HOURS PICTURE
Lauds

Prime

Terce

Sext

None

Vespers

Compline
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THE ORDER FOR
THE HOURLY OFFICES
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The Customary times for saying the hours are as follows:

Lauds -   Dawn/Sunrise
Prime -   6:00 A.M. (Start of the day)
Terce -   9:00 A.M. (Third Hour of the day)
Sext -   12:00 Noon (Sixth Hour of the Day
None -   3:00 P.M. (Ninth Hour of the day)
Vespers - Dusk/Sunset
Compline - Just prior to retiring for the day


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Lauds

(The source Breviaries used include a different set of Psalms, Memorials, and Chapter for each day of the week at Lauds. For the sake of simplicity, only the Sunday order for Lauds is included here.)
V. The Lord is high above all heathen.
R. And His glory above the heathens.
V. O God, make speed to save us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Alleluia.

[From Septuagesima to Wednesday in Holy Week, inclusive, instead of Alleluia is said:
Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.]


Antiphon: The Lord is King * and hath put on glorious apparel: he hath girded Himself with strength,

Dominus Regnavit.     Psalm xciii.

    THE LORD is King, and hath put on glorious apparel; * the LORD hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
    He hath made the round world so sure, * that it cannot be moved.
    Ever since the world began, hath thy seat been prepared: * thou art from everlasting.
    The floods are risen, O LORD, the floods have lift up their voice; * the floods lift up their waves.
    The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; * but yet the LORD, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
    Thy testimonies, O LORD, are very sure: * holiness becometh thine house for ever.

Antiphon: The Lord is King * and hath put on glorious apparel: he hath girded Himself with strength,



[Instead of Psalm xciii is said, between Septuagesima and Easter:

Miserere mei, Deus.     Psalm li.

    HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; * according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
    Wash me throughly from my wickedness, * and cleanse me from my sin.
    For I acknowledge my faults, * and my sin is ever before me.
    Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; * that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou shalt judge.
    Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, * and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
    But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, * and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
    Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; * thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
    Turn thy face from my sins, * and put out all my misdeeds.
    Make me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
    Cast me not away from thy presence, * and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
    O give me the comfort of thy help again, * and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
    Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, * and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
    Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; * and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
    Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall show thy praise.
    For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; * but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
    The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: * a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
    O be favourable and gracious unto Sion; * build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
    Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations; * then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.

Glory be, etc.
]



Antiphon: Let us all know * that the Lord He is God: in Him let us be joyful, and exalt and praise His Name for ever.

Jubilate Deo.     Psalm c.

    O BE joyful in the LORD, all ye lands: * serve the LORD with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
    Be ye sure that the LORD he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; * we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; * be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
    For the LORD is gracious, his mercy is everlasting; * and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Antiphon: Let us all know * that the Lord He is God: in Him let us be joyful, and exalt and praise His Name for ever.


[Instead of Psalm c. is said, between Septuagesima and Easter:

Confitemini Domino.     Psalm cxviii.

    O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; * because his mercy endureth for ever.
    Let Israel now confess that he is gracious, * and that his mercy endureth for ever.
    Let the house of Aaron now confess, * that his mercy endureth for ever.
    Yea, let them now that fear the LORD confess, * that his mercy endureth for ever.
    I called upon the LORD in trouble; * and the LORD heard me at large.
    The LORD is on my side; * I will not fear what man doeth unto me.
    The LORD taketh my part with them that help me; * therefore shall I see my desire upon mine enemies.
    It is better to trust in the LORD, * than to put any confidence in man.
    It is better to trust in the LORD, * than to put any confidence in princes.
    All nations compassed me round about; * but in the Name of the LORD will I destroy them.
    They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I say, on every side; * but in the Name of the LORD will I destroy them.
    They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns; * for in the Name of the LORD I will destroy them.
    Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall; * but the LORD was my help.
    The LORD is my strength, and my song; * and is become my salvation.
    The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous; * the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.
    The right hand of the LORD hath the pre-eminence; * the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.
    I shall not die, but live, * and declare the works of the LORD.
    The LORD hath chastened and corrected me; * but he hath not given me over unto death.
    Open me the gates of righteousness, * that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the LORD.
    This is the gate of the LORD, * the righteous shall enter into it.
    I will thank thee; for thou hast heard me, * and art become my salvation.
    The same stone which the builders refused, * is become the head-stone in the corner.
    This is the LORD'S doing, * and it is marvellous in our eyes.
    This is the day which the LORD hath made; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.
    Help me now, O LORD: * O LORD, send us now prosperity.
    Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the LORD: * we have wished you good luck, we that are of the house of the LORD.
    God is the LORD, who hath showed us light: * bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.
    Thou art my God, and I will thank thee; * thou art my God, and I will praise thee.
    O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.



