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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Thursday 30 July 2020

    Thursday of week 17 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): 17-24
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me” (John 4:34)

    Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I may see the wonders of your law.

    Bless your servant and I shall live
    and obey your word.
    Open my eyes that I may see
    the wonders of your law.

    I am a pilgrim on the earth;
    show me your commands.
    My soul is ever consumed
    as I long for your decrees.

    You threaten the proud, the accursed,
    who turn from your commands.
    Relieve me from scorn and contempt
    for I do your will.

    Though princes sit plotting against me
    I ponder on your statutes.
    Your will is my delight;
    your statutes are my counsellors.

    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.

    Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I may see the wonders of your law.


    Psalm-prayer

    Father, giver of all good gifts, do not let us go astray from your commands but help us to seek you with all our hearts.


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    Psalm 24 (25)
    A plea for pardon and salvation


    “Our hope will not deceive us” (Rom 5:5).

    Lord, guide me in your truth.

    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    I trust you, let me not be disappointed;
    do not let my enemies triumph.
    Those who hope in you shall not be disappointed,
    but only those who wantonly break faith.

    Lord, make me know your ways.
    Lord, teach me your paths.
    Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
    for you are God my saviour.

    In you I hope all day long
    because of your goodness, O Lord.
    Remember your mercy, Lord,
    and the love you have shown from of old.
    Do not remember the sins of my youth.
    In your love remember me.

    The Lord is good and upright.
    He shows the path to those who stray.
    He guides the humble in the right path,
    He teaches his way to the poor.

    His ways are faithfulness and love
    for those who keep his covenant and law.
    Lord, for the sake of your name
    forgive my guilt; for it is great.

    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, guide me in your truth.


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    Psalm 24 (25)

    Pity me, Lord, as you see me friendless and forlorn.

    If anyone fears the Lord
    he will show him the path he should choose.
    His soul shall live in happiness
    and his children shall possess the land.
    The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;
    to them he reveals his covenant.

    My eyes are always on the Lord;
    for he rescues my feet from the snare.
    Turn to me and have mercy
    for I am lonely and poor.

    Relieve the anguish of my heart
    and set me free from my distress.
    See my affliction and my toil
    and take all my sins away.

    See how many are my foes;
    how violent their hatred for me.
    Preserve my life and rescue me.
    Do not disappoint me, you are my refuge.
    May innocence and uprightness protect me:
    for my hope is in you, O Lord.

    Redeem Israel, O God, from all its distress.

    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.

    Pity me, Lord, as you see me friendless and forlorn.


    Psalm-prayer

    To you, Lord, we lift up our souls; rescue us, do not let us be put to shame for calling out to you. Do not remember the sins of our youth and stupidity, but remember us with your love.


    Or:

    Through your Son, Lord, you spared sinners to show us your mercy and love. Do not remember our sins, but show us your ways; relieve our distress, and satisfy the longing of your people, so that all our hopes for eternal peace may reach fulfilment.


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    Short Reading
    Amos 9:6

    He has built his high dwelling place in the heavens and supported his vault on the earth; he summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the land. ‘The Lord’ is his name.


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    ℣. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    ℟. The firmament shows forth the work of his hands.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord, in answer to our prayer
    give us patience in suffering hardships
    after the example of your Only-Begotten Son,
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
    Amen.


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


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