Sunday, April 23
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m


The Call to Prayer
O Israel, wait for the LORD,* for with the LORD there is mercy; With him there is plenteous redemption,* and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
Psalm 130:6–7

The Request for Presence
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.
Psalm 106:4–5


The Greeting

You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; . . . To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come,* because of their transgressions.
Psalm 65:1–2

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!* whose hope is in the LORD their God.
Psalm 146:4

A Reading

Woe to those who burrow down to conceal their plans from YAHWEH, who scheme in the dark and say, ‘Who can see us? Who knows who we are?’ How perverse you are! Is the potter no better than the clay? Something that was made, can it say of its maker, ‘He did not make me’? Or a pot say of a potter, ‘He does not know his job’?
Isaiah 29:15–16

The Refrain

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!* whose hope is in the LORD their God.

The Midday Psalm

In His Holy Name We Put Our Trust

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him,* on those who wait upon his love, To pluck their lives from death,* and to feed them in time of famine. Our soul waits for the LORD;* he is our help and our shield. Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,* for in his holy Name we put our trust. Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us,* as we have put our trust in you.
Psalm 33:18–22

The Refrain

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!* whose hope is in the LORD their God.

The Small Verse

Keep me, Lord, as the apple of your eye and carry me under the shadow of your wings.
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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

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that I, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

May God himself order my days and make them acceptable in his sight. Blessed be the Lord always, my strength and my redeemer.
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