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Sunday

Hymn

The Father’s glory, Christ our Light, *

With love and mercy comes to

The vast abyss of sin between

The God of holiness and man.

 

Christ yesterday and Christ today,

For all eternity the same,

The image of our hidden God:

Eternal Wisdom is his name.

 

He keeps his word from age to age,

Is with us to the end of days,

A cloud by day, a flame by night,

To go before us on his ways.

 

We bless you, Father, fount of light,

And Christ, your well-beloved Son,

Who with the Spirit dwell in us:

Immortal Trinity in One. Amen.

 

Ant. 1a. The Lord’s revelation * to my Master: Sit on my right.

Ps. 109 Do not repeat in Psalm.

(The Lord’s revelation to my Master: “Sit on my right): * I will put your foes beneath your feet.”

The Lord will send from Sion your scepter of power: * rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth on the holy mountains; * from the womb before the daybreak I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change. / “You are a priest forever, * a priest like Melchizedek of old.”

The Master standing at your right hand * will shatter kings in the day of his great wrath.

He, the Judge of the nations, will heap high the bodies; * heads shall be shattered far and wide.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside, * and therefore he shall lift up his head.

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.

Ant. 1a. The Lord’s revelation to my Master: “Sit on my right

 

Ant. 1b. His precepts * are all of them sure, standing firm forever and ever.

Ps. 110

I will thank the Lord with all my heart * in the meeting of the just and their assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord; * to be pondered by all who love them.

Majestic and glorious his work, * his justice stands firm forever.

He makes us remember his wonders. * the Lord is compassion and love.

He gives food to those who fear him; * keeps his covenant ever in mind.

He has shown his might to his people * by giving them the lands of the nations.

His works are justice and truth: * his precepts are all of them sure,

Standing firm forever and ever: * they are made in uprightness and truth.

He has sent deliverance to his people / and established his cov(e)nant forever. * Holy his name, to be feared.

To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; / all who do so prove themselves wise. * His praise shall last forever!

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.

Ant. 1b. His precepts are all of them sure, standing firm forever and ever.

 

Ant. 2. He takes delight * in his commands.

Ps. 111

Happy the man who fears the Lord, * who takes delight in his commands.

His sons will be powerful on earth; * the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house; * his justice stands firm forever.

He is a light in the darkness for the upright; * he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends, * he conducts his affairs with honour.

The just man will never waver: * he will be remembered forever.

He has no fear of evil news; * with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.

With a steadfast heart he will not fear; * he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor; / his justice stands firm forever. * His head will be raised in glory.

The wicked man sees and is angry, / gnashes his teeth and pines away; * the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

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.

Ant. 2. He takes delight in his commands.

 

Ant. 3. May the name of the Lord * be blessed now and forever more.

Ps. 112

Praise, O servants of the Lord, * praise the name of the Lord!

May the name of the Lord be blessed * both now and forevermore!

From the rising of the sun to its setting, * praised be the name of the Lord!

High above all nations is the Lord, * above the heavens his glory.

Who is like the Lord, our God, * who has risen on high to his throne

Yet stoops from the heights to look down, * to look down upon heaven and earth?

From the dust he lifts up the lowly, * from the dung heap he raises the poor

To set him in the company of princes, * yes, with the princes of his people.

To the childless wife he gives a home * and gladdens her heart with children.

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.

Ant. 3. May the name of the Lord be blessed now and forever more.

 

Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Responsory:

How wonderful * all the works you have wrought, O Lord.

How wonderful ….

You have made ev(e)rything in wisdom.

All the works you have wrought, O Lord.

Glory be …

How wonderful …

 

Monday

Hymn:

O great Creator of the sky, *

who willed not the floods on high

With earthly waters to confound,

but made the firmament their bound?

 

Framing for some on earth below,

For others in the heav'ns a place;

That, tempered thus, the sun's hot glow

Might not thy beauteous works efface.

 

Upon our fainting souls distill

The grace of thy celestial dew;

Let no fresh snare to sin beguile,

No former sin revive anew.

 

Grant us the grace, for love of thee,

To scorn all vanities below;

Faith to detect each falsity,

And knowledge thee alone to know.

 

O Father grant that this be done,

Through Jesus Christ thine only Son,

Who, with the Holy Spirit and thee

Shall live and reign eternally. Amen.

