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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Saturday 1 August 2020

    Saint Alphonsus Mary de' Liguori, Bishop, Doctor 
    on Saturday of week 17 in Ordinary Time


    (First Vespers of tomorrow, 18th Sunday 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

    Holy God, we praise thy name;
    Lord of all, we bow before thee!
    All on earth thy sceptre own,
    All in heaven above adore thee.
    Infinite thy vast domain,
    Everlasting is thy reign.

    Hark! the loud celestial hymn,
    Angel choirs above are raising;
    Cherubim and seraphim,
    In unceasing chorus praising,
    Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
    Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

    Holy Father, holy Son,
    Holy Spirit, three we name thee.
    While in essence only one
    Undivided God we claim thee;
    And adoring bend the knee,
    While we own the mystery.

    Spare thy people, Lord, we pray,
    By a thousand snares surrounded;
    Keep us without sin today;
    Never let us be confounded.
    Lo, I put my trust in thee;
    Never, Lord, abandon me.


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    Psalm 118 (119): 105-112
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “This is my commandment, that you love one another” (Jn 15:12).

    Your word is a lamp for my steps, Lord. Alleluia.

    Your word is a lamp for my steps
    and a light for my path.
    I have sworn and have made up my mind
    to obey your decrees.

    Lord, I am deeply afflicted;
    by your word give me life.
    Accept, Lord, the homage of my lips
    and teach me your decrees.

    Though I carry my life in my hands,
    I remember your law.
    Though the wicked try to ensnare me,
    I do not stray from your precepts.

    Your will is my heritage for ever,
    the joy of my heart.
    I set myself to carry out your statutes
    in fullness, 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.

    Your word is a lamp for my steps, Lord. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Let your Word, Father, be a lamp for our feet and a light to our path, so that we may understand what you wish to teach us and follow the path your light marks out for us.


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    Psalm 15 (16)
    The Lord, my inheritance


    “God raised up Jesus, freeing him from the pains of death” (Acts 2:24).

    O Lord, you will show me the fullness of joy in your presence. Alleluia.

    Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
    I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.
    My happiness lies in you alone.’

    He has put into my heart a marvellous love
    for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.
    Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows.
    Never will I offer their offerings of blood.
    Never will I take their name upon my lips.

    O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
    it is you yourself who are my prize.
    The lot marked out for me is my delight:
    welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!

    I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
    who even at night directs my heart.
    I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
    since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

    And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
    even my body shall rest in safety.
    For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
    nor let your beloved know decay.

    You will show me the path of life,
    the fullness of joy in your presence,
    at your right hand happiness 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.

    O Lord, you will show me the fullness of joy in your presence. Alleluia.


    Psalm-prayer

    Lord Jesus, uphold those who hope in you and give us your counsel, so that we may know the joy of your resurrection and deserve to be among the saints at your right hand.


    Or:

    Father, in the mysterious plan of your love, you offered your Son the bitter cup of death, and yet you would not let your Holy One know decay, but opened to him the way of life. Help us to look for happiness in you alone and to share one day the glory of your Son’s resurrection.


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    Canticle
    Philippians 2
    Christ, God's servant

    Let every creature, in heaven and on earth, bend the knee at the name of Jesus. Alleluia.

    Though he was in the form of God,
    Jesus did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.

    He emptied himself,
    taking the form of a servant,
    being born in the likeness of men.

    And being found in human form,
    he humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
    even death on a cross.

    Therefore God has highly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,

    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

    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.

    Let every creature, in heaven and on earth, bend the knee at the name of Jesus. Alleluia.


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    Short Reading
    Colossians 1:2-6

    Grace and peace to you from God our Father. We have never failed to remember you in our prayers and to give thanks for you to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you show towards all the saints because of the hope which is stored up for you in heaven. It is only recently that you heard of this, when it was announced in the message of the truth. The Good News which has reached you is spreading and bearing fruit all over the world.


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    Short Responsory

    From the rising of the sun to its setting, great is the name of the Lord.
    – From the rising of the sun to its setting, great is the name of the Lord.
    High above the heavens is his glory.
    – From the rising of the sun to its setting, great is the name of the Lord.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – From the rising of the sun to its setting, great is the name of the Lord.


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    Canticle
    Magnificat
    My soul rejoices in the Lord

    A great crowd had gathered about Jesus, and they had nothing to eat. He called his disciples and said to them, ‘I feel compassion for all these people’.

    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.

    A great crowd had gathered about Jesus, and they had nothing to eat. He called his disciples and said to them, ‘I feel compassion for all these people’.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    God our Father leads us forward with great love towards the joyful day when we enter his rest.
    – Our hope is all in you, Lord God.

    Father, we pray for N., our Pope, and N., our bishop:
    guide them and bless them in their work.
    – Our hope is all in you, Lord God.

    Help the sick to share their sufferings with Christ:
    may they know in him the fullness of life and love.
    – Our hope is all in you, Lord God.

    Lord, you found nowhere to lay your head:
    make us aware of the needs of the homeless today.
    – Our hope is all in you, Lord God.

    Bless those who work on the land:
    may we receive the fruits of the earth with thankfulness.
    – Our hope is all in you, Lord God.

    Father, have mercy on those who have died in the peace of Christ:
    receive them into the home you have prepared for them.
    – Our hope is all in you, Lord God.


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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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    We recognize with joy
    that you, Lord, created us,
    and that you guide us by your providence.
    In your unfailing kindness, support us in our prayer:
    renew your life within us,
    guard it and make it bear fruit for eternity.
    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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