Prayers

Common of the Dedication of a Church

The following selections are provided from the Common of the Dedication of a Church:

1. To aid those who may wish to use different texts than those provided in the Office of the day
2. To assist those who may wish to celebrate a Solemnity of Feast on a local calendar
3. To assist those praying in a community or group celebrating an Office different from that provided in the iBreviary.

This Office is usually celebrated as a Solemnity (within the Dedicated Church) or as a Feast (outside the Dedicated Church—usually on the Anniversary of the Dedication of the local Cathedral.)


INVITATORY

OFFICE OF READINGS

MORNING PRAYER (Lauds)

DAYTIME PRAYER

EVENING PRAYER (Vespers) II


EVENING PRAYER I


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

Christ is made our sure foundation,
Christ is head and Cornerstone;
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion’s help for ever,
And her confidence alone.

To this temple, we implore you,
Come, great Lord of hosts, today;
Come, with all your loving kindness,
Hear your servants as they pray,
And your fullest benediction
Shed in all its brightest ray.

Grant, we pray, to all your people,
All the grace they ask to gain;
What they gain from you for ever
With the blessed to retain,
And hereafter in your glory
Evermore with you to reign,

Praise and honor to the Father,
Praise and honor to the Son,
Praise and honor to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One:
Unified in power and glory,
While unending ages run.

Tune: Belville (Westminster Abbey) 87.87.87
Music: Adapted by Ernest Hawkins, 1802-1868 from an anthem by Henry Purcell, 1659-1695
Text: Angularis fundamentum, seventh century
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, alt. by Anthony G. Petti


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The streets of Jerusalem will ring with rejoicing; they will resound with the song of praise, (alleluia).

Psalm 147:1-11
The loving kindness of God who can do all he wills


You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord: we acclaim you.

Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving: *
to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem *
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted, *
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars; *
he calls each one by its name.

Our Lord is great and almighty; *
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly; *
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
O sing to the Lord giving thanks; *
sing psalms to our God with the harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds; *
he prepares the rain for the earth,
making mountains sprout with grass *
and with plants to serve man’s needs.
He provides the beasts with their food *
and young ravens that call upon him.

His delight is not in horses *
nor his pleasure in warriors’ strength.
The Lord delights in those who revere him, *
in those who wait for his love.

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 our Father, great builder of the heavenly Jerusalem, you know the number of the stars and call each of them by name. Heal hearts that are broken, gather together those who have been scattered, and enrich us all from the plentitude of your eternal wisdom.

Ant. The streets of Jerusalem will ring with rejoicing; they will resound with the song of praise, (alleluia).

Ant. 2 How safe a dwelling the Lord has made you, how blessed the children within your walls, (alleluia).

Psalm 147:12-20
The restoration of Jerusalem


Come, I will show you the bride of the Lamb (Revelation 21:9).

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! *
Zion praise your God!

He has strengthened the bars of your gates *
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders, *
he feeds you with finest wheat.

He sends out his word to the earth *
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow white as wool, *
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

He hurls down hailstones like crumbs. *
The waters are frozen at his touch;
he sends forth his word and it melts them: *
at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

He makes his word known to Jacob, *
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations; *
he has not taught them his decrees.

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

All-powerful God, it is through your Church, generously endowed with gifts of grace and fortified by the Holy Spirit, that you send out your word to all nations. Strengthen your Church with the best of all food and make it dauntless in faith. Multiply its children to celebrate with one accord the mysteries of your love at the altar on high.

Ant. How safe a dwelling the Lord has made you, how blessed the children within your walls, (alleluia).

Ant. 3 In the holy city, throngs of saints make jubilee; angels pour out their songs of praise before the throne of God, (alleluia).

Canticle: See Revelation 19:1-7
The wedding of the Lamb


The following canticle is said with the Alleluia when Evening Prayer is sung; when the Office if recited, the Alleluia may be said at the beginning and end of each strophe.

Alleluia.
Salvation, glory, and power to our God: *
(Alleluia).
his judgments are honest and true. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants, *
(Alleluia).
all who worship him reverently, great and small. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King; *
(Alleluia).
Let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun, *
(Alleluia).
and his bride is prepared to welcome him. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
(Alleluia).
and to the Holy Spirit: *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
(Alleluia).
and will be for ever. Amen. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Ant. In the holy city, throngs of saints make jubilee; angels pour out their songs of praise before the throne of God, (alleluia).

