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

Come, Holy Ghost, who ever one
Art with the Father and the Son;
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls possess
With thy full flood of holiness.

In will and deed, in heart and tongue
With all the powers, thy praise be sung;
And love light up our mortal frame
Till others catch the living flame.

Almighty Father, hear our cry
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord most High,
Who with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally.

Tune: St. Venantius L.M.
Music: Clausener Gesangbuch, 1653
Text: Saint Ambrose of Milan, 337?-397
Translation: Blessed John Henry Newman


At Midday

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
Be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
Be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord;
Be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
Be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be thou my whole armor, be thou my true might;
Be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tow’r,
O raise thou me heav’nward, great pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Be thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Be thou and thou only the first in my heart,
O high King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thou heaven’s bright Sun,
O grant me its joys, after vict’ry is won;
Great heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be thou my vision, O ruler of all.

Tune: Slane 10.11.11.11
Music: Anonymous
Text: Rop tú mo Baile, Gaelic, attributed to Saint Dallán Forgaill, sixth century
Translation: Eleanor Hull, 1860-1935


At Midafternoon

Faith of our fathers! faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee:
And through the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee too, as love knows how,
By kindly deeds and virtuous life.

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Tune: Saint Catherine L.M. with Refrain
Music: Henry F. Henry, 1818-1888 and James G. Watson, 1821-1905
Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Lord, give a loving welcome to your servant.

Psalm 119:121-128
XVI (Ain)

A meditation on God’s law


This is my commandment: that you should love one another (John 15:12).

I have done what is right and just: *
let me not be oppressed.
Vouch for the welfare of your servant *
lest the proud oppress me.

My eyes yearn for your saving help *
and the promise of your justice.
Treat your servant with love *
and teach me your statutes.

I am your servant, give me knowledge; *
then I shall know your will.
It is time for the Lord to act *
for your law has been broken.

That is why I love your commands *
more than finest gold,
why I rule my life by your precepts, *
and hate the ways of falsehood.

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

The light of your words, Father, gives understanding to little ones. Prepare our hearts to receive the Advocate, your Holy Spirit.

Ant. Lord, give a loving welcome to your servant.

Ant. 2 Look to the Lord and be enlightened.

Psalm 34
God the savior of the just


You have tasted the sweetness of the Lord (1 Peter 2:3).

I

I will bless the Lord at all times, *
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. *
The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me. *
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me; *
from all my terrors he set me free.

Look towards him and be radiant; *
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him *
and rescued him from all his distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped *
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. *
He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Revere the Lord, you his saints. *
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry *
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.

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.

Ant. Look to the Lord and be enlightened.

Ant. 3 When your heart is torn with grief, the Lord is near you.

II

Come, children, and hear me *
that I may teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is he who longs for life *
and many days, to enjoy his prosperity?

Then keep your tongue from evil *
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn aside from evil and do good; *
seek and strive after peace.

The Lord turns his face against the wicked *
to destroy their remembrance from the earth.
The Lord turns his eyes to the just *
and his ears to their appeal.

They call and the Lord hears *
and rescues them in all their distress.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; *
those whose spirit is crushed he will save.

Many are the trials of the just man *
but from them all the Lord will rescue him.
He will keep guard over all his bones, *
not one of his bones shall be broken.

Evil brings death to the wicked; *
those who hate the good are doomed.
The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants. *
Those who hide in him shall not be condemned.

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

Graciously hear us, Lord, for we seek only you. You are near to those whose heart is right. Open yourself to accept our sorrowful spirit; calm our bodies and minds with the peace which surpasses understanding.

Ant. When your heart is torn with grief, the Lord is near you.

At the other hours, the complementary psalmody from Series II and III is used.

MIDMORNING

READING
1 Samuel 15:22


Does the Lord so delight in holocausts and sacrifices
   as in obedience to the command of the Lord?
Obedience is better than sacrifice,
   and submission than the fat of rams.

A sacrifice of praise will give me glory.
To the pure of heart I will show myself a savior.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

God, all-powerful Father,
fill your people with the light of your Holy Spirit,
that, safe from every enemy,
we may rejoice in singing your praises.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

MIDDAY

READING
Galatians 5:26; 6:2


Let us never be boastful, or challenging, or jealous toward one another. Help carry one another’s burdens; in that way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

What joy to see a family united in love!
The blessing of God rests upon it.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord, fill us with the resplendent light
of your eternal love.
May we love you above all things,
and our brothers for your sake.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Micah 6:8


You have been told, O man, what is good,
   and what the Lord requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness,
   and to walk humbly with your God.

All your commands are a joy to me, Lord.
Never will I forget your words.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord,
make the peace we pray for a reality:
may we live our days in quiet joy
and, with the help of the Virgin Mary’s prayers,
safely reach your kingdom.
Grant us this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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