Wednesday Morning and Evening Prayers of the Divine Office

Evening Prayer

O God, come to my aid.O Lord, make haste to help 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.

Psalm 61 (62)
Peace in God

My soul, find peace in God alone: from him comes my salvation.It is he who is my refuge and my safeguard, my stronghold: I shall never be shaken.How long will you assail a man and band together to crush him, like a toppling wall or a falling fence?They plan to thrust him down from his high place. They delight in lies: with their lips they bless, but a curse is in their hearts.My soul, find peace in God alone, for he gives me strength to endure.It is he who is my God and my safeguard, my stronghold: I shall never be shaken.In God is my salvation and my glory, God is my strength – my refuge is with God.Trust in him, all you people together, pour out your hearts before him; God is our refuge.The children of Adam are as nothing; the children of men are a deceit.Weigh them in the scales, and they rise: they are lighter than a puff of smoke.Put no trust in violence, do not be seduced into robbery; and if riches come, do not count upon them.God has spoken once and for all. Two things have I heard him say: that strength belongs to God, and that mercy, Lord, belongs to you.For to each of us you give whatever our actions have deserved.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.

Psalm 66 (67)
All peoples, praise the Lord

O God, take pity on us and bless us, and let your face shine upon us,so that your ways may be known across the world, and all nations learn of your salvation.Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.Let the nations be glad and rejoice, for you judge the peoples with fairness and you guide the nations of the earth.Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.The earth has produced its harvest: may God, our God, bless us.May God bless us, may the whole world revere him.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.

Canticle
Colossians 1
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead

Let us give thanks to God the Father, who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.He has rescued us from the power of the shadows and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,thrones and dominations, principalities and powers.All things were created through him and for him: he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.And he is the head of the body, the Church. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, and so he is pre-eminent above all.For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him, and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things, both on Earth and in the heavens.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.

Canticle
Magnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation. For he has shown me such favour – me, his lowly handmaiden.Now all generations will call me blessed, because the mighty one has done great things for me.His name is holy, his mercy lasts for generation after generation for those who revere him.He has put forth his strength: he has scattered the proud and conceited, torn princes from their thrones; but lifted up the lowly.He has filled the hungry with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.He has come to the help of his servant Israel, he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his children 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.

Prayers and Intercessions

Let us worship the Saviour of the human race. His death destroyed death and his rising restored life to its wholeness. So let us put our petitions humbly to him, saying:- Sanctify the people you redeemed with your blood.
You are our Redeemer. Let our penance unite us to you in your Passion:
let it bring us to the glory of the Resurrection.
May your Mother, the comfort of the afflicted, give us her protection.
You console us and make us live again: may we do the same, in our turn, for those who mourn.
Teach the faithful in adversity to share in your passion,
and let the light of your salvation shine out through them.
You lowered yourself and were obedient even to death: death on a cross.
Let your servants be obedient also, and suffer patiently.
May the dead share in the light of your resurrection;
and may we, too, one day be united with them.
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 that trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N
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Morning Prayer

O God, come to my aid.O Lord, make haste to help 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.

Psalm 76 (77)
Remembering the works of the Lord

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.

Canticle
1 Samuel 2
The song of Hannah, mother of Samuel

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.

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

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.Sion 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.

Canticle
Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner

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 usto 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.

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 that trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

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