Morning Prayers for Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

by D. Scalise

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 42/43

Longing for the temple

Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

Vindicate me, Lord:

judge my case against an unholy nation,

rescue me from betrayers, from the wicked.

For you are the God of my refuge,

why have you rejected me?

why must I suffer while my enemies torment me?

Send forth your light and your truth,

let them lead me away,

let them lead me up your holy mountain,

up to your sanctuary.

I shall go in to the altar of God,

to the God of my gladness and joy.

I will sing out to you on the lyre,

O God, my 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.

Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

Canticle: Isaiah 38

The psalm of Hezekiah on recovering from sickness

Keep us safe, Lord, all the days of our lives.

I said, in the middle of my days

I am going to the gates of the underworld.

Where shall I find the remainder of my years?

I said, I will not see the Lord God in the land of the living,

I will never see another of the inhabitants of the earth.

My dwelling-place is taken away,

taken far away from me,

like the tent of a shepherd.

Like a weaver, he has rolled up my life

and cut it off from the loom.

From morning to night,

you have made an end of me.

I cried for help till daybreak,

like a lion, he has crushed all my bones.

From morning to night,

you have made an end of me.

I twitter like a fledgling sparrow,

make noises like a dove.

My eyes are weak

from looking upward.

But you have pulled my soul out of the pit of destruction,

you have put all my sins behind you.

For after all, the underworld will not proclaim you,

nor death praise you,

those who go down there

do not wait in hope for your faithfulness.

It is the living, the living who will proclaim you,

as I do today.

Fathers will pass on to their children

the truth of your faithfulness.

Save me, Lord,

and to the sound of the harp we will sing to you,

all the days of our life,

in the house of the Lord.

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.

Keep us safe, Lord, all the days of our lives.

Psalm 64/65

A solemn thanksgiving

To you we owe praise, O God, in Zion.

To you we owe praise, O God, in Zion,

to you we will fulfil our vows, in Jerusalem.

It is you who answer prayers,

to you must all men come,

because we are sinners,

even if our transgressions overwhelm us,

you will blot them out.

Blessed is the man you have taken up and chosen,

he will live within your halls.

We shall be filled with the good things of your house,

with the holiness of your temple.

Marvellous is the justice with which you listen to us,

God of our salvation,

hope of all the earth and far-off coasts.

You make firm the mountains in their place,

clothed in your power and might.

You make still the roaring of the sea,

the crash of its waves and the tumult of the peoples.

Those who live at the ends of the earth

will tremble at your wonders.

You will fill the east and the west with joy.

You have come to the earth, you have filled it,

saturated it with fruitfulness.

The river of God is filled with water,

as you prepare the harvest:

for thus you have prepared the land,

watering its furrows, smoothing its roughness

softening it with showers,

blessing the seeds within it.

You have crowned the year with your kindness.

Your footsteps will drip with fruitfulness.

The desert pastures will be soaked,

the hills will be wrapped in rejoicing.

The fields will be clothed with flocks,

the vales overflow with corn.

They will cry out, and sing your praise.

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.

To you we owe praise, O God, in Zion.

A Reading from Joel 2:12-13

Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning. Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to the Lord your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

You have only one Teacher, and he is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

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.

You have only one Teacher, and he is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

Prayers and Intercessions

We give thanks to God the Father, who gave his only-begotten Son, the Word made flesh, to be our food and our life. We pray to him;

May the word of Christ be alive within us.

This Lent, may we listen more often to your word,

to give greater honour to Christ, our Paschal victim.

May the word of Christ be alive within us.

May the Holy Spirit teach us to encourage doubters to find the true path,

and those who have strayed, to return to it.

May the word of Christ be alive within us.

Give us the gift of a deeper experience of the mystery of Christ,

and a deeper expression of it in our lives.

May the word of Christ be alive within us.

Purify and renew your Church in this holy time,

make her a better and better witness to you

May the word of Christ be alive within us.

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, keep your Church always in your favour.

By your help preserve her from harm

and direct her on the path of salvation,

for without you our human mortality can only fail.

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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