Friday 16 October 2020

Friday of week 28 in Ordinary Time

Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce)

Psalm 118(119): 161-168
Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law

“You must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it” (James 1:22)

The lovers of your law have great peace, O Lord.

Though princes oppress me without cause
I stand in awe of your word.
I take delight in your promise
like one who finds a treasure.

Lies I hate and detest
but your law is my love.
Seven times a day I praise you
for your just decrees.

The lovers of your law have great peace;
they never stumble.
I await your saving help, O Lord,
I fulfil your commands.

My soul obeys your will
and loves it dearly.
I obey your precepts and your will;
all that I do is before 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.

The lovers of your law have great peace, O Lord.

Psalm-prayer

There is great peace, Lord, for those who love your law; they never stumble. Grant that those who love you above all else may be undisturbed by thoughts of evil.


Psalm 132 (133)
The pleasure of brotherly unity

“Let us love one another since love comes from God” (1 Jn 4:7).

The whole group of believers was united in heart and in soul.

How good and how pleasant it is,
when brothers live in unity!

It is like precious oil upon the head
running down upon the beard,
running down upon Aaron’s beard,
upon the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon which falls
on the heights of Sion.
For there the Lord gives his blessing,
life for ever.

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 whole group of believers was united in heart and in soul.

Psalm-prayer

Pour out over your Church, Lord, the spirit of brotherly love and a longing for your peace. May this precious oil of the Holy Spirit flow over us to fill us with your gracious benediction.

Or:

Lord God, holy Trinity and indivisible Unity, you have poured into our hearts the Spirit of your love. May we have one heart and one will, so that we may be true members of the body of Jesus Christ, united together as he has commanded us.


Psalm 139 (140)
You are my refuge

“The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners” (Mt 26:45).

Guard me from the hands of the wicked, O Lord, my mighty help.

Rescue me, Lord, from evil men;
from the violent keep me safe,
from those who plan evil in their hearts
and stir up strife every day;
who sharpen their tongue like an adder’s,
with the poison of viper on their lips.

Lord, guard me from the hands of the wicked;
from the violent keep me safe;
they plan to make me stumble.
The proud have hidden a trap,
have spread out lines in a net,
set snares across my path.

I have said to the Lord: ‘You are my God.’
Lord, hear the cry of my appeal!
Lord my God, my mighty help,
you shield my head in the battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desire
nor let their plots succeed.

I know the Lord will avenge the poor,
that he will do justice for the needy.
Yes, the just will praise your name:
the upright shall live in your presence.

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.

Guard me from the hands of the wicked, O Lord, my mighty help.

Psalm-prayer

Lord, you keep constant guard over your faithful people. Protect us from hidden snares and make us holy, that we may praise and bless your name and live in righteousness before you.

Or:

You defend the needy, Lord God, and you avenge the poor. You handed your Son over to sinners and permitted his crucifixion by violent men. In this way the death of the Just One made the unjust holy. Cleanse us by his Passion, and restore us to the resurrected life, that we may dwell in your sight with the angels and saints.


Short Reading
Romans 12:17,19-20,21

Never repay evil with evil. As scripture says: Vengeance is mine – I will pay them back, says the Lord. But there is more: If your enemy is hungry, you should give him food, and if he is thirsty, let him drink. Resist evil and conquer it with good.


℣. The love of the Lord is everlasting.
℟. His justice is for those who keep his commandments.


Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ,
at this third hour you were led to the cross
to suffer the penalty of death for the salvation of mankind:
in your mercy grant us pardon for our past offences
and by your power preserve us from future falls.
You live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen.


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

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