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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.

HYMN

Have mercy, Lord, on us,
For you are ever kind;
Though we have sinned before you, Lord,
Your mercy let us find.

Lord, wash away our guilt,
And cleanse us from our sin;
For we confess our wrongs, and see
How great our guilt has been.

The joy your grace can give,
Let us again obtain,
And may your Spirit’s firm support
Our spirits then sustain.

To God the Father, Son,
And Spirit glory be,
Who was, and is, and shall be so
For all eternity.

Tune: Southwell (Daman) S.M.
Music: William Daman, Psalmes of David in English Meter, 1579
Text: Psalm 42, Nahum Tate, 1652-1715 and Nicholas Brady, 1659-c.1726

PSALMODY

Antiphons

Midmorning:
The time of penance has come, the time to atone for our sins and seek our salvation.

Midday: As I live, says the Lord, I do not wish the sinner to die, but to turn back to me and live.

Midafternoon: Armed with God’s justice and power, let us prove ourselves through patient endurance.

Psalm 119:137-144
XVIII (Sade)

A mediation on God’s law


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

Lord, you are just indeed; *
your decrees are right.
You have imposed your will with justice *
and with absolute truth.

I am carried away by anger *
for my foes forget your word.
Your promise is tried in the fire, *
the delight of your servant.

Although I am weak and despised, *
I remember your precepts.
Your justice is eternal justice *
and your law is truth.

Though anguish and distress have seized me, *
I delight in your commands.
The justice of your will is eternal: *
if you teach me, I shall live.

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

You are just indeed, Lord, and your commandments are eternal. Teach us to love you with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Psalm 88
Prayer of a person who is gravely ill


This is your momentwhen darkness reigns (Luke 22:53).

I

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.

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.

II

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 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 Jesus, redeemer of all and author of our salvation, for us you went down to the realm of death and became free of death. Hear the prayers of your family and lift us from our slavery to evil, that we may be redeemed by you and see your Father’s glory.

Antiphons

Midmorning:
The time of penance has come, the time to atone for our sins and seek our salvation.

Midday: As I live, says the Lord, I do not wish the sinner to die, but to turn back to me and live.

Midafternoon: Armed with God’s justice and power, let us prove ourselves through patient endurance.

At the other hours, the complementary psalmody is used.

MIDMORNING

READING
Joel 2:17a


Between the porch and the altar
   let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep,
And say, “Spare, O Lord, your people,
   and make not your heritage a reproach,
   with the nations ruling over them!”

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew in me a steadfast spirit.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

READING
Jeremiah 3:25b


We have sinned against the Lord, our God,
From our youth to this day,
   we and our fathers also;
   we listened not to the voice of the Lord, our God.

Turn away your face from my sins.
Blot out all my guilt.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Isaiah 58:1-2


Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,
   lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;
Tell my people their wickedness,
   and the house of Jacob their sins.
They seek me day after day,
   and desire to know my ways,
Like a nation that has done what is just
   and not abandoned the law of their God.

My sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit.
A humble contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Father,
may our lenten observance
prepare us to embrace the paschal mystery
and to proclaim your salvation with joyful praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or:

May the venerable exercises of holy devotion
shape the hearts of your faithful, O Lord,
to welcome worthily the Paschal Mystery
and proclaim the praises of your salvation.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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