Psalter I, Ordinary Time – Friday

Introduction

(While making the sign of the cross on your lips) Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Invitatory Psalm 95

Invitatory Antiphon:  Come, let us give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.

Come, let us sing to the Lord

and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Invitatory Antiphon:  Come, let us give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.

 Introduction (To be used unless this hour is done immediately after the Invitatory hour)

  • 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

Lord, whose love in humble service
bore the weight of human need,
who upon the cross forsaken,
worked your mercy’s perfect deed:
we, your servants, bring the worship
not of voice alone, but heart;
consecrating to your purpose
every gift which you impart.

As we worship, grant us vision
till your love’s revealing light
in its height and depth and greatness
dawns upon our human sight;
making known the needs and burdens
your compassion bids us bear,
stirring us to ardent service,
your abundant life to share.

Called from worship into service
forth in your great name we go,
to the child, the youth, the aged
love in living deeds to show.  
Hope and health, good will and comfort,
council, aid and peace we give,
that your children Lord in freedom
may your mercy know and live.

Pslamody

Antiphon 1Lord, you will accept the true sacrifice offered on your altar.

Psalm 51
 

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

My offenses truly I know them;
my sin is always before me
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge,
O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may revive.
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion:
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
holocausts offered on your altar. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end.  Amen

Antiphon 1Lord, you will accept the true sacrifice offered on your altar.

Antiphon 2 All the descendants of Israel will glory in the Lord’s gift of victory.

Canticle  –  Isaiah 45:15-25

Truly with you God is hidden,
the God of Israel, the savior!
Those are put to shame and disgrace
who vent their anger against him;
Those go in disgrace who carve images.

Israel, you are saved by the Lord, saved forever!
You shall never be put to shame or disgrace in future ages.

For thus says the Lord,
The creator of the heavens,
who is God,
The designer and maker of the earth
who established it,
Not creating it to be a waste,
but designing it to be lived in:

I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I have not spoken from hiding
nor from some dark place of the earth,
And I have not said to the descendants of Jacob,
“Look for me in an empty waste.”
I, the Lord, promise justice,
I foretell what is right.

Come and assemble, gather together,
you fugitives from among the gentiles!
They are without knowledge who bear wooden idols
and pray to gods that cannot save.

Come here and declare in counsel together:
Who announced this from the beginning
and foretold it from of old?
Was it not I, the Lord,
besides whom there is no other God?
There is no just and saving God but me.

Turn to me and be safe,
all you ends of the earth,
for I am God; there is no other!

By myself I swear,
uttering my just decree
and my unalterable word:

To me every knee shall bend;
by me every tongue shall swear,
Saying, “Only in the Lord
are just deeds and power.

Before him in shame shall come
all who vent their anger against him.
In the Lord shall be the vindication and the glory
of all the descendants of Israel.”  

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 2 All the descendants of Israel will glory in the Lord’s gift of victory.

Antiphon 3 Let us go into God’s presence singing for joy.

Psalm 100

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end.  Amen

Antiphon 3 Let us go into God’s presence singing for joy.

Reading

Ephesians 4:29-32
Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things what will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.

RESPONSORY

  • At daybreak, be merciful to me.
  • Make known to me the path that I must walk. – Be merciful to me.
  • Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end.  Amen

Benedictus

Benedictus Anthipon: The Lord has come to his people and set them free.

Benedictus (Canticle of Zachary).

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Benedictus Anthipon: The Lord has come to his people and set them free.

Intercessions

Through his cross the Lord Jesus brought salvation to the human race.  We adore him and in faith we call out to him: Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.

Petition Response
Christ, Rising Sun, warm us with your rays, – and restrain us from every evil impulse. Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.
Keep guard over our thoughts, words and actions, – and make us pleasing in your sight this day. Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.
Turn your gaze from our sinfulness, – and cleanse us from our iniquities. Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.
Through your cross and resurrection, – fill us with the consolation of the Spirit. Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.
Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention. Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.

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.

