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Week III: Wednesdays

Morning Office (lauds)
V: Lord open our lips.
R: And we shall praise your name.
GLORY BE to the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Alleluia)

Invitatory antiphon: Let us adore the Lord, for it is he who made us.
Psalm 94(95)

HYMN

MORNING PSALM
Psalm 85(86)
Antiphon throughout the year: Give joy to your servant, Lord, for to you I lift up my soul.
Antiphon for 17-23 December: The Lord who is all-powerful will come from Sion to save his people.

CANTICLE
Isa 33:13-16
Antiphon throughout the year: Blessed is the man who walks in justice and speaks what is true.
Antiphon for 17-23 December: About Sion I will not be silent until her Holy One shines forth like light.

A PSALM OF PRAISE
Psalm 97(98)
Antiphon throughout the year: Acclaim the King, the Lord.
Antiphon for 17-23 December: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He sent me to bring the Good News to the poor.

SCRIPTURE READING Throughout the year, or proper to season.
Job 1:21,2:10b

SHORT RESPONSORY
R: Bend my heart to your will, O God. Repeat R
V: By your word, give me life. R GLORY BE ... R

BENEDICTUS
Luke 1:68-79
Antiphon: Show us your mercy, O Lord; remember your holy covenant.

INTERCESSIONS
God is love: he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. In Jesus Christ we see how God loves us. Let us renew our faith in his love:
R: LOrd Jesus, you loved us and gave yourself for us.
You have given us life and light this morning;-let us give thanks for such great gifts. R
You are sole master of the future;-keep us from despair and the fear of what is to come. R
Love has no ambition to seek anything for itself;-strengthen our will to give up selfishness today. R
May your love in us overcome all things;-let there be no limit to our faith, our hope, and our endurance. R

OUR FATHER ...

CONCLUDING PRAYER
Lord God, in your wisdom you created us, by your providence you rule us: penetrate our inmost being with your holy light, so that our way of life may always be one of fateful service to you. We make our prayer through our Lord. Amen.
 

Evening Prayer (Vesper)
V: O God, come to our aid.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
GLORY BE to the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Alleluia)

HYMN

PSALM
Psalm 125(126)
Antiphon throughout the year: Those who were sowing in tears, will sing when they reap.
Antiphon for 17-23 December: The Lord who is all-powerful will come from Sion to save his people.

PSALM
Psalm 126(127)
Antiphon throughout the year: The Lord will build a house for us; he will watch over our city.
Antiphon for 17-23 December: About Sion I will not be silent until her Holy One shines forth like light.

NEW TESTAMENT CANTICLE
Col 1:12-20
Antiphon throughout the year: He is the firstborn of all creation; he is supreme over all creatures.
Antiphon for 17-23 December: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He sent me to bring the Good News to the poor.

SCRIPTURE READING Throughout the year, or proper to season.
Eph 3:20-21

SHORT RESPONSORY
R: Redeem me, Lord, and show me your mercy. Repeat R.
V: Do not cats me away with sinners. R GLORY BE...R

MAGNIFICAT
Luke 1:46-55
Antiphon: The Almighty has done great things for me; Holy is his name.

INTERCESSION
I may have faith strong enough to move mountains: but if I have no love, I am nothing. With this in mind we pray:
R: Lord, grant us your love.
Lord, sustain us as we build and grow towards you;-increase our faith as we work. R
We are assailed by doubts, and weighed down by uncertainties;-release our hearts, to journey towards you with hope. R
Love keeps no score of wrong, and does not gloat over evil;-help is to delight in the truth, and rejoice in your gifts to others. R
Confirm the pilgrim Church in the faith of the apostles;-help us to encourage each other, sharing our gifts. R
Bring those who have died in your peace to that knowledge which fulfills faith and answers hope;-grant them the fulness of your love. R

OUR FATHER...

CONCLUDING PRAYER
Let your people's cry come into your loving presence, Lord. Forgive them their sins, so that by your grace they may be devoted to your service, and rest secure under your protecting hand. We make our prayer through our Lord. Amen.
 

Night Office (Compline)
V: O God, come to our aid.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
GLORY BE to the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Alleluia)
 
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

HYMN

PSALM
Psalm 30(31):1-6
Antiphon throughout the year: O God, be my protector and my refuge.

PSALM
Psalm 129(130)
Antiphon throughout the year: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
GLORY BE...

SCRIPTURE READING Throughout the year, or proper to season.
Eph 4:26-27

SHORT RESPONSORY
Outside Eastertide
R: Into your hands, Lord, I command my spirit. Repeat R
V: You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth. R GLORY BE... R

Eastertide
R: Into your hands, Lord, I command my spirit, alleluia, alleluia. Repeat R
V: You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth. R GLORY BE... R

CANTICLE OF SIMEON
Luke 2:29-32
Antiphon: Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace (alleluia).

CONCLUDING PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ, meek and humble of heart, you offer to those who follow you a yoke that is good to bear, a burden that is light. Accept, we beg you, our prayer and work of this day, and grant us the rest we need that we may be ever more willing to serve you, who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING
The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. R Amen.

FINAL ANTHEM TO BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Suggestion are given below, or you may use other Hymn for Mary:

O most holy one, O most pitiful, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Mother best beloved, Mother undefiled, pray for us!
Thou art our comfort, and our refuge, Virgin Mother Mary!
All that we long for, through thee we hope for; Pray for us!
See how weak we are, lost in tears; save us, O Mary!
Lighten our anguish; soothe our sorrows; pray for us!
Virgin, turn and look; Mother behold us; hear us, O Mary!
Thou art the bearer of health divine; pray for us!
May thy joys and thy sorrows be our help, O Mary!
In thee we hope; to thee we cry; pray for us!


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