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Saturday 31 January 2015    (other days)
Saturday of week 3 in Ordinary Time

Terce (Mid-Morning 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
Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
With God the Father and the Son,
And grant us your abundant grace
To sanctify and make us one.
May mind and tongue made strong in love
Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
And may that love within our hearts
Set fire to others with its flame.
Most blessèd Trinity of love,
For whom the heart of man was made,
To you be praise in timeless song,
And everlasting homage paid.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 118(119): 121-128
Lord, vouch for the welfare of your servant.
I have lived in righteousness and justice:
  do not hand me over to my oppressors.
Watch over the well-being of your servant:
  do not let the proud oppress me.
My eyes are weary with waiting for your help
  and for the fulfilment of your promises.
Treat your servant with your loving kindness
  and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant, give me understanding
  and knowledge of your decrees.
The time has come for the Lord to act:
  people are ignoring your law.
And so I love your commandments
  better than gold, purest gold.
And so I shall direct my life by your precepts:
  I hate all deceptive ways.
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.
Lord, vouch for the welfare of your servant.

Psalm 33 (34)
The Lord, the salvation of the righteous
Look to the Lord and be radiant.
I shall bless the Lord for ever:
  my mouth will proclaim his praise.
My soul will glory in the Lord:
  let the meek listen and rejoice.
Join me and proclaim the greatness of the Lord:
  together let us exalt his name.
I sought the Lord and he listened to me:
  he rescued me from all my fears.
Look to him and he will shine upon you,
  and you will not be put to shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord answered him
  and saved him from all his many troubles.
The angel of the Lord will build defences
  round those who fear the Lord:
  he will come to their rescue.
Taste and see that the Lord is kind:
  happy the man who hopes in him.
Revere the Lord, his saints:
  for those who fear him are never destitute.
The rich are hungry and in want,
  but for those who seek the Lord
  there is no lack of good things.
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.
Look to the Lord and be radiant.

Psalm 33 (34)
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.
Come, children, listen to me:
  I shall teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life,
  who wants to live long to enjoy good things?
Do not let your tongue speak evil:
  let your lips not utter deceit.
Avoid evil, do good:
  seek peace and follow it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the just
  and his ears hear their cries;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil:
  he wipes their memory from the earth.
The just cried out, and the Lord listened
  and freed them from all their many troubles.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted:
  the crushed in spirit he will save.
Many are the troubles of the just,
  but the Lord will free them from all of them.
He will protect all their bones:
  not one will be broken.
Their own evil destroys sinners:
  those who hate the just will be punished.
The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants:
  those who put their hope in him will not be punished.
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.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.

Short Reading1 Samuel 15:22 ©
Is the pleasure of the Lord in holocausts and sacrifices or in obedience to the voice of the Lord? Obedience is better than sacrifice, submissiveness better than the fat of rams.

A sacrifice of praise gives me true honour;
to whoever follows a sinless path I will show the salvation of God.

Let us pray.
Send forth the light of the Holy Spirit on us,
  Lord God, almighty Father,
  subject as we are to your divine majesty:
so that safe from every foe,
  we may always rejoice
  as we celebrate your praise.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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