Opening Preces

Opening Preces* at Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, & Vespers –

V. Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen. (except in Lent) Alleluia.

*Preces (Latin preces, plural of prex, “prayer”) are, in liturgical worship, short petitions that are said or sung as versicle and response by the officiant and congregation respectively. This form of prayer is one of the oldest in Christianity, finding its source in the pre-Christian Hebrew prayers of the Psalms in Temple Worship