3. Psalter Week 2 – Thursday – Midday Prayer

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated)

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • O Lord, make haste to help 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.

Opening Hymn (Same hymn used for Week 2 Midday Prayer);

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.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 118(119): 65-72

You have been good to your servant, O Lord:
you are true to your word.
Teach me goodness and wisdom and knowledge,
for I trust your commands.

Before I suffered I used to stray;
but now I shall hold to your promises.
You are good and your actions are good,
so teach me your judgements.

The proud make lying plans against me,
but I shall still obey your commands with all my heart.
Their hearts are as gross as solid fat,
but I delight in your law.

My suffering has done me good:
it has taught me your judgements.
The law that you proclaim does me good,
more than treasure of silver and gold.

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.

Anthipon 1 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Anthipon 2 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 55 (56)

Take pity on me, O God,
for men have trampled me down.
My attackers press me all day long.
All day my enemies trample me:
so many fight against me, O Most High!

Whenever I fear,
I shall put my hope in you –
in God, whose sayings I praise:
in God I put my trust.
I am frightened no longer:
what harm can mere flesh do to me?

All day they attacked my interests,
their thoughts were directed against me.
They picked quarrels, they lay in ambush,
they followed at my very heels.

You have kept track of my wanderings –
so collect my tears in your wineskin,
and keep count of every one!

Then my enemies will be turned back
on the very day I call on you.
Then I shall know that you are my God.

In God I hope, whose sayings I praise;
in the Lord, whose sayings I praise.
In God I put my hope.
I do not fear: what harm can mere men do to me?

The vows I have made you hang over me:
I shall fulfil them and give you praise.
You have rescued my soul from death
and my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk in the presence of God
in the light that shines on the living.

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.

Anthipon 2 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Anthipon 3: As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 56 (57)

Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
My soul flies to you for refuge.
I will hide in the shelter of your wings
until the time of ambush is past.
I will cry to God the Most High,
to the God who cares for me.

He will send help from heaven to set me free.
He will disgrace those who trample me underfoot.
He will send forth his mercy and faithfulness.
My soul lies among lion-cubs
that would devour the children of men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows,
their tongues are pointed swords.

May you be exalted above the heavens, O God;
let your glory cover the whole earth.

They prepared a trap for my feet;
my soul was bent double under its burden;
they dug a pit in front of me
– but they fell into it themselves.

My heart is ready, God.
My heart is ready.
I will offer you music and song.
Awake, my glory,
awake, lyre and harp.
I will awaken the dawn.
I will proclaim you among the peoples, Lord,
and make music for you among the nations,
for your mercy reaches as high as the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

May you be exalted above the heavens, O God;
let your glory cover the 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.

Anthipon 3 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Scripture (Hebrews 7:26-27)

The ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because Jesus Christ our Lord has done this once and for all by offering himself.

Short Responsory

  • Ours were the sufferings he bore,
  • Ours were the sorrows he carried.
  • 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.

Concluding Prayer

Love of you with our whole heart, Lord God, is holiness.  Increase, then, your gifts of divine grace in us,so that, as in your Son’s death  you made us hope for what we believe,you may likewise, in his resurrection,  make us come to you, our final end.Through Christ our Lord.Amen.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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NOTE: Please do take note. The readings are taken from https://universalis.com/ and compressed on this site to reduce confusion (basing on the confusions I had when I started Divine Office Readings)