 

Ant.1. We who live * bless the Lord.

Ps. 113

When Israel came forth from Egypt, * Jacob's sons from an alien people,

Judah became the Lord's temple, * Israel became his kingdom.

The sea fled at the sight: * the Jordan turned back on its course,

The mountains leapt like rams * and the hills like yearling sheep.

Why was it, sea that you fled, * that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?

Mountains, that you leapt like rams, *  hills, like yearling sheep?

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, * in the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turns the rock into a pool * and flint into a spring of water.

Not to us, Lord, not to us, * but to your name give the glory.

For the sake of your love and your truth, * least the heathen say:  where is their God?

But our God he is in the heavens; * he does whatever he wills.

Their idols are silver and gold, * the work of human hands.

They have mouths but they cannot speak; * they have eyes but they cannot see.

They have ears but they cannot hear; * they have nostrils but they cannot smell.

With their hands they cannot feel;  / with their feet they cannot walk. *

No sound comes from their throats.

Their makers will become like them; * so will all who trust in them.

Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord: * he is their help and their shield.

Sons of Aaron, trust in the Lord: * he is their help and their shield.

You who fear him, trust in the Lord: * he is their help and their shield.

He remembers us, will give us his blessing; / he will bless the sons of Israel. * He will bless the sons of Aaron.

The Lord will bless those who fear him, * the little no less then the great:

To you may the Lord grant increase, * to you and all your children.

May you be blessed by the Lord, * the maker of heaven and earth.

The heavens belong to the Lord * but the earth he has given to men.

The dead shall not praise the Lord, * nor those who go down into the silence.

But we who live bless the Lord * now and forever. Amen.

Glory be 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.  

Ant. 1. We who live bless the Lord.

 

Ant. 2. The Lord * turned his ear to me

Ps. 114

I love the Lord * for he has heard the cry of my appeal;

For he turned his ear to me * in the day when I called him.

They surrounded me, the snares of death,  / with the anguish of the tomb; *

they caught me, sorrow and distress.

I called on the Lord's name: * O Lord my God deliver me!

How gracious is the Lord, and just; * our God has compassion.

The Lord protects the simple hearts; * I was helpless so he saved me.

Turn back, my soul, to your rest, * for the Lord has been good;

He has kept my soul from death,  / (my eyes from tears) *

and my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord * in the land of the living.

Glory be 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.  

Ant. 2. The Lord turned his ear to me.

 

Ant. 3 I trusted, * even when I spoke

Ps.115 Do not repeat in Psalm.

(I trusted, even when I spoke): * I am sorely afflicted.

And when I said in my alarm: * no man can be trusted.

How can I repay the Lord * for his goodness to me?

The cup of salvation I will raise; * I will call on the Lord's name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill * before all his people.

O precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I; * you have loosened my bonds.

A thanksgiving sacrifice I make; * I will call on the Lord's name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill * before all his people,

In the courts of the house of the Lord, * in your midst, O Jerusalem.

            No Glory be, but add immediately:

Ps. 116

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

Strong is his love for us; * he is faithful forever.

Glory be 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.  

Ant. 3. I trusted, even when I spoke.

 

Ant. 4. They have pressed me hard * from my youth.

Ps. 128 Do not repeat in Psalm.

(They have pressed me hard from my youth) * this is Israel's song.

They have pressed me hard from my youth  *  but could never destroy me.

They ploughed my back like ploughmen, * drawing long furrows.

But the Lord who is just, has destroyed * the yoke of the wicked.

Let them be shamed and routed, * those who hate Sion!

Let them be like grass on the roof * that withers before it flowers.

With that no reaper fills his arms, * no binder makes his sheaves.

And those passing by will not say: on you the Lord's blessing! *

we bless you in the name of the Lord.

Glory be 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.  

Ant. 4. They have pressed me hard from my youth.

 

Reading:                       From the letter of Paul to the Colossians 1:9b-11

We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience.

 

Responsory:

I will bless the Lord * at all times.         

I will bless... //  His praise always on my lips.   

At all times. //  Glory be...  // I will bless

 

Tuesday

Hymn:

Earth’s mighty maker, whose command *

Raised from the sea the solid land;

And drove the surging tides away

And bade the earth stand firm that day.

 

That so the soil might herbage yield,

And blossoms fair to deck the field,

And golden fruit and harvest bear,

And pleasant food for man prepare.

