Saturday, December 16
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m

Third Week of Advent

The Call to Prayer
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, you heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The Request for Presence
May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
Psalm 104:32

The Greeting

Hosanna, LORD, hosanna!* LORD, send us now success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; . . . God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
Psalm 118:25–27

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:8

A Reading

Listen, my God, listen to us; open your eyes and look at our plight and at the city that bears your name. Relying not on your upright deeds but on your great mercy, we pour out our plea to you. Listen, Lord! Forgive, Lord! Hear, Lord, and act! For your own sake, my God do not delay—since your city and your people alike bear your name.
Daniel 9:18–19

The Refrain

I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:8

The Midday Psalm

The Works of the LORD Are Sure

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous;* it is good for the just to sing praises. Praise the LORD with the harp;* play to him upon the psaltery and lyre. Sing for him a new song;* sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet. For the word of the LORD is right,* and all his works are sure. He loves righteousness and justice;* the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
Psalm 33:1–5

The Refrain

I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:8

The Cry of the Church

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people everywhere, and strengthen each of us to do your will; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.†