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Sunday 21 December 2014    (other days)
4th Sunday of Advent

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 22 (23)
The good shepherd
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
He has taken me to green pastures,
  he has led me to still waters;
  he has healed my spirit.
He has led me along right paths
  for his own name’s sake.
Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
  I shall fear no evil, for you are with me:
  your rod and your staff give me comfort.
You have set a table before me
  in the sight of my enemies.
You have anointed my head with oil,
  and my cup overflows.
Truly goodness and kindness will follow me
  all the days of my life.
For long years I shall live
  in the house of the Lord.
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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Psalm 75 (76)
Thanksgiving after victory
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
God’s name is known in Judah,
  in Israel his name is great.
His dwelling-place is in Salem,
  in Zion his habitation.
He has destroyed gleaming bows,
  shields, swords, and whole armies.
God of Wonders, your glory shines
  from the mountains of spoil.
The proud and powerful are despoiled
  and now they sleep their sleep –
  all men have lost their strength.
God of Jacob, at the sound of your rebuke
  chariot and horse fall stunned.
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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Psalm 75 (76)
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
You bring terror and no-one will stand up to you
  when your anger is roused.
From the heavens you have made your judgement known:
  the earth trembled and lay still
when God rose up to give judgement
  to save all the humble of the world.
For the rage of man will proclaim your greatness
  and the remnants of that rage will make a festival for you.
Make vows to the Lord and fulfil them.
  Let all around bring gifts to the God of Terror,
to him who takes away the breath of princes
  and brings terror to the kings of 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.
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
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
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
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.
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Psalm 120 (121)
The guardian of the people
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
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.
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
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.
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingRomans 13:13-14 ©
Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.

The nations shall fear your name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.

Let us pray.
Lord, open our hearts to your grace.
Through the angel’s message to Mary
  we have learned to believe in the incarnation of Christ your Son:
lead us by his passion and cross
  to the glory of his resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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