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Friday 26 December 2014    (other days)
Saint Stephen, the first Martyr
Feast

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.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 161-168
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
Princes are hounding me for no reason.
  Your words fill me with dread.
I shall rejoice over your sayings
  like one who has found a great treasure.
I loathe and detest untruthfulness
  but I love the truth of your law.
Seven times a day I praise you
  for the righteousness of your judgements.
Those who love you have abounding peace:
  there is nothing to trip them up.
I looked forward to your salvation, O Lord,
  and followed your commandments.
I keep your precepts in my heart:
  I love them intensely.
I have followed your commands and your precepts.
  All that I do is in your sight.
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 eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 132 (133)
The pleasure of brotherly unity
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
How pleasant it is, how good,
  when brothers dwell together in unity.
Like precious oil poured upon the head,
  flowing down the beard, the beard of Aaron,
  flowing onto the collar of his robes.
Like the dew of Hermon,
  flowing onto the mountains of Zion.
From there the Lord sends blessing
  and life everlasting.
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 eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 139 (140)
You are my refuge
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
Tear me, Lord, from men of evil,
  keep me safe from men of violence.
They plan evil in their hearts,
  make warlike plots all day long.
They sharpen their tongues like serpents:
  vipers’ venom is on their lips.
Protect me, Lord, from the power of the wicked,
  keep me safe from men of violence
  who plan to make me stumble.
In their pride they have laid a trap for me,
  stretched out a network of ropes,
  set snares in my path.
I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my God.
  Lord, listen to my pleading.’
Lord, O Lord, the power that saves me:
  you have shielded my head on the day of battle.
Lord, do not grant the wicked their desires:
  do not fulfil their plans.
I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy
  and give judgement in favour of the poor.
The righteous will proclaim your name
  and the upright will dwell in your presence.
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 eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
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
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingWisdom 3:1-2,3 ©
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, but they are at peace.

They will come back with joy,
carrying their sheaves.

Let us pray.
Give us grace, Lord, to practise what we worship.
Teach us to love our enemies
  as we keep the feast of Saint Stephen,
  who prayed even for the men who stoned him to death.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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