Wednesday, July 26
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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.
Traditional Doxology

The Request for Presence
So teach me to number my days* that I may apply my heart to wisdom.
based on Psalm 90:12


The Greeting

There is forgiveness in you;* therefore you shall be feared.
Psalm 130:3

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

The merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him,* and his righteous children’s children.
Psalm 103:17

A Reading

Having hope for what we cannot yet see, we are able to wait for it with persevering confidence. And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in weakness, for when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words, and he who can see into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.
Romans 8:25–27

The Refrain

The merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him,* and his righteous children’s children.

The Midday Psalm

Longing for the Courts of the LORD

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!* My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young;* by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are they who dwell in your house!* they will always be praising you. Happy are the people whose strength is in you!* whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.
Psalm 84:1–4

The Refrain

The merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him,* and his righteous children’s children.

The Small Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me.* In green pastures He hath settled me.
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

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know my necessities before I ask and my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which for my unworthiness I dare not, and for my blindness I cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon all of us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship may give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.†