READING
Ephesians 2:19-22

You are strangers and aliens no longer. No, you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God. You form a building which rises of the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in him you are being built into his temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.

RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:

Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place.
Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place.

For ever and ever,
a holy place.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place.

During the Easter Season:

Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place, alleluia, alleluia.
Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place, alleluia, alleluia.

For ever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place, alleluia, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion


INVITATORY



The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

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. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

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. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

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. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).

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. Come, let us worship Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us worship Christ, who has shown his love for the Church, (alleluia).


OFFICE OF READINGS


If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

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, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

Realms of light were seen in vision
As a new Jerusalem
Filled with Christ’s own peace and glory,
Built of living stones above,
And with angel hosts encircled,
As a bride’s fair diadem.

Seen as coming down from heaven,
And adorned in bright array,
Eager for the great espousals
With the sov’reign Lord and king.
All its walls, its streets and byways
Shimmer with the purest gold.

Pearls most precious form its portals,
Open wide to welcome in
Those whose virtues and whose merits
Have attained that grace to win,
Who have suffered pain and sorrow
For the name of Christ their Lord.

Stones of every hue and beauty
Sparkle from its sacred walls,
Tested, polished to perfection
By the Artist’s hand divine;
Placed with love in their position,
There for evermore to shine:

Glory, honor everlasting,
Be to God, our Lord Most High,
To the Son and Holy Spirit,
With the Father, Three in One,
Praise and homage be for ever,
While unending ages run. Amen.

Tune: Picardy 87.87.87
Music: French carol
Text: Urbs Jerusalem, seventh or eighth century
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Open wide the doors and gates, lift high the ancient portals, (alleluia).

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

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

King of glory, Lord of power and might, cleanse our hearts from all sin, preserve the innocence of our hands, and keep our minds from vanity, so that we may deserve your blessing in your holy place.

Ant. Open wide the doors and gates, lift high the ancient portals, (alleluia).

Ant. 2 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of power and might, (alleluia).

Psalm 84
Longing for God’s Temple


Here we do not have a lasting city; we seek a home that is yet to come (Hebrews 13:14).

How lovely is your dwelling place, *
Lord, God of hosts.

My soul is longing and yearning, *
is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy *
to God, the living God.

The sparrow herself finds a home *
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars, *
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

They are happy, who dwell in your house, *
for ever singing your praise.
They are happy, whose strength is in you, *
in whose hearts are the roads to Zion.

As they go through the Bitter Valley
they make it a place of springs, *
the autumn rain covers it with blessings.
They walk with ever growing strength, *
they will see the God of gods in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer, *
give ear, O God of Jacob.
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield, *
look on the face of your anointed.

One day within your courts *
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God *
I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.

For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield; *
he will give us his favor and glory.
The Lord will not refuse any good *
to those who walk without blame.

Lord, God of hosts, *
happy the man who trusts in you!

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

Bless your people, Lord. You have given us the law that we may walk from strength to strength and raise our minds to you from this valley of tears. May we receive the gifts you have gained for us.

Ant. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of power and might, (alleluia).

Ant. 3 Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord, (alleluia).

Psalm 87
Jerusalem is mother of us all


The heavenly Jerusalem is a free woman; she is our mother (Galatians 4:26).

On the holy mountain is his city *
cherished by the Lord.
The Lord prefers the gates of Zion *
to all Jacob’s dwellings.
Of you are told glorious things, *
O city of God!

“Babylon and Egypt I will count *
among those who know me;
Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia, *
these will be her children
and Zion shall be called ‘Mother’ *
for all shall be her children.”

It is he, the Lord Most High, *
who gives each his place.
In his register of peoples he writes: *
“These are her children,”
and while they dance they will sing: *
“In you all find their home.”

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, your only Son wept over ancient Jerusalem, soon to be destroyed for its lack of faith. He established the new Jerusalem firmly upon rock and made it the mother of the faithful. Make us rejoice in your Church and grant that all people may be reborn into the freedom of your Spirit.

Ant. Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord, (alleluia).

I will worship at your holy temple, (alleluia).
And I will extol your name, O Lord, (alleluia).

READINGS
FIRST READING

From the first letter of the apostle Peter
2:1-17

We are built as living stones


Strip away everything vicious, everything deceitful; pretenses, jealousies, and disparaging remarks of any kind. Be as eager for milk as newborn babies—pure milk of the spirit to make you grow unto salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him a living stone, rejected by men but approved, nonetheless, and precious in God’s eye. You too are living stones built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For Scripture has it:

   “See, I am laying a cornerstone in Zion,
   an approved stone, and precious.
   He who puts his faith in it shall not be shaken.”

