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Thursday 28 January 2021    (other days)
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor 
 on Thursday of week 3 in Ordinary Time

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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
Who are these like stars appearing,
these, before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
praising loud their heavenly King.
Who are these of dazzling brightness,
clothed in God’s own righteousness?
These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
shall their lustre still possess,
still untouched by time’s rude hand?
Whence came all this glorious band?
These are they who have contended
for their Saviour’s honour long,
wrestling on till life was ended,
following not the sinful throng;
these who well the fight sustained,
triumph through the Lamb have gained.
These are they whose hearts were riven,
sore with woe and anguish tried,
who in prayer full oft have striven
with the God they glorified;
now, their painful conflict o’er,
God has bid them weep no more.
These, the Almighty contemplating,
did as priests before him stand,
soul and body always waiting
day and night at his command:
now in God’s most holy place
blest they stand before his face.

Psalm 86 (87)
Jerusalem, mother of all nations

Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
Its foundations are set on the sacred mountains –
  the Lord loves the gates of Zion
  more than all the tents of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you, city of God!
I shall count Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me.
  The Philistines, Tyrians, Ethiopians –
  all have their birthplace here.
Of Zion it will be said “Here is the birthplace of all people:
  the Most High himself has set it firm.”
The Lord shall write in the book of the nations:
  “Here is their birthplace.”
They will sing as in joyful processions:
  “All my being springs from you.”
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.
Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

CanticleIsaiah 40

The good shepherd is God, the Most High

The Lord is coming in power: the prize of his victory is with him.
Behold, the Lord God comes in strength, and his right arm triumphs.
Behold, his reward is with him, his prize is before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock,
  he gathers the lambs in his arms and lifts them to his breast;
  he carries the pregnant ewes.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
  and arranged the heavens with his palms?
Who has measured the dust of the earth,
  weighed out the mountains,
  weighed the hills on the balance?
Who directed the spirit of the Lord?
Who gave him advice in his task?
With whom did he consult? Who taught him?
Who led him in the paths of justice,
  gave him knowledge,
  showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the Gentiles are like a drop in a bucket,
  a piece of fluff on the scales.
All the islands are a handful of dust.
What burnt-offering could be worthy of the Lord?
  The forests of Lebanon could not feed that fire;
  all the animals of Lebanon would not be enough for that sacrifice.
All the nations count for nothing before him:
  for him, they are nothingness and emptiness.
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 coming in power: the prize of his victory is with him.

Psalm 98 (99)
The Lord our God is holy

Exalt the Lord our God; bow down before his holy mountain.
The Lord reigns! let the peoples tremble.
  He is enthroned on the cherubim: let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion,
  he is high above all the peoples.
Let them proclaim his name – great and terrible it is,
  let them proclaim his holy name,
  the powerful king, who loves justice.
The laws you establish are just:
  you have given Jacob uprightness and right judgement.
Praise the Lord, our God,
  worship at his footstool,
  for he is holy.
Moses and Aaron were among his prophets,
  Samuel one of those who called on him.
They called on the Lord and he listened,
  and from the pillar of cloud he spoke to them.
They kept his decrees
  and the commands he gave them.
Lord our God, you listened to them;
  O God, you were gracious to them,
  but you punished their wrongdoing.
Praise the Lord, our God,
  worship on his holy mountain,
  for the Lord our God is holy.
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.
Exalt the Lord our God; bow down before his holy mountain.

Short ReadingWisdom 7:13-14 ©
What I learned without self-interest, I pass on without reserve; I do not intend to hide her riches. For she is an inexhaustible treasure to men, and those who acquire her win God’s friendship, commended as they are to him by the benefits of her teaching.

Short Responsory
The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.
The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.
The Church sings their praises.
The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The people tell about the wisdom of the saints.

CanticleBenedictus

The Messiah and his forerunner

Give praise to the Lord, for love of whom Saint Thomas studied and worked at all times.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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.
Give praise to the Lord, for love of whom Saint Thomas studied and worked at all times.

Prayers and intercessions
Christ, the good shepherd, laid down his life for his sheep. Let us praise him with grateful hearts, as we pray:
Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
Christ our Lord, in the holy pastors you reveal your love for us;
  may we never be deprived of the care you show through them.
Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
Through your sacred ministers you are present in our midst as the shepherd of our souls;
  never cease to guide us through their teaching and encouragement.
Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
In the saints who lead your people, you manifest your power of healing souls and bodies;
  remain always with us to renew our lives in holiness.
Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
By the example of the saints you instruct your faithful in the ways of wisdom and love;
  through our pastors, help us grow to the full stature of perfection.
Lord, nourish the lives of your people.

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.

Lord, our God, since it was by your gift that Saint Thomas became so great a saint and theologian,
  give us grace to understand his teaching and follow his way of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  (one) God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
  Amen.

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