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Saturday 20 December 2014    (other days)
20 December

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. Alleluia.

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.
SPECIAL FOR TODAY: If you are celebrating Terce today, you must use the psalms of the day at Terce, and use the complementary psalms now.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 121-128
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
I have lived in righteousness and justice:
  do not hand me over to my oppressors.
Watch over the well-being of your servant:
  do not let the proud oppress me.
My eyes are weary with waiting for your help
  and for the fulfilment of your promises.
Treat your servant with your loving kindness
  and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant, give me understanding
  and knowledge of your decrees.
The time has come for the Lord to act:
  people are ignoring your law.
And so I love your commandments
  better than gold, purest gold.
And so I shall direct my life by your precepts:
  I hate all deceptive ways.
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.
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’

Psalm 33 (34)
The Lord, the salvation of the righteous
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
I shall bless the Lord for ever:
  my mouth will proclaim his praise.
My soul will glory in the Lord:
  let the meek listen and rejoice.
Join me and proclaim the greatness of the Lord:
  together let us exalt his name.
I sought the Lord and he listened to me:
  he rescued me from all my fears.
Look to him and he will shine upon you,
  and you will not be put to shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord answered him
  and saved him from all his many troubles.
The angel of the Lord will build defences
  round those who fear the Lord:
  he will come to their rescue.
Taste and see that the Lord is kind:
  happy the man who hopes in him.
Revere the Lord, his saints:
  for those who fear him are never destitute.
The rich are hungry and in want,
  but for those who seek the Lord
  there is no lack of good things.
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.
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’

Psalm 33 (34)
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
Come, children, listen to me:
  I shall teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life,
  who wants to live long to enjoy good things?
Do not let your tongue speak evil:
  let your lips not utter deceit.
Avoid evil, do good:
  seek peace and follow it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the just
  and his ears hear their cries;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil:
  he wipes their memory from the earth.
The just cried out, and the Lord listened
  and freed them from all their many troubles.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted:
  the crushed in spirit he will save.
Many are the troubles of the just,
  but the Lord will free them from all of them.
He will protect all their bones:
  not one will be broken.
Their own evil destroys sinners:
  those who hate the just will be punished.
The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants:
  those who put their hope in him will not be punished.
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.
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
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
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
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.
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
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.
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’
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.
Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting and wondered what it might mean. She said, ‘I am to give birth to a King without ceasing to be a virgin.’

CONCLUSION


Short Reading
(Ezekiel 34:15-16) ©
I will pasture my sheep, I will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall be a true shepherd to them.

Come, Lord, do not delay.
Release your people from the bonds of their sin.

Let us pray.
Lord, at the angel’s message
  Mary, the immaculate Virgin,
  became the temple of God
and was filled with the light of the Holy Spirit
  when she received your divine Word.
Grant that, after her example,
  we may humbly and steadfastly follow your will.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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