The stone is of value for you who have faith. For those without faith, it is rather,

   “A stone which the builders rejected
   that became a cornerstone.”

It is likewise “an obstacle and stumbling stone.” Those who stumble and fall are the disbelievers in God’s word; it belongs to their destiny to do so.

You however are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works” of the One who called you from darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people, but now you are God’s people; once there was no mercy for you, but now you have found mercy.

Beloved, you are strangers and in exile; hence I urge you not to indulge your carnal desires. By their nature they wage war on the soul. Though the pagans may slander you as troublemakers, conduct yourselves blamelessly among them. By observing your good works they may give glory to God on the day of visitation.

Because of the Lord, be obedient to every human institution, whether to the emperor as sovereign or to the governors he commissions for the punishment of criminals and the recognition of the upright. Such obedience is the will of God. You must silence the ignorant talk of foolish men by your good behavior. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cloak for vice. In a word, live as servants of God. You must esteem the person of every man. Foster love for the brothers, reverence for God, respect for the emperor.

RESPONSORY
See Tobit 13:21; Revelation 21:19-21


The walls of Jerusalem will be precious stones.
The towers of Jerusalem will be built with jewels, (alleluia).

The gates of Jerusalem will be built of sapphire and emerald,
and the wall around the city will be made of precious stones.
The towers of Jerusalem will be built with jewels, (alleluia).

SECOND READING

From a homily on Joshua, son of Nun, by Origen, priest
(Homilia 9, 1-2: SC 71, 244-246)

As living stones we are built into the house and the altar of God


All of us who believe in Christ Jesus are said to be living stones, according to the words of Scripture: But you are living stones, built as a spiritual house in a holy priesthood, that you may offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

When we look at an earthly building, we can see that the larger and stronger stones are the first to be set in place as the foundation, so that the weight of the whole structure may rest on them securely. In the same way understand that some of the living stones become the foundation of the spiritual building. What are these living stones placed in the foundation? They are the apostles and prophets. That is what Paul says when he teaches: We have been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with our Lord Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone.

You, my hearers, must learn that Christ himself is also the foundation of the building we are now describing, so that you may prepare yourselves more eagerly for the construction of this building and become stones that lie closer to the foundation. As the apostle Paul says: No foundation can be laid other than the one that has been laid already: I mean Christ Jesus. Blessed are those, therefore, who build a religious and holy structure upon such a noble foundation.

In this building of the Church, there must also be an altar. I think that if those of you, disposed and eager for prayer, offer petitions and prayers of supplication to God day and night, you will become the living stones for the altar which Jesus is building.

Consider what praise is ascribed to these stones which make up the altar. The lawgiver Moses said that the altar was to be made of stones, uncovered by iron. What are those stones? Perhaps those uncut and undefiled stones are the holy apostles, all making a single altar, because of their unity of mind and heart. For it was known that with one accord they all opened their lips to pray: You, Lord, know the hearts of all.

Therefore, these who were able to pray with one mind, one voice and one spirit, are perhaps worthy to form together one altar, where Jesus may offer his sacrifice to the Father.

Let us strive to agree among ourselves and to have one mind and voice. May we never quarrel or act from vainglory. But may we remain united in belief and purpose. Then even we may hope to become stones fit for the altar.

RESPONSORY
See Isaiah 2:2, 3; Psalm 126:6


The Lord’s house is built on the mountain summit;
it is high above the hills.
From the ends of the earth men come running to it, crying out:
Glory to you, Lord, (alleluia).

They come, see, they come,
laughing for joy, laden with sheaves.
it is high above the hills.
From the ends of the earth men come running to it, crying out:
Glory to you, Lord, (alleluia).


Alternative:

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Sermon 336,1,6: PL 38 [edit. 1861]. 1471-1472, 1475)

The building and dedication of God’s house within us


We are gathered together to celebrate the dedication of a house of prayer. This is our house of prayer, but we too are a house of God. If we are a house of God, its construction goes on in time so that it may be dedicated at the end of time. The house, in its construction, involves hard work, while its dedication is an occasion for rejoicing.

