Monday, September 1
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Sing to the LORD a new song,* for he has done marvelous things.
Psalm 98:1

The Request for Presence
Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people,* and visit me with your saving help; That I may see the prosperity of your elect* and be glad with the gladness of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance.
Psalm 106:4–5


The Greeting

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens;* you have done great things; who is like you, O God?
Psalm 71:19

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;* I will praise my God while I have my being.
Psalm 104:34

A Reading

. . . our salvation is even nearer than when we first began to believe. The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to darkness and equip ourselves for the light. Let us live decently, as in the light of day; with no orgies or drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy.
Romans 13:11–13

The Refrain

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;* I will praise my God while I have my being.

The Midday Psalm

On This Day the LORD Has Acted

Open for me the gates of righteousness;* I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD. “This is the gate of the LORD;* he who is righteous may enter.” I will give thanks to you, for you answered me* and have become my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes. On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:19–24

The Refrain

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;* I will praise my God while I have my being.

The Cry of the Church

Be, Lord, my helper and forsake me not. Do not despise me, O God, my savior.
THE SHORT BREVIARY

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in my heart the love of your Name; increase in me true religion; nourish me with all goodness; and bring forth in me the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Direct me, O Lord, in all my doings with your most gracious favor, and further me with your continual help; that in all my work begun, continued, and ended in you, I may glorify your holy name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.†