Morning Prayer for Monday in the Second Week of Lent

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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 41/42

Longing for the Lord and his temple

When shall I come and stand before the face of God?

Like a deer that longs for springs of water,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, the living God,

when shall I come and stand before the face of God?

My tears are my food, by day and by night,

and everyone asks, “where is your God?”

I remember how I went up to your glorious dwelling-place

and into the house of God,

the memory melts my soul.

The sound of joy and thanksgiving,

the crowds at the festival.

Why are you so sad, my soul,

and anxious within me?

Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,

my saviour and my God.

My soul is sad within me,

and so I will remember you

in the lands of Jordan and Hermon,

on the mountain of Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

in your rushing waters

and all your torrents, all your waves

have flowed over me.

By day the Lord sends his kindness upon me,

by night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God,

“You are my support, why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go in mourning, while the enemy persecutes me?”

As my bones break,

my persecutors deride me,

all the time saying “where is your God?”

Why are you so sad, my soul,

and anxious within me?

Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,

my saviour and my God.

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.

When shall I come and stand before the face of God?


Canticle : Ecclesiasticus 36

A prayer for Jerusalem, the holy city

Lord, show me the light of your mercies.

God of all, have mercy on us, take notice of us,

and show us the light of your mercies.

Make the nations fear you, who have not sought you out,

make them know that there is no God except you,

let them tell of your wonders.

Lift up your hand over foreign nations, that they may see your power

for just as in their sight you have been sanctified in us,

so in our sight you will be magnified in them.

Lift up your hand so that they may know, as we know,

that there is no God but you, Lord.

Bring forth new signs and repeat your wonders,

glorify your hand, show the strength of your arm.

Gather together all the tribes of Jacob,

give them back the inheritance they had from the beginning.

Take pity on your people, over whom we invoke your name,

and on Israel, whom you have made equal to your firstborn.

Take pity on the city you have sanctified,

Jerusalem, the place of your rest.

Fill Zion with your majesty,

fill your temple with your glory.

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.

Lord, show me the light of your mercies.


Psalm 18/19

Praise of God the creator

Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.

The skies tell the story of the glory of God,

the firmament proclaims the work of his hands,

day pours out the news to day,

night passes to night the knowledge.

Not a speech, not a word,

not a voice goes unheard.

Their sound is spread throughout the earth,

their message to all the corners of the world.

At the ends of the earth he has set up

a dwelling place for the sun.

Like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

it rejoices like an athlete at the race to be run.

It appears at the edge of the sky,

runs its course to the sky’s furthest edge.

Nothing can hide from its heat.

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.

Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.


A Reading from Romans 12:1-2

Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God. Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.

Canticle: The Messiah and his forerunner

Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.

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.

Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.


Prayers and Intercessions

Blessed be God the Father. By his gift we offer him a sacrifice of praise on this Lenten day. Let us pray to him;

Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.

Almighty and compassionate God, give us a spirit of prayer and penitence,

make us burn with love for God and man.

Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.

Let us work with you to restore all things in Christ

and spread justice and peace through all the world.

Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.

Teach us the nature and value of the whole of creation:

may we be united with it as we sing your praises.

Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.

Forgive us for not seeing Christ’s presence in the poor,

the unfortunate, in those who suffer,

for not revering your Son in them.

Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.

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.

O God, you tell us to mortify our bodies to cure our sick souls.

Grant us the ability to abstain from all sin

and the power to obey wholeheartedly all your holy commandments.

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 Prayer for Monday in the Second Week of Lent

  1. ukok says:

    That is an especially powerful reading in the Morning Prayers of this day…

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