TERCE
(Midmorning 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.

      Nunc Sancte nobis Spiritus

Come Holy Ghost, with God the Son,
And God the Father, ever One;
Shed forth thy grace within our breast,
and dwell with us, a ready guest.

By ev'ry power, by heart and tongue,
By act and deed, thy praise be sung;
Inflame with perfect love each sense,
That others' souls may kindle thence.

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 #160, Translation by J. M. Neale.

¶ The following Psalms are sung or said:

Psalm 120. Ad Dominum.

WHEN I was in trouble, I called upon the Lord, * and he heard me.
2  Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, * and from a deceitful tongue.
3  What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue? * even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.
4  Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Meshech, * and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar!
5  My soul hath long dwelt among them * that are enemies unto peace.
6  I labour for peace; but when I speak unto them thereof, * they make them ready to battle.


Psalm 121. Levavi oculos.

I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills; * from whence cometh my help?
2  My help cometh even from the Lord, * who hath made heaven and earth.
3  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; * and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
4  Behold, he that keepeth Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5  The Lord himself is thy keeper; * the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
6  So that the sun shall not burn thee by day, * neither the moon by night.
7  The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; * yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
8  The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.


Psalm 122. Laetatus sum.

I WAS glad when they said unto me, * We will go into the house of the Lord.
2  Our feet shall stand in thy gates, * O Jerusalem.
3  Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity in itself.
4  For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, * to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.
5  For there is the seat of judgment, * even the seat of the house of David.
6  O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; * they shall prosper that love thee.
7  Peace be within thy walls, * and plenteousness within thy palaces.
8  For my brethren and companions' sakes, * I will wish thee prosperity.
9  Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God, * I will seek to do thee good.

¶ 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 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 third hour of the day didst strengthen thine Apostles by the visitation of thy Holy Spirit; we humbly beseech thee, that thou wilt deign to enlighten and guard our hearts and bodies by his coming; who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Or

¶ 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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