Morning Prayers for Monday in the Third Week of Lent

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 83/84

Longing for the Lord’s temple

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord.

How delightful is your dwelling-place, Lord of hosts!

My soul is weak with longing for the courts of your palace.

My heart and my body rejoice in the living God.

Even the sparrow finds itself a home,

the swallow a nest to raise her young

in your altars, O Lord,

Lord of strength, my king and my God.

Blessed are they who dwell in your house,

they will praise you for ever.

Blessed the man whose help comes from you,

who has set his heart on climbing to you.

They pass through the valley of thirst

and make a spring there:

the morning rain will cover it with blessings.

They will go from strength to strength,

they will see the God of gods, in Zion.

Lord God of hosts, listen to my prayer,

hear me, O God of Jacob.

Take notice of us, God our protector,

and look on the face of your anointed one.

One day in the courts of my God

is worth more than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be at the doorstep of the house of my God

than live in the dwellings of sinners.

For the Lord my God is my sun and my shield.

The Lord gives grace and glory.

He will not deny his good things

to those who walk in purity.

Blessed is he who trusts in you,

O Lord of hosts.

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 those who dwell in your house, O Lord.


Canticle : Isaiah 2

The mountain of the house of the Lord.

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.

In the last days, at the end of time,

the mountain of the house of the Lord

will be prepared high above all mountains.

It will be raised above the hills

and all nations will come to it.

And many peoples will come there and say

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob.

Let him teach us his ways,

so that we may walk in his paths.”

For from Zion the law will go forth,

from Jerusalem the word of the Lord.

And he will judge the nations

and rebuke many peoples.

They will beat their swords into ploughshares

and their spears into sickles.

Nation will lift sword against nation no longer.

No longer will they go out into battle.

People of Jacob, come:

let us walk in the light 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.

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.


Psalm 95/96

The Lord, the universal King and judge

Sing to the Lord, bless his name.

Sing a new song to the Lord,

sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless his name,

day after day, proclaim his saving power.

Proclaim his glory to the nations,

proclaim to all peoples the wonders he has done.

For the Lord is great; great is the praise we owe him,

he is to be feared above all gods.

The gods of the nations are foolishness,

but the Lord made the heavens.

Majesty and splendour are all about him,

power and honour in his holy place.

Bring to the Lord, clans of the peoples,

bring to the Lord glory and power,

bring to the Lord the glory that belongs to his name.

Bring your offerings, enter his courts,

worship the Lord in holy attire.

Tremble at his presence, all the earth.

Say to the nations: “The Lord reigns!”

For he has set the world firm, so that it cannot be shaken,

and he will judge the peoples with fairness.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad,

let the sea and its fullness resound.

The fields will rejoice, and all that is in them,

all the trees of the woods will rejoice

at the Lord’s presence, for he comes,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge all the world with justice.

He will judge all the peoples with fairness.

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.

Sing to the Lord, bless his name.


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

I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.

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.

I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.


Prayers and Intercessions

Blessed be Jesus our saviour,

who by his death has opened for us the path to salvation.

Let us pray…

Lord, guide your people on the straight path.

Merciful God, in baptism you gave us new life,

day by day may we become more like you.

Lord, guide your people on the straight path.

Give us the gift today of giving joy to the poor by our gifts,

in helping them, may we find you.

Lord, guide your people on the straight path.

May we do what is good, right and true in your sight,

may we seek you always with all our heart.

Lord, guide your people on the straight path.

Whatever disunity we have brought to your family,

forgive it, kind Lord,

make us one heart and one spirit together.

Lord, guide your people on the straight path.


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, may your continuing compassion for the Church purify and enrich her.

Without you she cannot stand:

in your generosity keep her always under your government.

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.

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