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Thursday 24 April 2014    (other days)
Easter Thursday

Sext (Midday 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
Lord God and Maker of all things,
Creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay,
You are unchanging, always new.
You are man’s solace and his shield,
His Rock secure on which to build.
You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
In you alone is hope fulfilled.
To God the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit render praise:
Blest Trinity, from age to age
The strength of all our living days.
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 118(119): 17-24
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
Be good to your servant, and I shall live
  and keep to your teachings.
Uncover my eyes
  and I shall see the wonders of your law.
My home is on the earth
  but do not hide your commands from me.
My soul is weary with longing,
  day and night, for your decrees.
You have rebuked the proud, they are accursed
  because they turn from your commands.
Save me from scorn and contempt,
  for I have kept your decrees.
Princes enthroned may speak against me,
  but your servant will still follow your judgements.
For your decrees are my delight,
  and your statutes are my counsellors.
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.
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

Psalm 29 (30)
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
Lord, I will give you all praise, for you have rescued me
  and not let my foes triumph over me.
My Lord God, I cried to you
  and you healed me.
Lord, you led my soul out from the underworld,
  gave me life so that I would not sink into the abyss.
Sing to the Lord, his holy ones,
  and proclaim the truth of his holiness.
His anger lasts a moment,
  but his favour for a lifetime.
At night there are tears,
  but in the morning, joy.
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.
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

Psalm 29 (30)
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
Once I was secure. I said,
  “I will never be shaken.”
Lord, by your
favour you had given me strength, set me high;
but then you turned your face from me
  and I was shaken.
I cried to you, Lord,
  and prayed to my God.
“What use is my life,
  when I sink into decay?
Will dust proclaim you,
  or make known your faithfulness?”
The Lord heard and took pity on me.
  The Lord became my helper.
You have turned my weeping into dancing,
  torn off my sackcloth and clothed me in joy,
It is my glory to sing to you and never cease:
  Lord, my God, I will proclaim your goodness 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.
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, 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 122 (123)
The Lord guards his people
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
To you I lift up my eyes,
  to you who dwell in the heavens.
Like the eyes of a servant watching his master,
  like the eyes of a maid on her mistress’s hands,
  so we keep our eyes on the Lord our God,
  as we wait for his kindness.
Take pity on us, Lord, take pity:
  we have had our fill of contempt.
Our souls have had their fill
  of the laughter of the rich,
  of the contempt of the proud.
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.
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

Psalm 123 (124)
Our help is in the name of the Lord
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
If the Lord had not been with us
  (so let Israel sing),
If the Lord had not been with us
  when men rose up against us,
they might have skinned us alive,
  such was their anger.
The waters could have drowned us,
  the torrent poured over us,
  the foaming waters poured over us.
Blessed be the Lord, who saved us
  from being torn to pieces by their teeth.
We have escaped, like a bird
  from the snare of the fowler.
The snare was broken,
  and we escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
  who made heaven and 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.
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

Psalm 124 (125)
The Lord guards his people
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
Those who trust in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion:
  it cannot be shaken, it will stand firm for ever.
Jerusalem – the mountains stand guard over it,
  and the Lord stands guard over his people,
  both now and for ever.
The sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
  upon the inheritance of the just;
lest the just themselves stretch out their hands
  and turn to wickedness.
Be good, O Lord, to the good
  and the upright of heart.
As for those who turn away to crooked paths,
  the Lord shall treat them like the doers of evil.
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.
He was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingTitus 3:5,7 ©
God saved us by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our saviour. He did this so that we should be justified by his grace, to become heirs looking forward to inheriting eternal life.

This is the day the Lord has made, alleluia.
Let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.

Let us pray.
Lord God,
  you have made one people
  out of many different races and nations,
  united through confessing the glory of your name.
They were born to new life in baptism:
  let there be one faith in their hearts,
  one love in their Christian way of life.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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