Antiphon: As long as I live * will I magnify Thee : that I may behold Thy power and glory.

Deus, Deus Meus.     Psalm lxiii.

    O GOD, thou art my God; * early will I seek thee.
    My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh also longeth after thee, * in a barren and dry land where no water is.
    Thus have I looked for thee in the sanctuary, * that I might behold thy power and glory.
    For thy loving-kindness is better than the life itself: * my lips shall praise thee.
    As long as I live will I magnify thee in this manner, * and lift up my hands in thy Name.
    My soul shall be satisfied, even as it were with marrow and fatness, * when my mouth praiseth thee with joyful lips.
    Have I not remembered thee in my bed, * and thought upon thee when I was waking?
    Because thou hast been my helper; * therefore under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
    My soul hangeth upon thee; * thy right hand hath upholden me.
    These also that seek the hurt of my soul, * they shall go under the earth.
    Let them fall upon the edge of the sword, * that they may be a portion for foxes.
    But the King shall rejoice in God; all they also that swear by him shall be commended; * for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Antiphon: As long as I live * will I magnify Thee : that I may behold Thy power and glory.

Here is not said Glory be, etc.]


Deus misereatur.     Psalm lxvii.

    God be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
    That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among all nations.
    Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
    O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
    Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
    Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
    God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

Antiphon: As long as I live * will I magnify Thee : that I may behold Thy power and glory.



Antiphon: Let every creature * which is in heaven and on the earth bless the Lord: praise Him and magnify Him for ever.


Song of the Three Children.     Benedicite.

    O ALL ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * praise Him and magnify Him for ever.
    O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Waters that be above the Firmament, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord.
    O let the earth bless the Lord: * yea, let it praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
    O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Green Things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord : * O all ye Fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord.
    O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Children of men, bless ye the Lord.
    O let Israel bless the Lord: * praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
    O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
    O ye Spirits and Souls of the righteous, bless ye thee Lord: * O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord.
    O Ananias, Azarias, and Missel, bless ye the Lord: * praise Him and magnify Him for ever.

     
Instead of Glory be, etc.:
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: let us praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven : and above all to be praised and glorified for ever.

Antiphon: Let every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, bless the Lord: praise Him and magnify Him for ever.


Antiphon: Let every thing that hath breath * praise the Lord: for He spake the word, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.


Laudate Dominum.     Psalm cxlviii.

    O PRAISE the LORD from the heavens: * praise him in the heights.
    Praise him, all ye angels of his: * praise him, all his host.
    Praise him, sun and moon: * praise him, all ye stars and light.
    Praise him, all ye heavens, * and ye waters that are above the heavens.
    Let them praise the Name of the LORD: * for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
    He hath made them fast for ever and ever: * he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
    Praise the LORD from the earth, * ye dragons and all deeps;
    Fire and hail, snow and vapours, * wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
    Mountains and all hills; * fruitful trees and all cedars;
    Beasts and all cattle; * creeping things and flying fowls;
    Kings of the earth, and all peoples; * princes, and all judges of the world;
    Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the LORD: * for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
    He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall praise him; * even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.

Here is not said Glory be, etc.


Cantate Domino.     Psalm cxlix.

    O SING unto the LORD a new song; * let the congregation of saints praise him.
    Let Israel rejoice in him that made him, * and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
    Let them praise his Name in the dance: * let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.
    For the LORD hath pleasure in his people, * and helpeth the meek-hearted.
    Let the saints be joyful with glory; * let them rejoice in their beds.
    Let the praises of God be in their mouth; * and a two-edged sword in their hands;
    To be avenged of the nations, * and to rebuke the peoples;
    To bind their kings in chains, * and their nobles with links of iron;
    To execute judgment upon them; as it is written, * Such honour have all his saints.

Here is not said Glory be, etc.


Laudate Dominum.     Psalm cl.

    O PRAISE God in his sanctuary: * praise him in the firmament of his power.
    Praise him in his noble acts: * praise him according to his excellent greatness.
    Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: * praise him upon the lute and harp.
    Praise him in the timbrels and dances: * praise him upon the strings and pipe.
    Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: * praise him upon the loud cymbals.
    Let every thing that hath breath * praise the LORD.

Antiphon: Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord: for He spake the word, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.



The Chapter.     Revelation vii.

BLESSING, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
R. Thanks be to God.



Hymn. Ecce jam noctis.

LO! now the nesting shades of night are ending,
Flickers the golden gleam of dawning day,
Let us before the Lord of all, low bending,
            Suppliants pray;
That He would of the stain of guilt relieve us,
Grant our souls health, of His most blessed love,
And of His pitying grace and mercy give us
            Heaven above.
Be this by Thy thrice holy Godhead granted,
Father, and Son, and Spirit ever blest,
whose glory by the firmament is chanted,
            By all confest. Amen.

