Mid Day Prayer
August 11, 2020

We are never alone. These daily prayers are a way for us to remain connected in our meaningful community in spite of physical separation. Want to join in live? For the foreseeable future, we will be livestreaming Mid-Day Prayer Monday – Thursday on the schedule below. Morning Prayer, Vespers, and Compline will be updated on this page for your convenience, and you are invited to pray them as you choose on your own. All are welcome.

Mid-Day Prayer 12:00pm PST (page 103 in the Book of Common Prayer)

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Mid-day Prayer

(Clare of Assisi, Monastic, 1253)

V. O God, make speed to save us.
R: O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, and visit me with your saving help.

Psalm 119 Heth Portio mea, Domine57   You only are my portion, O LORD; *
I have promised to keep your words. 
58   I entreat you with all my heart, *
be merciful to me according to your promise. 
59   I have considered my ways *
and turned my feet toward your decrees. 
60   I hasten and do not tarry *
to keep your commandments. 
61   Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
I do not forget your law. 
62   At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
because of your righteous judgments. 
63   I am a companion of all who fear you *
and of those who keep your commandments. 
64   The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
instruct me in your statutes. 

Psalm 106 A Confitemini Domino  Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever. 
  Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD *
or show forth all his praise? 
  Blessed are those who act with justice *
and always do what is right! 
  Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, *
and visit me with your saving help; 
  That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
that I may glory with your inheritance. 
  We have sinned as our forebears did; *
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly. 
  In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works, nor remember the abundance of your love; *
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea. 
  But he saved them for his Name’s sake, *
to make his power known. 
  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up, *
and he led them through the deep as through a desert. 
10   He saved them from the hand of those who hated them *
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 
11   The waters covered their oppressors; *
not one of them was left. 
12   Then they believed his words *
and sang him songs of praise. 

Psalm 106 B Cito fecerunt 

Psalm 106: Part I (cont.)

13   But they soon forgot his deeds *
and did not wait for his counsel. 
14   A craving seized them in the wilderness, *
and they put God to the test in the desert. 
15   He gave them what they asked, *
but sent leanness into their soul. 
16   They envied Moses in the camp, *
and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD. 
17   The earth opened and swallowed Dathan *
and covered the company of Abiram. 
18   Fire blazed up against their company, *
and flames devoured the wicked. 

Psalm 106: Part II Et fecerunt vitulum
19   Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
and worshiped a molten image; 
20   And so they exchanged their Glory *
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass. 
21   They forgot God their Savior, *
who had done great things in Egypt, 
22   Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
and fearful things at the Red Sea. 
23   So he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *
to turn away his wrath from consuming them. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, and visit me with your saving help.


Little Chapter

Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place.  Jeremiah 22:3

R. Thanks be to God.

The Prayers

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, 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. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

V. Lord, hear our prayer;
R. And let our cry come to you.

Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly city, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

Free intercessions may be offered.

V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God. 

What are the Daily Prayers?

Also called the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office, or the Work of God (Opus Dei), Daily Prayers have been a part of community and public prayer life from the times of the earliest Christians. Today, thousands of Christians from many denominations around the world pray some version of these shared prayers together. Typically, morning prayer is used in hours near or just after sunrise. Mid-day prayer is offered around noon or “lunchtime.” Evening prayer, or “vespers,” is appropriate for the time around sunset, before it is completely dark. Night prayer, or “compline” may be used after dark or as the final communal act of prayer before going to sleep for the night.

These services, following an ancient pattern of congregational prayer, focus upon the praise of God, thanksgiving, and prayer for God’s creation rather than the proclaiming of the Word. Therefore, preaching and other devotional talks are not a part of these services.

Each order reflects a simple yet flexible pattern. The openings, hymns, songs of praise, responses to prayers, and Lord’s Prayer may all be spoken or sung, with or without accompaniment. Scripture and Silence are optional. These prayers are great to be used in any setting in which you find yourself. You don’t need anything at all in order to pray, but you can keep things around you (like a candle or a cross) that remind you of God when you pray.