What was done when this church was being built is similar to what is done when believers are built up into Christ. When they first come to believe they are like timber and stone taken from woods and mountains. In their instruction, baptism and formation they are, so to speak, shaped, leveled and smoothed by the hands of carpenters and craftsmen.

But Christians do not make a house of God until they are one in charity. The timber and stone must fit together in an orderly plan, must be joined in perfect harmony, must give each other the support as it were of love, or no one would enter the building. When you see the stones and beams of a building holding together securely, you enter the building with an easy mind; you are not afraid of its falling down in ruins.

Christ the Lord wants to come in to us and dwell in us. Like a good builder he says: A new commandment I give you: love one another. He says: I give you a commandment. He means: Before, you were not engaged in building a house for me, but you lay in ruins. Therefore, to be raised up from your former state of ruin you must love one another.

Dear brethren, remember that this house is still in process of being built in the whole world: this is the promise of prophecy. When God’s house was being built after the Exile, it was prophesied, in the words of a psalm: Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. For a new song our Lord speaks of a new commandment. A new song implies a new inspiration of love. To sing is a sign of love. The singer of this new song is full of the warmth of God’s love.

The work we see complete in this building is physical; it should find its spiritual counterpart in your hearts. We see here the finished product of stone and wood; so too your lives should reveal the handiwork of God’s grace.

Let us then offer our thanksgiving above all to the Lord our God, from whom every best and perfect gift comes. Let us praise his goodness with our whole hearts. He it was who inspired in his faithful people the will to build this house of prayer; he stirred up their desire and gave them his help. He awakened enthusiasm among those who were at first unconvinced, and guided to a successful conclusion the efforts of men of good will. So God, who gives to those of good will both the desire and the accomplishment of the things that belong to him, is the one who began this work, the one who has brought it to completion.

RESPONSORY
Psalm 84:2-3, 5


How I long, O mighty Lord,
for the holy temple where you dwell!
My soul yearns for the courts of the Lord, (alleluia).

Those who live in your house, O Lord, will praise you endlessly.
My soul yearns for the courts of the Lord, (alleluia).

If the Optional Vigil is not celebrated, the Office continues with the Te Deum.

Go to the Te Deum


OPTIONAL VIGIL

CANTICLES


Ant. Blessed are you, Lord, in the holy temple of your glory, a holy place built to the honor and glory of your name, (alleluia).

Canticle I:Tobit 13:8-11, 13-15
The future glory of Jerusalem


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

Let all men speak of the Lord’s majesty, *
and sing his praises in Jerusalem.

O Jerusalem, holy city,
he scourged you for the works of your hands, *
but will again pity the children of the righteous.

Praise the Lord for his goodness,
and bless the King of the ages, *
so that his tent may be rebuilt in you with joy.

May he gladden within you all who were captives;
all who were ravaged may he cherish within you *
for all generations to come.

A bright light will shine to all parts of the earth; *
many nations shall come to you from afar,

and the inhabitants of all the limits of the earth,
drawn to you by the name of the Lord God, *
bearing in their hands their gifts for the King of heaven.

Every generation shall give joyful praise in you,
and shall call you the chosen one, *
through all ages forever.

Go, then, rejoice over the children of the righteous,
who shall all be gathered together *
and shall bless the Lord of the ages.

Happy are those who love you, *
and happy those who rejoice in your prosperity.

Happy are all the men who shall grieve over you, *
over all your chastisements,
For they shall rejoice in you *
as they behold all your joy forever.

My spirit blesses the Lord, the great King;

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.

Canticle II: Isaiah 2:2-3
All the nations shall come to the house of the Lord


The kings of the earth will bring glory and honor to Jerusalem, the holy city (Revelation 21:24).

In days to come,
the mountain of the Lord’s house *
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills. *
All nations shall stream toward it.

Many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, *
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways, *
and we may walk in his paths.”

For from Zion shall go forth instruction, *
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

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.

Canticle III: Jeremiah 7:2-7
Walk along the upright paths and I shall dwell with you


Go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:24).

Hear the word of the Lord,
all you of Judah *
who enter these gates to worship the Lord!

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
Reform your ways and your deeds, *
so that I may remain with you in this place.

Put not your trust in the deceitful words:
“This is the temple of the Lord! *
The temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord!”

Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; *
if each of you deals justly with his neighbor;
if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; *
if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place,
or follow strange gods to your own harm, *
will I remain with you in this place,
in the land which I gave your fathers *
long ago and forever.

