me, in my justice I shall see your face
    and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.

    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.

    Lord, arise, rescue my soul.


    Psalm-prayer

    Turn our eyes to see the truth of your judgements, Lord, that, when our spirits are tried by fire, the anticipation of seeing you may make us rejoice in your justice.


    Or:

    When your Son was unjustly condemned, Lord God, and surrounded by the impious, he cried to you and you set him free. Watch over your people as the treasure of your heart and guide their steps along safe paths that they may see your face.


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    Short Reading
    James 4:7-8,10

    Give in to God: resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer he will come to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.


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    ℣. The Lord looks on those who revere him.
    ℟. He is close to those who hope in his love.


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    Let us pray.

    On the cross, Lord Jesus Christ,
    you stretched out your hands for the salvation of the human race.
    Grant that our life and work may be pleasing to you
    and bear witness to the power of your redeeming love.
    You live and reign for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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


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