Before Matins are said silently : the Lord’s Prayer, the Angelical Salutation, and the Apostles’ Creed.
Then is said aloud :
+ O Lord, open Thou my lips. R. And my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.
V. O God, make speed to save us. R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world with out end. Alleluia.
And Alleluia is daily said here throughout the year, except that from Septuagesima Sunday till Maundy Thursday is said instead:
Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of Eternal Glory.
Venite & Invitatory
These invitatories are said on ferial days from the Ocatve of the Epiphany till Passion Sunday, and from Trinity till Advent.
Eastertide. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Through the Year. O come: let us sing unto the Lord.
The Antiphons of the Nocturns are said through the year as follow.
Eastertide. Alleluia, alleluia: alleluia. (under which all the Psalms are said).
Through the Year. The Lord is the strength.
Psalm xxvii (27)
THE Lord is my light and my salvation ; whom then shall I fear: the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh: they stumbled and fell.
Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid: and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require: even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and to visit his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle: yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
And now shall he lift up mine head: above mine enemies round about me.
Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: I will sing, and speak praises unto the Lord.
Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry unto thee: have mercy upon me, and hear me.
My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
O hide not thou thy face from me: nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
Thou hast been my succour: leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me: the Lord taketh me up.
Teach me the way, O Lord: and lead in the right way, because of mine enemies.
Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
I should utterly have fainted: but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
O tarry thou the Lord’s leisure: be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart ; and put thou thy trust in the Lord.
Psalm xxviii (28)
Ad te, Domine.
UNTO thee will I cry, O Lord my strength: think no scorn of me; lest, if thou make as though thou hearest not, I become like them that go down into the pit.
Hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto thee: when I hold up my hands towards the mercy-seat of thy holy temple.
O pluck me not away, neither destroy me, with the ungodly and wicked doers: which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.
Reward them according to their deeds: and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.
Recompense them after the work of their hands: pay them that they have deserved.
For they regard not in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands: therefore shall he break them down, and not build them up.
Praised be the Lord: for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him.
The Lord is my strength: and he is the wholesome defence of his Anointed.
O save thy people, and give thy blessing unto thine inheritance: feed them , and set them up for ever.
Antiphon. The Lord is the strength of my life.
Psalm xxix (29)
BRING unto the Lord, O ye mighty, bring young rams unto the Lord: ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength.
Give the Lord the honour due unto his Name: worship the Lord with holy worship.
It is the Lord that commandeth the waters: it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.
It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation: the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees: yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.
He maketh them also to skip like a calf: Libanus also, and Sirion, like a young unicorn.
The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness: yea, the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Cades.
The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discovereth the thick bushes: in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.
The Lord sitteth above the water -flood: and the Lord remaineth a King for ever.
The Lord shall give strength unto his people: the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Psalm XXX (30)
Exaltabo te, Domine.
I WILL magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast set me up: and not made my foes to triumph over me.
O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou hast healed me.
Thou, Lord, hast brought my soul out of hell: thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.
Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye saints of his: and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness.
For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hast made my hill so strong.
Thou didst turn thy face from me: and I was troubled.
Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gat me to my Lord right humbly.
What profit is there in my blood: when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust give thanks unto thee: or shall it declare thy truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.
Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.
Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing: O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Antiphon. Worship: the Lord with holy worship.
Antiphon. Deliver me.
Psalm XXXI (31).
In te, Domine, speravi.
IN THEE, O Lord, have I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion, deliver me in thy righteousness.
Bow down thine ear to me: make haste to deliver me.
And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence: that thou mayest save me.
For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name’s sake.
Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities: and my trust hath been in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities.
Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: but hast set my feet in a large room.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord , for I am in trouble: and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.
For my life is waxen old with heaviness: and my years with mourning.
My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity: and my bones are consumed.
I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me; and they that did see me without conveyed themselves from me.
I am clean forgotten, as a dead man out of mind: I am become like a broken vessel.
For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude: and fear is on every side, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.
But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord: I have said, Thou art my God.
My time is in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies: and from them that persecute me.
Shew thy servant the light of thy countenance: and save me for thy mercy’s sake.
Let me not be confounded, O Lord for I have called upon thee: let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to silence in the grave.
Let the lying lips be put to silence: which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully, speak against the righteous.
O how plentiful is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee: and that thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the sons of men!
Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own presence from the provoking of all men: thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.
Thanks be to the Lord: for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.
And when I made haste, I said: I am cast out of the sight of thine eyes.
Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer: when I cried unto thee.
26.O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.
Be strong, and he shall establish your heart: all that ye put your trust in the Lord.
Psalm XXXII (32).
BLESSED is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven: and whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth no sin: and in whose spirit there is no guile.
For while I held my tongue: my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.
For thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and my moisture is like the drought in summer.
I will acknowledge my sin unto thee: and mine unrighteousness have I not hid.
I said, I will confess my sins unto the Lord: and so thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin.
For this shall every one that is godly make his prayer unto thee, in a time when thou mayest be found: but in the great water-floods they shall not come nigh him.
Thou art a place to hide me in, thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
I will inform thee, and teach thee in the way wherein thou shalt go: and I will guide thee with mine eyes.
Be ye not like to horse and mule, which have no understanding: whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle. lest they fall upon thee.
Great plagues remain for the ungodly: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on every side.
Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord: and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.
Antiphon. Deliver me: in thy righteousness.
Antiphon. It becometh well.
Psalm XXXIII (33).
REJOICE in the Lord, O ye righteous: for it becometh well the just to be thankful.
Praise the Lord with harp: sing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.
Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing praises lustily unto him with a good courage.
For the word of the Lord is true: and all his works are faithful.
He loveth righteousness and judgement: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made: and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap: and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.
Let all the earth fear the Lord: stand in awe of him, all ye that dwell in the world.
For he spake, and it was done: he commanded and it stood fast.
The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and casteth out the counsels of princes.
The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever: and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.
Blessed are the people, whose God is the Lord Jehovah: and blessed are the folk, that he hath chosen to him to be his inheritance.
The Lord looked down from heaven, and beheld all the children of men: from the habitation of his dwelling he considereth all them that dwell on the earth.
He fashioneth all the hearts of them: and understandeth all their works.
There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an host: neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength.
A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man: neither shall he deliver any man by his great strength.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him: and upon them that put their trust in his mercy.
To deliver their soul from death: and to feed them in the time of dearth.
Our soul hath patiently tarried for the Lord: for he is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in him: because we have hoped in his holy Name.
Let thy merciful kindness, O Lord, be upon us: like as we do put our trust in thee.
Psalm XXXIV (34).
I WILL alway give thanks unto the Lord: his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his Name together.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me: yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
They had an eye unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him: yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him: and delivereth them.
O taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the Lord, ye that are his saints: for they that fear him lack nothing.
The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.
Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain see good days?
Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips, that they speak no guile.
Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and ensue it.
The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers.
The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and will save such as be of an humble spirit.
Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.
But misfortune shall slay the ungodly: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.
Antiphon. It becometh well: the just to be thankful.
Antiphon. Fight thou.
Psalm XXXV (35).
PLEAD thou my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: and fight thou against them that fight against me.
Lay hand upon the shield and buckler: and stand up to help me.
Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
Let them be confounded and put to shame, that seek after my soul :let them be turned back and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
Let them be as the dust before the wind: and the angel of the Lord scattering them.
Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.
For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause: yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.
Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net, that he hath laid privily, catch himself: that he may fall into his own mischief.
And, my soul, be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him: yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
They rewarded me evil for good: to the great discomfort of my soul.
Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting.: and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.
I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother: I went heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.
With the flatterers were busy mockers: who gnashed upon me with their teeth.
Lord, how long wilt though look upon this: O deliver my soul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions.
So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly: neither let them wink with their eyes that they hate me without a cause.
And why? their communing is not for peace; but they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
They gaped upon me with their mouths, and said: Fie on thee, fie on thee, we saw it with our eyes.
This thou hast seen, O Lord: hold not thy tongue then, go not far from me, O Lord.
Awake, and stand up to judge my quarrel: avenge thou my cause, my God, and my Lord.
Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness: and let them not triumph over me.
Let them not say in their hearts, There, there, so would we have it: neither let them say, We have devoured him.
Let them be put to confusion and shame together, that rejoice at my trouble: let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour, that boast themselves against me.
Let them be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing: yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness: and of thy praise all the day long.
Psalm XXXVI (36).
MY HEART sheweth me the wickedness of the ungodly: that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flattereth himself in his own sight: until his abominable sin be found out.