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. Blessed are you, Lord, in the holy temple of your glory, a holy place built to the honor and glory of your name, (alleluia).

THE HOLY GOSPEL

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
16:16-19

You are Peter: I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven


When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
   he asked his disciples,
   “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
   still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
   “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
   and upon this rock I will build my church,
   and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
   and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
16:1-10

Today salvation has come to this house


At the time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
   who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
   was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd,
   for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
   who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him,
   “Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
   for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
   “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
   “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
   and if I have extorted anything from anyone
   I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
   “Today salvation has come to this house
   because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
2:13-22

Jesus was speaking about the temple of his Body


Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
   Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
   as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
   and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
   and spilled the coins of the money-changers
   and overturned their tables,
    and to those who sold doves he said,
   “Take these out of here,
   and stop making my Father's house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of scripture,
   Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
  “What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
   “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
   “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
    and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
   his disciples remembered that he had said this,
   and they came to believe the scripture
   and the word Jesus had spoken.

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
4:19-24

True worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth.


The Samaritan woman said to Jesus,
   “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
   but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
   when you will worship the Father
   neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
   we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
   when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
    and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
   must worship in Spirit and truth.”

A homily on the Gospel may be given.


TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
   heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
   Father, of majesty unbounded,
   your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
   and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

V. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
R. Govern and uphold them now and always.
V. Day by day we bless you.
R. We praise your name for ever.
V. Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. for we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope:
R. and we shall never hope in vain.

The concluding part of the hymn may be omitted.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion


MORNING PRAYER


If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

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, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is his new creation
By water and the word:
From heav’n he came and sought her
To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her,
And for her life he died.

Elect from ev’ry nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With ev’ry grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore opprest,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distrest;
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song. Amen.

Tune: Aurelia 76.76 D
Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864
Text: Samuel John Stone, 1866


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 My house will be called a house of prayer, (alleluia).

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God


Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

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

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. My house will be called a house of prayer, (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Blessed are you, O Lord, in your holy temple, (alleluia).

Canticle: Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord


All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord. *
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord. *
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord. *
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord. *
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord. *
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord. *
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. *
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord. *
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord. *
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. *
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven. *
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. Blessed are you, O Lord, in your holy temple, (alleluia).

Ant. 3 Praise the Lord in the assembly of his holy people, (alleluia).

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.


Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, *
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained; *
this honor is for all his faithful.

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

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant. Praise the Lord in the assembly of his holy people, (alleluia).

READING
Isaiah 56:7

Them I will bring to my holy mountain
   and make joyful in my house of prayer;
Their holocausts and sacrifices
   will be acceptable on my altar,
For my house shall be called
   a house of prayer for all peoples.

RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:

The Lord is great beyond all telling, he exceeds all praise.
The Lord is great beyond all telling, he exceeds all praise.

In the city of our God and on his holy mountain,
he exceeds all praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is great beyond all telling, he exceeds all praise.

During the Easter Season:

The Lord is great beyond all telling, he exceeds all praise, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord is great beyond all telling, he exceeds all praise, alleluia, alleluia.

In the city of our God and on his holy mountain.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is great beyond all telling, he exceeds all praise, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Zacchaeus, hurry down, I mean to stay with you today. He hurried down and welcomed Christ with joy, for this day salvation had come to his house, (alleluia).

Canticle of Zechariah
Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
  that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of 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.

Ant. Zacchaeus, hurry down, I mean to stay with you today. He hurried down and welcomed Christ with joy, for this day salvation had come to his house, (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

We are living stones, laid upon the cornerstone that is Christ. Let us pray to our all-powerful Father for his Son’s beloved Church, professing our faith in her as we say:
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.

Father, like the farmer, prune your vineyard, protect it and increase its yield,
until it extends before you throughout the world.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.

Eternal shepherd, protect and increase your flock,
that all the sheep may be gathered into one flock under your Son, the one shepherd.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.

All-powerful sower, plant the word in your field,
that it may yield a hundredfold for your eternal harvest.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.

Wise builder, sanctify your home and your family,
that the heavenly city, the new Jerusalem, your spouse, may appear before all as your glorious bride.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Go to the Conclusion


DAYTIME PRAYER


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


At Midday

Help us, O Lord, to learn
The truths thy Word imparts:
To study that thy laws may be
Inscribed upon our hearts.

Help us, O Lord, to live
The faith which we proclaim,
That all our thoughts and words and deeds
May glorify your name.

