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3:15 AM

 

Cantor

 

O Lord, open my lips.

 

Response

 

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

O Lord, open my lips.

 

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

O Lord, open my lips.

 

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

 

Invitatory Psalm 133

 

O come, bless the Lord,

all you who serve the Lord,

 

who stand in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.

 

Lift up your hands to the holy place

and bless the Lord through the night.

 

May the Lord bless you from Zion,

he who made both heaven and earth.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Hymn

(varies)

 

 

Nocturn I

 

Psalm 13

 

The fool has said in his heart:

“There is no God above.”

 

Their deeds are corrupt, depraved;

not a good man is left.

 

From heaven the Lord looks down

on the sons of men

 

to see if any are wise,

if any seek God.

 

All have left the right path,

depraved, every one;

 

there is not a good man left,

no, not even one.

 

Will the evil-doers not understand?

They eat up my people

 

as though they were eating bread:

they never pray to the Lord.

 

See how they tremble with fear 

without cause for fear,

for God is with the just.

 

You may mock the poor man’s hope,

but his refuge is the Lord.

 

O that Israel’s salvation might come from Zion! 

When the Lord delivers his people from bondage,

then Jacob will be glad and Israel rejoice.

 

 

Doxology

   

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

  

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

 

Psalm 34

  

O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;

fight those who fight me.

  

Take up your buckler and shield;

arise to help me.

  

Take up the javelin and the spear

against those who pursue me.

  

O Lord, say to my soul:

I am your salvation.”

  

Let those who seek my life

be shamed and disgraced.

  

Let those who plan evil against me

be routed in confusion.

  

Let them be like chaff before the wind;

let God’s angel scatter them.

  

Let their path be slippery and dark;

let God’s angel pursue them.

  

They have hidden a net for me wantonly;

they have dug a pit.

  

Let ruin fall upon them

and take them by surprise.

  

Let them be caught in the net they have hidden;

let them fall into their pit.

  

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord

and rejoice in his salvation.

  

My whole being will say:

“Lord, who is like you

  

who rescue the weak from the strong

and the poor from the oppressor?”

  

Lying witnesses arise

and accuse me unjustly.

  

They repay me evil for good:

my soul is forlorn.

  

When they were sick I went into mourning,

afflicted with fasting.

  

My prayer was ever on my lips,

as for a brother, a friend.

  

I went as though morning a mother,

bowed down with grief.

  

Now that I am in trouble they gather,

they gather and mock me.

  

They take me by surprise and strike me

and tear me to pieces.

  

They provoke me  with mockery on mockery

and gnash their teeth.

  

O Lord, how long will you look on?

Come to my rescue!

  

Save my life from these raging beasts,

my soul from these lions.

  

I will thank you in the great assembly,

amid the throng I will praise you.

  

Do not let my lying foes

rejoice over me.

  

Do not let those who hate me unjustly

wink eyes at each other.

  

They wish no peace to the peaceful

who live in the land.

  

They make deceitful plots

and with mouths wide open

  

their cry against me is : “Yes!

We saw you do it!”

  

O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,

do not stand afar off!

  

Awake, stir to my defense,

to my cause, O God!

  

Vindicate me, Lord, in your justice,

do not let them rejoice.

  

Do not let them think: “Yes, we have won,

we have brought him to an end!”

  

Let them be shamed and brought to disgrace

who rejoice at my misfortune.

  

Let them be covered with shame and confusion

who raise themselves against me.

  

Let there be joy for those who love my cause.

Let them say without end:

  

 “Great is the Lord who delights

in the peace of  his servant.”

  

Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,

and all day long of your praise.

 

 

Doxology

   

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

  

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Psalm 53

 

O God, save me by your name;

by your power, uphold my cause.

  

O God, hear my prayer;

listen to the words of my mouth.

  

For proud men have risen against me, 

ruthless men seek my life.

They have no regard for God.

  

But I have God for my help.

The Lord upholds my life.

  

Let the evil recoil upon my foes:

you who are faithful, destroy them.

  

I will sacrifice to you with willing heart

and praise your name, for it is good;

  

for you have rescued me from all my distress,

and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes.

 

 

Doxology

   

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

  

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Scripture Reading

First Monday in Advent

(varies)

Isa 1:1-3, 16-20

First Monday in Advent

Isa 1:1-3, 16-20

 

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz,

which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem

in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Heekiah,

kings of Judah.

 

Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;

for the Lord has spoken:

 

I reared children and brought them up,

but they have rebelled against me.

 

The ox knows its owner,

and the donkey its master’s crib;

 

But Israel does not know,

my people do not understand.

 

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean

remove the evil of your doings

from before my eyes;

 

cease to do evil,

learn to do good;

 

seek justice,

rescue the oppressed,

 

defend the orphan,

plead for the widow.

 

Come now, let us argue it out,

says the Lord:

 

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.

 

If you are willing and obedient,

you shall become like wool.

 

If you are willing and obedient,

you shall eat the good of the land;

 

but if you refuse and rebel,

you shall be devoured by the sword;

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

 

 

Nocturn II

 

Psalm 14

  

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent

and dwell on your holy mountain?

  

He who walks without fault,

he who acts with justice

  

and speaks the truth from his heart,

he who does not slander with his tongue,

  

he who does no wrong to his brother,

who casts no slur on his neighbors,

  

who holds the godless in disdain,

but honors those who fear the Lord;

  

he who keeps his pledge, come what may,

who takes no interest on a loan

  

and accepts no bribes against the innocent.