V. The Lord is King.
R. He hath put on glorious apparel. Alleluia.


Song of Zacharias.     Benedictus.     St. Luke i.

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel: for He hath visited and redeemed His people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of His servant David;
As He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets: which have been since the world began
That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hands of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers: and to remember His holy covenant.
To perform the oath which He sware to our forefather Abraham: that He would give us;
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies: might serve Him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto His people: for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be, etc.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

The Collect (as in the Proper Season)

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Bless we the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.



MEMORIALS
used as appropriate within the Seasons

Memorial of the Holy Cross

Antiphon: It behoveth us to glory: in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
V. All the world shall worship Thee, and sing of Thee.
R. And praise Thy Name.

Let us pray.

O GOD, Who didst ascend Thy holy Cross to enlighten the darkness of the world; may it please Thee to enlighten our hearts and bodies, Thou Saviour of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.



Memorial of St. Mary

Antiphon: Lo, Mary hath brought forth the Saviour, of Whom when John saw Him, he said: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.
V. After child-bearing thou remainedst a Virgin.
R. O Mother of God.

Let us pray.

O GOD, Who through the fruitful virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, hast bestowed the rewards of eternal salvation on the human race; grant, we beseech Thee, that she may intercede for us, through whom we have received the Author of Life, Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Bless we the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.



For the Peace of the Church

Ad te levavi oculos meos.     Psalm cxxiii.

UNTO thee lift I up mine eyes, * O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, * even so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until he have mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us; * for we are utterly despised.
Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy, * and with the despitefulness of the proud.
Glory be, etc.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have Mercy.
Lord, have Mercy.

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.


V. And lead us not into temptation.
R. But deliver us from evil.
V. O Lord, arise, help us.
R. And deliver us for Thy Name's sake.
V. Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts.
R. Show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
V. Hear my prayer, O Lord.
R. And let my crying come unto thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O LORD, we beseech Thee, mercifully to hear the prayers of Thy Church, and grant that we, being delivered from all adversities, may serve Thee with a quiet mind; and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Here ends the Order for Lauds



 
Prime
V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen.
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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, open thou our lips.
R. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
V. O God, make speed to help us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


(Here may be sung a Hymn)

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Hymn.

Now that the daylight fills the sky,
we lift our hearts to God on high,
That he in all we do or say,
Would keep us safe from harm today.

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From anger's din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes;
Would close our ears from vanities.

Would keep our inmost conscience pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night in turn is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his Name for vict'ry gained.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise Eternal Son to thee;
All glory as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete.


Antiphon: I laid me down and slept.

Deus, in nomine.     Psalm liv.


    SAVE me, O God, for thy Name's sake, * and avenge me in thy strength.
    Hear my prayer, O God, * and hearken unto the words of my mouth.
    For strangers are risen up against me; * and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
    Behold, God is my helper; * the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
    He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: * destroy thou them in thy truth.
    An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O LORD; * because it is so comfortable.
    For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; * and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.


Beati immaculati.     Psalm cxix: 1-32.


    BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, * and walk in the law of the LORD.
    Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart;
    Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.
    Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
    O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!
    So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
    I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
    I will keep thy statutes; * O forsake me not utterly.
    Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? * even by ruling himself after thy word.
    With my whole heart have I sought thee; * O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments.
    Thy word have I hid within my heart, * that I should not sin against thee.
    Blessed art Thou, O LORD; * O teach me thy statutes.
    With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.
    I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.
    I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.
    My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.
    O do well unto thy servant; * that I may live, and keep thy word.
    Open thou mine eyes; * that I may see the wondrous things of thy law.
    I am a stranger upon earth; * O hide not thy commandments from me.
    My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire * that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
    Thou hast rebuked the proud; * and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
    O turn from me shame and rebuke; * for I have kept thy testimonies.
    Princes also did sit and speak against me; * but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes.
    For thy testimonies are my delight, * and my counsellors.
    My soul cleaveth to the dust; * O quicken thou me, according to thy word.
    I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me: * O teach me thy statutes.
    Make me to understand the way of thy commandments; * and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
    My soul melteth away for very heaviness; * comfort thou me according unto thy word.
    Take from me the way of lying, * and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
    I have chosen the way of truth, * and thy judgments have I laid before me.
    I have stuck unto thy testimonies; * O LORD, confound me not.
    I will run the way of thy commandments, * when thou hast set my heart at liberty.

Antiphon: I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, for the Lord sustained me.


