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(Midday Prayer)

¶ At noon, the Angelus may be said before the Office, except from Easter Day until the Eve of Trinity Sunday, when the Regina Coeli is said instead.

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.

      Rector potens, verax Deus

O GOD of truth, O Lord of might,
who orderest time and change aright,
and sendest the early morning ray,
and lightest the glow of perfect day;

Extinguish thou each sinful fire,
and banish every ill desire;
and while thou keepest the body whole,
shed forth thy peace upon the soul.

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 #161, Translation by J. M. Neale.

¶ The following Psalms are sung or said:

Psalm 123. Ad te levavi oculos meos.

UNTO thee lift I up mine eyes, * O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
2  Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, * even so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until he have mercy upon us.
3  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us; * for we are utterly despised.
4  Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy, * and with the despitefulness of the proud.


Psalm 124. Nisi quia Dominus.

IF the LORD himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say; * if the LORD himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
2  They had swallowed us up alive; * when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.
3  Yea, the waters had drowned us, * and the stream had gone over our soul.
4  The deep waters of the proud * had gone even over our soul.
5  But praised be the LORD, * who hath not given us over for a prey unto their teeth.
6  Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler; * the snare is broken, and we are delivered.
7  Our help standeth in the Name of the LORD, * who hath made heaven and earth.


Psalm 125. Qui confidunt.

THEY that put their trust in the LORD shall be even as the mount Sion, * which may not be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
2  The hills stand about Jerusalem; * even so standeth the LORD round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
3  For the sceptre of the ungodly shall not abide upon the lot of the righteous; * lest the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.
4  Do well, O LORD, * unto those that are good and true of heart.
5  As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness, * the LORD shall lead them forth with the evil doers; but peace shall be 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:

Collect

¶ 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 Collect of the Day or one of the noonday collects below is said:

Or

LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, at the sixth hour of the day, didst ascend, on Golgotha, the Cross of pain; whereon, thirsting for our salvation, thou didst permit gall and vinegar to be given thee to drink: we, thy suppliants, beseech thee, that thou wouldst kindle and inflame our hearts with the love of thy Passion, and make us continually to find our delight in thee alone, our crucified Lord; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world wihout end. Amen.

Or

BLESSED Saviour, who at this hour didst hang upon the Cross, stretching out thy loving arms: grant that all the nations of the earth may look unto thee and be saved; for thy tender mercies' sake. 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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