Friday, April 29
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Open my lips, O LORD,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Psalm 51:16

The Request for Presence
Blessed are you, O LORD;* instruct me in your statutes.
Psalm 119:12


The Greeting

How priceless is your love, O God!* your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They feast upon the abundance of your house;* you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the well of life,* and in your light we see light.
Psalm 36:7–9

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psalm 85:10

A Reading

Anyone who listens to the Word and takes no action is like someone who looks at his own features in a mirror and, once he has seen what he looks like, goes off and immediately forgets it. But anyone who looks steadily at the perfect law of freedom and keeps to it—not listening and forgetting, but putting it to practice —will be blessed in every undertaking.
James 1:23–25

The Refrain

Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

The Midday Psalm

Sing to the LORD a New Song

Sing to the LORD a new song;* sing to the LORD, all the whole earth. Sing to the LORD and bless his Name;* proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations* and his wonders among all peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;* he is more to be feared than all gods. As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;* but it is the LORD who made the heavens. Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!* Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
Psalm 96:1–6

The Refrain

Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

The Cry of the Church

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

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

I thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered me from the dominion of sin and death and brought me into the kingdom of your Son; and I pray that, as by his death he has recalled me to life, so by his love he may raise me to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Let us bless the Lord God living and true! Let us always render him praise, glory, honor, blessing, and all good things! Amen. Amen. So be it! So be it!
St. Francis of Assisi