Thursday, September 18
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Glory in his holy Name;* let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Psalm 105:3

The Request for Presence
Let your compassion come to me, that I may live,* for your law is my delight.
Psalm 119:77


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 instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go;* I will guide you with my eye. Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding;* who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.”
Psalm 32:9–10

A Reading

Thus says YAHWEH, ‘Let the sage boast no more of wisdom, nor the valiant of valor, nor the wealthy of riches! But let anyone who wants to boast, boast of this: of understanding and knowing me. For I am YAHWEH, who acts with faithful love, justice and uprightness on earth; yes, these are what please me’— YAHWEH declares.
Jeremiah 9:22–24

The Refrain

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go;* I will guide you with my eye. Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding;* who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.”

The Midday Psalm

Come, Children, and Listen to Me

The young lions lack and suffer hunger,* but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good. Come, children, and listen to me;* I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Who among you loves life* and desires long life to enjoy prosperity? Keep your tongue from evil-speaking* and your lips from lying words. Turn from evil and do good;* seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:10–14

The Refrain

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go;* I will guide you with my eye. Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding;* who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.”

The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

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

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule my heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Open, Lord my eyes that I may see. Open, Lord, my ears that I may hear. Open, Lord, my heart and my mind that I may understand. So shall I turn to you and be healed.
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