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Liturgy of the Hours for April 11

Evening Prayer - Memorial for Thursday in the 2nd week of Easter or St. Stanislaus, B & M

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1064
Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 1315
Common of One Martyr: 2041 (reading, responsory, canticle ant, intercessions)
Proper of Saints: 1770 (concluding prayer)

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 694
Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 830
Common of One Martyr: 1420 (reading, responsory, canticle ant, intercessions)
Proper of Saints: 1770 (concluding prayer)

Evening Prayer for Thursday in Easter, the Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

O God, the crown and great reward
Of all your soldiers brave and true,
Absolve us from all bonds of sin
Who sing your loyal martyr's praise.

He spoke up fearlessly to prove
The steadfast faith deep in his heart,
So closely following our Lord
Like him, he gladly shed his blood.

Despising all the world could give
Its pleasures which can lead to harm,
Quite rightly counting them as dross,
He chose full happiness above.

With strength and courage he endured
The horrors of a cruel death,
And gave his life with joy to prove
His love for you, and life to gain.

Because of his great constancy,
We humbly beg, O Father kind,
On this your martyr's festal day,
Forgive our failing and our falls.

That we at last may also share
All martyrs' company on high,
Rejoicing with them evermore,
Enthroned with them in realms of light.

All praise and glory without end
Be yours, O Father, with the Son,
And with the Holy Spirit, too,
In time and in eternity. Amen.

𝄞"O God, the Crown and Great Reward - for him" by Kathleen Lundquist, Sara Faux • Title: O God, the Crown and Great Reward; Text: Deus, tuorum militum, 5th-7th c.; Tr. the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK; Tune: Chant, Mode VIII; Liber Hymnarius; Artist: Kathleen Lundquist; Recording copyright 2016 by Surgeworks, Inc.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 God has appointed him to judge the living and the dead, alleluia.

Psalm 72
The Messiah’s royal power

Opening their treasures, they offered him gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).

I

O God, give your judgment to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgment.

May the mountains bring forth peace for the people
and the hills, justice.
May he defend the poor of the people
and save the children of the needy
and crush the oppressor.

He shall endure like the sun and the moon
from age to age.
He shall descend like rain on the meadow,
like raindrops on the earth.

In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth’s bounds.

Before him his enemies shall fall,
his foes lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and the sea coasts
shall pay him tribute.

The kings of Sheba and Seba
shall bring him gifts.
Before him all kings shall fall prostrate,
all nations shall serve him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. God has appointed him to judge the living and the dead, alleluia.

Ant. 2 All the peoples of the earth will be blessed in him, alleluia.

II

For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.

From oppression he will rescue their lives,
to him their blood is dear.
Long may he live,
may the gold of Sheba be given him.
They shall pray for him without ceasing
and bless him all the day.

May corn be abundant in the land
to the peaks of the mountains.
May its fruit rustle like Lebanon;
may people flourish in the cities
like grass on the earth.

May his name be blessed for ever
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
all nations bless his name.

Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel,
who alone works wonders,
ever blessed his glorious name.
Let his glory fill the earth.

Amen! Amen!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

We call upon your name, Father, and pronounce it blessed above the earth. Give your people the fullness of peace and justice in your kingdom.

Ant. All the peoples of the earth will be blessed in him, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Christ yesterday and today: he is the same for ever, alleluia.

Canticle – Revelation 11:17-18; 12:10b-12a
The judgment of God

We praise you, the Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was.
You have assumed your great power,
you have begun your reign.

The nations have raged in anger,
but then came your day of wrath
and the moment to judge the dead:
The time to reward your servants the prophets
and the holy ones who revere you,
the great and the small alike.

Now have salvation and power come,
the reign of our God and the authority
of his Anointed One.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who night and day accused them before God.

They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
So rejoice, you heavens,
and you that dwell therein!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Christ yesterday and today: he is the same for ever, alleluia.

READING Revelation 7:14b-17

These are the ones who have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

It was this that brought them before God’s throne: day and night they minister to him in his temple;
he who sits on the throne will give them shelter.
Never again shall they know hunger or thirst,
nor shall the sun or its heat beat down on them,
for the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water,
and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

The splendor of the just will shine before God, alleluia, alleluia.
The splendor of the just will shine before God, alleluia, alleluia.

The upright of heart will rejoice,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The splendor of the just will shine before God, alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain of wheat; but if it dies, it will bear much fruit, alleluia.

Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain of wheat; but if it dies, it will bear much fruit, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

This is the hour when the King of martyrs offered his life in the upper room and laid it down on the cross. Let us thank him and say:
We praise you, O Lord.

We praise you, O Lord, our Savior, inspiration and example for every martyr, for loving us to the end:
We praise you, O Lord.

For calling all repentant sinners to the rewards of life:
We praise you, O Lord.

For entrusting to your Church the blood of the new and everlasting covenant poured out for the remission of sin:
We praise you, O Lord.

For our perseverance in your grace today:
We praise you, O Lord.

For incorporating our dead brothers and sisters into your own death today:
We praise you, O Lord.

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

Concluding Prayer

O God,
for whose honor the Bishop Saint Stanislaus
fell beneath the swords of his persecutors,
grant we pray, that we may persevere strong in faith even until death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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