The Chapter.     I John 1:7
If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

V. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. O Christ, son of the living God.
R. Have mercy upon us.
V. Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father.
R. Have mercy upon us.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

V. O Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon us.
R. O Christ, arise, help us.
V. And deliver us, for thy name's sake.
R. The Lord be with you.
V. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

V. Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Christ, have mercy upon us.
V. Lord, have mercy upon us.

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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Unto thee have I cried, O Lord.
R. And early shall my prayer come before Thee.
V. O let my mouth be filled with Thy praise.
R. That I may sing of Thy glory and honour all the day long.
V. Lord, turn Thy face from my sins.
R. And put out all my misdeeds.

V. Make me a clean heart, O God.
R. And renew a right spirit within me.
V. Cast me not away from Thy presence.
R. And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
V. O give me the comfort of Thy help again.
R. And stablish me with Thy free Spirit.
V. Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked.
R. And sinners shall be converted unto Thee.

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who hath made heaven and earth.

I confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to have mercy upon me, and to bring me to everlasting life.

V. Wilt Thou not turn again and quicken us, O Lord?
R. That Thy people may rejoice in Thee.
V. Show us Thy mercy, O Lord,
R. And grant us Thy salvation.
V. Vouchsafe, O Lord,
R. To keep us safe this day without sin.

V. O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Have mercy upon us.
V. O Lord, let Thy mercy lighten upon us.
R. As our trust is in Thee.
V. Turn Thee again, O Lord, at the last.
R. And be gracious unto Thy servants.

V. Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto Thee.
V. Let us pray.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Terce
V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen.
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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O God, make speed to help us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


(Here may be sung a Hymn)

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Hymn.

Come Holy Ghost, with God the Son
And God the Father, ever One;
Shed forth thy grace within our breast,
And dwell with us, a ready guest.

By ev'ry power, by heart and tongue,
By act and deed, thy praise be sung,
Inflame with perfect love each sense,
That others' souls may kindle thence.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


Antiphon: O Learn me.

Legem pone.     Psalm cxix: 33-80

    TEACH me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes, * and I shall keep it unto the end.
    Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
    Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.
    Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.
    O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.
    O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.
    Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.
    Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.
    Let thy loving mercy come also unto me, O LORD, * even thy salvation, according unto thy word.
    So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; * for my trust is in thy word.
    O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth; * for my hope is in thy judgments.
    So shall I alway keep thy law; * yea, for ever and ever.
    And I will walk at liberty; * for I seek thy commandments.
    I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, * and will not be ashamed.
    And my delight shall be in thy commandments, * which I have loved.
    My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; * and my study shall be in thy statutes.
    O think upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, * wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust.
    The same is my comfort in my trouble; * for thy word hath quickened me.
    The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; * yet have I not shrinked from thy law.
    For I remembered thine everlasting judgments, O LORD, * and received comfort.
    I am horribly afraid, * for the ungodly that forsake thy law.
    Thy statutes have been my songs, * in the house of my pilgrimage.
    I have thought upon thy Name, O LORD, in the night season, * and have kept thy law.
    This I had, * because I kept thy commandments.
    Thou art my portion, O LORD; * I have promised to keep thy law.
    I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; * O be merciful unto me, according to thy word.
    I called mine own ways to remembrance, * and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
    I made haste, and prolonged not the time, * to keep thy commandments.
    The snares of the ungodly have compassed me about; * but I have not forgotten thy law.
    At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, * because of thy righteous judgments.
    I am a companion of all them that fear thee, * and keep thy commandments.
    The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: * O teach me thy statutes.
    O LORD, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, * according unto thy word.
    O teach me true understanding and knowledge; * for I have believed thy commandments.
    Before I was troubled, I went wrong; * but now have I kept thy word.
    Thou art good and gracious; * O teach me thy statutes.
    The proud have imagined a lie against me; * but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart.
    Their heart is as fat as brawn; * but my delight hath been in thy law.
    It is good for me that I have been in trouble; * that I may learn thy statutes.
    The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me * than thousands of gold and silver.
    Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: * O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
    They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; * because I have put my trust in thy word.
    I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, * and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
    O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, * according to thy word unto thy servant.
    O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; * for thy law is my delight.
    Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; * but I will be occupied in thy commandments.
    Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, * be turned unto me.
    O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, * that I be not ashamed.

Antiphon: O learn me true understanding and knowledge.


The Chapter.     Revelation 22:17
The Spirit and the Bride say, Come; and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come: and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.

V. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. Now the Lord is that Spirit.
R. And where the Spirit is, there is liberty.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

V. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit.
R. That we are the children of God.

R. The Lord be with you.
V. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

V. Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Christ, have mercy upon us.
V. Lord, have mercy upon us.