 

Our spirit’s rankling wounds efface,

With dewy freshness of thy grace;

That grief may cleanse each deed of ill

And o’er each lust may triumph still.

 

Let every soul thy law obey,

And keep from every evil way;

Rejoice each promised good to win,

And flee from every mortal sin.

O Father, grant that this be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son

Who, with the Holy Spirit and thee

Shall live and reign eternally.

Amen.

 

Ant. 1. Out of the depths * I cry to you, O Lord.

Ps. 129 Do not repeat in Psalm.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, * Lord, hear my voice!

O let your ears be attentive * to the voice of my pleading.

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, * Lord, who would survive?

But with you is found forgiveness; * for this we revere you.

My soul is waiting for the Lord, * I count on his word.

My soul is longing for the Lord * more than watchman for daybreak.

(Let the watchman count on daybreak * and Israel on the Lord.)

Because with the Lord there is mercy * and fullness of redemption,

Israel indeed he will redeem * from all its iniquity.

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.

Ant. 1. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

 

Ant. 2. O Israel, * hope in the Lord.

Ps. 130

O Lord, my heart is not proud, * nor haughty my eyes.

I have not gone after things too great, * nor marvels beyond me.

Truly I have set my soul * in silence and peace.

A weaned child on its mother’s breast, * even so is my soul.

O Israel, hope in the Lord, * both now and forever.

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.

Ant. 2. O Israel, hope in the Lord.

 

Ant. 3. Remember * all the hardships he endured.

Ps. 131

O Lord, remember David * and all the hardships he endured,

The oath he swore to the Lord, * his vow to the Strong One of Jacob.

“I will not enter the house where I live * nor go to the bed where I rest.

I will give no sleep to my eyes, * to my eyelids will give no slumber

Till I find a place for the Lord, * a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.”

At Ephrata we heard of the ark; * we found it in the plains of Yearim.

“Let us go to the place of his dwelling; * let us go to kneel at his footstool.”

Go up, Lord, to the place of your rest, * you and the ark of your strength.

Your priests shall be clothed with holiness: * your faithful shall ring out their joy.

For the sake of David your servant * do not reject your anointed.

The Lord swore an oath to David; * he will not go back on his word:

“A son, the fruit of your body, * will I set upon your throne.

If they keep my covenant in truth * and my laws that I have taught them,

Their sons also shall rule * on your throne from age to age.”

For the Lord has chosen Sion; * he has desired it for his dwelling:

“This is my resting place forever, * here have I chosen to live.

I will greatly bless her produce, * I will fill her poor with bread.

I will clothe her priests with salvation * and her faithful shall ring out their joy.

There the stock of David will flower: * I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.

I will cover his enemies with shame, * but on him my crown shall shine.”

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.

Ant. 3. Remember all the hardships he endured.

 

Ant. 4. How good and how pleasant it is, * brothers dwelling in unity!

Ps. 132 Do not repeat in Psalm.

How good and how pleasant it is, * brothers dwelling in unity!

It is like precious oil upon the head, * running down upon the beard.

Running down upon Aaron’s beard, * upon the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon * which falls on the heights of Sion.

For there the Lord gives his blessing, * life forever.

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.

 

Ant. 4. How good and how pleasant it is, brothers dwelling in unity!

 

Reading: From the first letter of John 3: la, 2

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God: Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

 

Responsory:

I will bless the Lord * at all times.

I will bless…

His praise always on my lips.

At all times.

Glory be...

I will bless…

 

Wednesday

Hymn:

O God, whose hand has spread the sky *

And all its shining hosts on high,

And, painting it with fiery light,

Made it so beauteous and so bright.

 

Who didst command the sun to light

His fiery wheel’s effulgent blaze;

Set for the moon her circuit bright,

The stars their ever-winding maze.

 

That, each within its ordered sphere,

They might divide the night from day;

And of the seasons through the year

The well remembered signs display.

 

Enlighten thou the hearts of men,

Polluted souls make pure again;

Unloose the bands of guilt within,

Remove the burden of our sin.

O Father grant that this be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,

Who, with the Holy Spirit and thee

Shall live and reign eternally.

Amen.

 

Ant. 1. The Lord does * whatever he wills.