Concluding Prayer

God our Father,
you conquer the darkness of ignorance
by the light of your Word.
Strengthen within our hearts
the faith you have given us;
let not temptation ever quench the fire
that your love has kindled with us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Conclusion of the hours

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

Amen

Introduction (To be used unless this hour is done immediately after the Invitatory hour)

  • 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

Help us, O Lord, to learn
the truths thy Word imparts:
to study that thy laws may be
inscribed upon our hearts.
Help us, O Lord, to live
the faith which we proclaim,
that all our thoughts and words and deeds
may glorify thy name.

Help us, O Lord, to teach
the beauty of thy ways,
that yearning souls may find the Christ,
and sing aloud his praise.

PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: Lightly I run in the way you have shown.

Psalm 119:25-32

My soul lies in the dust;
by your will revive me.
I declared my ways and you answered;
teach me your statutes.

Make me grasp the way of your precepts
and I will muse on your wonders.
My soul pines away with grief;
by your word raise me up.

Keep me from the way of error
and teach me your law.
I have chosen the way of truth
with your decrees before me.

I bind myself to do your will;
Lord, do not disappoint me.
I will run the way of your commands;
you give freedom to my heart.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning will be the same as always a world without an end. Amen

Antiphon 1: Lightly I run in the way you have shown.

Antiphon 2: I trust in the Lord and will not be shaken.

Psalm 26

Give judgment for me, O Lord:
for I walk the path of perfection.
I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.

Examine me, Lord, and try me;
O test my heart and my mind,
for your love is before my eyes
and I walk according to your truth.

I never take my place with liars
and with hypocrites I shall not go.
I hate the evil-doer’s company:
I will not take my place with the wicked.

To prove my innocence I wash my hands
and take my place around your altar,
singing a song of thanksgiving,
proclaiming all your wonders.

O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
the place where your glory abides.

Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men
in whose hands are evil plots,
whose right hands are filled with gold.

As for me, I walk the path of perfection.
Redeem me and show me your mercy.
My foot stands on level ground:
I will bless the Lord in the assembly. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning will be the same as always a world without an end. Amen

Antiphon 2: I trust in the Lord and will not be shaken.

Antiphon 3I put all my trust in the Lord, and he has not failed me.

Psalm 28:1-3,6-9

To you, O Lord, I call,
my rock, hear me.
If you do not heed I shall become
like those in the grave.

Hear the voice of my pleading
as I call for help,
as I lift up my hands in prayer
to your holy place.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with the evil-doers,
who speak words of peace to their neighbors
but with evil in their hearts.

Blessed be Lord for he has heard
my cry, my appeal.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts.
I was helped, my heart rejoices
and I praise him with my song.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress where his anointed find salvation.
Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.
Be their shepherd and carry them for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning will be the same as always a world without an end. Amen

Antiphon 3I put all my trust in the Lord, and he has not failed me.

READING

2 Corinthians 13:4
Christ was crucified out of weakness, but he lives by the power of God. So also we are weak in him, but toward you we shall live with him by the power of God.


I am broken, crushed to the earth.
– Speak, Lord, your word of life.

COLLECT

Lord Jesus Christ,
at noon, when darkness covered all the earth
you mounted the wood of the cross
as the innocent victim for our redemption.
May your light be always with us
to guide us to eternal life in that kingdom
where you live and reign for ever and ever.

Conclusion of the hours

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

Amen

Introduction (To be used unless this hour is done immediately after the Invitatory hour)

  • 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

When in his own image
God created man,
He included freedom
In creation’s plan.
For he loved us even
From before our birth:
By his grace he made us
Freemen of this earth.

God to man entrusted
Life as gift and aim.
Sin became our prison,
Turning hope to shame.
Man against his brother
Lifted hand and sword,
And the Father’s pleading
Went unseen, unheard.

Then in time our maker
Chose to intervene:
Set his love in person
In the human scene:
Jesus broke the circle
Of repeated sin,
So that man’s devotion
Newly might begin.

