Breviary

Daytime Prayers

INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

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. Alleluia.

HYMN

At Midmorning

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with you I have one will,
To live and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
My soul with grace refine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with your fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So I shall never die,
But live with you the perfect life
In your eternity.

Tune: Yattendon 64 S.M.
Music: H. E. Woodbridge, 1845-1917
Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889 adapted by Anthony G. Petti


At Midday

Almighty Ruler, God of truth,
Who guide and master all,
The rays with which you gild the dawn
With noonday heat now fall.

O quench the fires of hatred, Lord,
Of anger and of strife;
Bring health to every mind and heart
That peace may enter life.

Most holy Father, grant our prayer
Through Christ your only Son,
That in your Spirit we may live
And praise you ever one.

Tune: Ballerma C.M.
Music: F. Barthelemon, 1774-1808
Text: Ralph Wright, O.S.B.


At Midafternoon

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.

Tune: Auctoritate Saeculi L.M.
Music: Poitiers Antiphoner, 1746
Text: © Stanbrook Abbey, used with permission

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 They are happy who live by the law of God.

Psalm 119:1-8
I (Aleph)

A meditation on God’s law


Loving God means keeping his commandments (1 John 5:3).

They are happy whose life is blameless, *
who follow God’s law!
They are happy who do his will, *
seeking him with all their hearts,
who never do anything evil *
but walk in his ways.

You have laid down your precepts *
to be obeyed with care.
May my footsteps be firm *
to obey your statutes.
Then I shall not be put to shame *
as I heed your commands.

I will thank you with an upright heart *
as I learn your decrees.
I will obey your statutes: *
do not forsake me.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Lord God, you proclaim victorious those whose lives are blameless and give your law to those who seek it. Make us seek your righteous ways in our hearts.

Ant. They are happy who live by the law of God.

Ant. 2 You have saved me, Lord, and my heart is filled with joy.

Psalm 13
The lament of the just man who does not lose hope in God


May the God of hope fill you with every joy (Romans 15:13).

How long, O Lord, will you forget me? *
How long will you hide your face?
How long must I bear grief in my soul,
this sorrow in my heart day and night? *
How long shall my enemy prevail?

Look at me, answer me, Lord my God! *
Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death,
lest my enemy say: “I have overcome him”; *
lest my foes rejoice to see my fall.

As for me, I trust in your merciful love. *
Let my heart rejoice in your saving help:
Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me, *
singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Saving God, by the resurrection of your Son, you have given light to our eyes, and they shall not sleep in death for ever. Look upon the sufferings of your Church so that our hearts may rejoice in your saving help and sing you songs of praise.

Ant. You have saved me, Lord, and my heart is filled with joy.

Ant. 3 God sees all men as sinners, that he might show them his mercy.

Psalm 14
The foolishness of sinners


Sin has increased but grace has far surpassed it (Romans 5:20).

The fool has said in his heart: *
“There is no God above.”
Their deeds are corrupt, depraved; *
not a good man is left.

From heaven the Lord looks down *
on the sons of men
to see if any are wise, *
if any seek God.

All have left the right path, *
depraved, every one:
there is not a good man left, *
no, not even one.

Will the evil-doers not understand? *
They eat up my people
as though they were eating bread: *
they never pray to the Lord.

See how they tremble with fear
without cause for fear: *
for God is with the just.
You may mock the poor man’s hope, *
but his refuge is the Lord.

O that Israel’s salvation might come from Zion!
When the Lord delivers his people from bondage, *
then Jacob will be glad and Israel rejoice.

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.

Psalm Prayer

God of wisdom and truth, without you neither truth nor holiness can survive. Safeguard the Church you have gathered and make us glad in proclaiming you.

Ant. God sees all men as sinners, that he might show them his mercy.

At the other hours, the complementary psalmody is used.

MIDMORNING

READING
Jeremiah 17:7-8


Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
   whose hope is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
   that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
   its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
   but still bears fruit.

God cares for all the needs of those who follow him.
Lord, God of hosts, happy is the man who trusts in you.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

All-powerful and ever-living God,
in midmorning you poured out the Holy Spirit
as a constant Friend and Guide for your apostles.
Send that same Spirit of love to us
to make us faithful witnesses to you
in the sight of all mankind.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

MIDDAY

READING
Proverbs 3:13-15


Happy the man who finds wisdom,
   the man who gains understanding!
For her profit is better than profit in silver
   and better than gold is her revenue.
She is more precious than corals,
   and none of your choice possessions can compare with her.

Lord, all you ask of me is truth.
In the depths of my heart you have taught me wisdom.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord God,
you made known to Peter
your desire to bring all nations to salvation.
Let all our work give you praise
and carry out your loving plan.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Job 5:17-18


Happy is the man whom God reproves!
   The Almighty’s chastening do not reject.
For he wounds, but he binds up;
   he smites, but his hands give healing.

Deal with your servant in mercy, Lord.
Teach me to do your will.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Father,
you sent your angel to Cornelius
to show him the way to salvation.
Help us to work generously for the salvation of the world
so that your Church may bring us and all mankind
into your presence.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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