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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Friday 31 July 2020

    Friday 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): 25-32
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “He said, on coming into the world: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will ” (Heb 10:5,7)

    I will run the way of your commands, when you give me a docile heart.

    My soul lies in the dust;
    by your word revive me.
    I declared my ways and you answered;
    teach me your statutes.

    Make me grasp the way of your precepts
    and I will muse on your wonders.
    My soul pines away with grief;
    by your word raise me up.

    Keep me from the way of error
    and teach me your law.
    I have chosen the way of truth
    with your decrees before me.

    I bind myself to do your will;
    Lord, do not disappoint me.
    I will run the way of your commands;
    you give freedom to my heart.

    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 will run the way of your commands, when you give me a docile heart.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord, we are citizens of this earth and ask to be made citizens of heaven by your free gift. Help us to run in the way of your commandments and to set our hearts on you alone.


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    Psalm 25 (26)
    Trustful prayer of an innocent man


    “God has chosen us in Christ, that we may be holy and unstained” (Eph 1:4).

    I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.

    Give judgement for me, O Lord:
    for I walk the path of perfection.
    I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.

    Examine me, Lord, and try me;
    O test my heart and my mind,
    for your love is before my eyes
    and I walk according to your truth.

    I never take my place with liars
    and with hypocrites I shall not go.
    I hate the evil-doer’s company:
    I will not take my place with the wicked.

    To prove my innocence I wash my hands
    and take my place around your altar,
    singing a song of thanksgiving,
    proclaiming all your wonders.

    O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
    the place where your glory abides.

    Do not sweep me away with sinners,
    nor my life with bloodthirsty men
    in whose hands are evil plots,
    whose right hands are filled with gold.

    As for me, I walk the path of perfection.
    Redeem me and show me your mercy.
    My foot stands on level ground:
    I will bless the Lord in the assembly.

    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 trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.


    Psalm-prayer

    Send the fire of your Holy Spirit deep within us, Lord, so that we can serve you with chaste bodies and please you with pure minds.


    Or:

    Lord Jesus, Lamb without stain, image of the Father’s glory, give us the strength to avoid all sin and to be faithful to you always. Lead us to the place where God dwells in his glory that we may praise him with joy among his saints.


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    Psalm 27 (28)
    Supplication and thanksgiving


    “Father, I give you thanks, since you have heard me” (Jn 11:41).

    In the Lord my heart trusts, so I am sustained.

    To you, O Lord, I call,
    my rock, hear me.
    If you do not heed I shall become
    like those in the grave.

    Hear the voice of my pleading
    as I call for help,
    as I lift up my hands in prayer
    to your holy place.

    Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with the evil-doers,
    who speak words of peace to their neighbours
    but with evil in their hearts.

    Blessed be the Lord for he has heard
    my cry, my appeal.
    The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts.
    I was helped, my heart rejoices
    and I praise him with my song.

    The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress where his anointed find help.
    Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.
    Be their shepherd and carry them 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.

    In the Lord my heart trusts, so I am sustained.


    Psalm-prayer

    You are the strength of the people, Father. Save us from the pit of death and unite us as one in your holy temple, so that we may attain in our hearts the peace our tongues proclaim.


    Or:

    You heard your Son, Lord, when he stretched out his hands to you on the cross. He did not become like those who go into the pit, but the Son you begot before the daystar arose from the dead before dawn. Strengthen your people to offer you thanks for the many works you have done.


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    Short Reading
    Colossians 3:12-13

    You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.


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    ℣. The Lord is compassion and love.
    ℟. He is slow to anger and rich in mercy.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    who on the cross called the penitent thief into your kingdom,
    in faith and trust and confessing our sins we implore your mercy,
    that after our death
    you will lead us rejoicing through the gates of paradise.
    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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