The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

  Opening Versicle with the Glory Be
[Page 103. It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Versicle. The Alleluia may be added except during Lent and Holy Week.]

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 Psalms
[Pages 103-105. One or more of the Psalms may be used. In the recitation of the Psalms, a pause is made at the asterisk "*". The Glory be to the Father is said after each psalm or at the end of the selected psalms. The psalms to be used are]:

Psalm 119 [Lucerna pedibus meis]
Your word is a lantern to my feet *
    and a light upon my path.

I have sworn and am determined *
    to keep your righteous judgments.

I am deeply troubled; *
    preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.

Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, *
    and teach me your judgments.

My life is always in my hand, *
    yet I do not forget your law.

The wicked have set a trap for me, *
    but I have not strayed from your commandments.

Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
    truly, they are the joy of my heart.

I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
    for ever and to the end.

Psalm 121 [Levavi oculos]
I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
    from where is my help to come?

My help comes from the Lord, *
    the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved *
    and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.

Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
    shall neither slumber nor sleep;

The Lord himself watches over you; *
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand,

So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
    it is he who shall keep you safe.

The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
    from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 126 [In convertendo]
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
    then were we like those who dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
    and our tongue with shouts of joy.

Then they said among the nations, *
    "The Lord has done great things for them."

The Lord has done great things for us, *
    and we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
    like the watercourses of the Negev.

Those who sowed with tears *
    will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
    will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

[At the end of the Psalms is said]:
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 Short Reading
[ [Pages 105-106. One of the following short scriptural passages is said]:
The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5

R. Thanks be to God.

or this

If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

R. Thanks be to God.

or this

 From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts. Malachi 1:11

R. Thanks be to God.

The Kyrie and Lord's Prayer [Page 106]
Lord, have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Suffrages   [Top of page 107]
V. Lord, hear our prayer;
R. And let our cry come to you.
Let us pray.

The Collects
 [Page 107. One or more of the following Collects is said.]
Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

or this

Almighty Savior, who at noonday called your servant Saint Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles: We pray you to illumine the world with the radiance of your glory, that all nations may come and worship you; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

or this

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 forever. Amen.

The Closing Versicle and Response [Page 107]
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

The Benediction
V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. And may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

Take a moment to pray
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