Ps. 134

Praise the name of the Lord, * praise him, servants of the Lord,

Who stands in the house of the Lord, * in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord for the Lord is good. * Sing a psalm to his name for he is loving.

For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, * and Israel for his own possession.

For I know the Lord is great, * that our Lord is high above all gods.

The Lord does whatever he wills, * in heaven, on earth, in the seas.

He summons clouds from the ends of the earth; / makes lightning produce the rain; * from his treasuries he sends forth the wind.

The first born of the Egyptians he smote, * of man and beast alike.

Signs and wonders he worked / in the midst of your land, O Egypt, * against Pharaoh and all his servants.

Nations in their greatness he struck, * and kings in their splendour he slew.

Sihon, king of the Amorites, / Og the king of Bashan, * and all the kingdoms of Canaan.

He let Israel inherit their land; * on his people their land he bestowed.

Lord, your name stands forever, * unforgotten from age to age:

For the Lord does justice for his people; * the Lord takes pity on his servants.

Pagan idols are silver and gold, * the work of human hands.

They have mouths but they cannot speak; * they have eyes but they cannot see.

They have ears but they cannot hear; * there is never a breath on their lips.

Their makers will become like them, * and so will all who trust in them!

Sons of Israel, bless the Lord! * Sons of Aaron, bless the Lord!

Sons of Levi, bless the Lord! * You who fear him, bless the Lord!

From Sion may the Lord be blessed, * he who dwells in Jerusalem!

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.

Ant. 1. The Lord does whatever he wills.

 

Ant. 2. For his great love* is without end.

Ps. 135

O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, * for his great love is without end.

Give thanks to the God of gods, * for his great love is without end.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords, * for his great love is without end;

Who alone has wrought marvellous works, * for his great love is without end;

Whose wisdom it was made the skies, * for his great love is without end;

Who fixed the earth firmly on the seas, * for his great love is without end.

It was he who made the great lights, * for his great love is without end.

The sun to rule in the day, * for his great love is without end.

The moon and the stars in the night, * for his great love is without end.

The first-born of the Egyptians he smote, * for his great love is without end.

He brought Israel out from their midst, * for his great love is without end.

Arm outstretched, with power in his hand, * for his great love is without end.

He divided the Red Sea in two, * for his great love is without end.

He made Israel pass through the midst, * for his great love is without end.

He flung Pharaoh and his force in the sea, * for his great love is without end.

Through the desert his people he led, * for his great love is without end.

Nations in their greatness he struck, * for his great love is without end.

Kings in their splendour he slew, * for his great love is without end.

Sihon, king of the Amorites, * for his great love is without end.

And Og, the king of Bashan, * for his great love is without end.

He let Israel inherit their land, * for his great love is without end.

On his servants their land he bestowed, * for his great love is without end.

He remembered us in our distress, * for his great love is without end.

And he snatched us away from our foes, * for his great love is without end.

He gives food to all living things, * for his great love is without end.

To the God of heaven give thanks, * for his great love is without end.

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.

Ant. 2. For his great love is without end.

 

Ant. 3. “Sing to us * one of Sion’s songs.”

Ps. 136

By the rivers of Babylon / there we sat and wept, * remembering Sion;

On the poplars that grew there, * we hung up our harps.

For it was there that they asked us, / our captors for songs, * our oppressors, for joy.

“Sing to us,” they said, * “one of Sion’s songs.”

O how could we sing the song of the Lord * on alien soil?

If I forget you, Jerusalem, * let my right hand wither!

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth / if I remember you not, * if I prize not Jerusalem above all my joys!

Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom, * the day of Jerusalem;

When they said: “Tear it down! * Tear it down to its foundations!”

O Babylon, destroyer, / he is happy who repays you * the ills you brought on us.

He shall seize * and shall dash your children on the rock!

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.

Ant.3. Sing to us one of Sion’s songs.

 

Ant.4. In the sight of the angels * I will praise you my God.

Ps. 137

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart, * you have heard the words of my mouth.

Before the angels I will bless you. * I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love, * which excel all we ever knew of you.

On the day I called, you answered; * you increased the strength of my soul.

All earth’s kings shall thank you * when they hear the words of your mouth.

They shall sing of the Lord’s ways: * “How great is the glory of the Lord!”

The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly, * and the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of affliction, * you give me life and frustrate my foes.

You stretch out your hand and save me, * your hand will do all things for me.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal, * discard not the works of your hands.

