Morning Prayer for Wednesday 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 85/86

A poor man’s prayer in time of trouble

Make your servant’s heart glad,

for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.

Turn your ear to me, Lord, and hear me,

for I am poor and destitute.

Keep my life safe, for I am faithful,

O God, save your servant, who trusts in you.

Take pity upon me, O Lord,

for I call to you all the day long.

Make your servant’s heart glad,

for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.

For you, Lord, are gentle and mild,

you are kind to all those who call on you.

Let your ears hear my prayer, O Lord!

Turn to the voice of my pleading!

In my time of trouble I call on you,

for you, O Lord, will hear me.

No other god is like you, O Lord,

and nothing compares with your works.

All people, all nations you made

will come and worship before you,

they will give glory to your name.

For you are great, you work wonders,

you alone are God.

O Lord, teach me your paths,

and I will come to your truth.

Make my heart simple and guileless,

so that it honours your name.

I will proclaim you, Lord my God,

and give you praise with all my heart.

I will give glory to your name for ever,

for your great kindness is upon me,

you have rescued me from the deepest depths.

O God, the proud rise against me,

in the meetings of the powerful they seek my life,

they do not keep you in their sight.

And you, Lord, are a God of compassion,

full of mercies, patient and true.

Look upon me, have mercy upon me,

give your strength and protection to your servant,

your servant, the child of your handmaid.

Give me a sign of your goodness,

let my enemies see it and be confounded,

because you, O Lord, have helped me and given me comfort.

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.

Make your servant’s heart glad, for to you,

O Lord, I have raised it.


Canticle : Isaiah 33

The Lord will give just judgement

Blessed the man whose speech is true and whose ways are just.

Hear what I have done, you who are far off,

and you who are near, learn of my strength.

In Zion, the sinners are afraid,

the hypocrites tremble.

Which of you could live with a devouring fire?

Which of you will abide in everlasting burning?

He who walks in justice, he who speaks fairly

he who rejects the spoils of robbery

he who throws back a bribe

he who blocks his ears against murderous counsels

he who shuts his eyes against evil sights

this is he who will dwell on high, secure in a fortress of rocks.

Bread is given to him; his supply of water is secure.

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 the man whose speech is true and whose ways are just.


Psalm 97/98

The Lord has brought salvation

Sound jubilation to the Lord, our king.

Sing a new song to the Lord,

for he has worked wonders.

His right hand, his holy arm,

have brought him victory.

The Lord has shown his saving power,

and before all nations he has shown his justice.

He has remembered to show his kindness

and his faithfulness to the house of Israel.

The farthest ends of the earth

have seen the saving power of our God.

Rejoice in God, all the earth.

Break forth in triumph and song!

Sing to the Lord on the lyre,

with the lyre and with music.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn,

sound jubilation to the Lord, our king.

Let the sea resound in its fullness,

all the earth and all its inhabitants.

The rivers will clap their hands,

and the mountains will exult at the presence of the Lord,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge all the world in justice,

and 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.

Sound jubilation to the Lord, our king.


A Reading from Deuteronomy 7:6,8-9

It is you that the Lord our God has chosen to be his very own people out of all the peoples on the earth. It was for love of you and to keep the oath he swore to your fathers that the Lord brought you out with his mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know then that the Lord your God is God indeed, the faithful God who is true to his covenant and his graciousness for a thousand generations towards those who love him and keep his commandments.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.

I have come not to abolish but to complete them.

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.

Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.

I have come not to abolish but to complete them.


Prayers and Intercessions

Blessed be the Architect of our salvation. It is his will that mankind should be made a new creation in him, that the old order should pass away and that all things should be renewed. Sustained by this living hope, let us pray…

Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.

Lord, you promised us a new heaven and a new earth,

constantly renew us through your Spirit,

so that we may rejoice forever in your presence in the heavenly Jerusalem.

Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.

Grant that we may work with you and fill this world with your Spirit,

so that the earthly city may reach its fruition in justice, love and peace.

Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.

Make us reject all idleness and apathy

but rejoice in the gifts of heaven.

Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.

Free us from evil,

and defend us from trivial distractions that obscure our sight of what is good.

Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.

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 that we may learn from our

Lenten observance and be nourished by your word,

so that we gain control over ourselves,

wholeheartedly devote ourselves to you,

and become forever one in prayer to you.

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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