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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

 

 

Nocturn I

 

Psalm 77A

 

Give heed, my people, to my teaching;

turn your ear to the words of my mouth.

 

I will open my mouth in a parable

and reveal hidden lessons of the past.

 

The things we have heard and understood,

the things our fathers have told us,

 

these we will not hide from their children

but will tell them to the next generation:

 

the glories of the Lord and his might

and the marvelous deeds he has done,

 

the witness he gave to Jacob,

the law he established in Israel.

 

He gave a command to our fathers

to make it known to their children

 

that the next generation might know it,

the children yet to be born.

 

They too should arise and tell their sons

that they too should set their hope in God

 

and never forget God’s deeds

but keep every one of his commands:

 

so that they might not be like their fathers,

a defiant and rebellious race,

 

a race whose heart was fickle,

whose spirit was unfaithful to God.

 

The sons of Ephraim, armed with the bow,

turned back in the day of battle.

 

They failed to keep God’s covenant

and would not walk according to his law.

 

They forgot the things he had done,

the marvelous deeds he had shown them.

 

He did wonders in the sight of their fathers,

in Egypt, in the plains of Zoan.

 

He divided the sea and led them through

and made the waters stand up like a wall.

 

By day he led them with a cloud,

by night, with a light of fire.

 

He split the rocks in the desert.

He gave them plentiful drink as from the deep.

 

He made streams flow out from the rock

and made waters run down like rivers.

 

 

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 77b

 

Yet still they sinned against him;

they defied the Most High in the desert.

 

In their heart they put God to the test

by demanding the food they craved.

 

They even spoke against God

They said: “Is it possible for God

to prepare a table in the desert?

 

It was he who struck the rock,

water flowed and swept down in torrents.

 

But can he also give us bread?

Can he provide meat for his people?”

 

When he heard this the Lord was angry.

A fire was kindled against Jacob,

 

his anger rose against Israel 

for having no faith in God,

for refusing to trust in his help.

 

Yet he commanded to clouds above

and opened the gates of heaven.

 

He rained down manna for their food,

and gave them bread from heaven.

 

Mere men ate the bread of angels.

He sent them abundance of food:

 

he made the east wind blow from heaven

and roused the south wind by his might.

 

He rained food on them like dust,

winged fowl like the sands of the sea.

 

He let it fall in the midst of their camp

and all around their tents.

 

So they ate and had their fill,

and he gave them all they craved.

 

But before they had sated their craving,

while the food was still in their mouths,

 

God’s anger rose against them   

He slew the strongest among them,

struck down the flower of Israel.

 

Despite this they went on sinning;

they had no faith in his wonders:

 

so he ended their days like a breath

and their years in sudden ruin.

 

When he slew them then they would seek him,

return and seek him in earnest.

 

They would remember that God was their rock,

God the Most High their redeemer.

 

But the words they spoke were mere flattery;

they lied to him with their lips.

 

For their hearts were not truly with him;

they were not faithful to his covenant.

 

Yet he who is full of compassion

forgave their sin and spared them.

 

So often he held back his anger

when he might have stirred up his rage.

 

He remembered they were only men,

a breath that passes never to return.

 

How often they defied him in the wilderness

and caused him pain in the desert!

 

Yet again they put God to the test

and grieved the Holy One of Israel.

 

They did not remember his deeds

nor the day he saved them from the foe,

 

when he worked his miracles in Egypt,

his wonders in the plains of Zoan:

 

when he turned their rivers into blood,

made their streams impossible to drink.

 

He sent dog-flies against them to devour them

and swarms of frogs to molest them.

 

He gave their crops to the grub,

the fruit of their labor to the locust.

 

He destroyed their vines with hail,

their sycamore trees with frost.

 

He gave up their cattle to plague,

their flocks and herds to pestilence.

 

He turned on them the heat of his anger,

fury, rage and havoc,

 

a troop of destroying angels.

He gave free course to his anger.

 

He did not spare them from death

but gave their lives to the plague.

 

He struck all the first-born in Egypt,

the finest flower in the dwellings of Ham.

 

 

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 77c

 

Then he brought forth his people like sheep;

he guided his flock in the desert.

 

He led them safely with nothing to fear,

while the sea engulfed their foes.

 

So he brought them to his holy land,

to the mountain which his right hand had won.

 

He drove out the nations before them,

and divided the land for their heritage.

 

Their tents he gave as a dwelling

to each one of Israel’s tribes.

 

Still they put God to the proof and defied him;

they refused to obey the Most High.

 

They strayed, as faithless as their fathers,

like a bow on which the archer cannot count.

 

With their mountain shrines they angered him;

made him jealous with the idols they served.

