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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.

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Psalm 119:97-104
XIII (Mem)

A meditation on God’s law


I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34).

Lord, how I love your law! *
It is ever in my mind.
Your command makes me wiser than my foes; *
for it is mine for ever.

I have more insight than all who teach me *
for I ponder your will.
I have more understanding than the old *
for I keep your precepts.

I turn my feet from evil paths *
to obey your word.
I have not turned from your decrees; *
you yourself have taught me.

Your promise is sweeter to my taste *
than honey in the mouth.
I gain understanding from your precepts; *
I 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

Make us so love your law, Father, as to ponder it continually in our hearts. May it bear fruit in works acceptable to you.

Psalm 74
Lament for the destruction of the temple


Do not fear those who can only kill the body (Matthew 10:28).

I

Why, O God, have you cast us off for ever? *
Why blaze with anger at the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your people whom who chose long ago,
the tribe you redeemed to be your own possession, *
the mountains of Zion where you made your dwelling.

Turn your steps to these places that are utterly ruined! *
The enemy has laid waste the whole of the sanctuary.
Your foes have made uproar in your house of prayer:
they have set up their emblems, their foreign emblems, *
high above the entrance to the sanctuary.

Their axes have battered the wood of its doors. *
They have struck together with hatchet and pickaxe.
O God, they have set your sanctuary on fire: *
they have razed and profaned the place where you dwell.

They said in their hearts: “Let us utterly crush them: *
let us burn every shrine of God in the land.”
There is no sign from God, nor have we a prophet, *
we have no one to tell us how long it will last.

How long, O God, is the enemy to scoff? *
Is the foe to insult your name for ever?
Why, O Lord, do you hold back your hand? *
Why do you keep your right hand hidden?

Yet God is our king from time past, *
the giver of help through all the land.

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

It was you who divided the sea by your might, *
who shattered the heads of the monsters in the sea.

It was you who crushed Leviathan’s heads *
and gave him as food to the untamed beasts.
It was you who opened springs and torrents; *
it was you who dried up ever-flowing rivers.

Yours is the day and yours is the night. *
It was you who appointed the light and the sun:
it was you who fixed the bounds of the earth: *
you who made both summer and winter.

Remember this, Lord, and see the enemy scoffing; *
a senseless people insults your name.
Do not give Israel, your dove, to the hawk *
nor forget the life of your poor ones for ever.

Remember your covenant; every cave in the land *
is a place where violence makes its home.
Do not let the oppressed return disappointed; *
let the poor and the needy bless your name.

Arise, O God, and defend your cause! *
Remember how the senseless revile you all the day.
Do not forget the clamor of your foes, *
the daily increasing uproar of your foes.

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, our faithful God, you permitted the temple of the old covenant to be destroyed and your people to be persecuted by unbelievers. Do not forget the new covenant sealed with the blood of your Son. Make the Church your spiritual house, and make us living stones built upon Christ so that a full and true temple may be founded at last.

Continue with Daytime Prayer


COMPLEMENTARY PSALMODY

Go to Series III (Midafternoon)

Series I (Midmorning)

Psalm 120
Longing for peace


Be patient in suffering, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).

To the Lord in the hour of my distress *
I call and he answers me.
“O Lord, save my soul from lying lips, *
from the tongue of the deceitful.”

What shall he pay you in return, *
O treacherous tongue?
The warrior’s arrows sharpened *
and coals, red-hot, blazing.

Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech, *
dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Long enough have I been dwelling *
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak, *
they are for fighting.

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 declared peacemakers happy, Lord Jesus, since they will be called sons of God. Give us that peace which the world cannot give so that your Church may be freed from the schemes of arrogant men, and, devoted to works of peace, go forward joyfully to meet you, the King of Peace.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people


Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16).

I lift up my eyes to the mountains: *
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord *
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble! *
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers, *
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade; *
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you *
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil, *
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming *
both now and 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

Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father’s eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end.

Psalm 122
The holy city, Jerusalem


You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).

I rejoiced when I heard them say: *
“Let us go to God’s house.”
And now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city *
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up, *
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is, *
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgement *
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray: *
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls, *
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends *
I say: “Peace upon you!”
For love of the house of the Lord *
I will ask for your good.

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

When you rose from the dead, Lord Jesus, you formed the Church into your new body, and made of it the new Jerusalem, united in your Spirit. Give us peace in our day. Make all nations come to your Church to share in your gifts in fellowship, that they may render you thanks without end and come to your eternal city.

Continue with Daytime Prayer


Series III (Midafternoon)

Psalm 126
Joyful hope in God


Companions with him in suffering, you will share his overflowing happiness (2 Corinthians 1:7).

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, *
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
on our lips there were songs.

The heathens themselves said:  “What marvels *
the Lord worked for them!”
What marvels the Lord worked for us! *
Indeed we were glad.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage *
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears *
will sing when they reap.

They go out, they go out, full of tears, *
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song, *
carrying their sheaves.

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, you have raised us from the earth; may you let the seeds of justice, which we have sown in tears, grow and increase in your sight. May we reap in joy the harvest we hope for patiently.

Psalm 127
Apart from God our labors are worthless


You are God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:9).

If the Lord does not build the house, *
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city, *
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising, *
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat: *
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord, *
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth *
are like arrows in the hand of  a warrior.

O the happiness of the man *
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame *
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.

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 command the seed to rise, Lord God, though the farmer is unaware. Grant that those who labor for you may trust not in their own work but in your help. Remembering that the land is brought to flower not with human tears but with those of your Son, may the Church rely only upon your gifts.

Psalm 128
Happiness of family life rooted in God


“May the Lord bless you from Zion,” that is, from the Church (Arnobius).

O blessed are those who fear the Lord *
and walk in his ways!

By the labor of your hands you shall eat. *
You will be happy and prosper;
your wife like a fruitful vine *
in the heart of your house;
your children like shoots of the olive, *
around your table.

Indeed thus shall be blessed *
the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion *
all the days of your life!
May you see your children’s children *
in a happy Jerusalem!

On Israel, peace!

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

Give lasting happiness, Lord, to those who reverence your name, so that our life and work may be such as to deserve your commendation, and bring us, laden with good fruit, to our everlasting home.


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.

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.

Lord,
you call us to your service
and continue your saving work among us.
May your love never abandon us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or:

May your grace not forsake us, O Lord, we pray,
but make us dedicated to your holy service
and at all times obtain for us your help.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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