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Office of Readings

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 94 (95)
The Lord is a great king: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,
  let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks,
  let us acclaim him with songs.
  (repeat antiphon*)
For the Lord is a great God,
  a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands,
  and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it;
  and his hands formed the dry land.
  (repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us worship and bow down,
  bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock,
  the sheep that follow his hand.
  (repeat antiphon*)
If only, today, you would listen to his voice:
  “Do not harden your hearts
  as you did at Meribah,
on the day of Massah in the desert,
  when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test,
  although they had seen my works.”
  (repeat antiphon*)
“For forty years they wearied me,
  that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering,
  they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger:
  they will never enter my place of rest.”
  (repeat antiphon*)
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.
(repeat antiphon*)

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymn
Worship, glory, praise and honour
To our God, high-throned above:
We, with many generations
Join to praise thy name of love.
In the scriptures, by the Spirit,
May we see the Saviour’s face,
Hear his word and heed his calling,
Know his will and grow in grace.

Psalm 9B (10)
Thanksgiving

The Lord will protect the rights of the oppressed.
With what purpose, Lord, do you stay away,
  hide yourself in time of need and trouble?
The wicked in their pride persecute the weak,
  trap them in the plots they have devised.
The sinner glories in his desires,
  the miser congratulates himself.
The sinner in his arrogance rejects the Lord:
  “there is no God, no retribution.”
This is what he thinks
 – and all goes well for him.
Your judgements are far beyond his comprehension:
  he despises all who stand against him.
The sinner says to himself: “I will stand firm;
  nothing can touch me, from generation to generation.”
His mouth is full of malice and deceit,
  under his tongue hide trouble and distress.
He lies in ambush by the villages,
  he kills the innocent in some secret place.
He watches the weak,
  he hides like a lion in its lair, and makes plans.
He plans to rob the weak,
  lure him to his trap and rob him.
He rushes in, makes a dive,
  and the poor victim is caught.
For he has said to himself, “God has forgotten.
  He is not watching, he will never see.”
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 will protect the rights of the oppressed.

Psalm 9B (10)

Lord, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.
Rise up, Lord, raise your hand!
  Do not forget the weak.
Why does the wicked man spurn God?
  Because he says to himself, “you will not take revenge.”
But you do see: you see the trouble and the pain,
  and then you take things into your own hands.
The weak fall to your care,
  and you are the help of the orphan.
Break the arms of the sinner and evil-doer:
  seek out wickedness until there is no more to be found.
The Lord is King for ever and for ever.
  The Gentiles have perished from his land.
You have heard the prayer of the weak, Lord,
  and you will strengthen their hearts.
You will lend your ear to the pleas of the orphans and the helpless,
  so mere mortals can frighten them no longer.
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, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.

Psalm 11 (12)
A prayer against the proud

The words of the Lord are words without alloy, silver from the furnace, seven times refined.
Save me, Lord, for the good men are all gone:
  there is no-one to be trusted among the sons of men.
Neighbour speaks falsehood to neighbour:
  with lying lips and crooked hearts they speak.
Let the Lord condemn all lying lips,
  all boastful tongues.
They say “Our tongues will make us great,
  our lips are ours, we have no master.”
“On account of the sufferings of the poor,
  the groans of the weak, I will rise up,” says the Lord.
  “I will bring to safety the one whom men despise.”
The words of the Lord are pure words,
  silver tried by fire, freed from dross,
  silver seven times refined.
You, Lord, will help us
  and guard us from now to all eternity –
while the wicked walk round outside,
  where the vilest are most honoured of the children of men.
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 words of the Lord are words without alloy, silver from the furnace, seven times refined.

℣. The Lord guides his humble in the right path.
℟. He teaches his way to the poor.

