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Daytime Prayers

INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

Take up your cross, the Savior said,
If you would my disciple be;
Deny yourself, the world forsake,
And humbly follow after me.

Take up your cross, let not its weight
Fill your weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear your spirit up,
Shall brace your heart and nerve your arm.

Take up your cross then in his strength,
And ev’ry danger calmly brave,
To guide you to a better home,
And vict’ry over death and grave.

Take up your cross and follow Christ,
Nor think till death to lay it down;
For only he who bears the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.

To you, great Lord, the One in three,
All praise for evermore ascend;
O grant us here below to see
The heav’nly life that knows no end.

Tune: Breslau or Winchester New L.M.
Music: (Breslau) As Hymnodus Sacer, 1625, or (Winchester New) Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690
Text: Charles William Everest, 1814-1877, adapted by Anthony G. Petti

PSALMODY

Antiphons

Midmorning:
The time of penance has come, the time to atone for our sins and seek our salvation.

Midday: As I live, says the Lord, I do not wish the sinner to die, but to turn back to me and live.

Midafternoon: Armed with God’s justice and power, let us prove ourselves through patient endurance.

Psalm 119:9-16
II (Beth)

A meditation on God’s law


Loving God means keeping his commandments (1 John 5:3).

How shall the young remain sinless? *
By obeying your word.
I have sought you with all my heart: *
let me not stray from your commands.

I treasure your promise in my heart *
lest I sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord; *
teach me your statutes.

With my tongue I have recounted *
the decrees of your lips.
I rejoiced to do your will *
as though all riches were mine.

I will ponder all your precepts *
and consider your paths.
I take delight in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord, may we treasure your commandments as the greatest of all riches; never let us fear that anything will be wanting to us while you are at our side.

Psalm 17
Save me, Lord, from those who hate you.


During his life on earth . . . Jesus prayed to the Father and was heard (Hebrews 5:7).

I

Lord, hear a cause that is just, *
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer: *
no deceit is on my lips.

From you may my judgment come forth. *
Your eyes discern the truth.

You search my heart, you visit me by night.
You test me and you find in me no wrong. *
My words are not sinful as are men’s words.

I kept from violence because of your word,
I kept my feet firmly in your paths; *
there was no faltering in my steps.

I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God. *
Turn your ear to me; hear my words.
Display your great love, you whose right hand saves *
your friends from those who rebel against them.

Guard me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings *
from the violent attack of the wicked.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

II

My foes encircle me with deadly intent.
Their hearts tight shut, their mouths speak proudly. *
They advance against me, and now they surround me.

Their eyes are watching to strike me to the ground,
as though they were lions ready to claw *
or like some young lion crouched in hiding.

Lord, arise, confront them, strike them down! *
Let your sword rescue my soul from the wicked;
let your hand, O Lord, rescue me from men, *
from men whose reward is in this present life.

You give them their fill of your treasures;
they rejoice in abundance of offspring *
and leave their wealth to their children.

As for me, in my justice I shall see your face *
and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Turn our eyes to see the truth of your judgments, Lord, that, when our spirits are tried by fire, the anticipation of seeing you may make us rejoice in your justice.

Antiphons

Midmorning:
The time of penance has come, the time to atone for our sins and seek our salvation.

Midday: As I live, says the Lord, I do not wish the sinner to die, but to turn back to me and live.

Midafternoon: Armed with God’s justice and power, let us prove ourselves through patient endurance.

At the other hours, the complementary psalmody is used.

MIDMORNING

READING
Ezekiel 18:30b-32


Turn and be converted from all your crimes, that they may be no cause of guilt for you. Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, says the Lord God. Return and live!

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew in me a steadfast spirit.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

READING
Zechariah 1:3b-4b


Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. Be not like your fathers whom the former prophets warned: Turn from your evil ways and from your wicked deeds.

Turn away your face from my sins.
Blot out all my guilt.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Daniel 4:24b


Atone for your sins by good deeds, and for your misdeeds by kindness to the poor; then your prosperity will be long.

My sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit.
A humble contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord,
look upon us and hear our prayer.
By the good works you inspire,
help us to discipline our bodies
and to be renewed in spirit.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or:

Look kindly, Lord, we pray,
on the devotion of your people,
that those who by self-denial are restrained in body
may by the fruit of good works be renewed in mind.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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