Saturday, October 21
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Call to Prayer
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;* let the whole earth tremble before him. Tell it among the nations: “The LORD is King!* He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Psalm 96:9–10

The Request for Presence
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,* for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
Psalm 31:3

The Greeting

I love you, O LORD of my strength,* O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven. My God, my rock in whom I put my trust,* my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge; you are worthy of praise.
Psalm 18:1–2

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Into your hands I commend my spirit.
Psalm 31:5

A Reading

Concerning the Messiah, the prophet wrote: “Who has given credence to what we have heard? And who has seen in it a revelation of YAHWEH’s arm? Like a sapling he grew up before him, like a root in arid ground. He had no form or charm to attract us, no beauty to win our hearts; he was despised, the lowest of men, a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering, one from whom, as it were, we averted our gaze, despised, for whom we had no regard.”
Isaiah 53:1–3

The Refrain

Into your hands I commend my spirit.

The Midday Psalm

He Turns the Flint-stone into a Flowing Spring

Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt,* the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech, Judah became God’s sanctuary* and Israel his dominion. The sea beheld it and fled;* Jordan turned and went back. The mountains skipped like rams,* and the little hills like young sheep. What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?* O Jordan, that you turned back? You mountains, that you skipped like rams?* you little hills like young sheep? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,* at the presence of the God of Jacob, Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water* and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
Psalm 114

The Refrain

Into your hands I commend my spirit.

The Small Verse

I will bless the Lord at all times And his praise shall be always in my mouth. Glory to the Father and the Son And the eternal Spirit.

The Lord's Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; 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

Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill my petitions, I pray, not as I ask in my ignorance, nor as I deserve in my sinfulness, but as you know and love me in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.†