First Reading
Job 31:1-8,13-23,35-37 ©

Job’s former righteousness

Job said:
I made a pact with my eyes,
  not to linger on any virgin.
Now, what shares does God deal out on high,
  what lots does Shaddai assign from heaven,
if not disaster for the wicked,
  and calamities for the iniquitous?
But surely he sees how I behave,
  does he not count all my steps?
Have I been a fellow traveller with falsehood,
  or hastened my steps towards deceit?
If he weighs me on honest scales,
  being God, he cannot fail to see my innocence.
If my feet have wandered from the rightful path,
  or if my eyes have led my heart astray,
  or if my hands are smirched with any stain,
let another eat what I have sown,
  and let my young shoots all be rooted out.
If ever I have infringed the rights of slave
  or maidservant in legal actions against me —
what shall I do, when God stands up?
  What shall I say, when he holds his assize?
They, no less than I, were created in the womb
  by the one same God who shaped us all within our mothers.
If my land calls down vengeance on my head
  and every furrow runs with tears,
if without payment I have eaten fruit grown on it
  or given those who toiled there cause to groan,
let brambles grow where once was wheat,
  and foul weeds where barley thrived.
Have I been insensible to poor men’s needs,
  or let a widow’s eyes grow dim?
Or taken my share of bread alone,
  not giving a share to the orphan?
I, whom God has fostered father-like, from childhood,
  and guided since I left my mother’s womb.
Have I ever seen a wretch in need of clothing,
  or a beggar going naked,
without his having cause to bless me from his heart,
  as he felt the warmth of the fleece from my lambs?
Have I raised my hand against the guiltless,
  presuming on my credit at the gate?
If so, then let my shoulder fall from its socket,
  my arm be shattered at the joint.
God’s terror would indeed descend on me;
  how could I hold my ground before his majesty?
Who can get me a hearing from God?
  I have had my say, from A to Z; now let Shaddai answer me.
When my adversary has drafted his writ against me
I shall wear it on my shoulder,
  and bind it round my head like a royal turban.
I will give him an account of every step of my life,
  and go as boldly as a prince to meet him.
Responsory
Jb 31:3-4; Pr 15:3
℟. What shares does God deal out on high, if not disaster for the wicked and calamities for the iniquitous?* The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the evil and the good.
℣. Surely he sees how I behave: does he not count all my steps?* The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the evil and the good.

Second Reading
A colloquy of St Dorotheus

On false spiritual peace

The man who finds fault with himself accepts all things cheerfully – misfortune, loss, disgrace, dishonour and any other kind of adversity. He believes that he is deserving of all these things and nothing can disturb him. No one could be more at peace than this man.
  But perhaps you will offer me this objection: “Suppose my brother injures me, and on examining myself I find that I have not given him any cause. Why should I blame myself?”
  Certainly if someone examines himself carefully and with fear of God, he will never find himself completely innocent. He will see that he has given some provocation by an action, a word or by his manner. If he does find that he is not guilty in any of these ways, certainly he must have injured that brother somehow at some other time. Or perhaps he has been a source of annoyance to some other brother. For this reason he deserves to endure the injury because of many other sins that he has committed on other occasions.
  Someone else asks why he should accuse himself when he was sitting peacefully and quietly when a brother came upon him with an unkind or insulting word. He cannot tolerate it, and so he thinks that his anger is justified. If that brother had not approached him and said those words and upset him, he never would have sinned.
  This kind of thinking is surely ridiculous and has no rational basis. For the fact that he has said anything at all in this situation breaks the cover on the passionate anger within him, which is all the more exposed by his excessive anxiety. If he wished, he would do penance. He has become like a clean, shiny grain of wheat that, when broken, is full of dirt inside.
  The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has within him a passion that he does not see. A brother comes up, utters some unkind word and immediately all the venom and mire that lie hidden within him are spewed out. If he wishes mercy, he must do penance, purify himself and strive to become perfect. He will see that he should have returned thanks to his brother instead of returning the injury, because his brother has proven to be an occasion of profit to him. It will not be long before he will no longer be bothered by these temptations. The more perfect he grows, the less these temptations will affect him. For the more the soul advances, the stronger and more powerful it becomes in bearing the difficulties that it meets.
Responsory
℟. Indeed I know that no man can be in the right against God.* How dare I plead my cause, then, or choose arguments against him?
℣. In his own Holy Ones God puts no trust, and the heavens themselves are not clean in his eyes.* How dare I plead my cause, then, or choose arguments against him?

Let us pray.
Lord God,
  by whom our lives are governed with unfailing wisdom and love,
take away from us all that is harmful
  and give us all that will be for our good.
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.

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

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis apps and programs do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

You can also view this page in Latin and English.

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
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.

Hymn
Worship, glory, praise and honour
To our God, high-throned above:
We, with many generations
Join to praise thy name of love.
In the scriptures, by the Spirit,
May we see the Saviour’s face,
Hear his word and heed his calling,
Know his will and grow in grace.

Psalm 9B (10)
Thanksgiving

The Lord will protect the rights of the oppressed.
With what purpose, Lord, do you stay away,
  hide yourself in time of need and trouble?
The wicked in their pride persecute the weak,
  trap them in the plots they have devised.
The sinner glories in his desires,
  the miser congratulates himself.
The sinner in his arrogance rejects the Lord:
  “there is no God, no retribution.”
This is what he thinks
 – and all goes well for him.
Your judgements are far beyond his comprehension:
  he despises all who stand against him.
The sinner says to himself: “I will stand firm;
  nothing can touch me, from generation to generation.”
His mouth is full of malice and deceit,
  under his tongue hide trouble and distress.
He lies in ambush by the villages,
  he kills the innocent in some secret place.
He watches the weak,
  he hides like a lion in its lair, and makes plans.
He plans to rob the weak,
  lure him to his trap and rob him.
He rushes in, makes a dive,
  and the poor victim is caught.
For he has said to himself, “God has forgotten.
  He is not watching, he will never see.”
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 will protect the rights of the oppressed.