Help us, O Lord, to teach
The beauty of your ways,
That yearning hearts may find the Christ,
And sing aloud his praise.

Tune: Franconia S.M.
Music: J. H. Konig, 1691-1758, adapted by W. H. Havergal, 1793-1870
Text: W. W. Reid, 1923-


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

For Solemnities, the Gradual Psalms are used. Psalm 129 may be said in place if Psalm 122. For Feasts, the Psalms of the day with their antiphons are used.

At the other hours on Feasts, the complementary psalmody is used.


Antiphons

Midmorning:
This is God’s holy temple. He lavished care on it; he built it stone by stone, (alleluia).

Midday: Your house, O Lord, must be a holy place for ever and ever, (alleluia).

Midafternoon: This is the house of the Lord; it is firmly built on solid rock, (alleluia).

MIDMORNING

READING
1 Corinthians 3:16-17


Are you not aware that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him, For the temple of God is holy, and you are that temple.

Lord, I love the beauty of your house, (alleluia).
The place where your glory dwells, (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

READING
2 Corinthians 6:16


You are the temple of the living God, just as God has said:

   “I will dwell with them and walk among them.
   I will be their God
   and they shall be my people.”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, (alleluia).
May those who love you prosper, (alleluia).

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Jeremiah 7:2b, 4-5a, 7a


Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord! Put not your trust in the deceitful words: “This is the temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord!” Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds will I remain with you in this place.

Go within his gates giving thanks, (alleluia).
Enter his courts with songs of praise, (alleluia).

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Inside the Dedicated Church:

Father,
each year we recall the dedication of this church to your service.
Let our worship always be sincere
and help us to find your saving love in this church.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or: [RM 2011]

O God, who year by year renew for us the day
when this your holy temple was consecrated,
hear the prayers of your people
and grant that in this place
for you there may always be pure worship and for us, fullness of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Outside the Dedicated Church:

O God, our Fatrer,
from living stones, your chosen people,
you built an eternal temple to your glory.
Increase the spiritual gifts you have given to your Church
that your faithful people may continue to grow
into the new and eternal Jerusalem.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or: [Option 2]

Father,
you called your people to be your Church.
As we gather together in your name,
may we love, honor, and follow you
to eternal life in the kingdom you promise.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or: [RM 2011]

O God, who from living and chosen stones
prepare an eternal dwelling for your majesty,
increase in your Church the grace you have bestowed,
so that by new growth your faithful people
may build up the heavenly Jerusalem.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or: [Option 2]

O God, who were pleased to call your Church the Bride,
grant that the people that serves your name
may revere you, love you and follow you,
and may be led by you
to attain your promises in heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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EVENING PRAYER II


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

Christ is made our sure foundation,
Christ is head and Cornerstone;
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion’s help for ever,
And her confidence alone.

To this temple, we implore you,
Come, great Lord of hosts, today;
Come, with all your loving kindness,
Hear your servants as they pray,
And your fullest benediction
Shed in all its brightest ray.

Grant, we pray, to all your people,
All the grace they ask to gain;
What they gain from you for ever
With the blessed to retain,
And hereafter in your glory
Evermore with you to reign,

Praise and honor to the Father,
Praise and honor to the Son,
Praise and honor to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One:
Unified in power and glory,
While unending ages run.

Tune: Belville (Westminster Abbey) 87.87.87
Music: Adapted by Ernest Hawkins, 1802-1868 from an anthem by Henry Purcell, 1659-1695
Text: Angularis fundamentum, seventh century
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, alt. by Anthony G. Petti


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 This is God’s dwelling place and he has made it holy; it will stand for ever firm, (alleluia).

Psalm 46
God our refuge and strength


He shall be called Emmanuel, which means: God-with-us (Matthew 1:23).

God is for us a refuge and strength, *
a helper close at hand, in time of distress:
so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, *
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea,
even though its waters rage and foam, *
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, *
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within, it cannot be shaken; *
God will help it at the dawning of the day.
Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken: *
he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, consider the works of the Lord, *
the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
He puts an end to wars over all the earth;
the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps. *
He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God, *
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

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

All-powerful Father, the refuge and strength of your people, you protect in adversity and defend in prosperity those who put their trust in you. May they persevere in seeking your will and find their way to you through obedience.

Ant. This is God’s dwelling place and he has made it holy; it will stand for ever firm, (alleluia).