Choose we now in freedom
Where we should belong.
Let us turn to Jesus,
Let our choice be strong.
May the great obedience
Which in Christ we see
Perfect all our service
Then we shall be free!

PSALMODY

Antiphon 1Lord, lay your healing hand upon me, for I have sinned.

Psalm 41

Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak.
The Lord will save him in the day of evil,
will guard him, give him life, make him happy in the land
and will not give him up to the will of his foes.
The Lord will help him on his bed of pain,
he will bring him back from sickness to health.

As for me, I said: Lord, have mercy on me,
heal my soul for I have sinned against you.”
My foes are speaking evil against me.
how long before he dies and his name be forgotten?
They come to visit me and speak empty words,
their hearts full of malice, they spread it abroad.

My enemies whisper together against me.
They all weigh up the evil which is on me.
Some deadly thing has fastened upon him,
he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Thus even my friend, in whom I trusted,
who ate my bread, has turned against me.

But you, O Lord, have mercy on me.
Let me rise once more and I will repay them.
By this I shall know that you are my friend,
if my foes do not shout in triumph over me.
If you uphold me I shall be unharmed
and set in your presence for ever more.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon 1Lord, lay your healing hand upon me, for I have sinned.

Antiphon 2 The mighty Lord is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Psalm 46

God is for us a refuge and strength,
a helper close at hand, in time of distress,
so we shall not fear though the earth should rock,
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea;
even though its waters rage and foam,
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.

The Lord of hosts is with us:
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The waters of a river give joy to God’s city,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within, it cannot be shaken;
God will help it at the dawning of the day.
Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken:
he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.

The Lord of hosts is with us:
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, consider the works of the Lord,
the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
He puts an end to wars over all the earth;
the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps.
He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God,
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us:
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon 2 The mighty Lord is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Antiphon 3 All nations will come and worship before you, O Lord.

Canticle  –  Revelation 15:3-4

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

Who would dare refuse you honor,
or the glory due your name, O Lord?

Since you alone are holy,
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence.
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon 3 All nations will come and worship before you, O Lord.

READING

Romans 15:1-6
We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves; let each of us please our neighbor for the good, for building up. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written,”The insults of those who insult you fall upon me.” For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

RESPONSORY

  • Christ loved us and washed away our sins in his own blood.
  • He made us a nation of kings and priests- in his own blood.
  • Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end. Amen

Magnificant (Canticle of Mary)

Magnificant Anthipon: The Lord has come to the help of his servants, for he has remembered his promise of mercy.

Canticle of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
For He has looked with favour on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him
In every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
And has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel
For He has remembered His promise of mercy,
The promise He made to our fathers,
To Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Magnificant Anthipon: The Lord has come to the help of his servants, for he has remembered his promise of mercy.

INTERCESSIONS

Blessed be God, who hears the prayers of the needy, and fills the hungry with good things. Let us pray to him in confidence; Lord, show us your mercy.

Petition Response
Merciful Father, upon the cross Jesus offered you the perfect evening sacrifice, – we pray now for all the suffering members of his Church. Lord, show us your mercy.
Release those in bondage, give sight to the blind, – shelter the widow and the orphan. Lord, show us your mercy.
Clothe your faithful people in the armor of salvation, – and shield them from the deceptions of the devil. Lord, show us your mercy.
Let your merciful presence be with us, Lord, at the hour of our death, – may we be found faithful and leave this world in your peace. Lord, show us your mercy.
Lead the departed into the light of your dwelling-place, – that they may gaze upon you for all eternity. Lord, show us your mercy.
Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention. Lord, show us your mercy.

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.

COLLECT

God our Father,
help us to follow the example
of your Son’s patience in suffering.
By sharing the burden he carries,
may we come to share his glory
in the kingdom where he lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Conclusion of the hours

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

Amen

Introduction to each hour

  • 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.

Examination of Conscience 

Doing the St Ignatius Daily Examen here instead is a personal preference

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin, to blessed Dominic our father, to all the saints, and to you my brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly; by thought, word, deed and omission, through my fault: and I beseech you to pray for me.