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.

Ant. 4. In the sight of the angels I will praise you, my God.

 

Reading: From the letter of James 1:22,25

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act — they will be blessed in their doing.

 

Responsory:

I will bless the Lord * at all times.

I will bless…

His praise always on my lips.

At all times.

Glory be...

I will bless…

 

Thursday

Hymn

Almighty God, whose will supreme *

Made ocean’s flood with life to teem;

Part in the firmament to fly,

And part in ocean depths to lie.

 

Appointing fishes in the sea,

And fowls in open air to be;

That each, by origin the same,

Its separate dwelling place might claim.

 

Grant that thy servants, by the tide

Of blood and water purified,

No guilty fall from thee may know,

Nor death eternal undergo.

 

Let none despair through sin’s distress,

Be none puffed up with boastfulness;

That contrite hearts be not dismayed,

Nor haughty souls in ruin laid.

 

O Father grant that this be done,

Through Jesus Christ thine only Son,

Who, with the Holy Spirit and thee

Shall live and reign eternally.

Amen.

 

Ant. 1. O Lord * you search me and you know me.

Ps. 138 Do not repeat in Psalm.

O Lord, you search me and you know me, / you know my resting and my rising, * you discern my purpose from afar.

You mark when I walk or lie down, * all my ways lie open to you.

Before ever a word is on my tongue, * you know it, O Lord, through and through.

Behind and before you besiege me, * your hand ever laid upon me.

Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, * too high, beyond my reach.

O where can I go from your spirit, * or where can I flee from your face?

If I climb the heavens, you are there. * If I lie in the grave, you are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn, * and dwell at the sea’s furthest ends.

Even there your hand would lead me, * your right hand would hold me fast.

If I say: “Let the darkness hide me * and the light around me be night,”

Even darkness is not dark for you, * and the night is as clear as the day.

For it was you who created my being, * knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I thank you for the wonder of my being, * for the wonders of all your creation.

Already you knew my soul, * my body held no secret from you.

When I was being fashioned in secret * and molded in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw all my actions, * they were all of them written in your book.

Every one of my days was decreed * before one of them came into being.

To me, how mysterious your thoughts, * the sum of them not to be numbered!

If I count them, they are more than the sand; * to finish, I must be eternal, like you.

O God, that you would slay the wicked! * Men of blood, keep far away from me!

With deceit they rebel against you * and set your designs at naught.

Do I not hate those who hate you, * abhor those who rise against you?

I hate them with a perfect hate, * and they are foes to me.

O search me, God, and know my heart. * O test me and know my thoughts.

See that I follow not the wrong path * and lead me in the path of life eternal.

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.

Ant. 1. O Lord, you search me and you know me.

 

Ant. 2. From violent men * rescue me, Lord.

Ps. 139

Rescue me, Lord, from evil men; * from the violent keep me safe.

From those who plan evil in their hearts, * and stir up strife every day.

Who sharpen their tongue like an adder’s, * with the poison of viper on their lips.

Lord, guard me from the hands of the wicked; / from the violent keep me safe; * they plan to make me stumble.

The proud have hidden a trap, have spread out lines in a net, * set snares across my path.

I have said to the Lord: “Your are my God.” * Lord, hear the cry of my appeal!

Lord my God, my mighty help, * you shield my head in the battle.

Do not grant the wicked their desire * nor let their plots succeed.

Those surrounding me lift up their heads. * Let the malice of their speech overwhelm them.

Let coals of fire rain upon them. * Let them be flung in the abyss, no more to rise.

Let the slanderer not endure upon the earth. * Let evil hunt the violent man to death!

I know that the Lord will avenge the poor, * that he will do justice for the needy.

Truly the just will praise your name: * the upright shall live in your presence.

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.

Ant. 2. From violent men rescue me, Lord

 

Ant. 3. I have called to you Lord; * hasten to help me.

Ps. 140. Do not repeat in Psalm.

(I have called to you Lord; hasten to help me!) * Hear my voice when I cry to you.

Let my prayer come before you like incense, * the raising of my hands like an evening oblation.

Lord, set a guard over my mouth; * keep watch at the door of my lips!

Do not turn my heart to things that are wrong, / to evil deeds with men who are sinners. * Never allow me to share in their feasting.

