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Wednesday 25 November 2020    (other days)
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr 
 or Wednesday of week 34 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
All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
  Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
  To crown him Lord of all.
Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
  Who from his altar call;
Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
  Whom David Lord did call;
The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Let every tribe and every tongue
  To him their hearts enthral,
Lift high the universal song,
  And crown him Lord of all.

Psalm 76 (77)
Remembering the works of the Lord

Your ways, O God, are holy: what god is as great as our God?
I cried out loud to the Lord,
  cried out to God, and he turned to me.
In my time of trouble I sought for God,
  my hands stretched out all night long,
  tireless in supplication.
My soul will not be consoled:
  I think of God, and I sigh;
  I meditate, and my spirit fails.
You have kept me awake, my eyes open;
  in my distress, I did not speak.
I pondered on the days of old,
  thought through the immemorial years.
In the night I meditated in my heart.
  I was troubled, and I asked my soul:
Will God reject you for ever,
  will he never again take you into his favour?
Has his kindness ended for ever,
  his word come to an end for all generations?
Will God forget to show mercy,
  will he lock up his mercies in his anger?
And I said, “I am wounded indeed,
  that the Most High has changed.”
I will remember the works of the Lord.
  I will remember your wonders, from the beginning.
I will ponder on all you have done,
  think deeply through all your great deeds.
O God, your ways are holy:
  what god is as great as our God?
You are God, you work wonders,
  you made known your strength to your people.
By your own action you redeemed your people,
  the children of Jacob and of Joseph.
The waters saw you, O God,
  the waters saw you and writhed,
  stirred up even to their depths.
The clouds poured down water,
  the clouds sounded their voice,
  your arrows shot forth.
Your voice thundered in the whirlwind,
  your lightnings lit up the world,
  the earth trembled and shook.
Your way led through the sea,
  your paths through the great waters,
  your steps left no trace behind them.
You led your people like a flock,
  by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
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.
Your ways, O God, are holy: what god is as great as our God?

Canticle1 Samuel 2

The song of Hannah, mother of Samuel

My heart exults in the Lord: he humbles and he exalts.
My heart rejoices in the Lord,
  my strength is raised up in the name of my God.
I cry out in triumph over my enemies
  as I rejoice in your deliverance.
No-one is like the Lord, for he is holy;
  no-one is like our God, for he is strong.
Do not pile boasting upon boasting:
  keep proud words far from your mouth,
for the Lord is the God of all knowledge
  and the judge of all actions.
The bow of the mighty is broken,
  and the weak are clothed in strength.
Those who fed well must hire themselves out, for bread;
  but the hungry are hungry no longer.
The barren woman has given birth to many;
  but she who had many sons is left desolate.
The Lord brings death and brings life;
  he leads down to the underworld and rescues from it.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
  he lays low and raises up.
He lifts the needy from the dust and the poor from the dunghill
  to sit among princes
  to sit on the throne of glory.
To the Lord belong the poles of the earth;
  from them he has suspended the world.
He will keep safe the feet of his chosen,
  but the impious will be silent in the darkness
 – for it is not by his own strength that a man becomes strong.
The Lord grinds down his enemies:
  he will thunder on them from the heavens.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth,
  give dominion to his king,
  and raise up the standard of his anointed one.
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.
My heart exults in the Lord: he humbles and he exalts.

Psalm 96 (97)
The glory of God in his judgements

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice.†
The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice,
  let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and dark mist surround him,
  his throne is founded on law and justice.
Fire precedes him,
  burning up his enemies all around.
His lightnings light up the globe;
  the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains flow like wax at the sight of the Lord,
  at the sight of the Lord the earth dissolves.
The heavens proclaim his justice
  and all peoples see his glory.
Let them be dismayed, who worship carved things,
  who take pride in the images they make.
All his angels, worship him.
Zion heard and was glad,
  the daughters of Judah rejoiced
  because of your judgements, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, the Most High over all the earth,
  far above all other gods.
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
The Lord protects the lives of his consecrated ones:
  he will free them from the hands of sinners.
A light has arisen for the just,
  and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord
  and proclaim his holiness.
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 king, let earth rejoice.

Short Reading
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ©
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received from God ourselves. Indeed, as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so, through Christ, does our consolation overflow.

Short Responsory
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
He is my salvation.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.

CanticleBenedictus

The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed is the virgin who denied herself and took up her cross; she has imitated the Lord; he is the spouse of virgins, the prince of martyrs.
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.
Blessed is the virgin who denied herself and took up her cross; she has imitated the Lord; he is the spouse of virgins, the prince of martyrs.

Prayers and intercessions
Through the martyrs who were slain for God’s word, let us give glory to our Saviour, the faithful and true witness.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who bore witness to your love,
  set us free to live for you.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who proclaimed your saving death,
  give us a deep and constant faith.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who took up your cross,
  grant us courage for every trial.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
  give us grace to conquer our weakness.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.

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.

God of power and mercy, you gave St Catherine of Alexandria, your martyr,
  victory over pain and suffering.
Strengthen us who celebrate this day of her triumph
  and help us to be victorious over the evils that threaten us.
We make our prayer 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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