(Midafternoon Prayer)

Officiant: ✠ O GOD, make speed to save us.
People: O LORD, make haste to help us.
Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
People:As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant and People: Alleluia.   (Omitted in Pre-Lent and Lent.)

¶ The Office Hymn may follow.

      Rerum Deus tenax vigor

O God, creation's secret force,
Thyself unmoved, all motion's source,
Who from the morn till evening ray
Through all its changes guid'st the day

Grant us, when this short life is past,
The glorious evening that shall last;
That, by a holy death attained,
Eternal glory may be gained.

O Father, that we ask be done,
through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
doth live and reign eternally. Amen.
Attributed to St. Ambrose
Hymnal 1940 #162, Translation by J. M. Neale.

¶ The following Psalms are sung or said:

Psalm 126. In convertendo.

WHEN the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion, * then were we like unto them that dream.
2  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, * and our tongue with joy.
3  Then said they among the heathen, * The Lord hath done great things for them.
4  Yea, the Lord hath done great things for us already; * whereof we rejoice.
5  Turn our captivity, O Lord, * as the rivers in the south.
6  They that sow in tears * shall reap in joy.
7  He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed, * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

Psalm 127. Nisi Dominus.

EXCEPT the Lord build the house, * their labour is but lost that build it.
2  Except the Lord keep the city, * the watchman waketh but in vain.
3  It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness; * for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
4  Lo, children, and the fruit of the womb, * are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
5  Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant, * even so are the young children.
6  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; * they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 128. Beati omnes.

BLESSED are all they that fear the Lord, * and walk in his ways.
2  For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands: * O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
3  Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine * upon the walls of thine house;
4  Thy children like the olive-branches * round about thy table.
5  Lo, thus shall the man be blessed * that feareth the Lord.
6  The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee, * that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
7  Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children, * and peace upon Israel.

¶ After the Psalms are sung or said:

Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
People:As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

¶ Then follows the Chapter of Scripture, according to the day of the week:


¶ Whenever the officiant is a layperson: ¶ Only if the officiant is a priest or deacon:
Officiant: O Lord hear our prayer. Officiant: The Lord be with you.
People: And let our cry come unto thee. People: And with thy spirit.
Officiant: Let us pray. Officiant: Let us pray.

¶ The following collect, or the Collect of the Day as found in the Proper, is said:

LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, at the ninth hour of the day, with outstretched hands and bowed head didst commend thy spirit to God the Father, and by thy death didst unlock the gates of paradise: mercifully grant that in the hour of our death our souls may come to the true paradise, which is thyself; who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


¶ The Office concludes with:

Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

¶ The Officiant may add:

May ✠ the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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