3. Psalter Week 2 – 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): 41-48

Cover me, Lord, with your loving kindness.
Save me, as you have promised.
Then I will answer those who taunt me,
for I put my hope in what you have said.

Do not take a single word of your truth
away from my speech,
for I have put all my hope in your decrees.
I will always observe your law, for ever and for all ages.

I shall walk freely and without constraint,
for I have sought out your commands.
I shall speak of your decrees in front of kings
and not be discomfited.

I shall delight in your precepts,
for I have loved them.
I shall stretch out my hand to your precepts,
for I have loved them.
I shall ponder your statutes.

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 39 (40)

I waited, I waited for the Lord;
and he heard me.
He heard my voice when I cried,
he led me from the pit of misery,
he led me from the mire of filth.
He set my feet on firm rock,
he steadied my footsteps.
He filled my being with a new song,
a song to the Lord.

Many shall see what has happened, and trust,
and honour the Lord.
Happy the man who puts his trust in the Lord,
who pays no heed to the proud,
who pays no heed to liars.
Many are your wonders, O Lord my God,
and great is your care for us:
there is no-one like you.
If I wanted to tell the things you have done for us –
they are too many to count.
You have refused sacrifice and oblation,
but you have opened your ears to me.

You have refused burnt-offerings, even for sin –
so I said “I am coming.
The books of scripture have written of me.
It is your will, my God, that I wish to perform:
your law is next to my heart.”

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.

II

I have proclaimed your judgement in the great assembly:
I will not close my lips – Lord, you know it.
I have not hidden your judgements away in my heart;
I have not hidden your faithfulness from the assembly of the people.

But you, Lord, do not keep your mercy from me:
let your kindness and faithfulness always sustain me.
For evils besiege me, uncountable evils;
my transgressions surround me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart has failed me.

Make it your will, Lord, to rescue me:
Lord, hurry to help me.
Let all who seek you rejoice in you:
let them say always, “Great is the Lord,”
all who delight in your salvation.
Though I am poor and destitute,
the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my liberator:
my God, do not delay.

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 (Jeremiah 18:20)

Remember how I stood in your presence to plead on their behalf, to turn your wrath away from them.

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

Almighty God,  grant that we who are constantly betrayed by our own weaknessmay draw the breath of new life  from the passion and death of your Only-Begotten Son,who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
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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