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Wednesday 1 July 2015    (other days)
Dedication of the Cathedral
Feast

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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
Blessèd city, heavenly Zion,
  Vision dear of peace and love,
Who, of living stones up-builded,
  Art the joy of heaven above,
And, with angel cohorts circled,
  As a bride to earth dost move!
From celestial realms descending,
  Ready for the nuptial bed,
To his presence, decked with jewels,
  By her Lord shall she be led;
All her streets, and all her bulwarks,
  Of pure gold are fashionèd.
Bright with pearls her portal glitters,
  It is open evermore;
And, by virtue of his merits,
  Thither faithful souls may soar,
Who for Christ’s dear Name in patience
  Pain and tribulation bore.
Shaped with blow and biting sculpture
  Polished well those stones elect,
In their places now compacted
  By the heavenly Architect,
Who therewith hath willed for ever
  That his palace should be decked.
Glory be to God, and honour
  In the highest, as is meet,
To the Son and to the Father,
  And the eternal Paraclete,
Whose is boundless praise and power
  Through the ages infinite.

Psalm 62 (63)
Thirsting for God
My house will be called a house of prayer.
O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.
My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
I came to your sanctuary,
  as one in a parched and waterless land,
  so that I could see your might and your glory.
My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.
Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
  and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
  and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
I will remember you as I lie in bed,
  I will think of you in the morning,
for you have been my helper,
  and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.
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.
My house will be called a house of prayer.

CanticleDaniel 3
All creatures, bless the Lord
May you be blessed, Lord, in your sacred temple.
Bless the Lord, all his works,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, you heavens;
  all his angels, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens;
  all his powers, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, sun and moon;
  all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, rain and dew;
  all you winds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat;
  cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, dew and frost;
  ice and cold, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, ice and snow;
  day and night, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, light and darkness;
  lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, all the earth,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
  all growing things, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
  springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, whales and fish;
  birds of the air, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame;
  sons of men, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O Israel,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, his priests;
  all his servants, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the just;
  all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
  praise and exalt them for ever.
Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,
  praise and glorify him for ever.
May you be blessed, Lord, in your sacred temple.

Psalm 149
The saints rejoice
Praise the Lord in his holy Church.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
  and the sons of Zion delight in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
  sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
for the Lord’s favour is upon his people,
  and he will honour the humble with victory.
Let the faithful celebrate his glory,
  rejoice even in their beds,
the praise of God in their throats;
  and swords ready in their hands,
to exact vengeance upon the nations,
  impose punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings in fetters
  and their nobles in manacles of iron,
to carry out the sentence that has been passed:
  this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.
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.
Praise the Lord in his holy Church.

Short ReadingIsaiah 56:7 ©
I will bring them to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

Short Responsory
Great is the Lord. He is worthy of our greatest praise.
Great is the Lord. He is worthy of our greatest praise.
In the city of our God, upon his holy mountain.
Great is the Lord. He is worthy of our greatest praise.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Great is the Lord. He is worthy of our greatest praise.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay with you today.’ He came down with great haste and received the Lord joyfully in his house. Today salvation has come from God to this house.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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.
‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay with you today.’ He came down with great haste and received the Lord joyfully in his house. Today salvation has come from God to this house.

Prayers and intercessions
Since we are living stones in the temple of Christ’s body, let us pray to the Father for his beloved Church and profess our faith in her.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.
Father, cleanse the vineyard of your Church,
  watch over it with care and cultivate it with love, until it fills the world and is wonderful to see.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.
Eternal shepherd, protect and extend the sheepfold of your Church;
  let there be one flock, with your Son its only shepherd.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.
Almighty Father, sow your word in the field of the Church;
  produce its crop a hundredfold for your eternal harvest.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.
God of all wisdom, sanctify your house and all the members of your family;
  let men see the heavenly city, the new Jerusalem, the bride adorned with glory.
This is the house of God and the gate of heaven.

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.

Lord God, you have called your people to become your Church.
  Grant that all who are gathered in your name may fear you and love you,
  and follow you and, under your guidance, attain to your promises in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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