Thursday, December 18
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
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;* sing praises to the Lord. He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;* he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
Psalm 68:33–34

The Request for Presence
For God alone my soul in silence waits;* from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1

The Greeting

Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,* O God of our salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth . . .
Psalm 65:5

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Happy are they who trust in the LORD!
Psalm 40:4

A Reading

Go up on a high mountain, messenger of Zion. Shout as loud as you can, messenger of Jerusalem! Shout fearlessly, say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God.’ Here is Lord YAHWEH coming with power, his arm maintains his authority, his reward is with him and his prize precedes him. He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes.
Isaiah 40:9–11

The Refrain

Happy are they who trust in the LORD!
Psalm 40:4

The Midday Psalm

Light Shines in the Darkness for the Upright

Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord* and have great delight in his commandments! Their descendants will be mighty in the land;* the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in their house,* and their righteousness will last for ever. Light shines in the darkness for the upright;* the righteous are merciful and full of compassion. It is good for them to be generous in lending* and to manage their affairs with justice. For they will never be shaken;* the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance. They will not be afraid of any evil rumors;* their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord. Their heart is established and will not shrink,* until they see their desire upon their enemies. They have given freely to the poor,* and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honor. The wicked will see it and be angry; they will gnash their teeth and pine away;* the desires of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 112

The Refrain

Happy are they who trust in the LORD!
Psalm 40:4

The Cry of the Church

Be, Lord, my helper and forsake me not. Do not despise me, O God, my savior.

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

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

May God have mercy on me, forgive me my sins and bring me to life everlasting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.