Psalm 9B (10)

Lord, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.
Rise up, Lord, raise your hand!
  Do not forget the weak.
Why does the wicked man spurn God?
  Because he says to himself, “you will not take revenge.”
But you do see: you see the trouble and the pain,
  and then you take things into your own hands.
The weak fall to your care,
  and you are the help of the orphan.
Break the arms of the sinner and evil-doer:
  seek out wickedness until there is no more to be found.
The Lord is King for ever and for ever.
  The Gentiles have perished from his land.
You have heard the prayer of the weak, Lord,
  and you will strengthen their hearts.
You will lend your ear to the pleas of the orphans and the helpless,
  so mere mortals can frighten them no longer.
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, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.

Psalm 11 (12)
A prayer against the proud

The words of the Lord are words without alloy, silver from the furnace, seven times refined.
Save me, Lord, for the good men are all gone:
  there is no-one to be trusted among the sons of men.
Neighbour speaks falsehood to neighbour:
  with lying lips and crooked hearts they speak.
Let the Lord condemn all lying lips,
  all boastful tongues.
They say “Our tongues will make us great,
  our lips are ours, we have no master.”
“On account of the sufferings of the poor,
  the groans of the weak, I will rise up,” says the Lord.
  “I will bring to safety the one whom men despise.”
The words of the Lord are pure words,
  silver tried by fire, freed from dross,
  silver seven times refined.
You, Lord, will help us
  and guard us from now to all eternity –
while the wicked walk round outside,
  where the vilest are most honoured of the children of men.
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 words of the Lord are words without alloy, silver from the furnace, seven times refined.

℣. The Lord guides his humble in the right path.
℟. He teaches his way to the poor.

First Reading
Job 31:1-8,13-23,35-37 ©

Job’s former righteousness

Job said:
I made a pact with my eyes,
  not to linger on any virgin.
Now, what shares does God deal out on high,
  what lots does Shaddai assign from heaven,
if not disaster for the wicked,
  and calamities for the iniquitous?
But surely he sees how I behave,
  does he not count all my steps?
Have I been a fellow traveller with falsehood,
  or hastened my steps towards deceit?
If he weighs me on honest scales,
  being God, he cannot fail to see my innocence.
If my feet have wandered from the rightful path,
  or if my eyes have led my heart astray,
  or if my hands are smirched with any stain,
let another eat what I have sown,
  and let my young shoots all be rooted out.
If ever I have infringed the rights of slave
  or maidservant in legal actions against me —
what shall I do, when God stands up?
  What shall I say, when he holds his assize?
They, no less than I, were created in the womb
  by the one same God who shaped us all within our mothers.
If my land calls down vengeance on my head
  and every furrow runs with tears,
if without payment I have eaten fruit grown on it
  or given those who toiled there cause to groan,
let brambles grow where once was wheat,
  and foul weeds where barley thrived.
Have I been insensible to poor men’s needs,
  or let a widow’s eyes grow dim?
Or taken my share of bread alone,
  not giving a share to the orphan?
I, whom God has fostered father-like, from childhood,
  and guided since I left my mother’s womb.
Have I ever seen a wretch in need of clothing,
  or a beggar going naked,
without his having cause to bless me from his heart,
  as he felt the warmth of the fleece from my lambs?
Have I raised my hand against the guiltless,
  presuming on my credit at the gate?
If so, then let my shoulder fall from its socket,
  my arm be shattered at the joint.
God’s terror would indeed descend on me;
  how could I hold my ground before his majesty?
Who can get me a hearing from God?
  I have had my say, from A to Z; now let Shaddai answer me.
When my adversary has drafted his writ against me
I shall wear it on my shoulder,
  and bind it round my head like a royal turban.
I will give him an account of every step of my life,
  and go as boldly as a prince to meet him.
Responsory
Jb 31:3-4; Pr 15:3
℟. What shares does God deal out on high, if not disaster for the wicked and calamities for the iniquitous?* The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the evil and the good.
℣. Surely he sees how I behave: does he not count all my steps?* The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the evil and the good.