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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Send out Thy light and Thy truth, that they may lead me.
R. And bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy dwelling.
V. O let us live.
R. And we shall call upon Thy name.
V. Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts.
R. Show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty and Merciful God, that Thy Holy Spirit may come unto us, and dwell in us, and make us to be a worthy temple of Thy glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Sext
V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen.
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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O God, make speed to help us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


(Here may be sung a Hymn)

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Hymn.

O God of truth, O Lord of might,
Who ord'rest time and change aright,
And sends't the early morning ray,
And light'st the glow of perfect day:

Extinguish thou each sinful fire,
And banish ev'ry ill desire;
And while thou keeps't the body whole,
Shed forth thy peace upon the soul.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


Antiphon: The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me.


Defecit anime mea.     Psalm cxix: 81-128.

    MY soul hath longed for thy salvation, * and I have a good hope because of thy word.
    Mine eyes long sore for thy word; * saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
    For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; * yet do I not forget thy statutes.
    How many are the days of thy servant? * when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
    The proud have digged pits for me, * which are not after thy law.
    All thy commandments are true: * they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
    They had almost made an end of me upon earth; * but I forsook not thy commandments.
    O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; * and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.
    O LORD, thy word * endureth for ever in heaven.
    Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; * thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
    They continue this day according to thine ordinance; * for all things serve thee.
    If my delight had not been in thy law, * I should have perished in my trouble.
    I will never forget thy commandments; * for with them thou hast quickened me.
    I am thine: O save me, * for I have sought thy commandments.
    The ungodly laid wait for me, to destroy me; * but I will consider thy testimonies.
    I see that all things come to an end; * but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
    LORD, what love have I unto thy law! * all the day long is my study in it.
    Thou, through thy commandments, hast made me wiser than mine enemies; * for they are ever with me.
    I have more understanding than my teachers; * for thy testimonies are my study.
    I am wiser than the aged; * because I keep thy commandments.
    I have refrained my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep thy word.
    I have not shrunk from thy judgments; * for thou teachest me.
    O how sweet are thy words unto my throat; * yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!
    Through thy commandments I get understanding: * therefore I hate all evil ways.
    Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, * and a light unto my paths.
    I have sworn, and am stedfastly purposed, * to keep thy righteous judgments.
    I am troubled above measure: * quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word.
    Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O LORD; * and teach me thy judgments.
    My soul is alway in my hand; * yet do I not forget thy law.
    The ungodly have laid a snare for me; * but yet I swerved not from thy commandments.
    Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; * and why? they are the very joy of my heart.
    I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway, * even unto the end.
    I hate them that imagine evil things; * but thy law do I love.
    Thou art my defence and shield; * and my trust is in thy word.
    Away from me, ye wicked; * I will keep the commandments of my God.
    O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; * and let me not be disappointed of my hope.
    Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; * yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes.
    Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; * for they imagine but deceit.
    Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like dross; * therefore I love thy testimonies.
    My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; * and I am afraid of thy judgments.
    I deal with the thing that is lawful and right; * O give me not over unto mine oppressors.
    Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good, * that the proud do me no wrong.
    Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for thy health, * and for the word of thy righteousness.
    O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy, * and teach me thy statutes.
    I am thy servant; O grant me understanding, * that I may know thy testimonies.
    It is time for thee, LORD, to lay to thine hand; * for they have destroyed thy law.
    For I love thy commandments * above gold and precious stones.
    Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments; * and all false ways I utterly abhor.

Antiphon: The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Thy testimonies.


The Chapter.     Isaiah 4:6
There shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

V. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. I said, I will go up to the palm-tree.
R. I will take hold of the boughs thereof.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

V. Therefore shall He lift up mine head.
R. Above mine enemies round about me.

R. The Lord be with you.
V. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

V. Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Christ, have mercy upon us.
V. Lord, have mercy upon us.

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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Hide not Thy face from Thy servant, for I am in trouble.
R. O haste Thee and hear me.
V. Draw nigh unto my soul and save it.
R. O deliver me, because of mine enemies.
V. Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto Thee.
V. Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at the sixth hour of the day didst ascend the Cross for the redemption of the world, and didst shed Thy precious Blood for the remission of our sins; grant, we humbly beseech Thee, that by the merits of Thy Passion and Wounds, we may, after our death, enter into the gates of Paradise with joy. Who liveth and reigneth with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast lifted up upon the wood of the Cross that all the world, which was in darkness, might be enlightened; pour forth, we beseech Thee, that light upon our souls and bodies, through which we may attain unto life everlasting. Who liveth and reigneth with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


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None
V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen.
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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O God, make speed to help us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


(Here may be sung a Hymn)

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Hymn.

O God, creation's secret force,
Thyself unmov'd, all motions source,
Who from the morn till evening ray,
Through all its changes guid'st the day:

Grant us, when this short life is past,
The glorious evening that shall last,
That, by a holy death attained,
Eternal glory may be gained.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


Antiphon: Mine eyes prevent the night watches.