If a good man strikes or reproves me it is kindness; / but let the oil of the wicked not anoint my head. * Let my prayer be ever against their malice.

Their princes were thrown down by the side of the rock: * then they understood that my words were kind.

As a millstone is shattered to pieces on the ground, * so their bones were strewn at the mouth of the grave.

To you, Lord God, my eyes are turned: * in you I take refuge; spare my soul!

From the trap they have laid for me keep me safe: * keep me from the snares of those who do evil.

Let the wicked fall into the traps they have set, * whilst I pursue my way unharmed.

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.

Ant. 3. I have called to you Lord; hasten to help me.

 

Reading: From the first letter of Peter 1:6-9

In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith — being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Responsory:

I will bless the Lord * at all times.

I will bless…

His praise always on my lips.

At all times.

Glory be...

I will bless…

 

Friday

Hymn:

Maker of men, from heav’n, thy throne,

Who ord’rest all things, God alone;

By whose decree the teeming earth

To reptile and to beast gave birth —

 

The mighty forms that fill the land,

Instinct with life at thy command,

Are giv’n, subdued, to humankind

For service in their rank assigned.

 

From all thy servants drive away

Whatever tainted thought today

Seduces heart or mind astray,

Infects our deeds with evil ways.

 

In heav’n thine endless joys bestow.

But grant thy gifts of grace below;

From toils of strife our souls release,

Bind fast the gentle bands of peace.

 

O Father grant that this be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,

Who, with the Holy Spirit and thee

Shall live and reign eternally. Amen.

 

Ant. 1. Let my portion, O Lord, * be in the land of the living.

Ps. 141

With all my voice I cry to the Lord, * with all my voice I entreat the Lord.

I pour out my troubles before him, * I tell him all my distress

While my spirit faints within me. * But you, O Lord, know my path.

On the way where I shall walk * they have hidden a snare to entrap me.

Look on my right and see: * there is not one who takes my part.

I have no means of escape, * not one who cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord. / I have said: “You are my refuge, * all I have left in the land of the living.”

Listen then to my cry, * for I am in the depth of distress.

Rescue me from those who pursue me, * for they are stronger then I.

Bring my soul out of this prison, * and then I shall praise your name.

Around me the just will assemble, * because of your goodness 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.

Ant. 1. Let my portion, O Lord, be in the land of the living.

 

Ant. 2. Blessed be the Lord, * my rock.

Ps. 143 Do not repeat in Psalm.

( Blessed be the Lord, my rock) / who trains my arms for battle * who prepares my hands for war.

He is my love, my fortress, * he is my stronghold, my saviour.

My shield, my place of refuge. * He brings peoples under my rule.

Lord, what is man that you care for him, * mortal man that you keep him in mind;

Man, who is merely a breath, * whose life fades like a passing shadow?

Lower your heavens and come down; * touch the mountains; wreathe them in smoke.

Flash your lightnings; rout the foe, * shoot your arrows and put them to flight.

Reach down from heaven and save me; / draw me out from the mighty waters, * from the hands of alien foes

Whose mouths are filled with lies, whose hands are raised in perjury.

To you, O God, will I sing a new song; * I will play on the ten stringed lute

To you who give kings their victory, * who set David your servant free.

You set him free from the evil sword; * you rescued him from alien foes

Whose mouths were filled with lies, * whose hands were raised in perjury.

Let out sons then flourish like saplings, * grown tall and strong from their youth:

Our daughters graceful as columns, * adorned as though for a palace.

Let out barns be filled to overflowing * with crops of every kind;

Our sheep increasing by thousands, / myriads of sheep in or fields, * our cattle heavy with young,

No ruined wall, no exile, * no sound of weeping in our streets.

Happy the people with such blessings; * happy the people whose God is the Lord.

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

Ant. 2. Blessed be the Lord, my rock.

 

Ant. 3. Day after day * I will bless you, O Lord.

Ps. 144

I will give you glory, O God my king, * I will bless your name for ever.

I will bless you day after day, * and praise your name for ever.

The Lord is great, highly to be praised, * his greatness cannot be measured.

Age to age shall proclaim your works, * shall declare your mighty deeds.

Shall speak of your splendour and glory, * tell the tale of your wonderful works.

They will speak of your terrible deed, * recount your greatness and might.

They will recall your abundant goodness; * age to age shall ring out your justice.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, * slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all, * compassionate to all his creatures.