Second Reading
A colloquy of St Dorotheus

On false spiritual peace

The man who finds fault with himself accepts all things cheerfully – misfortune, loss, disgrace, dishonour and any other kind of adversity. He believes that he is deserving of all these things and nothing can disturb him. No one could be more at peace than this man.
  But perhaps you will offer me this objection: “Suppose my brother injures me, and on examining myself I find that I have not given him any cause. Why should I blame myself?”
  Certainly if someone examines himself carefully and with fear of God, he will never find himself completely innocent. He will see that he has given some provocation by an action, a word or by his manner. If he does find that he is not guilty in any of these ways, certainly he must have injured that brother somehow at some other time. Or perhaps he has been a source of annoyance to some other brother. For this reason he deserves to endure the injury because of many other sins that he has committed on other occasions.
  Someone else asks why he should accuse himself when he was sitting peacefully and quietly when a brother came upon him with an unkind or insulting word. He cannot tolerate it, and so he thinks that his anger is justified. If that brother had not approached him and said those words and upset him, he never would have sinned.
  This kind of thinking is surely ridiculous and has no rational basis. For the fact that he has said anything at all in this situation breaks the cover on the passionate anger within him, which is all the more exposed by his excessive anxiety. If he wished, he would do penance. He has become like a clean, shiny grain of wheat that, when broken, is full of dirt inside.
  The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has within him a passion that he does not see. A brother comes up, utters some unkind word and immediately all the venom and mire that lie hidden within him are spewed out. If he wishes mercy, he must do penance, purify himself and strive to become perfect. He will see that he should have returned thanks to his brother instead of returning the injury, because his brother has proven to be an occasion of profit to him. It will not be long before he will no longer be bothered by these temptations. The more perfect he grows, the less these temptations will affect him. For the more the soul advances, the stronger and more powerful it becomes in bearing the difficulties that it meets.
Responsory
℟. Indeed I know that no man can be in the right against God.* How dare I plead my cause, then, or choose arguments against him?
℣. In his own Holy Ones God puts no trust, and the heavens themselves are not clean in his eyes.* How dare I plead my cause, then, or choose arguments against him?

Let us pray.
Lord God,
  by whom our lives are governed with unfailing wisdom and love,
take away from us all that is harmful
  and give us all that will be for our good.
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.

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

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis apps and programs do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

You can also view this page in Latin and English.

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
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.

Hymn
O Christ, the Light of heaven
And of the world true Light,
You come in all your radiance
To cleave the web of night.
May what is false within us
Before your truth give way,
That we may live untroubled,
With quiet hearts this day.
May steadfast faith sustain us,
And hope made firm in you;
The love that we have wasted,
O God of love, renew.
Blest Trinity we praise you
In whom our quest will cease;
Keep us with you for ever
In happiness and peace.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 23 (24)
The Lord comes to his temple

The man with clean hands and pure heart will climb the mountain of the Lord.
The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
  the world and all who live in it.
He himself founded it upon the seas
  and set it firm over the waters.
Who will climb the mountain of the Lord?
  Who will stand in his holy place?
The one who is innocent of wrongdoing and pure of heart,
  who has not given himself to vanities or sworn falsely.
He will receive the blessing of the Lord
  and be justified by God his saviour.
This is the way of those who seek him,
  seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,
  and let the king of glory enter.
Who is the king of glory?
The Lord of might and power.
  The Lord, strong in battle.
Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,
  and let the king of glory enter.
Who is the king of glory?
The Lord of hosts
 – he is the king of glory.
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 man with clean hands and pure heart will climb the mountain of the Lord.

CanticleTobit 13

God punishes and God saves

Praise the king of the ages in all your deeds.
Blessed be God who lives for ever,
  whose kingdom is eternal:
  for he both punishes and takes pity,
he leads down to the underworld,
  and rescues from perdition;
  no one can escape him.
Give thanks to him before all nations, children of Israel:
  he scattered you among them,
  and there he has made known his greatness.
Give glory to him before all who live:
  he is our Lord, our father,
  and our God for ever.
He will punish you for your transgressions;
  but he will take pity on all your sufferings,
and gather you together from all the nations
  among whom he scattered you.
If you turn back to him
  with all your heart and soul
 – if you keep faithful to him –
he will turn back to you
  and hide his face no longer.
So now look at what he has done with you,
  and praise him with all your might.
Bless the Lord of justice,
  and glorify the eternal King.
In the land of my captivity I trust in him;
  I show his power and majesty to the sinful people.
Turn back, sinners,
  and be upright in his presence
 – perhaps he will forgive you and show you his favour.
I will rejoice in the Lord with all my soul,
  my soul will rejoice as long as it lives.
Bless the Lord, all his chosen ones:
  all people, praise his greatness.
Fill your days with joy
  and proclaim his glory.
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.
Praise the king of the ages in all your deeds.

Psalm 32 (33)
The Lord provides

Praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
Rejoice in the Lord, you just:
  it is good for the upright to praise him.
Proclaim the Lord on the lyre,
  play his song on the ten-stringed harp.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  sing out your cries of triumph,
for the word of the Lord is truly just,
  and all his actions are faithful.
The Lord loves justice and right judgement;
  the earth is full of his loving kindness.
By the Lord’s word the heavens were made,
  and all their array by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the seas as if in a bag,
  he stored up the depths in his treasury.
Let every land fear the Lord,
  let all the world be awed at his presence.
For he spoke, and they came into being;
  he commanded, and they were made.
The Lord confounds the counsel of the nations,
  throws the thoughts of the peoples into confusion.
But the Lord’s own counsel stands firm for ever,
  his thoughts last for all generations.
Happy the nation whose lord is God,
  the people he has chosen as his inheritance.
The Lord looks down from the heavens
  and sees all the children of men.
From his dwelling-place he looks
  upon all who inhabit the earth.
He moulded each one of their hearts,
  he understands all that they do.
The king will not be saved by his forces;
  the abundance of his strength will not set the strong man free.
Do not trust a horse to save you,
  whatever its swiftness and strength.
For see, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
  upon those who trust in his mercy,
hoping he will save their souls from death
  and their bodies from hunger.
Our souls praise the Lord,
  for he is our help and our protector,
for our hearts rejoice in him,
  and we trust in his holy name.
Lord, show us your loving kindness,
  just as we put our hope in you.
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.
Praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

Short Reading
Romans 13:11,12-13 ©
You must wake up now: the night is almost over, it will be daylight soon. Let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime.

