Morning Prayers for Thursday in the First Week of Lent

From my Credo Christian E-Card site

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

O God, come to my aid.

O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.


Psalm 56/57

Morning prayer in time of affliction

Awake, lyre and harp: I will awaken the dawn.

Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.

My soul flies to you for refuge.

I will hide in the shelter of your wings

until the time of ambush is past.

I will cry to God the Most High,

to the God who cares for me.

He will send help from heaven to set me free.

He will disgrace those who trample me underfoot.

He will send forth his mercy and faithfulness.

My soul lies among lion-cubs

that would devour the children of men.

Their teeth are spears and arrows,

their tongues are pointed swords.

May you be exalted above the heavens, O God,

let your glory cover the whole earth.

They prepared a trap for my feet;

my soul was bent double under its burden;

they dug a pit in front of me

but they fell into it themselves.

My heart is ready, God.

My heart is ready.

I will offer you music and song.

Awake, my glory,

awake, lyre and harp.

I will awaken the dawn.

I will proclaim you among the peoples, Lord,

and make music for you among the nations,

for your mercy reaches as high as the heavens,

your faithfulness to the clouds.

May you be exalted above the heavens, O God,

let your glory cover the earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Awake, lyre and harp, I will awaken the dawn.


Canticle: Jeremiah 31

The joy of those whom God sets free

Good things will fill my people to overflowing, says the Lord.

All you nations, listen to the word of the Lord,

proclaim it in the farthest islands,

“He who scattered his people Israel

has brought them back together.

He will care for them as a shepherd tends his flock.”

For the Lord has redeemed Jacob

and freed him from the hand of his conqueror.

They will come and sing praises on Mount Zion,

they will flood in to receive the good things of the Lord,

grain, and wine, and oil,

and the young of both herd and flock.

Their spirit will be like a richly watered garden,

and they will hunger no more.

The young girl will dance for joy,

young men and old men too.

“I will turn their weeping into gladness,” says the Lord,

“I will comfort them and give them joy after sorrow.

I will overwhelm my priests with rich food,

and my good things will fill my people to overflowing.”

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Good things will fill my people to overflowing, says the Lord.


Psalm 47/48

Thanksgiving for the safety of the people

The Lord is great and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.

The Lord is great and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God.

His holy mountain is a beautiful sight,

the joy of all the earth.

Mount Zion is at its northernmost edge,

the city of the great king.

Here among its palaces,

God has shown himself as its refuge.

For the kings assembled,

made alliance against it,

but when they saw it, they were amazed.

Panic took them and they scattered.

Trembling took hold of them,

pain like that of childbirth.

With the east wind

you will destroy the ships of Tarshish.

What we had heard, we saw in the city of the Lord of hosts,

in the city of our God,

which God has founded for ever.

We ponder your mercy, O God,

as we stand in your temple.

Your name, O Lord, and your praise

will reach to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand delivers justice.

Let Mount Zion be glad

and the daughters of Judah rejoice,

because of your judgements.

Go round Zion, see it all, count every tower.

Feel its strength, visit its palaces,

so that you can tell the next generation

Here is God, our God,

here he remains for ever;

and for ever he will lead us and guide us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

The Lord is great and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.


A Reading from 1 Kings 8:51-53

Lord, we are your people and your heritage. Be always watchful for the entreaty of your servant and of your people Israel, and listen to us whenever we call to you. For it was you who set us apart from all the peoples of the earth to be your own heritage.


Canticle: The Messiah and his forerunner

If you, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.

He has raised up the sign of salvation

in the house of his servant David,

as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,

his prophets through the ages:

to rescue us from our enemies

and all who hate us,

to take pity on our fathers,

to remember his holy covenant

and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,

that he would give himself to us,

that we could serve him without fear

freed from the hands of our enemies

in uprightness and holiness before him,

for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:

for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,

to let his people know their salvation,

so that their sins may be forgiven.

Through the bottomless mercy of our God,

one born on high will visit us

to give light to those who walk in darkness,

who live in the shadow of death;

to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

If you, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!


Prayers and Intercessions

All praise to Christ the Lord, the light of the world. Thanks to him we walk not in shadows but in living light. We offer him our prayer:

May your word be a lantern to guide our steps.

Most kind God, may we learn today to imitate you more closely.

Our nature fell with Adam: raise it to its feet.

May your word be a lantern to guide our steps.

Give us your word as a lantern to guide our footsteps:

if we follow you truly, every action will increase our love.

May your word be a lantern to guide our steps.

Teach us to do faithfully what is good, for the sake of your name,

so that the Church shines more brightly on the whole family of man.

May your word be a lantern to guide our steps.

Give us sincere repentance: make us more and more seek your friendship

and atone for our sins against your wisdom and goodness.

May your word be a lantern to guide our steps.


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.


Lord, grant us this gift – to desire always to do what is right, and to be swift in doing it. Without you we cannot exist:

Make us able to live according to your will.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life. Amen.

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One Response to Morning Prayers for Thursday in the First Week of Lent

  1. ukok says:

    In our earthly sufferings it can be difficult to remember that the Lord says…

    “I will turn their weeping into gladness,” says the Lord,

    “I will comfort them and give them joy after sorrow.

    I will overwhelm my priests with rich food,

    and my good things will fill my people to overflowing.”

    Amen!

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