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Liturgy of the Hours


  • Saturday 1 August 2020

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


    Morning Prayer (Lauds)


    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

    Who are these like stars appearing,
    these, before God’s throne who stand?
    Each a golden crown is wearing;
    who are all this glorious band?
    Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
    praising loud their heavenly King.

    Who are these of dazzling brightness,
    clothed in God’s own righteousness?
    These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
    shall their lustre still possess,
    still untouched by time’s rude hand?
    Whence came all this glorious band?

    These are they who have contended
    for their Saviour’s honour long,
    wrestling on till life was ended,
    following not the sinful throng;
    these who well the fight sustained,
    triumph through the Lamb have gained.

    These are they whose hearts were riven,
    sore with woe and anguish tried,
    who in prayer full oft have striven
    with the God they glorified;
    now, their painful conflict o’er,
    God has bid them weep no more.

    These, the Almighty contemplating,
    did as priests before him stand,
    soul and body always waiting
    day and night at his command:
    now in God’s most holy place
    blest they stand before his face.


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    Psalm 118 (119): 145-152
    Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law


    “When anyone obeys what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him” (1 John 2:5)

    My eyes watch for you before dawn.

    I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me,
    I will keep your commands.
    I call upon you, save me
    and I will do your will.

    I rise before dawn and cry for help,
    I hope in your word.
    My eyes watch through the night
    to ponder your promise.

    In your love hear my voice, O Lord;
    give me life by your decrees.
    Those who harm me unjustly draw near;
    they are far from your law.

    But you, O Lord, are close,
    your commands are truth.
    Long have I known that your will
    is established 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.

    My eyes watch for you before dawn.


    Psalm-prayer

    Save us by the power of your hand, Father, for our enemies have ignored your words. May the fire of your word consume our sins and its brightness illumine our hearts.


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    Canticle
    Exodus 15
    Hymn of victory after crossing the Red Sea


    “Those who overcame the beast sang the hymn of Moses, the Servant of God” (cf. Rev 15:2-3).

    The Lord is my strength, I will sing his praise: he is my salvation.

    I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!
    Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea!

    The Lord is my strength, my song, my salvation.
    This is my God and I extol him,
    my father’s God and I give him praise.
    The Lord is a warrior!
    ‘The Lord’ is his name.

    The chariots of Pharaoh he hurled into the sea.
    At the breath of your anger the waters piled high;
    the moving waters stood up like a dam.
    The deeps turned solid in the midst of the sea.

    The enemy said: ‘I will pursue and overtake them,
    I will divide the plunder, I shall have my will.
    I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’

    You blew with your breath, the sea closed over them.
    They went down like lead into the mighty waters.
    Who is like you among the gods, O Lord,
    who is like you, so glorious in holiness,
    spreading fear through your deeds, you who do marvels?

    You stretched forth your hand,
    the earth engulfed them;
    your love has guided the people you redeemed,
    your power has led them to your holy dwelling-place.

    You will lead them and plant them on your mountain,
    the place, O Lord, where you have made your home,
    the sanctuary, Lord, which your hands have made.
    The Lord will reign
    for ever and 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.

    The Lord is my strength, I will sing his praise: he is my salvation.


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    Psalm 116 (117)
    Praise of the merciful Lord


    “I ask the nations to give praise to God for his mercy” (Rom 15:8,9).

    O praise the Lord, all you nations.

    O praise the Lord, all you nations,
    acclaim him all you peoples!

    Strong is his love for us;
    he is faithful 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 praise the Lord, all you nations.


    Psalm-prayer

    God our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts for ever.


    Or:

    Lord God, everything you have promised has been done to show your faithfulness; and you have revealed your kindness to all peoples. Gather all nations into your Church that in all the various tongues of this world one hymn of praise may be offered you.


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    Short Reading
    Wisdom 7:13-14

    What I learned without self-interest, I pass on without reserve; I do not intend to hide her riches. For she is an inexhaustible treasure to men, and those who acquire her win God’s friendship, commended as they are to him by the benefits of her teaching.


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    Short Responsory

    The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.
    – The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.
    The Church sings their praises.
    – The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
    – The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.


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    Canticle
    Benedictus
    The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

    The learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue will shine like stars for all eternity.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
    He has visited his people and redeemed them.

    He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
    in the house of David his servant,
    as he promised by the lips of holy men,
    those who were his prophets from of old.

    A saviour who would free us from our foes,
    from the hands of all who hate us.
    So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
    and his holy covenant remembered.

    He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,
    that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes,
    we might serve him in holiness and justice
    all the days of our life in his presence.

    As for you, little child,
    you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.
    You shall go ahead of the Lord
    to prepare his ways before him,

    To make known to his people their salvation
    through forgiveness of all their sins,
    the loving-kindness of the heart of our God
    who visits us like the dawn from on high.

    He will give light to those in darkness,
    those who dwell in the shadow of death,
    and guide us into the way of peace.

    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 learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue will shine like stars for all eternity.


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    Prayers and intercessions

    Christ, the good shepherd, laid down his life for his sheep. Let us praise him with grateful hearts, as we pray:
    – Lord, nourish the lives of your people.

    Christ our Lord, in the holy pastors you reveal your love for us;
    may we never be deprived of the care you show through them.
    – Lord, nourish the lives of your people.

    Through your sacred ministers you are present in our midst as the shepherd of our souls;
    never cease to guide us through their teaching and encouragement.
    – Lord, nourish the lives of your people.

    In the saints who lead your people, you manifest your power of healing souls and bodies;
    remain always with us to renew our lives in holiness.
    – Lord, nourish the lives of your people.

    By the example of the saints you instruct your faithful in the ways of wisdom and love;
    through our pastors, help us grow to the full stature of perfection.
    – Lord, nourish the lives of your people.


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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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    Lord God,
    you never cease to give new saints to your Church
    as a pattern for holy living.
    Help us to imitate Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls,
    that we may share his reward 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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