Short Responsory
My helper is my God; I will place my trust in him.
My helper is my God; I will place my trust in him.
He is my refuge; he sets me free.
My helper is my God; I will place my trust in him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
My helper is my God; I will place my trust in him.

CanticleBenedictus

The Messiah and his forerunner

The Lord has raised up a mighty saviour for us, as he promised through the lips of his prophets.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path 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 Lord has raised up a mighty saviour for us, as he promised through the lips of his prophets.

Prayers and intercessions
As Christians called to share the life of God, let us praise the Lord Jesus, the high priest of our faith.
You are our Saviour and our God.
Almighty King, you have baptized us, and made us a royal priesthood:
  may we offer you a constant sacrifice of praise.
You are our Saviour and our God.
Help us to keep your commandments;
  so that through your Holy Spirit we may dwell in you, and you in us.
You are our Saviour and our God.
Everlasting Wisdom, come to us:
  dwell with us and work in us today.
You are our Saviour and our God.
Help us to be considerate and kind;
  grant that we may bring joy, not pain, to those we meet.
You are our Saviour and our God.

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.

Look with favour on our morning prayer, Lord,
  and in your saving love
  let your light penetrate the hidden places of our hearts.
May no sordid desires darken our minds,
  renewed and enlightened as we are by your heavenly grace.
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.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
  Amen.

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis apps and programs do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

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Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
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.

Hymn
Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
With God the Father and the Son,
And grant us your abundant grace
To sanctify and make us one.
May mind and tongue made strong in love
Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
And may that love within our hearts
Set fire to others with its flame.
Most blessèd Trinity of love,
For whom the heart of man was made,
To you be praise in timeless song,
And everlasting homage paid.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 1-8
The word of the Lord in the law

Blessed are they who live by the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who follow the pure path,
  who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who obey his decrees
  and seek him out with all their heart.
They do not do evil:
  they walk in his paths.
You have made your commandments
  for us to obey them.
If only I can direct my paths
  to conform to your statutes!
Then I will not be shamed
  as I hold to your precepts.
I shall proclaim you by right living
  since I have learnt your just decrees.
I shall hold close to your statutes:
  Lord, never abandon me.
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.
Blessed are they who live by the law of the Lord.

Psalm 12 (13)
Lament of a righteous man who trusts in God

My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
How long, O Lord, will you forget me?
  How long will you turn your face from me?
How long must I bear grief in my soul,
  how long must I carry sadness in my heart
  by day and by night?
How long will my enemy be stronger than me?
Turn to me and hear me, O Lord my God.
  Give light to my eyes and save me from the sleep of death.
Or my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed against him!’
  and those who torment me will rejoice at my stumbling.
But I put my hope in your loving kindness.
  My heart will rejoice at your saving power.
  I shall sing to the Lord, who has granted good things to me.
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 heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 13 (14)
The folly of the lawless

God made all men prisoners of disobedience, that he might show mercy to them all.
The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
  They are corrupt and they do vile things:
  not one of them does good.
From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
  to see if any understand, and seek God.
All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
  Not one of them does good, not even one.
They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
  who eat up my people like so much bread.
They did not call on the Lord,
  so they tremble with fear,
  for God is on the side of the righteous.
You persecute the poor,
  but God is on the side of the poor.
Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
  When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
  Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
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.
God made all men prisoners of disobedience, that he might show mercy to them all.
OR:

At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


Psalm 119 (120)
Longing for peace

I called and the Lord answered me.
I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
  and he answered me.
Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
  from deceitful tongues.
What will be given you, what will you receive,
  deceitful tongue?
Sharp arrows from the warrior,
  hardened in the flames.
Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
  I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
My soul has lived too long
  with those who hate peace.
I am for making peace;
  but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
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 called and the Lord answered me.

Psalm 120 (121)
The guardian of the people

May the Lord guard your going in and coming out.
I shall lift my eyes to the hills:
  where is my help to come from?
My help will come from the Lord,
  who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip:
  he will not doze, your guardian.
Behold, he will not doze or sleep,
  the guardian of Israel.
The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your shade;
  he is at your right hand.
By day the sun will not strike you;
  nor the moon by night.
The Lord will guard you from all harm;
  the Lord will guard your life.
The Lord will guard your coming and your going
  both now and 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.
May the Lord guard your going in and coming out.

