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Liturgy of the Hours for December 17

Evening Prayer II for Third (Gaudette) Sunday of Advent

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
Ordinary: 667
Proper of Seasons: 266/325
Psalter: Sunday, Week III, 936

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 694
Proper of Seasons: 91
Psalter: Sunday, Week III, 862

Evening Prayer II for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 17
Note: Because we often use the Mundelein Psalter (which is approved by the USCCB for public worship) for chanted psalms, this audio file has subtle translation differences.

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 come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

Psalm 110
The Messiah, king and priest

Christ’s reign will last until all his enemies are made subject to him (1 Corinthians 15:25).

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
“Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet.”

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
“You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedek of old.”

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his great wrath.

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head.

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

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

Father, we ask you to give us victory and peace. In Jesus Christ, our Lord and King, we are already seated at your right hand. We look forward to praising you in the fellowship of all your saints in our heavenly homeland.

Ant. Our Lord will come to claim his glorious throne in the assembly of the princes.

Ant. 2 Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

Psalm 111
God’s marvelous works

We are lost in wonder at all that you have done for us, our Lord and mighty God (Revelation 15:3).

I will thank the Lord with all my heart
in the meeting of the just and their assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
to be pondered by all who love them.

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

Majestic and glorious his work,
his justice stands firm for ever.
He makes us remember his wonders.
The Lord is compassion and love.

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

He gives food to those who fear him;
keeps his covenant ever in mind.
He has shown his might to his people
by giving them the lands of the nations.

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

His works are justice and truth:
his precepts are all of them sure,
standing firm for ever and ever:
they are made in uprightness and truth.

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

He has sent deliverance to his people
and established his covenant for ever.
Holy his name, to be feared.

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who do so prove themselves wise.
His praise shall last for ever!

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

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

Merciful and gentle Lord, you are the crowning glory of all the saints. Give us, your children, the gift of obedience which is the beginning of wisdom, so that we may do what you command and be filled with your mercy.

Ant. Let the mountains break out with joy and the hills with answering gladness, for the world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might.

Ant. 3 Let us live in holiness and love as we patiently await our blessed hope, the coming of our Savior.

Canticle – See Revelation 19:1-7
The wedding of the Lamb

Alleluia.
Salvation, glory, and power to our God:
Alleluia.
his judgments are honest and true.
Alleluia, (alleluia).

Ant. Let us live in holiness and love as we patiently await our blessed hope, the coming of our Savior.

Alleluia.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants,
Alleluia.
all who worship him reverently, great and small.
Alleluia, (alleluia).

Ant. Let us live in holiness and love as we patiently await our blessed hope, the coming of our Savior.

Alleluia.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King,
Alleluia.
let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory.
Alleluia, (alleluia).

Ant. Let us live in holiness and love as we patiently await our blessed hope, the coming of our Savior.

Alleluia.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun,
Alleluia.
and his bride is prepared to welcome him.
Alleluia, (alleluia).

Ant. Let us live in holiness and love as we patiently await our blessed hope, the coming of our Savior.

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. Let us live in holiness and love as we patiently await our blessed hope, the coming of our Savior.

READING Philippians 4:4-5

Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice! Everyone should see how unselfish you are. The Lord is near.

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

Lord, show us your mercy and love.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

And grant us your salvation.
your mercy and love.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.

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. O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.

INTERCESSIONS

Jesus Christ is the joy and happiness of all who look forward to his coming. Let us call upon him and say:
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

In joy, we wait for your coming;
come, Lord Jesus.
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

Before time began, you shared life with the Father,
come now and save us.
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

You created the world and all who live in it,
come to redeem the work of your hands.
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

You did not hesitate to become man, subject to death,
come to free us from the power of death.
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

You came to give us life to the full,
come and give us your unending life.
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

You desire all people to live in love in your kingdom,
come and bring together those who long to see you face to face.
Come, Lord, and do not delay!

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, who see how your people
faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us, we pray,
to attain the joys of so great a salvation,
and to celebrate them always
with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
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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