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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Wednesday 29 July 2020

    Saint Martha 
    on Wednesday of week 17 in Ordinary Time


    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

    For all the saints who from their labours rest,
    Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
    Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
    Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
    Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
    Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
    And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    O blest communion! fellowship divine!
    We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
    Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!


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    Psalm 26 (27)
    Keeping faith in time of peril


    “Behold, the place where God dwells among men” (Rev 21:3).

    The Lord is my light and my help: whom shall I fear?

    The Lord is my light and my help;
    whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    before whom shall I shrink?

    When evil-doers draw near
    to devour my flesh,
    it is they, my enemies and foes,
    who stumble and fall.

    Though an army encamp against me
    my heart would not fear.
    Though war break out against me
    even then would I trust.

    There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
    for this I long,
    to live in the house of the Lord,
    all the days of my life,
    to savour the sweetness of the Lord,
    to behold his temple.

    For there he keeps me safe in his tent
    in the day of evil.
    He hides me in the shelter of his tent,
    on a rock he sets me safe.

    And now my head shall be raised
    above my foes who surround me
    and I shall offer within his tent
    a sacrifice of joy.
    I will sing and make music for the Lord.

    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.

    The Lord is my light and my help: whom shall I fear?


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    Psalm 26 (27)


    “Some stood up and submitted false evidence against Jesus.”

    It is your face, O Lord, that I seek: hide not your face.

    O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
    have mercy and answer.
    Of you my heart has spoken:
    ‘Seek his face.’

    It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
    hide not your face.
    Dismiss not your servant in anger;
    you have been my help.

    Do not abandon or forsake me,
    O God my help!
    Though father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.

    Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
    on an even path lead me.
    When they lie in ambush protect me
    from my enemy’s greed.
    False witnesses rise against me,
    breathing out fury.

    I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
    in the land of the living.
    Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
    Hope in the Lord!

    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 your face, O Lord, that I seek: hide not your face.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, you protect and strengthen those who hope in you; you heard the cry of your Son and kept him safe in your tent in the day of evil. Grant that your servants who seek your face in times of trouble may see your goodness in the land of the living.


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    Canticle
    (Colossians 1)
    Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead

    He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.

    Let us give thanks to the Father,
    who has qualified us to share
    in the inheritance of the saints in light.

    He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness
    and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
    in whom we have redemption,
    the forgiveness of sins.

    He is the image of the invisible God,
    the firstborn of all creation,
    for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth,
    visible and invisible.

    All things were created
    through him and for him.
    He is before all things,
    and in him all things hold together.

    He is the head of the body, the Church;
    he is the beginning,
    the firstborn from the dead,
    that in everything he might be pre-eminent.

    For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
    and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
    whether on earth or in heaven,
    making peace by the blood of his cross.

    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.

    He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 8:28-30

    We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.


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    Short Responsory

    God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.
    – God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.
    He brought her to live in his holy dwelling-place.
    – God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    Jesus loved Martha and Mary her sister and Lazarus her brother.

    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.

    Jesus loved Martha and Mary her sister and Lazarus her brother.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Through the holy women let us pray to the Lord for all the needs of his Church.
    – Lord, remember your Church.

    Through the women martyrs who overcame death with undying courage,
    strengthen your Church in time of trial.
    – Lord, remember your Church.

    Through the married women who graced the lives of the human family,
    renew the Church in her apostolic mission.
    – Lord, remember your Church.

    Through all the widows who sanctified loneliness with prayer and hospitality,
    make your Church a telling sign of your love for all the world.
    – Lord, remember your Church.

    Through all the mothers who introduced their children to the kingdom of God and true human life in society,
    may your Church bring all men to eternal life and salvation.
    – Lord, remember your Church.

    Through all the holy women who live in the light of your glory,
    grant to the faithful departed the everlasting vision of happiness.
    – Lord, remember 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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    Almighty, ever-living God,
    your Son graciously came as a guest to the home of Saint Martha.
    By her prayers give us grace to serve Christ faithfully in our brethren,
    and bring us to your home in heaven.
    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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