Morning Prayers for Thursday 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 79/80

Lord, tend your vine

Awaken your power, Lord, and save us.

Shepherd of Israel, listen

you who take Joseph as your flock.

Shine out before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh

you who are enthroned upon the cherubim.

Awaken your power and come to us,

come to us and save us.

Bring us back, O God,

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Lord God of hosts

how long will your anger endure

against the prayers of your people?

You have given us tears for our bread,

abundance of tears for us to drink.

You have made us a mockery among our neighbours,

and our enemies laugh at us.

Bring us back, O God of hosts,

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

You brought a vine out of Egypt,

planted it, and drove out the nations.

You cleared the ground all about it,

made firm its roots, and it filled the land.

Its shade covered mountains,

its boughs shaded the cedars of God,

its leaves spread as far as the sea,

its shoots as far as the River.

So why did you destroy its wall,

so that anyone could pluck its fruit,

whoever was passing by?

The wild boar of the forest broke it,

every wild beast could graze off it.

Turn back, O God of hosts,

look down from heaven and tend this vine.

Protect the vine, for your right hand planted it,

and the son of man, whom you made strong.

The vine is burnt and dug up,

and they too will perish when they see you rebuke them.

Stretch out your hand over your chosen one

over the son of man, whom you made strong

and we will not forsake you, and you will give us life,

and we will call on your name.

Bring us back, Lord God of hosts,

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

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.

Awaken your power, Lord, and save us.


Canticle: Isaiah 12

The rejoicing of a redeemed people

Let all the world know the great things the Lord has done.

I will praise you, Lord, for when you were angry with me

you calmed your rage and turned again to console me.

Behold, God is my salvation,

I will be confident, I will not fear,

for the Lord is my strength and my joy,

he has become my saviour.

And you will rejoice as you draw water

from the wells of salvation.

And then you will say:

“Praise the Lord and call upon his name.

Tell the peoples what he has done,

remember always the greatness of his name.

Sing to the Lord, for he has done great things,

let this be known throughout the world.

Cry out with joy and gladness, you who dwell in Zion.

Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

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.

Let all the world know the great things the Lord has done.


Psalm 80/81

Solemn renewal of the covenant

Shout with joy to God our helper.

Shout with joy to God our helper,

rejoice in the God of Jacob.

Take up the song, sound the timbrel,

play on the lyre and the harp.

At the start of the month, sound the trumpet,

at the full moon, at our festival.

For this is the law for Israel,

the decree of the God of Jacob.

He gave it to Joseph, for a witness,

when he went out of the land of Egypt,

with words that had never been heard,

“I freed his back from burdens,

his hands were freed from heavy loads.

In your tribulation you called on me and I freed you,

I heard you from the heart of the storm,

I tested you at the waters of Meribah.

Listen, my people, and I will put my case

Israel, if you would only hear me!

You shall not have any strange god,

you shall not worship the gods of foreigners.

For I am the Lord, your God,

who led you out of the land of Egypt.

Open wide your mouth and I shall fill it.

But my people did not hear my voice,

Israel did not turn to me.

So I let them go on in the hardness of their hearts,

and follow their own counsels.

If my people had heard me,

if only they had walked in my ways

I would swiftly have crushed their enemies,

stretched my hand over those who persecuted them.

The enemies of the Lord would be overcome with weakness,

Israel’s would be the good fortune, for ever,

I would feed them full of richest wheat

and give them honey from the rock,

to their heart’s content.

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.

Shout with joy to God our helper.


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

My son, remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus.

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.

My son, remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus.


Prayers and Intercessions

Let us give praise and reverence to God, who revealed himself in Christ. From the depths of our hearts we pray:

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Give us a deeper understanding of the mystery of your Church,

so that she may become a clearer means of salvation for us and for the world.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

You love mankind; give us the gift of building up our human society,

always looking forward to the coming of your kingdom.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

When we thirst, teach us to run to Christ,

the spring from which living water flows.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Forgive us our transgressions

and guide our steps on the path of righteousness and truth.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.


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 love innocence and restore it.

Turn the hearts of your servants towards you,

let us be firm in faith

and effective in good works.

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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