Breviary

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. Alleluia.

HYMN

Alleluia! sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, his the throne;
Alleluia! his the triumph,
His the victory alone:
Hark! the songs of peaceful Sion
Thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus, out of ev’ry nation,
Has redeemed us by his Blood.

Alleluia! not as orphans
Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us,
Faith believes nor questions how:
Though the cloud from sight received him,
When the forty days were o’er
Shall our hearts forget his promise,
“I am with you evermore”?

Alleluia! Bread of angels,
Thou on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! here the sinful
Flee to thee from day to day:
Intercessor, friend of sinners,
Earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless
Sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal,
Thee, the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary,
Earth thy footstool, heav’n thy throne:
Thou within the veil has entered,
Robed in flesh, our great High Priest;
Thou on earth both Priest and Victim
In the Eucharistic feast.

Tune: Hyfrydol 87.87 D
Music: R. H. Prichard, 1811-1887
Text: William Chatterton Dix, 1837-1898

PSALMODY

Ant. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Psalm 119:65-72
IX (Teth)

A meditation on God’s law


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

Lord, you have been good to your servant *
according to your word.
Teach me discernment and knowledge *
for I trust in your commands.

Before I was afflicted I strayed *
but now I keep your word.
You are good and your deeds are good; *
teach me your commandments.

Though the proud smear me with lies *
yet I keep your precepts.
Their minds are closed to good *
but your law is my delight.

It was good for me to be afflicted, *
to learn your will.
The law from your mouth means more to me *
than silver and gold.

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, teach us goodness, discipline, and wisdom, and these gifts will keep us from becoming hardened by evil, weakened by laziness, or ignorant because of foolishness.

Psalm 56:2-7b, 9-14
Trust in God’s word


This psalm shows Christ in his passion (Saint Jerome).

Have mercy on me, God, men crush me; *
they fight me all day long and oppress me.
My foes crush me all day long, *
for many fight proudly against me.

When I fear, I trust in you, *
in God, whose word I praise.
In God I trust, I shall not fear: *
what can mortal man do to me?

All day long they distort my words, *
all their thought is to harm me.
They band together in ambush, *
track me down and seek my life.

You have kept an account of my wanderings;
you have kept a record of my tears; *
are they not written in your book?
Then my foes will be put to flight *
on the day that I call to you.

This I know, that God is on my side. *
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise
in God I trust; I shall not fear; *
what can mortal man do to me?

I am bound by the vows I made you. *
O God, I will offer you praise
for you have rescued my soul from death, *
you kept my feet from stumbling
that I may walk in the presence of God *
and enjoy the light of the living.

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 Jesus Christ, victim for our sins, you trusted in your Father’s protection and kept silent when you were tormented. Give us that same confidence and we will gladly suffer with you and for you, offering the Father our sacrifice of praise and walking before him in the light of the living.

Psalm 57
Morning prayer in affliction


This psalm tells of our Lord’s passion (Saint Augustine).

Have mercy on me, God, have mercy *
for in you my soul has taken refuge.
In the shadow of your wings I take refuge *
till the storms of destruction pass by.

I call to God the Most High, *
to God who has always been my help.
May he send from heaven and save me *
and shame those who assail me.

May God send his truth and love.

My soul lies down among lions, *
who would devour the sons of men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows, *
their tongue a sharpened sword.

O God, arise above the heavens; *
may your glory shine on earth!

They laid a snare for my steps *
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path *
but fell in it themselves.

My heart is ready, O God, *
my heart is ready.
I will sing, I will sing your praise. *
Awake, my soul;
awake, lyre and harp. *
I will awake the dawn.

I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples, *
I will praise you among the nations
for your love reaches to the heavens *
and your truth to the skies.

O God, arise above the heavens; *
may your glory shine on earth!

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, send your mercy and your truth to rescue us from the snares of the devil, and we will praise you among the peoples and proclaim you to the nations, happy to be known as companions of your Son.

Ant. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

At the other hours, the complementary psalmody is used.

MIDMORNING

READING
1 Corinthians 12:13


It was in one Spirit that all of us, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, were baptized into one body. All of us have been given to drink of the one Spirit.

The Lord is risen, alleluia.
He has appeared to Simon, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

READING
Titus 3:5-7


God saved us through the baptism of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he lavished on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs, in hope, of eternal life.

The disciples rejoiced, alleluia.
When they saw the risen Lord, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

READING
Colossians 1:12-14


We give thanks to God the Father for having made you worthy to share the lot of the saints in light. He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. Through him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.

Stay with us Lord, alleluia.
For evening draws near, alleluia.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

God of mercy,
may the Easter mystery we celebrate
be effective through our lives
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Or:

O God, who for the salvation of the world
brought about the paschal sacrifice,
be favorable to the supplications of your people,
so that Christ our High Priest, interceding on our behalf,
may by his likeness to ourselves
bring us reconciliation,
and by his equality with you
free us from our sins.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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