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Monday 20 October 2014    (other days)
Monday of week 29 in Ordinary Time

Terce (Mid-Morning 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
Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
With God the Father and the Son,
And grant us your abundant grace
To sanctify and make us one.
May mind and tongue made strong in love
Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
And may that love within our hearts
Set fire to others with its flame.
Most blessèd Trinity of love,
For whom the heart of man was made,
To you be praise in timeless song,
And everlasting homage paid.
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 18 (19)
Praise of God, the Lord of the law
The Lord’s precepts are right and good: joy for the heart, light for the eyes.
The law of the Lord is spotless,
  it refreshes the soul.
The teaching of the Lord can be trusted,
  it gives wisdom to children.
The judgements of the Lord are right:
  they give joy to the heart.
The precepts of the Lord are clear:
  they give light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure:
  it lasts through all ages.
The decrees of the Lord are true:
  each one of them is just.
They are more desirable than gold,
  than heaps of precious stones.
They are sweeter than honey,
  than dripping honeycomb.
From them your servant learns;
  keeping them brings rich rewards.
But who knows his own errors?
  Save me from those I do not see.
Save me, your servant, from pride:
  let it have no hold over me.
Then I will be spotless
  washed clean of the gravest sin.
May the words of my mouth be pleasing
  and the thoughts of my heart, in your sight.
O Lord, you are my helper,
  O Lord, you are my redeemer.
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.
The Lord’s precepts are right and good: joy for the heart, light for the eyes.

Psalm 7
Prayer of the just man under persecution
The Lord will arise as righteous judge of the peoples.
I put my hope in you, O Lord, my God.
  Save me from all who persecute me,
  save me and set me free.
Lest my enemy rip me to pieces like a lion
  because no-one defends me.
If I have done this, O Lord, my God –
  if my hands have done wickedness,
if I have done harm to those who harm me,
  if I have ruined my enemy and sent him away with nothing –
then let my enemy pursue me and surround me;
  let him pound my life into the ground,
  let him drag my glory down to the dust.
Lord, rise up in wrath.
  Rise up against the fury of my enemies.
My God, come out
  to the trial that you commanded.
The assembly of the peoples will gather round you
  and you will be above them –
  the Lord judges the peoples.
Judge me, Lord, in your justice,
  judge me according to the innocence that is mine.
Annihilate the wickedness of sinners
  and set the righteous firm:
  God, you are just and see into men’s hearts.
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.
The Lord will arise as righteous judge of the peoples.

Psalm 7
How just a judge God is, how strong: he saves the upright of heart.
My help comes from God,
  who saves the upright of heart.
God is a just judge,
  he is strong and his anger grows daily.
See, he has sharpened his sword once again,
  he has stretched his bow and prepared it.
He has prepared to pour out death,
  made ready his burning arrows.
See, the enemy is pregnant with wickedness,
  he has conceived torment and given birth to evil.
He has opened a pit and excavated it –
  and fallen into the pit he has dug.
His wickedness will rebound on his head;
  on his head his own evil will fall.
I will proclaim the Lord and his justice.
  I will sing psalms to his name,
  the name of the Lord, the Most High.
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.
How just a judge God is, how strong: he saves the upright of heart.
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 119 (120)
Longing for peace
I called and the Lord answered me.
I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
  and he answered me.
Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
  from deceitful tongues.
What will be given you, what will you receive,
  deceitful tongue?
Sharp arrows from the warrior,
  hardened in the flames.
Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
  I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
My soul has lived too long
  with those who hate peace.
I am for making peace;
  but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
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.
I called and the Lord answered me.

Psalm 120 (121)
The guardian of the people
May the Lord guard your going in and coming out.
I shall lift my eyes to the hills:
  where is my help to come from?
My help will come from the Lord,
  who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip:
  he will not doze, your guardian.
Behold, he will not doze or sleep,
  the guardian of Israel.
The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your shade;
  he is at your right hand.
By day the sun will not strike you;
  nor the moon by night.
The Lord will guard you from all harm;
  the Lord will guard your life.
The Lord will guard your coming and your going
  both now and for ever.
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.
May the Lord guard your going in and coming out.

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city
I rejoiced in the things which were said to me.
They filled me with joy when they said,
  “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
Now our feet are standing
  within your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, built as a city,
  whole and self-contained:
there the tribes have gone up,
  the tribes of the Lord –
the witness of Israel,
  to praise the Lord’s name.
For there are the thrones of justice,
  the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
  “Safety for those who care for you,
peace inside your walls,
  security within your ramparts!”
For my brethren and those near to me I will say
  “Peace be upon you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
  I will call blessings upon you.
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.
I rejoiced in the things which were said to me.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingRomans 13:8,10 ©
Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Be my helper and do not reject me.
Do not abandon me, God, my help.

Let us pray.
Father, Creator of all that is good,
  you have called men to work in your world,
  and by their cooperation to better the condition of mankind.
Grant that we may always work together as children of your family,
  and love all men as our brethren.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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