Mirabilia.     Psalm cxix: 129-176


    THY testimonies are wonderful; * therefore doth my soul keep them.
    When thy word goeth forth, * it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
    I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; * for my delight was in thy commandments.
    O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
    Order my steps in thy word; * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.
    O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; * and so shall I keep thy commandments.
    Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, * and teach me thy statutes.
    Mine eyes gush out with water, * because men keep not thy law.
    Righteous art thou, O LORD; * and true are thy judgments.
    The testimonies that thou hast commanded * are exceeding righteous and true.
    My zeal hath even consumed me; * because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
    Thy word is tried to the uttermost, * and thy servant loveth it.
    I am small and of no reputation; * yet do I not forget thy commandments.
    Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, * and thy law is the truth.
    Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; * yet is my delight in thy commandments.
    The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: * O grant me understanding, and I shall live.
    I call with my whole heart; * hear me, O LORD; I will keep thy statutes.
    Yea, even unto thee do I call; * help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
    Early in the morning do I cry unto thee; * for in thy word is my trust.
    Mine eyes prevent the night watches; * that I might be occupied in thy word.
    Hear my voice, O LORD, according unto thy loving-kindness; * quicken me, according to thy judgments.
    They draw nigh that of malice persecute me, * and are far from thy law.
    Be thou nigh at hand, O LORD; * for all thy commandments are true.
    As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since, * that thou hast grounded them for ever.
    O consider mine adversity, and deliver me, * for I do not forget thy law.
    Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me; * quicken me according to thy word.
    Health is far from the ungodly; * for they regard not thy statutes.
    Great is thy mercy, O LORD; * quicken me, as thou art wont.
    Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me; * yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
    It grieveth me when I see the transgressors; * because they keep not thy law.
    Consider, O LORD, how I love thy commandments; * O quicken me, according to thy loving-kindness.
    Thy word is true from everlasting; * all the judgments of thy righteousness endure for evermore.
    Princes have persecuted me without a cause; * but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
    I am as glad of thy word, * as one that findeth great spoils.
    As for lies, I hate and abhor them; * but thy law do I love.
    Seven times a day do I praise thee; * because of thy righteous judgments.
    Great is the peace that they have who love thy law; * and they have none occasion of stumbling.
    LORD, I have looked for thy saving health, * and done after thy commandments.
    My soul hath kept thy testimonies, * and loved them exceedingly.
    I have kept thy commandments and testimonies; * for all my ways are before thee.
    Let my complaint come before thee, O LORD; * give me understanding according to thy word.
    Let my supplication come before thee; * deliver me according to thy word.
    My lips shall speak of thy praise, * when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
    Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word; * for all thy commandments are righteous.
    Let thine hand help me; * for I have chosen thy commandments.
    I have longed for thy saving health, O LORD; * and in thy law is my delight.
    O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; * and thy judgments shall help me.
    I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; * O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.

Antiphon: Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might be occupied in Thy words.


The Chapter.     I Thessalonians 4:14
If we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also that sleep in Jesus shall God bring with Him.

V. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. I said, I will go up to the palm-tree.
R. I will take hold of the boughs thereof.
V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

V. O death, I will be thy plagues.
R. O grave, I will be thy destruction.

R. The Lord be with you.
V. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

V. Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Christ, have mercy upon us.
V. Lord, have mercy upon us.

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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Cast me not away in the time of age.
R. Forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
V. Hide not Thy face from me.
R. Lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
V. Quicken me, O Lord, for Thy Name's sake.
R. And for Thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
V. Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto Thee.
V. Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sakes didst tread the paths of death; make known to us the way of life; that as Thou wast reckoned with the transgressors in Thy death, and with the rich in Thy burial, so we, who are dead in trespasses and sins, may be raised up by Thee to the land of true riches. Who liveth and reigneth with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Vespers

(The source Breviaries used include a different set of Psalms, Memorials, and Chapter for each day of the week at Vespers. For the sake of simplicity, only the Sunday order for Vespers is included here.)
V. O God, make speed to save us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Alleluia.

[From Septuagesima to Wednesday in Holy Week, inclusive, instead of Alleluia is said:
Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.]



Antiphon: Sit thou * on My right hand: said the Lord my God.

Dixit Dominus.     Psalm cx.

    THE LORD said unto my Lord, * Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
    The LORD shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion: * be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
    In the day of thy power shall thy people offer themselves willingly with an holy worship: * thy young men come to thee as dew from the womb of the morning.
    The LORD sware, and will not repent, * Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
    The Lord upon thy right hand * shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
    He shall judge among the heathen; * he shall fill the places with the dead bodies, and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.
    He shall drink of the brook in the way; * therefore shall he lift up his head.

