Thursday, September 3
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. Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,* but you take no delight in burnt-offerings. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;* a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:16–18

The Request for Presence
Let your ways be known upon earth,* your saving health among all nations.
Psalm 67:2


The Greeting

I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.
Psalm 119:113

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

I will listen to what the LORD God is saying,* for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
Psalm 85:8

A Reading

Have mercy, Lord, on the people who have invoked your name,* on Israel whom you have treated as a first-born. Show compassion on your holy city,* on Jerusalem the place of your rest. Fill Zion with songs of your praise,* and your sanctuary with your glory. Bear witness to those you created in the beginning,* and bring about what has been prophesied in your Name. Give those who wait for you their reward,* and let your prophets be proved worthy of belief. Grant, Lord, the prayer of your servants,* in accordance with Aaron’s blessing on your people, so that all the earth’s inhabitants may acknowledge* that you are the Lord, the everlasting God.
Ecclesiaticus 36:11–17

The Refrain

I will listen to what the LORD God is saying,* for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.

The Midday Psalm

The LORD Is Known by His Acts of Justice

The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug,* and in the snare they set is their own foot caught. The LORD is known by his acts of justice;* the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands. The wicked shall be given over to the grave,* and also all the peoples that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten,* and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever. Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand;* let them be judged before you. Put fear upon them, O LORD;* let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
Psalm 9:15–20

The Refrain

I will listen to what the LORD God is saying,* for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.

The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

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

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in my heart the love of your Name; increase in me true religion; nourish me with all goodness; and bring forth in me the fruit of good works; 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, in you I live and move and have my being: I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of my life I may not forget you, but may remember that I am ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.†