Friday, September 24
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord.
Isaiah 1:18 KJV

The Request for Presence
O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly;* hear my voice when I cry to you.
Psalm 141:1


The Greeting

In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge;* let me never be ashamed.
Psalm 71:1

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Happy are they all who fear the LORD,* and who follow in his ways!
Psalm 128:1

A Reading

By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, through the knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these, the greatest and the priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion. With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding, understanding with self control, self control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion, devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love. The possession and growth of these qualities will prevent your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ from being ineffectual and unproductive. But without them a person is blind or short-sighted, forgetting how the sins of the past were washed away.
2 Peter 1:3–9

The Refrain

Happy are they all who fear the LORD,* and who follow in his ways!

The Midday Psalm

Who Can Ascend the Hill of the LORD?

“Who can ascend the hill of the LORD?* and who can stand in his holy place?” “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,* who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud. They shall receive a blessing from the LORD* and a just reward from the God of their salvation.” Such is the generation of those who seek him,* of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Psalm 24:3–6

The Refrain

Happy are they all who fear the LORD,* and who follow in his ways!

The Cry of the Church

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

Grant that I, Lord, may not be anxious about earthly things, but love things heavenly; and even now, while I am placed among things that are passing away, hold fast to those that shall endure; 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

Direct me, O Lord, in all my doings with your most gracious favor, and further me with your continual help; that in all my work begun, continued, and ended in you, I may glorify your holy name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.†