May Almighty God have Mercy on us, forgive us all our sins, and may He free us from all evil, keep us safe and strengthen us in every good work, and bring us to eternal life.

Amen

Opening Hymn

Christ, the true light of us, true morn,
Dispersing far the shades of night,
Light whereof every light is born,
Pledge of the beatific light,

Thou all the night our guardian be
Whose watch no sleep or slumber knows;
Thou be our peace, that stayed on thee
Through darkness we may find repose.

Sleep then our eyes, but never sleep
The watchful heaven-directed heart,
And may thy hand in safety keep
The servants whose desire thou art.

Look on us, thou, and at our side
Our foes and thine repulse afar:
Through every ill the faithful guide
Who in thy blood redeemed are.

While soul within the body clings,
Body and soul defend us, Lord.
Sure in the shadow of thy wings,
Kept in thy lasting watch and ward.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : Day and night I cry to you, my God.

Psalm 88

Lord my God, I call for help by day;
I cry at night before you.
Let my prayer come into your presence.
O turn your ear to my cry.

For my soul is filled with evils;
my life is on the brink of the grave.
I am reckoned as one in the tomb;
I have reached the end of my strength,

Like one alone among the dead,
like the slain lying in their graves,
like those you remember no more,
cut off, as they are, from your hand.

You have laid me in the depths of the tomb,
in places that are dark, in the depths.
Your anger weighs down upon me;
I am drowned beneath your waves.

You have taken away my friends
and made me hateful in their sight.
Imprisoned, I cannot escape;
my eyes are sunken with grief.

I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work your wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you?

Will your love be told in the grave
or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion?

As for me, Lord, I call to you for help;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face?

Wretched, close to death from my youth,
I have borne your trials; I am numb.
Your fury has swept down upon me;
your terrors have utterly destroyed me.

They surround me all the day like a flood,
they assail me all together.
Friend and neighbor you have taken away:
my one companion is darkness.

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 : Day and night I cry to you, my God.

Scripture

Jeremiah 14: 9a

You are in our midst, O Lord, your name we bear: do not forsake us, O Lord, our God!

Short Responsory

  • Into your hands Lord I commend my spirit
  • You have redeemed us, Lord God of Truth
  • 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.

Canticle

Anthipon : 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.

Canticle LK 2:29-32 NUNC DIMITTIS

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

Anthipon : 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.

Concluding Prayer

All-powerful God,
keep us united with your Son
in his death and burial
so that we may rise to new life with him,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Final blessing

The Lord Grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

Final Anthem to Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of Christ! hear thou thy people’s cry,
Star of the deep and portal of the sky!
Mother of him who thee from nothing made,
Sinking we strive, and call to thee for aid:
Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
Thou Virgin, first and last, let us thy mercy see.

Amen

Introduction (To be used unless this hour is done immediately after the Invitatory hour)

  • 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

In ancient times God spoke to man
through prophets and in varied ways
But now he speaks through Christ his Son
His radiance through eternal days.

To God the Father of the world
His Son through whom he made all things,
and Holy Spirit, bond of love,
All glad creation glory sings.

PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: Rise up Lord, and come to my aid, alleluia.

Psalm 35:1-2,3c,9-19,22-23,27-28(I)

O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;
fight those who fight me.
Take up your buckler and shield;
arise to help me.
O Lord, say to my soul:
I am your salvation.

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord
and rejoice in his salvation.
My whole being will say:
Lord, who is like you?

Lying witnesses arise
and accuse me unjustly.
They repay me evil for good;
my soul is forlorn.

Glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end. Amen

Antiphon 1: Rise up Lord, and come to my aid, alleluia.

Antiphon 2 All powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me, alleluia.

Psalm 35:1-2,3c,9-19,22-23,27-28(II)

When they were sick I went into mourning,
afflicted with fasting.
My prayer was ever on my lips,
as for a brother, a friend.
I went as though mourning a mother,
bowed down with grief.