 

God saw and was filled with fury;

he utterly rejected Israel.

 

He forsook his dwelling place in Shiloh,

the tent where he lived among men.

 

He gave his ark into captivity,

his glorious ark into the hands of the foe.

 

He gave up his people to the sword,

in his anger against his chosen ones.

 

So war devoured their young men,

their maidens had no wedding songs;

 

their priests fell by the sword

and their widows made no lament.

 

Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep,

like a warrior overcome with wine.

 

He struck his foes from behind

and put them to everlasting shame.

 

He rejected the tent of Joseph;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

 

but he chose the tribe of Judah,

the hill of Zion which he loves.

 

He built his shrine like the heavens,

or like the earth which he made firm for ever.

 

And he chose David his servant

and took him away from the sheepfolds

 

From the care of the ewes he called him 

to be shepherd of Jacob his people,

of Israel his own possession.

 

He tended them with blameless heart,

with discerning mind he led them.

 

 

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

 

 

Nocturn II

 

Psalm 11

 

Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished;

truth has gone from the sons of men.

 

Falsehood they speak one to another,

with lying lips, with a false heart.

 

May the Lord destroy all lying lips,

the tongue that speaks high-sounding words,

 

those who say: “Our tongue is our strength;

our lips are our own, who is our master?”

 

“For the poor who are oppressed and the needy who groan 

I myself will arise,” says the Lord,

“I will grant them the salvation for which they thirst.”

 

The words of the Lord are words without alloy,

silver from the furnace, seven times refined.

 

It is you, O Lord, who will take us in your care

and protect us for ever from this generation.

 

See how the wicked prowl on every side,

while the worthless are prized highly by the sons of men.

 

 

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.

 

 

Psalms 41

 

Like a deer that yearns

for running streams,

 

so my soul is yearning

for you, my God.

 

My soul is thirsting for God,

the God of my life;

 

when can I enter and see

the face of God?

 

My tears have become my bread,

by night, by day,

 

as I hear it said all the day long:

Where is your God?”

 

These things will I remember

as I pour out my soul:

 

how I would lead the rejoicing crowd

into the house of God,

 

amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,

and throng wild with joy.

 

Why are you cast down, my soul,

why groan within me?

 

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my Savior and my God.

 

My soul is cast down within me

as I think of you,

 

from the country of Jordan and Mount Hermon,

from the hill of Mizar.

 

Deep is calling on deep,

in the roar of waters;

 

your torrents and all your waves

swept over  me.

 

By day the Lord will send

his loving kindness,

 

by night I will sing to him,

praise the God of my life.

 

I will say to God, my rock:

Why have you forgotten me?

 

Why do I go mourning

oppressed by the foe?”

 

With cries that pierce me to the heart,

my enemies revile me,

 

saying to me all day long:

Where is your God?”

 

Why are you cast down, my soul,

why groan within me?

 

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my Savior and my God.

 

 

Psalm 42

 

Defend me, O God, and plead my cause

against a godless nation.

 

From deceitful and cunning men

rescue me, O God.

 

Since you, O God, are my stronghold,

why have your rejected me?

 

Why do I go mourning

oppressed by the foe?

 

O send forth your light and your truth;

let these be my guide.

 

Let them bring me to your holy mountain

to the  place where you dwell.

 

And I will come to the altar of God,

the God of my joy.

 

My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,

O God, my God.

 

Why are you cast down my soul,

who groan within me?

 

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my Savior and my God.

 

 

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 83

 

How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord, God of hosts.

 

My soul is longing and yearning,

is yearning for the courts of the Lord.

 

My heart and my soul ring out their joy

to God, the living God.

 

The sparrow herself finds a home

and the swallow a nest for her brood;

 

she lays her young by your altars,

Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

 

They are happy, who dwell in your house,

for ever singing your praise.

 

They are happy, whose strength is in you,

in whose hearts are roads to Zion.

 

As they go through the Bitter Valley, 

they make it a place springs;

the autumn rain covers it with blessings.

 

They walk with ever growing strength;

they will see the God of gods in Zion.

 

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,

give ear, O God of Jacob.

 

Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,

look on the face of your anointed.

 

One day within your courts

is better than a thousand elsewhere.

 

The threshold of the house of God

I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.

 

For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield;

he will give us his favor and glory.

 

The Lord will not refuse any good

to those who walk without blame

 

Lord, God of hosts,

happy the man who trusts in you!

 

 

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

 

 

Prayer

 

 

Hymn

 

We fly to your patronage,

O holy Mother of God;

despise not our petitions

in our necessities,

but deliver us from all evil,

O glorious and blessed Virgin.

 

 

Dismissal

 

Let us bless the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.