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city

I rejoiced in the things which were said to me.
They filled me with joy when they said,
  “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
Now our feet are standing
  within your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, built as a city,
  whole and self-contained:
there the tribes have gone up,
  the tribes of the Lord –
the witness of Israel,
  to praise the Lord’s name.
For there are the thrones of justice,
  the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
  “Safety for those who care for you,
peace inside your walls,
  security within your ramparts!”
For my brethren and those near to me I will say
  “Peace be upon you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
  I will call blessings upon you.
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 rejoiced in the things which were said to me.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingJeremiah 17:7-8 ©
A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit.

℣. The Lord will not refuse any good to those who walk without blame.
℟. Lord, God of hosts, happy the man who trusts in you.

Let us pray.
Almighty, ever-living God,
  who at this third hour sent down your Holy Spirit on the apostles,
send forth that same Spirit of love into our hearts
  so that we may bear faithful witness to you before all mankind.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis apps and programs do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

You can also view this page in Latin and English.

 

Sext (Midday Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
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.

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

The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 1-8
The word of the Lord in the law

Blessed are they who live by the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who follow the pure path,
  who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who obey his decrees
  and seek him out with all their heart.
They do not do evil:
  they walk in his paths.
You have made your commandments
  for us to obey them.
If only I can direct my paths
  to conform to your statutes!
Then I will not be shamed
  as I hold to your precepts.
I shall proclaim you by right living
  since I have learnt your just decrees.
I shall hold close to your statutes:
  Lord, never abandon me.
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.
Blessed are they who live by the law of the Lord.

Psalm 12 (13)
Lament of a righteous man who trusts in God

My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
How long, O Lord, will you forget me?
  How long will you turn your face from me?
How long must I bear grief in my soul,
  how long must I carry sadness in my heart
  by day and by night?
How long will my enemy be stronger than me?
Turn to me and hear me, O Lord my God.
  Give light to my eyes and save me from the sleep of death.
Or my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed against him!’
  and those who torment me will rejoice at my stumbling.
But I put my hope in your loving kindness.
  My heart will rejoice at your saving power.
  I shall sing to the Lord, who has granted good things to me.
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 heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 13 (14)
The folly of the lawless

God made all men prisoners of disobedience, that he might show mercy to them all.
The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
  They are corrupt and they do vile things:
  not one of them does good.
From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
  to see if any understand, and seek God.
All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
  Not one of them does good, not even one.
They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
  who eat up my people like so much bread.
They did not call on the Lord,
  so they tremble with fear,
  for God is on the side of the righteous.
You persecute the poor,
  but God is on the side of the poor.
Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
  When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
  Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
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.
God made all men prisoners of disobedience, that he might show mercy to them all.
OR:

At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


Psalm 122 (123)
The Lord guards his people

You, Lord, who dwell in the heavens, have mercy on us.
To you I lift up my eyes,
  to you who dwell in the heavens.
Like the eyes of a servant watching his master,
  like the eyes of a maid on her mistress’s hands,
  so we keep our eyes on the Lord our God,
  as we wait for his kindness.
Take pity on us, Lord, take pity:
  we have had our fill of contempt.
Our souls have had their fill
  of the laughter of the rich,
  of the contempt of the proud.
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.

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

Our help is in the name of the Lord.
If the Lord had not been with us
  (so let Israel sing),
If the Lord had not been with us
  when men rose up against us,
they might have skinned us alive,
  such was their anger.
The waters could have drowned us,
  the torrent poured over us,
  the foaming waters poured over us.
Blessed be the Lord, who saved us
  from being torn to pieces by their teeth.
We have escaped, like a bird
  from the snare of the fowler.
The snare was broken,
  and we 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.

Psalm 124 (125)
The Lord guards his people

The Lord surrounds his people both now and for ever.
Those who trust in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion:
  it cannot be shaken, it will stand firm for ever.
Jerusalem – the mountains stand guard over it,
  and the Lord stands guard over his people,
  both now and for ever.
The sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
  upon the inheritance of the just;
lest the just themselves stretch out their hands
  and turn to wickedness.
Be good, O Lord, to the good
  and the upright of heart.
As for those who turn away to crooked paths,
  the Lord shall treat them like the doers of evil.
Peace be on Israel!
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.

CONCLUSION


Short Reading
Proverbs 3:13-15 ©
Happy the man who discovers wisdom, the man who gains discernment: gaining her is more rewarding than silver, more profitable than gold. She is beyond the price of pearls, nothing you could covet is her equal.

℣. Lord, you love truth in the heart,
℟. In my heart you have taught me wisdom.

Let us pray.
Almighty God,
  who revealed to Peter your plan for the salvation of all men,
grant that our work may be acceptable to you
  and that, by your grace, it may further your loving purpose of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis apps and programs do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

You can also view this page in Latin and English.