Glory be, etc.

Antiphon: Sit Thou * on My right hand: said the Lord my God.


Confitebor tibi.     Psalm cxi.

Antiphon: All His commandments * are true: they stand fast for ever and ever.

    I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, * secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
    The works of the LORD are great, * sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
    His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
    The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works, * that they ought to be had in remembrance.
    He hath given meat unto them that fear him; * he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
    He hath showed his people the power of his works, * that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
    The works of his hands are verity and judgment; * all his commandments are true.
    They stand fast for ever and ever, * and are done in truth and equity.
    He sent redemption unto his people; * he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.

Glory be, etc.

Antiphon: All His commandments * are true: they stand fast for ever and ever.



Antiphon: He hath great delight * in His commandments.

Beatus vir.     Psalm cxii.

    BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD; * he hath great delight in his commandments.
    His seed shall be mighty upon earth; * the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
    Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house; * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
    Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness; * he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
    A good man is merciful, and lendeth; * and will guide his words with discretion.
    For he shall never be moved: * and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
    He will not be afraid of any evil tidings; * for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the LORD.
    His heart is stablished, and will not shrink, * until he see his desire upon his enemies.
    He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor. * and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
    The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him; * he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Glory be, etc.

Antiphon: He hath great delight * in His commandments.



Antiphon: Blessed be the Name * of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.

Laudate, pueri.     Psalm cxiii.

    PRAISE the LORD, ye servants; * O praise the Name of the LORD.
    Blessed be the Name of the LORD * from this time forth for evermore.
    The LORD'S Name is praised * from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
    The LORD is high above all nations, * and his glory above the heavens.
    Who is like unto the LORD our God, that hath his dwelling so high, * and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth!
    He taketh up the simple out of the dust, * and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
    That he may set him with the princes, * even with the princes of his people.
    He maketh the barren woman to keep house, * and to be a joyful mother of children.

Glory be, etc.

Antiphon: Blessed be the Name * of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.



Antiphon: But we who live * will praise the Lord.

In exitu Israel.     Psalm cxiv.

    WHEN Israel came out of Egypt, * and the house of Jacob from among the strange people,
    Judah was his sanctuary, * and Israel his dominion.
    The sea saw that, and fled; * Jordan was driven back.
    The mountains skipped like rams, * and the little hills like young sheep.
    What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? * and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
    Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams? * and ye little hills, like young sheep?
    Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord: * at the presence of the God of Jacob;
    Who turned the hard rock into a standing water, * and the flint-stone into a springing well.

Here is not said Glory be, etc.



Non nobis, Domine.     Psalm cxv.

    NOT unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise; * for thy loving mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
    Wherefore shall the heathen say, * Where is now their God?
    As for our God, he is in heaven: * he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
    Their idols are silver and gold, * even the work of men's hands.
    They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, and see not.
    They have ears, and hear not; * noses have they, and smell not.
    They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not; * neither speak they through their throat.
    They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all such as put their trust in them.
    But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
    Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
    Ye that fear the LORD, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
    The LORD hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us; * even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.
    He shall bless them that fear the LORD, * both small and great.
    The LORD shall increase you more and more, * you and your children.
    Ye are the blessed of the LORD, * who made heaven and earth.
    All the whole heavens are the LORD'S; * the earth hath he given to the children of men.
    The dead praise not thee, O LORD, * neither all they that go down into silence.
    But we will praise the LORD, * from this time forth for evermore.     Praise the LORD.

Glory be, etc.

Antiphon: But we who live * will praise the Lord.



The Chapter.     II Thessalonians iii.

THE Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
R. Thanks be to God.



(Here may be sung a Hymn)

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Hymn. Lucis Creator optime.

O BLEST creator of the light,
Who mak'st the day with radiance bright,
And o'er the forming world didst call
The light from chaos first of all

Whose wisdom joined in meet array
The morn and eve, and named them day:
Night comes with all its darkling fears
Regard Thy people's prayers and tears.

Lest, sunk in sin, and whelmed with strife,
They lose the gift of endless life;
While thinking but the thoughts of time,
They weave new chains of woe and crime.

But grant them grace that they may strain
The heavenly gate, and prize to gain;
Each harmful lure aside to cast,
And purge away each error past.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost, and Thee,
Shall live and reign eternally. Amen



V. Lord, let my prayer be set forth.
R. In Thy sight as the incense.



The Song of the Blessed Virgin.     Magnificat.     St. Luke i.

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me; and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek;.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Glory be, etc.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

The Collect (as in the Proper Season)



V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Bless we the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


MEMORIALS
used as appropriate within the Seasons

Memorial of the Holy Cross.