Now that I am in trouble they gather,
they gather and mock me.
They take me by surprise and strike me
and tear me to pieces.
They provoke me with mockery on mockery
and gnash their teeth.

Glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end. Amen

Antiphon 2 All powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me, alleluia.

Antiphon 3 My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long, alleluia.

Psalm 35:1-2,3c,9-19,22-23,27-28(III)

O Lord, how long will you look on?
Come to my rescue!
Save my life from these raging beasts,
my soul from these lions.
I will thank you in the great assembly,
amid the throng I will praise you.

Do not let my lying foes
rejoice over me.
Do not let those who hate me unjustly
wink eyes at each other.

O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,
do not stand afar off!
Awake, stir to my defense,
to my cause, O God!

Let there be joy for those who love my cause.
Let them say without end:
Great is the Lord who delights
Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,
and all day long of your praise.

Glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be a world without an end. Amen

Antiphon 3 My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long, alleluia.

My son, take my words to heart.
– Do as I say and you will live.

FIRST READING

From the letter to the Galatians 5:1-25

The freedom of those who lives by faith

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who am telling you that if you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcised that he is bound to observe the entire law. You are separated from Christ, you who are trying to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
You were running well; who hindered you from following the truth? That enticement does not come from the one who called you. A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.

I am confident of you in the Lord that you will not take a different view, and that the one who is troubling you will bear the condemnation, whoever he may be. As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case, the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. Would that those who are upsetting you might also castrate themselves!

For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.

I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.

RESPONSORY

Galatians 5:18, 22,23-25
If you are led by he Spirit, you are not under the law.
– The signs of the Spirit’s presence are love, joy and peace.

Since we live by the Spirit,
let him direct our lives.
– The signs of the Spirit’s presence are love, joy and peace.

SECOND READING

From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope
(Sermo in Nativitate Domine 7,2,6: PL 54, 217-218, 220-221)

Let Christ be formed in you

Our Lord Jesus Christ, born true man without ever ceasing to be true God, began in his person a new creation and by the manner of his birth gave man a spiritual origin. What mind can grasp this mystery, what tongue can fittingly recount this gift of love? Guilt becomes innocence, old becomes new, strangers are adopted and outsiders are made heirs. Rouse yourself, man, and recognize the dignity of your nature. Remember that you were made in God’s image; though corrupted in Adam, that image has been restored in Christ.

Use creatures as they should be used: the earth, the sea, the sky, the air, the springs and the rivers. Give praise and glory to their Creator for all that you find beautiful and wonderful in them. See with your bodily eyes the light that shines on earth, but embrace with your whole soul and all your affections the true light which enlightens every man who comes into this world. Speaking of this light the prophet said: Draw close to him and let his light shine upon you and your face will not blush with shame. If we are indeed the temple of God and if the Spirit of God lives in us, then what every believer has within himself is greater than what he admires in the skies.

Our words and exhortations are not intended to make you disdain God’s works or think there is anything contrary to your faith in creation, for the good God has himself made all things good. What we do ask is that you use reasonably and with moderation all the marvelous creatures which adorn this world; as the Apostle says: The things that are seen are transient but the things that are unseen are eternal.

For we are born in the present only to be reborn in the future. Our attachment, therefore, should not be to the transitory; instead, we must be intent upon the eternal. Let us think of how divine grace has transformed our earthly natures so that we may contemplate more closely our heavenly hope. We hear the Apostle say: You are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ you life appears, then you will also appear in glory with him, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

RESPONSORY

Psalm 144:9; 118: 28
I will sing a new song to you, O God.
– I will sing to you and play on the ten-stringed lyre.

You are my God, I give you praise;
my God, I give thanks to you.
– I will sing to you and play on the ten-stringed lyre.

COLLECT

Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
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.

Conclusion of the hours

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 www.liturgies.net and compressed on this site to reduce confusion (basing on the confusions I had when I started Divine Office Readings)

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