Morning Prayers for Thursday 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 62/63

Thirsting for God

The shepherds came hurrying, and found Mary and Joseph,

and the Child lying in the manger.

O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.

My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.

I came to your sanctuary,

as one in a parched and waterless land,

so that I could see your might and your glory.

My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.

Thus I will bless you throughout my life,

and raise my hands in prayer to your name,

my soul will be filled as if by rich food,

and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.

I will remember you as I lie in bed,

I will think of you in the morning,

for you have been my helper,

and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.

My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.

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.

The shepherds came hurrying, and found Mary and Joseph,

and the Child lying in the manger.

Canticle: Daniel 3

All creatures, bless the Lord

Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus,

marvelled over what had been said about him, and Simeon blessed them.

Bless the Lord, all his works,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, you heavens,

all his angels, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens,

all his powers, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, sun and moon,

all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, rain and dew,

all you winds, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, fire and heat,

cold and warmth, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, dew and frost,

ice and cold, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, ice and snow,

day and night, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, light and darkness,

lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, all the earth,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, mountains and hills,

all growing things, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, seas and rivers,

springs and fountains, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, whales and fish,

birds of the air, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame,

sons of men, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O Israel,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, his priests,

all his servants, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, spirits of the just,

all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.

Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

praise and exalt them for ever.

Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,

praise and glorify him for ever.

Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus,

marvelled over what had been said about him, and Simeon blessed them.

Psalm 149

The saints rejoice

Joseph got up in the middle of the night, took the Child and his mother,

and fled to Egypt, where he remained until King Herod’s death.

Sing a new song to the Lord,

his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel rejoice in its maker,

and the sons of Zion delight in their king.

Let them praise his name with dancing,

sing to him with timbrel and lyre,

for the Lord’s favour is upon his people,

and he will honour the humble with victory.

Let the faithful celebrate his glory,

rejoice even in their beds,

the praise of God in their throats,

and swords ready in their hands,

to exact vengeance upon the nations,

impose punishment on the peoples,

to bind their kings in fetters

and their nobles in manacles of iron,

to carry out the sentence that has been passed,

this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.

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.

Joseph got up in the middle of the night, took the Child and his mother,

and fled to Egypt, where he remained until King Herod’s death.

A Reading from 2 Samuel 7:28-29

Lord, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this fair promise to your servant. Be pleased, then, to bless the House of your servant that it may continue for ever in your presence; for you, Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the House of your servant will be for ever blessed.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

Joseph lived in the town of Nazareth,

to fulfil what the prophets had said about Christ,

‘he will be called a Nazarene.’

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.

Joseph lived in the town of Nazareth,

to fulfil what the prophets had said about Christ,

‘he will be called a Nazarene.’

Prayers and Intercessions

The Lord gives righteousness to mankind, so let us pray to him…

Righteous Lord, give us life.

Lord God, you yourself called our forefathers

in faith to talk in your presence with pure hearts,

make us follow in their footsteps and become pure like them.

Righteous Lord, give us life.

You chose the righteous man Joseph to bring up your Son,

make us serve our brethren, the mystical body of Christ.

Righteous Lord, give us life.

You gave the earth to mankind to fill it and rule over it,

teach us to work with zeal in this world,

constantly striving for your greater glory.

Righteous Lord, give us life.

Father of all, remember the work of your hands,

grant to everyone a decent and peaceful working life.

Righteous Lord, give us life.

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.

Almighty God, at the beginning of your plan

to save the human race you entrusted your Son to Joseph’s care.

By his intercession may your Church

be a constant faithful guardian of your saving mysteries.

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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