A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 1/27/2023

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)040360x

Morning Prayer for Friday after the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

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Opening Sentence

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem. Isaiah lii. 1.

Opening Versicles & Invitatory

℣. O Lord, open thou our lips.
℟. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
℣. O God, make speed to save us.
℟. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

℣. Praise ye the Lord.
℟. The Lord's Name be praised.

Venite, exaltemus Domino Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13

O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth, * and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it, * and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down * and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God, * and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, * and with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples with his truth.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Deliver my soul, O LORD, † from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue.

PSALM 120. Ad Dominum

  WHEN I was in trouble, I called upon the LORD:
and he heard me.
2   Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips:
and from a deceitful tongue.
3   What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue:
even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.
4   Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Mesech:
and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar!
5   My soul hath long dwelt among them:
that are enemies unto peace.
6   I labour for peace; but when I speak unto them thereof:
they make them ready to battle.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Deliver my soul, O LORD, † from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue.

I will lift up mine eyes † unto the hills from whence cometh my help.

PSALM 121. Levavi oculos

  I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills:
from whence cometh my help.
2   My help cometh even from the LORD:
who hath made heaven and earth.
3   He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
4   Behold, he that keepeth Israel:
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5   The LORD himself is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy defence upon thy right hand;
6   So that the sun shall not burn thee by day:
neither the moon by night.
7   The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
8   The LORD shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in:
from this time forth for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

I will lift up mine eyes † unto the hills from whence cometh my help.

They shall prosper † that love thee.

PSALM 122. Lætatus sum
I WAS glad when they said unto me:
We will go into the house of the LORD.
2   Our feet shall stand in thy gates:
O Jerusalem.
3   Jerusalem is built as a city:
that is at unity in itself.
4   For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD:
to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
5   For there is the seat of judgment:
even the seat of the house of David.
6   O pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
they shall prosper that love thee.
7   Peace be within thy walls:
and plenteousness within thy palaces.
8   For my brethren and companions' sakes:
I will wish thee prosperity.
9   Yea, because of the house of the LORD our God:
I will seek to do thee good.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

They shall prosper † that love thee.

Have mercy upon us, † O LORD, have mercy upon us.

PSALM 123. Ad te levavi oculos meos

  UNTO thee lift I up mine eyes:
O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
2   Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress:
even so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until he have mercy upon us.
3   Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us:
for we are utterly despised.
4   Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy:
and with the despitefulness of the proud.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Have mercy upon us, † O LORD, have mercy upon us.

Our help standeth † in the Name of the LORD who hath made heaven and earth.

PSALM 124. Nisi quia Dominus

  IF the LORD himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say:
if the LORD himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
2   They had swallowed us up quick:
when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.
3   Yea, the waters had drowned us:
and the stream had gone over our soul.
4   The deep waters of the proud:
had gone even over our soul.
5   But praised be the LORD:
who hath not given us over for a prey unto their teeth.
6   Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler:
the snare is broken, and we are delivered.
7   Our help standeth in the Name of the LORD:
who hath made heaven and earth.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Our help standeth † in the Name of the LORD who hath made heaven and earth.

Do well, O LORD, † unto those that are good and true of heart.

PSALM 125. Qui confidunt

  THEY that put their trust in the LORD shall be even as the mount Sion:
which may not be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
2   The hills stand about Jerusalem:
even so standeth the LORD round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
3   For the rod of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous:
lest the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.
4   Do well, O LORD:
unto those that are good and true of heart.
5   As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness:
the LORD shall lead them forth with the evil doers; but peace shall be upon Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Do well, O LORD, † unto those that are good and true of heart.

Turn thy face † from my sins and put out all my misdeeds. Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

PSALM 51. Miserere mei, Deus

  HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness:
according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
2   Wash me throughly from my wickedness:
and cleanse me from my sin.
3   For I acknowledge my faults:
and my sin is ever before me.
4   Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:
that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
5   Behold, I was shapen in wickedness:
and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
6   But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts:
and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
7   Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8   Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness:
that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9   Turn thy face from my sins:
and put out all my misdeeds.
10   Make me a clean heart, O God:
and renew a right spirit within me.
11   Cast, me not away from thy presence:
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
12   O give me the comfort of thy help again:
and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
13   Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked:
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14   Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health:
and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
15   Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord:
and my mouth shall show thy praise.
16   For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee:
but thou delightest not in burnt offerings.
17   The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit:
a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
18   O be favourable and gracious unto Sion:
build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19   Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations:
then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Turn thy face † from my sins and put out all my misdeeds. Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 53rd verse of the 24th Chapter of Genesis

And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Here beginneth the 16th verse of the 15th Chapter of Proverbs

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

First Canticle

Appointed Canticle    Te Deum    Benedicite

In wrath † remember mercy, * covenanting Lord God Eternal.