Such a man will stand firm for ever.

 

 

Doxology

   

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

  

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

 

Psalm 105 A

  

O give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

for his love endures for ever.

  

Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds?

Who can recount all his praise?

  

They are happy who do what is right,

who at all times do what  is just.

  

O Lord, remember me

out of the love your have for your people.

  

Come to me, Lord, with your help!

that I may see the joy of your chosen ones

  

and I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation

and share the glory of your people.

  

Our sin is the sin of our fathers;

we have done wrong, our deeds have been evil.

  

Our fathers when they were in Egypt

paid no heed to your wonderful deeds.

  

They forgot the greatness of your love;

at the Red Sea defied the Most High.

  

Yet he saved them for the sake of his name,

in order to make known his power.

  

He threatened the Red Sea; it dried up

and he led them through the deep as through the desert.

  

He saved them from the hand of the foe;

he saved from the grip of the enemy.

  

The waters covered their oppressors;

not one of them was left alive.

  

Then they believed in his words:

then they sang his praises.

  

But they soon forgot his deeds

and would not wait upon his will.

  

They yielded to their cravings in the desert

and put God to the test in the wilderness.

  

He granted them the favor they asked

and sent disease among them.

  

Then they rebelled, envious of Moses

and of Aaron, who was holy to the Lord.

  

The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan

and buried the clan of Abiram.

  

Fire blazed up against their clan

and flames devoured the rebels.

  

They fashioned a calf at Horeb

and worshiped an image of metal,

  

exchanging the God who was their glory

for the image of a bull that eats grass.

  

They forgot the God who was their savior,

who had done such great things in Egypt,

  

such portents in the land of Ham,

such marvels at the Red Sea.

  

For this he said he would destroy them,

but Moses, the man he had chosen,

  

stood in the breach before him,

to turn back his anger from destruction.

  

Then they scorned the land of promise:

they had no faith in his word.

  

They complained inside their tents

and would not listen to the voice of the Lord.

  

So he raised his hand to swear an oath

that he would lay them low in the desert;

  

would scatter their sons among the nations

and disperse them throughout the lands.

  

They bowed before the Baal of Peor;

ate offerings made to lifeless gods.

  

They roused him to anger with their deeds

and a plague broke out among them.

  

Then Phinehas stood up and intervened.

Thus the plague was ended

  

and this was counted in his favor

from age to age for ever.

 

 

Doxology

   

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

  

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Psalm 105 B

  

They provoked him at the waters of Meribah.

Through their fault it went ill with Moses;

  

for they made his heart brow bitter

and he uttered words that were rash.

  

They failed to destroy the peoples

as the Lord had given command,

  

but instead they mingled with the nations

and learned to act as they did.

  

They worshiped the idols of the nations

and these became a snare to entrap them.

  

They even offered their own sons

and their daughters in sacrifice to demons.

  

They shed the blood of the innocent,

the blood of their sons and daughters

  

whom they offered to the idols of Canaan

The land was polluted with blood.

  

So they defiled themselves by their deeds

and broke their marriage bond with the Lord

  

till his anger blazed against his people:

he was filled with horror at his chosen ones.

  

So he gave them into the hand of the nations

and their foes became their rulers.

  

Their enemies became their oppressors;

they were subdued beneath their hand.

  

Time after time he rescued them, 

but in their malice they dared to defy him

and sank low through their guilt.

  

In spite of this he paid heed to their distress,

so often as he heard their cry.

  

For their sake he remembered his covenant.

In the greatness of his love he relented

  

and he let them be treated with mercy

by all who held them captive.

  

O Lord, our God, save us!

Bring us together from among the nations

  

that we may thank your holy name

and make it our glory to praise you.

  

Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel,

for ever, from age to age.

  

Let all the people cry out:

“Amen!  Amen!”

 

 

Doxology

   

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

  

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Non-Scriptural Reading

 

Cassian’s Preface to

The Institutes

(varies)

 

The history of the Old Testament relates that the most wise Solomon – after he had received from God “exceedingly great wisdom and prudence and a breadth of heart like the countless sands of the sea,” such that by the Lord’s testimony it is said that no one was like him in times past and that no one like him would ever arise in the future – wished to build that magnificent temple for the Lord and that he requested the help of the king of Tyre, a foreigner.  When Hiram, the son of a widow, had been sent to him, he undertook whatever splendid thing the divine wisdom suggested to him with respect to the Lord’s temple and the sacred vessels, and thanks to his assistance and oversight he brought it to completion.

 

 

 

Prayer

 

Lord God,

we thank you for gathering us into your presence

before the dawn of this day.

By this we know that you loved us first,

and never cease to call us.

 

May our vigil this night be part of your praise,

and may we be found faithful

on the day when you come back;

 

so that we may help the world

to welcome your salvation,

for you live, forever and ever.

 

Amen

 

 

Commemoration of Our Lady

  

We fly to your patronage,

O holy Mother of God,

despise not

our petitions

in our necessities,

but ever deliver us

from all evil,

O glorious

and blessed Virgin.

 

 

May the Lord be with you

 

And with your Spirit

 

 

May the Almighty God bless you

 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Amen

 

 

Let us bless the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.