Prayers of the Apocalypse

In our Wednesday Night Scripture Study of the Apocalypse/Book of Revelation (7:30 pm, check our homepage for the link), we open each session with a canticle, or song, from the Book of Revelation that is used in the Liturgy of the Hours. These are powerful hymns of praise to Jesus Christ worthy of meditation, and incorporating into your own prayer life, whether on the nights indicated, or as you read the Book of Revelation, or as you feel called to offer worship to the Lamb of God.


from Vespers for Tuesdays — Revelation 4:11, 5:9, 10, 12

O Lord our God, you are worthy *
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you have created all things; *
by your will they came to be and were made.
Worthy are you, O Lord *
to receive the scroll and break open its seals.
For you were slain; *
with your blood you purchased for God
men from every race and tongue, *
of every people and nation.
You made of them a kingdom, †
and priests to serve our God, *
and they shall reign on earth.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain *
to receive power and riches,
wisdom and strength, *
honor and glory and praise.
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.


Vespers for Thursdays — Revelation 11:17-18; 12:10b-12a
The judgment of God

We praise you, the Lord God Almighty, who is and who was.

You have assumed your great power, you have begun your reign.

The nations have raged in anger,  but then came your day of wrath

and the moment to judge the dead: the time to reward your servants the prophets

and the holy ones who revere you, the great and the small alike.

Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.

For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before God.

They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death.

So rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell therein!

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.


from Vespers for Fridays — Revelation 15:3-4
Hymn of adoration

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who would dare refuse you honor,
or the glory due your name, O Lord?
Since you alone are holy,
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence.
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.
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.


Vespers for Sundays — Revelation 19:1-7
The Wedding of the Lamb

Alleluia.
Salvation, glory, and power to our God: *
his judgments are honest and true. *
Alleluia.

Alleluia.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants, *
all who worship him reverently, great and small. *
Alleluia.

Alleluia.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King; *
Let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory. *
Alleluia.

Alleluia.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun, *
and his bride is prepared to welcome him. *
Alleluia.

Alleluia.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *.
and to the Holy Spirit: *
Alleluia.

Alleluia.
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen. *
Alleluia.

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