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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Sunday 2 August 2020

    18th Sunday in Ordinary Time


    Midday Prayer (Sext)


    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

    Lord God and Maker of all things,
    Creation is upheld by you.
    While all must change and know decay,
    You are unchanging, always new.

    You are man’s solace and his shield,
    His Rock secure on which to build.
    You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
    In you alone is hope fulfilled.

    To God the Father and the Son
    And Holy Spirit render praise:
    Blest Trinity, from age to age
    The strength of all our living days.

    Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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    COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS

    Here are the complementary psalms. Your current settings have the psalms of the day at Afternoon Prayer (None).


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    Psalm 122 (123)
    The Lord guards his people


    “The two blind men cried out, ‘Lord, have pity on us, Son of David’” (Mt 20:30).

    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.

    To you have I lifted up my eyes,
    you who dwell in the heavens;
    my eyes, like the eyes of slaves
    on the hand of their lords.

    Like the eyes of a servant
    on the hand of her mistress,
    so our eyes are on the Lord our God
    till he show us his mercy.

    Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
    We are filled with contempt.
    Indeed all too full is our soul
    with the scorn of the rich,
    with the proud man’s disdain.

    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.

    You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.


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    Psalm 123 (124)
    Our help is in the name of the Lord


    “The Lord said to Paul, ‘Do not fear; for I am with you’” (Acts 18:9,10).

    Our help is in the name of the Lord.

    ‘If the Lord had not been on our side,’
    this is Israel’s song.
    ‘If the Lord had not been on our side
    when men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive
    when their anger was kindled.

    ‘Then would the waters have engulfed us,
    the torrent gone over us;
    over our head would have swept
    the raging waters.’

    Blessed be the Lord who did not give us
    a prey to their teeth!
    Our life, like a bird, has escaped
    from the snare of the fowler.

    Indeed the snare has been broken
    and we have escaped.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

    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.

    Our help is in the name of the Lord.


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    Psalm 124 (125)
    The Lord guards his people


    “Peace to the Israel of God” (Gal 6:16).

    The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.

    Those who put their trust in the Lord
    are like Mount Sion, that cannot be shaken,
    that stands for ever.

    Jerusalem! The mountains surround her,
    so the Lord surrounds his people
    both now and for ever.

    For the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
    over the land of the just
    for fear that the hands of the just
    should turn to evil.

    Do good, Lord, to those who are good,
    to the upright of heart;
    but the crooked and those who do evil,
    drive them away!
    On Israel, 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 Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.


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    Short Reading
    Romans 8:26

    The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.


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    ℣. Lord, let my cry come before you.
    ℟. Teach me by your word.


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    Let us pray.

    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 Christ our Lord.
    Amen.


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


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