Daytime Prayer

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 ever shall be, world without end. Amen. [Alleluia.]


Send forth your Spirit, O Lord,
That the face of the earth be renewed.
O my soul, arise and bless the Lord god,
O Lord, in majesty,
enrobed with pow'r and eternal might.  Antiphon
Your are clothed with splendour and with beauty,
O God, and heav'nly light
is like a cloud that conceals your face. Antiphon
You have built your palace on the waters;
on wings of winds and fire
You reign in heav'n, rule supreme on earth. Antiphon
For the earth your fixed on its foundations;
Indeed, it shall stand firm,
And not be moved for unending years. Antiphon

Like winds your angels fly before you;
As fire and flaming light,
Your ministers stand before your throne. Antiphon

Praise to God, the Father, Son, and Spirit,
To God who gives us life,
Our thanks return, now and evermore. Antiphon

Text: Lucien Deiss

At one of the hours, the psalms are said as below. At the other hours, the complementary psalms are used.


Antiphon 1: If you love me, says the Lord, keep my commandments.

Psalm 119:153-160
XX (Resh)

See my affliction and save me
for I remember your law.
Uphold my cause and defend me;
by your promise, give me life.

Salvation is far from the wicked
who are heedless of your statutes.
Numberless, Lord, are your mercies;
with your decrees give me life.

Though my foes and oppressors are countless
I have not swerved from your will.
I look at the faithless with disgust;
they ignore your promise.

See how I love your precepts;
in your mercy give me life.
Your word is founded on truth,
your decrees are eternal.  Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Help us always to rejoice in your promise, Father, and to praise the glory of your deeds. Keep us united in the love of your peace; then we shall have little to fear from the threats of the mighty.

Antiphon:If you love me, says the Lord, keep my commandments.

Antiphon 2: May the Lord bless you, and peace will be yours all the days of our life.

Psalm 128
Happiness of family life rooted in God
"May the Lord bless you from Zion," that is, from the Church (Arnobius)

O blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!

By the labor of your hands you shall eat.
You will be happy and prosper;
the wife like a fruitful vine
in the heart of your house;
Your children like shoots of the olive,
around your table.

Indeed thus shall be blessed
the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children
in a happy Jerusalem!

On Israel, peace!  Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Give lasting happiness, Lord, to those who reverence your name, so that our life and work may be such as to deserve your commendation, and bring us, laden with good fruit, to our everlasting home.

Antiphon: God will gain the victory for you over all your enemies.

Antiphon 3: Your merciful love reaches high as the heavens, Lord.

Psalm 129
Morning prayer in affliction
The psalm tell of our Lord's passion (St. Augustine)

"They have pressed me hard from my youth,"
this is Israel's song.
"They have pressed me hard from my youth
but could never destroy me.

They plowed my back like plowmen,
drawing long furrows.
But the Lord who is just, has destroyed
the yoke of the wicked."

Let them be shamed and routed,
those who hate Zion!
Let them be like grass on the roof
that withers before it flowers.

With that no reaper fills his arms,
no binder makes his sheaves
and those passing by will not say:
On you the Lord's blessing!

We bless you in the name of the Lord.   Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Lord Jesus, living in glory as the Son of Man, remember that when our sins had ploughed long furrows on your back, your death broke the bonds of sin and Satan for ever. Bless your Church, wounded in its members, and strengthen it by your invincible power and grace.

Antiphon: God will gain the victory for you over all your enemies.

The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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