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

From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator’s praise arise:
Let the Redeemer’s name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.
     Halleluia!

Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
Eternal truth attends thy word:
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.
     Halleluia!

Tune: Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag or Eisenach L.M. with halleluia
Music: Nicholaus Hermann, 1560 or Johann Schein, 1583-1630
Text: Isaac Watts, 1719


At Midday

Lord of all being, throned afar,
Your glory flames from sun and star;
Center and soul of every sphere,
And yet to loving hearts how near.

Sun of our life, your living ray
Sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, your gentle light
Shall ever cheer the longest night.

Lord of all life, below, above,
Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love;
Before the brilliance of your throne
We ask no luster of our own.

Give us your grace to make us true,
And kindling hearts that burn for you,
Till all your living altars claim
One holy light, one heavenly flame.

Tune: Uffingham L.M.
Music: Jeremiah Clarke, 1659-1707
Text: Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894


At Midafternoon

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Before your throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

When heaven and earth were still unmade,
When time was yet unknown,
You in your radiant majesty
Did live and love alone.

You were not born, there was no source
From which your Being flowed;
There is no end which you can reach,
For you are simply God.

How wonderful creation is,
The work which you did bless;
What then must you be like, dear God,
Eternal loveliness!

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Before your throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

Tune: St. Flavian C.M.
Music: John Day in John Day’s Psalter, 1562
Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Lord, I cry to you for help; I trust in your promise.

119:145-152
XIX (Koph)

A mediation on God’s law


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

I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me, *
I will keep your commands.
I call upon you, save me *
and I will do your will.

I rise before dawn and cry for help, *
I hope in your word.
My eyes watch through the night *
to ponder your promise.

In your love hear my voice, O Lord; *
give me life by your decrees.
Those who harm me unjustly draw near; *
they are far from your law.

But you, O Lord, are close; *
your commands are truth.
Long have I known that your will *
is established for ever.

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

Save us by the power of your hand, Father, for our enemies have ignored your words. May the fire of your word consume our sins and its brightness illumine our hearts.

Ant. Lord, I cry to you for help; I trust in your promise.

Ant. 2 The Lord knows how fleeting are the thoughts of men.

Psalm 94
The Lord will avenge the just


God punishes wicked conduct; he has called you to share his holiness. You must have nothing to do with impurity (1 Thessalonians 4:6-7).

I

O Lord, avenging God, *
avenging God, appear!
Judge of the earth, arise, *
give the proud what they deserve!

How long, O Lord, shall the wicked, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?
They bluster with arrogant speech; *
the evil-doers boast to each other.

They crush your people, Lord, *
they afflict the ones you have chosen
They kill the widow and the stranger *
and murder the fatherless child.

And they say: “The Lord does not see; *
the God of Jacob pays no heed.”
Mark this, most senseless of people; *
fools, when will you understand?

Can he who made the ear, not hear? *
Can he who formed the eye, not see?
Will he who corrects nations, not punish? *
Will he who teaches men, not have knowledge?

The Lord knows the thoughts of men. *
He knows they are no more than a breath.

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. The Lord knows how fleeting are the thoughts of men.

Ant. 3 The Lord has become my stronghold; in him I put my trust.

II

Happy the man whom you teach, O Lord, *
whom you train by means of your law:
to him you give peace in evil days *
while the pit is being dug for the wicked.

The Lord will not abandon his people *
nor forsake those who are his own:
for judgment shall again be just *
and all true hearts shall uphold it.

Who will stand up for me against the wicked? *
Who will defend me from those who do evil?
If the Lord were not to help me, *
I would soon go down into the silence.

When I think: “I have lost my foothold,” *
your mercy, Lord, holds me up.
When cares increase in my heart *
your consolation calms my soul.

Can judges who do evil be your friends? *
They do injustice under cover of law;
they attack the life of the just *
and condemn innocent blood.

As for me, the Lord will be a stronghold; *
my God will be the rock where I take refuge.
He will repay them for their wickedness,
destroy them for their evil deeds. *
The Lord, our God, will destroy them.

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, you taught your disciples not to fear the world. Do not abandon your inheritance to sinners, nor ignore the power of the enemy against the Church. Grant us always to seek the wisdom of the cross and the blessing of those who suffer for the sake of justice. May we always be filled with your happiness.

Ant. The Lord has become my stronghold; in him I put my trust.

At the other hours, the complementary psalmody is used.

MIDMORNING

READING
1 Corinthians 10:24, 31


No man should seek his own interest but rather that of his neighbor. The fact is that whether you eat or drink—whatever you do—you should do all for the glory of God.

We do well to praise the Lord.
To sing to you, our God most high.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray,

God of truth, Father of all,
you send your Spirit as you promised
to bring together in love
all whom sin has driven apart.
Strengthen us to work for your blessings
of unity and peace in the world.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

MIDDAY

READING
Colossians 3:17


Whatever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus. Give thanks to God the Father through him.

Lord, I will offer you a sacrifice of praise.
And I will call upon your name.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

God of mercy,
this midday moment of rest
is your welcome gift.
Bless the work we have begun,
make good its defects
and let us finish it in a way that pleases you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Colossians 3:23-24


Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men, since you know full well that you will receive an inheritance from him as your reward. Be slaves of Christ the Lord.

Lord, you are my inheritance and my cup.
My life is in your hands.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ,
to save all mankind
you stretched out your arms on the cross.
Let our work be pleasing to you:
may it proclaim your salvation to the world.
You live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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