None (Afternoon Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
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.

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

The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 1-8
The word of the Lord in the law

Blessed are they who live by the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who follow the pure path,
  who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who obey his decrees
  and seek him out with all their heart.
They do not do evil:
  they walk in his paths.
You have made your commandments
  for us to obey them.
If only I can direct my paths
  to conform to your statutes!
Then I will not be shamed
  as I hold to your precepts.
I shall proclaim you by right living
  since I have learnt your just decrees.
I shall hold close to your statutes:
  Lord, never abandon me.
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.
Blessed are they who live by the law of the Lord.

Psalm 12 (13)
Lament of a righteous man who trusts in God

My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
How long, O Lord, will you forget me?
  How long will you turn your face from me?
How long must I bear grief in my soul,
  how long must I carry sadness in my heart
  by day and by night?
How long will my enemy be stronger than me?
Turn to me and hear me, O Lord my God.
  Give light to my eyes and save me from the sleep of death.
Or my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed against him!’
  and those who torment me will rejoice at my stumbling.
But I put my hope in your loving kindness.
  My heart will rejoice at your saving power.
  I shall sing to the Lord, who has granted good things to me.
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 heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 13 (14)
The folly of the lawless

God made all men prisoners of disobedience, that he might show mercy to them all.
The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
  They are corrupt and they do vile things:
  not one of them does good.
From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
  to see if any understand, and seek God.
All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
  Not one of them does good, not even one.
They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
  who eat up my people like so much bread.
They did not call on the Lord,
  so they tremble with fear,
  for God is on the side of the righteous.
You persecute the poor,
  but God is on the side of the poor.
Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
  When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
  Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
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.
God made all men prisoners of disobedience, that he might show mercy to them all.
OR:

At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


Psalm 125 (126)
Gladness and hope in the Lord

What marvels the Lord worked for us: indeed we are glad.
When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
Among the Gentiles they were saying,
  “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
  and filled us with rejoicing.
Give us back our captives, O Lord,
  as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
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.
What marvels the Lord worked for us: indeed we are glad.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain

The Lord will build the house for us; he will watch over our city.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
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 will build the house for us; he will watch over our city.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord

O blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord
  and walk in his ways.
The food you have worked for, you will eat:
  God’s blessing will bring you good things.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
  on the side of your house.
Your children will be like olive shoots,
  seated round your table.
See, this is how the man is blessed
  who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion:
  may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
  all the days of your life.
May you see your children’s children.
  Peace be on Israel.
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 blessed are those who fear the Lord.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingJob 5:17-18 ©
Happy indeed the man whom God corrects! So do not refuse this lesson from the Omnipotent: for he who wounds is he who soothes the sore, and the hand that hurts is the hand that heals.

℣. Treat your servant with your love, Lord.
℟. Teach me your commandments.

Let us pray.
Almighty God,
  we recall how you sent your angel to the centurion Cornelius
  to show him the way of salvation.
Open our hearts to work more zealously for the salvation of the world,
  so that your Church may bring us and all men into your presence.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis apps and programs do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

You can also view this page in Latin and English.

Vespers (Evening Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
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.

Hymn
O Strength and Stay upholding all creation,
Who ever dost thyself unmoved abide,
Yet day by day the light in due gradation
From hour to hour in all its changes guide –
Grant to life’s day a calm unclouded ending,
An eve untouched by shadows of decay,
The brightness of a holy death-bed blending
With dawning glories of the eternal day.
Hear us, O Father, gracious and forgiving,
Through Jesus Christ thy co-eternal Word,
Who, with the Holy Ghost, by all things living
Now and to endless ages art adored.

Psalm 19 (20)
Prayer for victory

The Lord will give victory to his Anointed One.
May the Lord hear your prayer in the day of tribulation,
  may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from his holy place;
  from Zion, may he extend his protection.
May he remember every one of your sacrifices
  and find merit in your burnt-offerings.
May he deal with you as your heart desires
  and bring all your plans to fulfilment.
We will rejoice in your salvation,
  we will raise our banners in the name of God;
  may the Lord grant all your prayers.
Now I know that the Lord keeps his anointed one safe:
  in his sanctuary in heaven he hears his prayer,
  and lends the support of his strong right hand.
Some put their faith in chariots
  and some in horses,
  but we invoked the name of the Lord our God.
They stumbled and fell,
  but we rose and we stand upright.
Lord, keep the king safe,
  and hear our prayer whenever we call upon you.
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 will give victory to his Anointed One.