Antiphon: Save us, O Christ our Saviour, by the virtue of the Holy Cross: as Thou savedst Peter in the sea; and have mercy upon us all.
V. All the world shall worship Thee, and sing of Thee.
R. And praise Thy Name.

Let us pray.

KEEP, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in perpetual peace, those whom Thou hast vouchsafed to redeem by the wood of the Holy Cross, O Saviour of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.



Memorial of St. Mary.

Antiphon: In the bush which Moses saw unconsumed: we recognize thy glorious virginity, O Mother of God.
V. Thou art fairer than the children of men.
R. Full of grace are thy lips.

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY, everlasting God, by the right hand of Thy power defend Thy servants from all perils; and, blessed Mary, ever-virgin gloriously interceding, grant us prosperity both now and hereafter; through Jesus Christ our Lord; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


Memorial of All Saints.

Antiphon: O how glorious is the kingdom where all the Saints rejoice with Christ: they are clothed with white Robes and follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.
V. Let the Saints be joyful with glory.
R. Let them rejoice in their beds.

Let us pray.

GRANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that all Thy Saints may always pray for us: and vouchsafe always to hear their prayers; through Jesus Christ our Lord; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Bless we the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

Here ends the Order for Vespers



 
Compline
V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen.

V. The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
R. Amen.

The Chapter.     I Peter 5:8

Brethren, be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, whom resist, steadfast in the faith.

V. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. Our help standeth in the name of the Lord.
R. Who hath made heaven and earth.

Let us pray.

I confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to pity me, and to have mercy upon me.

The Almighty and merciful God grant to us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins.


V. Turn thou us, O God our Saviour.
R. And let thine anger cease from us.
V. O God, make speed to save us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Antiphon: I will lay me down in peace.


Cum invocarem.     Psalm iv.

    HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness: * thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
    O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour, * and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?
    Know this also, that the LORD hath chosen to himself the man that is godly; * when I call upon the LORD he will hear me.
    Stand in awe, and sin not; * commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
    Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, * and put your trust in the LORD.
    There be many that say, * Who will show us any good?
    LORD, lift thou up * the light of thy countenance upon us.
    Thou hast put gladness in my heart; * yea, more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
    I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest; * for it is thou, LORD, only, that makest me dwell in safety.


In te, Domine, speravi.     Psalm xxxi.

    IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion; * deliver me in thy righteousness.
    Bow down thine ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.
    And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence, * that thou mayest save me.
    For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: * be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake.
    Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me; * for thou art my strength.
    Into thy hands I commend my spirit; * for thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, thou God of truth.


Qui habitat.     Psalm xci.

    WHOSO dwelleth under the defence of the Most High, * shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say unto the LORD, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold; * my God, in him will I trust.
    For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter, * and from the noisome pestilence.
    He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers; * his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, * nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, * nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
    A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand; * but it shall not come nigh thee.
    Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold, * and see the reward of the ungodly.
    For thou, LORD, art my hope; * thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
    There shall no evil happen unto thee, * neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, * to keep thee in all thy ways.
    They shall bear thee in their hands, * that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
    Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: * the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
    Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; * I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
    He shall call upon me, and I will hear him; * yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
    With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation.


Ecce nunc.     Psalm cxxxiv.

    BEHOLD now, praise the LORD, * all ye servants of the LORD;
    Ye that by night stand in the house of the LORD, * even in the courts of the house of our God.
    Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, * and praise the LORD.
    The LORD that made heaven and earth * give thee blessing out of Sion.

Antiphon: I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest, for it is Thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.
 

(Here may be sung a Hymn)

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Hymn.

To thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray,
That, with thy wonted favour, thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night,
Withhold from us our Ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


The Chapter.     Jeremiah 4:6

Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy Name. Leave us not, O Lord our God.

V. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R. For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
V. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of an eye.
R. Hide us under the shadow of Thy wings.



Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Antiphon: Save us O Lord, watching, guard us sleeping, that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.

V. Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Christ, have mercy upon us.
V. Lord, have mercy upon us.

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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers.
R. And greatly to be praised and glorified for ever.
V. Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
R. Let us praise and exalt Him for ever.
V. Blessed be Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
R. And greatly to be praised and glorified, and highly exalted forever.
V. The Almighty and merciful Lord bless and protect us.
R. And defend us from all perils and dangers of this night.
V. Vouchsafe, O Lord.
R. To keep us this night without sin.
V. O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Have mercy upon us.
V. O Lord, let Thy mercy lighten upon us.
R. As our trust is in Thee.
V. Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto thee.
V. Let us pray.

Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy. Let Thy holy angels abide in it to preserve us in peace, and let Thy blessing be ever upon us, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the Lord Almighty and merciful, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us.
R. Amen.

Here ends the Order for Compline

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