The Song of Habakkuk Domine audivi
Habakkuk 3:2-19

O Lord, I have heard thy speech, * and was afraid:
O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, † in the midst of the years make known; * in wrath remember mercy.
God came from Teman, * and the Holy One from mount Paran.
His glory covered the heavens, * and the earth was full of his praise.
And his brightness was as the light; † he had horns coming out of his hand:
and there was the hiding of his power.
Before him went the pestilence, * and burning coals went forth at his feet.
He stood, and measured the earth: * he beheld, and drove asunder the nations;
And the everlasting mountains were scattered, † the perpetual hills did bow: * his ways are everlasting.
I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: * and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? * was thine anger against the rivers?
Was thy wrath against the sea, * that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
Thy bow was made quite naked, * according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word.
Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers: * the mountains saw thee, and they trembled:
The overflowing of the water passed by: * the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: * at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
Thou didst march through the land in indignation, * thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, * even for salvation with thine Anointed;
Thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, * by discovering the foundation unto the neck.
Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: * they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, * through the heap of great waters.
When I heard, my belly trembled; * my lips quivered at the voice:
Rottenness entered into my bones, * and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble:
When he cometh up unto the people, * he will invade them with his troops.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, * neither shall fruit be in the vines;
The labour of the olive shall fail, * and the fields shall yield no meat;
The flock shall be cut off from the fold, * and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, * I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, * and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

In wrath † remember mercy, * covenanting Lord God Eternal.

We Praise Thee Te Deum laudamus

In wrath † remember mercy, * covenanting Lord God Eternal.

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
the Father, of an infinite majesty,
thine adorable, true, and only Son,
also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
in glory everlasting.

In wrath † remember mercy, * covenanting Lord God Eternal.

A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

In wrath † remember mercy, * covenanting Lord God Eternal.

O ALL ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye waters that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye showers and dew, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye dews and frosts, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye frost and cold, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye ice and snow, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

O LET the earth bless the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye mountains and hills, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye wells, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye seas and floods, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

O LET Israel bless the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord. * praise him and magnify him for ever.

LET us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

In wrath † remember mercy, * covenanting Lord God Eternal.

Here beginneth the 26th verse of the 8th Chapter of Romans

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Here beginneth the 17th verse of the 3rd Chapter of Philippians

Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Zechariah Benedictus Dominus Deus Luke 1: 68-79

Through the tender mercy † of our God, * the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us.

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel, * for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us * in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, * which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, * that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies * might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people * for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, * whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Through the tender mercy † of our God, * the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us.

The Apostles' Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints:
The Forgiveness of sins:
The Resurrection of the body:
And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

℣. The Lord be with you.
℟. And with thy spirit.
℣. Let us pray.

℣. Lord, have mercy upon us.℣. Kyrie eleison
℟. Christ, have mercy upon us. or  ℟. Christe eleison
℣. Lord, have mercy upon us.℣. Kyrie eleison

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.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

℣. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
℟. And grant us thy salvation.
℣. O Lord, save the State.
℟. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
℣. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
℟. And make thy chosen people joyful.
℣. O Lord, save thy people.
℟. And bless thine inheritance.
℣. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
℟. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
℣. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
℟. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Suffrage of All Saints

May the Blessed Mother of God, † the Virgin Mary, and all the Saints, * intercede for us to the Lord.

℣. The Lord hath made his Saints wonderful
℟. And hath heard them when they called upon him.

DEFEND us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all perils of mind and body: and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, the ever Virgin Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, [of the Patron of the parish,] and of all Saints, graciously bestow upon us both peace and safety: that all adversity and error being done away, thy Church may serve thee in untroubled freedom. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace.

O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2 Cor. xiii. 14.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Alma Redemptoris

Alma Redemptoris

Gracious Mother of our Redeemer,
forever abiding, Heaven's gateway, and star of ocean,
O succour the people, who, though falling, strive to rise again.
Thou Maiden who barest thy holy Creator, to the wonder of all nature
Ever Virgin, after, as before thou receivedst that Ave from the mouth of Gabriel;
have compassion on us sinners

V. The angel of the Lord announced unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

V. After childbirth thou didst remain a virgin.
R. Intercede for us, O Mother of God

Let us pray:
O God, who by the child-bearing of a pure Virgin hast bestowed upon all mankind the rewards of everlasting life: grant, we beseech thee; that we may know the succour of her intercession, through whom we have been found worthy to receive the Author of life, even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

V. May the divine help remain with us always.
R. And with our absent brethren. Amen.


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