Psalm 20 (21)
Thanksgiving for victory

We shall sing and praise your power.
Lord, the king will rejoice in your strength,
  he will triumph in your saving power.
You have granted him his heart’s desire,
  you have not denied the wish that he spoke.
For you showered him with blessings
  even before he asked for them.
  You have placed a crown of purest gold upon his head.
He asked you for life,
  and you granted it to him,
  length of days for ever and for ever.
Great is his glory through your help:
  you cover him with splendour and majesty.
You lay a blessing upon him that will last for ever,
  you make him rejoice in joy before you.
For the king hopes in the Lord,
  and through the kindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
Stand high above us, Lord, in your power;
  and we will sing and celebrate your might.
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.
We shall sing and praise your power.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5

The song of the redeemed

Lord, you made us a kingdom and priests to serve our God.
You are worthy, our Lord and our God,
  to receive glory and honour and power;
for you made all things,
  and it is by your will that they exist and were created.
You are worthy, Lord,
  to receive the book and open its seals,
for you were killed,
  and with your blood you have ransomed people
  from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and made them rulers and priests for God;
  and they will rule over the earth.
The Lamb is worthy, who was killed,
  to receive power and riches and wisdom,
  strength and honour, glory and blessing.
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, you made us a kingdom and priests to serve our God.

Short Reading1 John 3:1,2 ©
Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God’s children;
and that is what we are.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed
we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is.

Short Responsory
Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.
Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.
Your truth will last from age to age.
Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Your word, O Lord, will endure for ever.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

My spirit exults in the Lord God, my saviour.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
  and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
  me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
  because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
  his mercy lasts for generation after generation
  for those who revere him.
He has put forth his strength:
  he has scattered the proud and conceited,
  torn princes from their thrones;
  but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
  the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
  he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
  to Abraham and his children 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 spirit exults in the Lord God, my saviour.

Prayers and intercessions
Through Christ we are sons of God: in him we see what we shall be when we come to the Father. With confidence we pray:
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Guide leaders and governments:
  give them wisdom and integrity.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You are the Lord and source of our freedom:
  bring those in captivity of mind or body to the freedom of the children of God.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give courage and strength to the young.
  Help them to choose their work, and make the right decisions for their way of life.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give patient tolerance to all who are no longer young;
  open the hearts of the young to accept from them understanding and love.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Receive the departed into your eternal kingdom;
  sustain our hope to reign with you for ever.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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.

We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
  for bringing us safely to the evening of this day;
we humbly ask that the prayer we make with uplifted hands
  may be an offering pleasing in your sight.
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.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
  Amen.

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Compline (Night Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
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.

Examination of Conscience
This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

Hymn
Now that the daylight dies away,
By all thy grace and love,
Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
To watch our bed above.
Let dreams depart and phantoms fly,
The offspring of the night,
Keep us, like shrines, beneath thine eye,
Pure in our foe’s despite.
This grace on thy redeemed confer,
Father, co-equal Son,
And Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
Eternal Three in One.

Psalm 142 (143)
A prayer in time of trouble

Do not hide your face from me, for in you have I put my trust.
Lord, listen to my prayer:
  in your faithfulness turn your ear to my pleading;
  in your justice, hear me.
Do not judge your servant:
  nothing that lives can justify itself before you.
The enemy has hounded my spirit,
  he has crushed my life to the ground,
  he has shut me in darkness, like the dead of long ago.
So my spirit trembles within me,
  my heart turns to stone.
I remind myself of the days of old,
  I reflect on all your works,
  I meditate once more on the work of your hands.
I stretch out my arms to you,
  I stretch out my soul, like a land without water.
Come quickly and hear me, O Lord,
  for my spirit is weakening.
Do not hide your face from me,
  do not let me be like the dead,
  who go down to the underworld.
Show me your mercy at daybreak,
  because of my trust in you.
Tell me the way I should follow,
  for I lift up my soul towards you.
Rescue me from my enemies:
  Lord, I flee to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
  for you are my God.
Your good spirit will lead me to the land of justice;
  for your name’s sake, Lord, you will give me life.
In your righteousness you will lead my soul
  away from all tribulation.
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.
Do not hide your face from me, for in you have I put my trust.

Short Reading1 Peter 5:8-9 ©
Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith.

Short Responsory
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

CanticleNunc Dimittis
Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
  You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
  which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
  the glory of your people Israel.
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.
Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

Let us pray.
In your mercy, Lord,
  dispel the darkness of this night.
Let your household so sleep in peace
  that at the dawn of a new day
  they may, with joy, waken in your name.
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
  Amen.

Marian Anthem

Salve Regina

Hail to you, O Queen, mother of loving kindness,
  our life, our happiness, our hope.
Hear us cry out to you,
  children of Eve in our exile.
Hear as we sigh, with groaning and weeping
  in this life, in this valley of tears.
Come then, our Advocate, turn towards us
  the gaze of your kind and loving eyes.
And show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb,
  when at last our exile here is ended.
O gentle, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Salve, Regína, mater misericórdiæ;
vita, dulcédo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamámus, éxsules, filii Evæ.
Ad te suspirámus, geméntes et flentes
in hac lacrimárum valle.
Eia ergo, advocáta nostra,
illos tuos misericórdes óculos
ad nos convérte.
Et Iesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsílium osténde.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo María.

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