Ant. 2 Let us go up with rejoicing to the house of the Lord, (alleluia).

Psalm 122
Holy city Jerusalem


You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, 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 judgment *
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.

Ant. Let us go up with rejoicing to the house of the Lord, (alleluia).

Ant. 3 All you saints, sing out the praises of our God, (alleluia).

Canticle: See Revelation 19:1-7
The wedding of the Lamb


>The following canticle is said with the Alleluia when Evening Prayer is sung; when the Office if recited, the Alleluia may be said at the beginning and end of each strophe.

Alleluia.
Salvation, glory, and power to our God: *
(Alleluia).
his judgments are honest and true. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants, *
(Alleluia).
all who worship him reverently, great and small. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King; *
(Alleluia).
Let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun, *
(Alleluia).
and his bride is prepared to welcome him. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
(Alleluia).
and to the Holy Spirit: *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Alleluia.
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
(Alleluia).
and will be for ever. Amen. *
Alleluia (alleluia).

Ant. All you saints, sing out the praises of our God, (alleluia).

READING
Revelation 21:2-3, 22, 27

I saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne cry out: “This is God’s dwelling among men. He shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God who is always with them.” I saw no temple in the city. The Lord, God the Almighty, is its temple—he and the Lamb. But nothing profane shall enter it, nor anyone who is a liar or has done a detestable act. Only those shall enter whose names are inscribed in the book of the living kept by the Lamb.

RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:

Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

They will praise you for ever,
in your house, O Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

During the Easter Season:

Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord, alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord, alleluia, alleluia.

They will praise you for ever.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. EP I: All you who love Jerusalem, rejoice with her for ever, (alleluia).
EP II: This is God’s dwelling place and he has made it holy; here we call on his name, for Scripture says: There you will find me, (alleluia).

Canticle of Mary
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord


My + soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me, *
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children 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.

Ant. EP I: All you who love Jerusalem, rejoice with her for ever, (alleluia).
EP II: This is God’s dwelling place and he has made it holy; here we call on his name, for Scripture says: There you will find me, (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

Our Savior laid down his life so that all God’s scattered children might be gathered together. In our need we cry out:
Remember your Church, Lord.

Lord Jesus, you built your house upon a rock,
strengthen your Church with solid and lasting faith.
Remember your Church, Lord.

Lord Jesus, blood and water flowed from your side,
give new life to your Church through the sacraments of your new and unending covenant.
Remember your Church, Lord.

Lord Jesus, you are in the midst of those who gather in your name,
hear the prayers of your universal Church.
Remember your Church, Lord.

Lord Jesus, you prepare a dwelling-place in your Father’s house for all who love you,
help your Church to grow in divine love.
Remember your Church, Lord.

Lord Jesus, you never cast out anyone who comes to you,
open your Father’s house to all those who have died.
Remember your Church, Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Inside the Dedicated Church:

Father,
each year we recall the dedication of this church to your service.
Let our worship always be sincere
and help us to find your saving love in this church.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or: [RM 2011]

O God, who year by year renew for us the day
when this your holy temple was consecrated,
hear the prayers of your people
and grant that in this place
for you there may always be pure worship and for us, fullness of redemption.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Outside the Dedicated Church:

God our Father,
from living stones, your chosen people,
you built an eternal temple to your glory.
Increase the spiritual gifts you have given to your Church
that your faithful people may continue to grow
into the new and eternal Jerusalem.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or: [Option 2]

Father,
you called your people to be your Church.
As we gather together in your name,
may we love, honor, and follow you
to eternal life in the kingdom you promise.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or: [RM 2011]

O God, who from living and chosen stones
prepare an eternal dwelling for your majesty,
increase in your Church the grace you have bestowed,
so that by new growth your faithful people
may build up the heavenly Jerusalem.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or: [Option 2]

O God, who were pleased to call your Church the Bride,
grant that the people that serves your name
may revere you, love you and follow you,
and may be led by you
to attain your promises in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning or Evening Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

For Feasts, Night Prayer (Compline) is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities, Night Prayer after Evening Prayer I is taken from Night Prayer I, and after Evening Prayer II, Night Prayer is taken from Night Prayer II. If this Solemnity does not occur on a Sunday, the following Concluding Prayer is used:

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord,
we beg you to visit this house
and banish from it
all the deadly power of the enemy.
May your holy angels dwell here
to keep us in peace,
and may your blessing be upon us always.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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