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Tuesday 21 April 2015    (other days)
Tuesday of the 3rd week of Eastertide

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 Sext today, you must use the psalms of the day at Sext, and use the complementary psalms now.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 97-104
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Lord, how I love your law!
  I ponder it all day long.
Your teachings have made me wise,
  far above my enemies:
  your law is mine for ever.
I am wiser than all my teachers,
  because I ponder your teachings.
I am wiser than the elders
  because I have followed your precepts.
I have kept my feet away from evil paths
  to obey your commandments.
I have not fallen away from your decrees,
  for you have given me a law to live by.
Sweet to the taste are your promises,
  sweeter than honey in my mouth.
Your precepts have given me wisdom
  and I hate the path of deception.
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. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Psalm 73 (74)
Lament over the ruined Temple
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Why, God, have you rejected us so finally?
  Why this rage against the sheep of your flock?
Remember those you have gathered,
  those who were yours from the beginning.
The stock you redeemed to be your own possession;
  the mountain of Zion, where you chose to dwell.
Turn your steps towards the final devastation:
  the enemy has laid waste the sanctuary.
Those who hate you have roared
  in the midst of of your flock.
They have set up their emblems,
  taking the place of your own.
They have raised their axes high,
  hewing the wood.
With hatchets and axes
  they have hewn down the doors.
They set fire to the sanctuary,
  profaned and trampled your tabernacle.
They said to themselves, ‘Let us crush them
  once and for all.’
They burned to the ground
  every shrine of God in the land.
Our emblems have vanished,
  our prophets are gone,
  and none of us knows any more.
How long, O God, will the enemy deride?
  Will he insult your name forever?
Why do you keep your hand away?
  Why do you fold your arms?
God is our king since the beginning,
  he has given us help throughout the earth.
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. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Psalm 73 (74)
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
You divided the sea with your power,
  you smashed the heads of dragons in the water.
You smashed the head of Leviathan
  and fed him to the sea-monsters.
You opened up springs and torrents
  but dried up rivers that had flowed for ever.
Yours is the day and the night:
  you made the sun and the other lights.
You fixed the bounds of the earth,
  you created both summer and winter.
Remember all this:
  and now the enemy mocks you
  and a foolish people despises your name.
Do not give to the beasts
  the lives of those who proclaim you.
Do not forget forever
  the lives of your poor.
Think of your covenant –
  every cave in the land is a refuge for the violent.
Let the humble not return ashamed:
  the poor and the destitute will praise your name.
Rise up, O God, and judge your own cause!
  Remember the insults you have received
  all day long, from fools.
Do not forget the sound of your enemies’ voices:
  their noise, growing louder.
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. Alleluia. Alleluia.
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
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
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.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
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.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
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.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

CONCLUSION


Short Reading
Colossians 3:1-2 ©
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth.

Remain with us, O Lord, alleluia.
For it is nearly evening, alleluia.

Let us pray.
God our Father,
  you open the gates of the kingdom of heaven
  to those who are born again of water and the Holy Spirit
Increase the grace you have given,
  so that the people you have purified from all sin
  may not forfeit the promised blessings of your love.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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