Universalis
Monday 22 December 2014    (other days)
22 December

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): 129-136
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
Your rulings fill me with wonder,
  and therefore I obey them.
As your word unfolds, it gives light
  and understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth and I sighed
  with longing for your commands.
Turn to me and take pity on me
  according to your judgement on those who love your name.
Direct my steps according to your promises,
  and let no wickedness seduce me.
Rescue me from human opposition
  so that I can follow your commands.
Let your face shine on your servant;
  and teach me your statutes.
Tears flow from my eyes
  when your law is not kept.
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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Psalm 81 (82)
Against unjust judges
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
God stands in the divine assembly
  among the gods he gives judgement.
‘How long will you be giving unjust judgements
  in favour of the wicked?’
Judge for the weak and for orphans,
  in favour of the poor and the lowly.
Rescue the weak and the poor
  from the power of the wicked.
They did not know, they did not understand;
  they walk in the shadows,
  the foundations of the world are shaken.
I said, ‘You are gods,
  you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die just like men;
  you will fall just like princes.
Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
  for all nations are your inheritance.
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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Psalm 119 (120)
Longing for peace
The prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.
I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
  and he answered me.
Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
  from deceitful tongues.
What will be given you, what will you receive,
  deceitful tongue?
Sharp arrows from the warrior,
  hardened in the flames.
Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
  I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
My soul has lived too long
  with those who hate peace.
I am for making peace;
  but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
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 prophets foretold that the Saviour would be born of the Virgin Mary.

Short ReadingMicah 5:3-4 ©
He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord, with the majesty of the name of his God. They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power to the ends of the land. He himself will be peace.

The nations shall fear your name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.

Let us pray.
God and Father,
  you looked in pity on fallen man
  and redeemed us by the coming of your Son.
Grant that we who profess our firm and humble faith in the incarnation of our Redeemer
  may have some share in his divine life.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis downloads do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.

You can also view this page in Latin and English.

Copyright © 1996-2014 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

 
This web site © Copyright 1996-2013 Universalis Publishing Ltd (contact us)
(top