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Tuesday 31 March 2015    (other days)
Tuesday of Holy Week

None (Afternoon Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.

Hymn
Eternal Father, loving God,
Who made us from the dust of earth,
Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
Give value to our little worth.
Prepare us for that day of days
When Christ from heaven will come with might
To call us out of dust again,
Our bodies glorified in light.
O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
All things created bear your trace;
The seed of glory sown in man
Will flower when we see your face.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 49-56
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember how you gave your word to your servant,
  for thus you gave me hope.
It was this that consoled me in my distress,
  for your promise gave me life.
The proud laughed themselves sick over me,
  but I did not turn away from your law.
I remembered your eternal decrees, O Lord,
  and they brought me consolation.
I was seized with indignation
  at the sinners who abandon your law.
I made your statutes into songs
  to sing in my exile.
At night I remembered your name, O Lord,
  and I will keep your law.
This will be to my credit:
  that I followed your precepts.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 52 (53)
The folly of the lawless
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.
  They are corrupt and they do vile things:
  not one of them does good.
From heaven the Lord looks down on the sons of men
  to see if any understand, and seek God.
All have fallen away, each as corrupt as the other.
  Not one of them does good, not even one.
They must know what they are doing, those who do evil,
  who eat up my people like so much bread.
They did not call on the Lord,
  so they tremble with fear
  when there is no reason to be afraid.
Since God has scattered the bones
  of those who besieged you,
  they are disgraced because God has rejected them.
Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion?
  When the Lord delivers his people from captivity,
  Jacob will exult and Israel will rejoice.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 53 (54)
A plea for help
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
God, by your name, save me.
  In your power, God, judge me.
God, listen to my prayer
  and turn your ear to the words of my mouth.
The proud have risen up against me,
  the strong seek to take my life.
  They do not keep God in their hearts.
But God helps me,
  and the Lord lifts up my soul.
Willingly I will sacrifice to you
  and proclaim your name, O God,
  proclaim your good name.
It has rescued me from all my troubles,
  and my eyes look down on my enemies.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
OR:

At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


Psalm 125 (126)
Gladness and hope in the Lord
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
Among the Gentiles they were saying,
  “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
  and filled us with rejoicing.
Give us back our captives, O Lord,
  as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord
  and walk in his ways.
The food you have worked for, you will eat:
  God’s blessing will bring you good things.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
  on the side of your house.
Your children will be like olive shoots,
  seated round your table.
See, this is how the man is blessed
  who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion:
  may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
  all the days of your life.
May you see your children’s children.
  Peace be on Israel.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
To me life is Christ, and death gain. I will glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

CONCLUSION


Short Reading
1 Corinthians 1:25,27 ©
God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. It was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning.

Let us venerate the sign of the cross.
Through it we have received the sacrament of salvation.

Let us pray.
All-powerful, ever-living God,
  may our sacramental celebration of the Lord’s passion
  bring us your forgiveness.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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