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.

Ant. 3. Day after day I will bless you, O lord.

 

Reading: From the letter of Paul to the Romans 15:1-3

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

 

Responsory:

I will bless the Lord * at all times.

I will bless…

His praise always on my lips.

At all times.

Glory be...

I will bless…

 

Saturday

Hymn:

O Trinity of blessed light, *

O unity of princely might;

The fiery sun now goes his way –

Shed thou within our hearts thy ray.

 

To thee our morning song of praise,

To thee our evening prayer we raise;

Thy glory, suppliant, we adore

Forever and forever more.

 

Praise to the Father, with the Son,

And Holy Spirit, three in one;

As ever was in ages past,

and so shall be while ages last. Amen.

 

Ant. 1. Your Kingdom, * O Lord, is an everlasting Kingdom.

Ps. 144

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, * and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign, * and declare your might, O God,

To make known to men your mighty deeds * and the glorious splendour of your reign.

Yours is an everlasting kingdom; * your rule lasts from age to age.

The Lord is faithful in all his words * and loving in all his deeds.

The Lord supports all who fall, * and raises all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all creatures look to you, * and you give them their food in due time.

You open wide your hand, * grant the desires of all who live.

The Lord is just in all his ways * and loving in all his deeds.

He is close to all who call him, * who call on him from their hearts.

He grants the desires of those who fear him, * he hears their cry and he saves them.

The Lord protects all who love him; * but the wicked he will utterly destroy.

Let me speak the praise of the Lord, / let all mankind bless his holy name, * forever, for ages unending.

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.

Ant. 1. Your Kingdom, O Lord, is an everlasting Kingdom.

 

Ant. 2. I will praise the Lord * all my days.

Ps. 145

My soul, give praise to the Lord; / I will praise the Lord all my days, * make music to my God while I live.

Put no trust in princes, * in mortal men in whom there is no help.

Take their breath, they return to clay, * and their plans that day come to nothing.

He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God, * whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Who alone made heaven and earth, * the seas and all they contain.

It is he who keeps faith forever, * who is just to those who are oppressed.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry, * the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

The Lord who gives sight to the blind, * who raises up those who are bowed down,

The Lord, who protects the stranger * and upholds the widow and orphan.

It is the Lord who loves the just * but thwarts the path of the wicked.

The Lord will reign forever, * Sion’s God, from age to age.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Sprit;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

Ant. 2. I will praise the Lord all my days.

 

Ant. 3. Joyful praise * is becoming to our God.

Ps. 146

Praise the Lord for he is good; / sing to our God for he is loving: * to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem * and brings back Israel’s exiles,

He heals the broken-hearted, * he binds up all their wounds.

He fixes the number of the stars; * he calls each one by its name.

Our Lord is great and almighty; * his wisdom can never be measured.

The Lord raises the lowly; * he humbles the wicked to the dust.

Sing to the Lord, giving thanks; * sing psalms to our God with the harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds; * he prepares the rain for the earth.

Making mountains sprout with grass, * and with plants to serve man’s needs.

He provides the beasts with their food, * and young ravens that call on him.

His delight is not in horses, * nor his pleasure in warrior’s strength.

The Lord delights in those who revere him, * in those who wait for his love.

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.

Ant. 3. Joyful praise is becoming to our God.

 

Ant. 4. O praise the Lord, * Jerusalem!

Ps. 147 Do not repeat in Psalm.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! * Sion, praise your God!

He has strengthened the bars of your gates, * he has blessed the children within you.

He has established peace on your borders, * he feeds you with finest wheat.

He sends out his word to the earth, * and swiftly runs his command.

He showers down snow white as wool, * he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

He hurls down hailstones like crumbs. * The waters are frozen at his touch;

He sends forth his word and it melts them: * at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

He makes his word known to Jacob, * to Israel his laws and decrees.

He has not dealt thus with other nations; * he has not taught them his decrees.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Sprit;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

Ant. 4. O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

 

Reading: From the letter of Paul to the Colossians 1:2-6

Grace to you, and peace from God our Father. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves.

 

Responsory

Great is our Lord, * and great is his power.

Great is our Lord ….

And his wisdom is beyond measure.

And great is his power.

Glory be …

Great is our Lord and great is his power.

 

Chants

 

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