The words of his mouth are unrighteous, and full of deceit: he hath left off to behave himself wisely, and to do good.
He imagineth mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no good way: neither doth he abhor any thing that is evil.
Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens: and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains: thy judgments are like the great deep.
Thou, Lord, shalt save both man and beast; How excellent is thy mercy, O God: and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house: and thou shalt give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river.
For with thee is the well of life: and in thy light shall we see light.
O continue forth thy loving-kindness unto them that know thee: and thy righteousness unto them that are true of heart.
O let not the foot of pride come against me: and let not the hand of the ungodly cast me down.
There are they fallen, all that work wickedness: they are cast down, and shall not be able to stand.
Antiphon. Fight thou: against them that fight against me.
Antiphon. Commit thy way.
Psalm XXXVII (37).
FRET not thyself because of the ungodly: neither be thou envious against the evil-doers.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass: and be withered even as the green herb.
Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good: dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thou in the Lord: and he shall give thee thy heart’s desire.
Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him: and he shall bring it to pass.
He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light ; and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him: but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels.
Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
Wicked doers shall be rooted out: and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth: and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.
The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just: and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The Lord shall laugh him to scorn: for he hath seen that his day is coming.
The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow: to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as are of a right conversation.
Their sword shall go through their own heart: and their bow shall be broken.
A small thing that the righteous hath: is better than great riches of the ungodly.
For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken: and the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
The Lord knoweth the days of the godly: and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
They shall not be confounded in the perilous time: and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
As for the ungodly, they shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord shall consume as the fat of lambs: yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
Such as are blessed of God shall possess the land: and they that are cursed of him shall be rooted out.
The Lord ordereth a good man’s going: and maketh his way acceptable to himself.
Though he fall, he shall not be cast away: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
I have been young, and now am old: and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.
The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth: and his seed is blessed.
Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good: and dwell for evermore.
For the Lord loveth the thing that is right: he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
The unrighteous shall be punished: as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
The righteous shall inherit the land: and dwell therein forever.
The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgement.
The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings shall not slide.
The ungodly seeth the righteous: and seeketh occasion to slay him.
The Lord will not leave him in his hand: nor condemn him when he is judged.
Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
I myself have seen the ungodly in great power: and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
I went by, and lo, he was gone: I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right: for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
As for the transgressors, they shall perish together: and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the Lord: who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
And the Lord shall stand by them, and save them: he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
Domine, ne in furore.
PUT me not to rebuke, O Lord, in thine anger: neither chasten me in thy heavy displeasure.
For thine arrows stick fast in me: and thy hand presseth me sore.
There is no health in my flesh, because of thy displeasure: neither is there any rest in my bones, by reason of my sin.
For my wickednesses are gone over my head: and are like a sore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
My wounds stink, and are corrupt: through my foolishness.
I am brought into so great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.
For my loins are filled with a sore disease: and there is no whole part in my body.
I am feeble, and sore smitten: I have roared for the very disquietness of my heart.
Lord, thou knowest all my desire: and my groaning is not hid from thee.
My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me: and the sight of mine eyes is gone from me.
My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble: and my kinsmen stood afar off.
They also that sought after my life laid snares for me: and they that went about to do me evil talked of wickedness, and imagined deceit all the day long.
As for me I was like a deaf men, and heard not: and as one that is dumb, who doth not open his mouth.
I became even as a man that heareth not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
For in thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: thou shalt answer for me, O Lord my God.
I have required that they, even mine enemies should not triumph over me: for when my foot slipped, they rejoiced greatly against me.
And I, truly, am set in the plague: and my heaviness is ever in my sight.
For I will confess my wickedness: and be sorry for my sin.
But mine enemies live, and are mighty: and they that hate me wrongfully are many in number.
They also that reward evil for good are against me: because I follow the thing that good is.
Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far from me.
Haste thee to help me: O Lord God of my salvation.
Antiphon. Commit thy way: unto the Lord.
V. Out of Sion hath God appeared in perfect beauty.
R. Our God shall come.
Through the Year.
V. I have thought upon thy name, O Lord, in the night season.
R. And have kept thy law.
V. He shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter.
R. And from the noisome pestilence.
V. Deliver my soul from the sword.
R. My darling from the power of the dog.
V. The Lord is risen from the tomb. Alleluia.
R. Who hung for us upon the tree. Alleluia.
Absolution and Benediction as in the 1st Nocturn on Sunday.