Morning Prayers for Friday of 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 50/51

God, have mercy on me

Against you alone I have sinned, take pity on me.

Take pity on me, Lord, in your mercy,

in your abundance of mercy wipe out my guilt.

Wash me ever more from my guilt

and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know how guilty I am,

my sin is always before me.

Against you, you alone have I sinned,

and I have done evil in your sight.

Know this, so that you may give just sentence

and an unbiased judgement.

See, I was conceived in guilt,

in sin my mother conceived me,

but you love truth in the heart,

and deep within me you have shown me your wisdom.

You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be made clean,

you will wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

You will make me hear the sound of joy and gladness;

the bones you have crushed will rejoice.

Turn your face away from my sins

and wipe out all my transgressions,

create a pure heart in me, God,

put a steadfast spirit into me.

Do not send me away from your presence,

or withdraw your holy spirit from me,

give me again the joy of your salvation,

and be ready to strengthen me with your spirit.

I will teach the unjust your ways,

and the impious will return to you.

Free me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, God my saviour,

and my voice will glory in your justice.

Open my lips, Lord,

and my mouth will proclaim your praise,

for you do not delight in sacrifices,

if I offered you a burnt offering, it would not please you.

The true sacrifice is a broken spirit,

a contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not refuse.

Be pleased, Lord, to look kindly on Zion,

so that the walls of Jerusalem can be rebuilt,

Then indeed you will accept the proper sacrifices,

gifts and burnt offerings,

then indeed will bullocks be laid upon your altar.

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.

Against you alone I have sinned, take pity on me.


Canticle: Jeremiah 14

Lamentation of the people in the time of famine and war

O Lord, we acknowledge our wickedness,

we acknowledge that we have sinned.

Let my eyes shed tears, night and day, let them never cease,

for the daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction,

with the worst of all wounds.

If I go out into the fields, behold, those slain by the sword,

if I go into the city, behold, those wasted by famine.

Prophet and priest go through the land, they know nothing.

Surely you have not rejected Judah, thrust him from you?

Surely Zion has not become hateful to your heart?

Why have you struck us down beyond all hope of healing?

We have looked for peace, but no good came,

we have looked for the time of healing, but trouble came instead.

We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the evil done by our fathers,

we acknowledge that we have sinned.

Do not make us a reproach, for your name’s sake,

and do not make us a disgrace before the throne of your glory.

Remember the covenant you made with us, do not bring it to an end.

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.

O Lord, we acknowledge our wickedness,

we acknowledge that we have sinned.

Psalm 94/95

A call to worship

The Lord is God, we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,

let us acclaim God our salvation.

Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks,

let us acclaim him with songs.

For the Lord is a great God,

a king above all gods.

For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands,

and the peaks of the mountains are his.

For the sea is his: he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us worship and bow down,

bend the knee before the Lord who made us,

for he himself is our God and we are his flock,

the sheep that follow his hand.

If only, today, you would listen to his voice,

“Do not harden your hearts

as you did at Meribah,

on the day of Massah in the desert,

when your fathers tested me

they put me to the test,

although they had seen my works.”

“For forty years they wearied me,

that generation.

I said, their hearts are wandering,

they do not know my paths.

I swore in my anger,

they will never enter my place of rest.”

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 Lord is God, we are his people, the sheep of his flock.


A Reading from Isaiah 53:11-12

By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself. Hence I will grant whole hordes for his tribute, he shall divide the spoil with the mighty, for surrendering himself to death and letting himself be taken for a sinner, while he was bearing the faults of many and praying all the time for sinners.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

Teacher, which is the first of all the commandments?’

Jesus replied, ‘“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart.”’

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.

‘Teacher, which is the first of all the commandments?’

Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart.”


Prayers and Intercessions

Let us give thanks to Christ the Lord,

who by dying on the Cross conferred life on us.

From the depths of our hearts let us pray…

By your death give us life.

Our Master and our Saviour, you have given us proof of your faith and you have renewed us by your glorious passion,

let us not grow old in sin.

By your death give us life.

Grant that we may fast our well-fed bodies today,

and give help to our poor and hungry brethren.

By your death give us life.

May we devoutly receive from you the gift of this Lenten day,

may we consecrate it to you with acts of compassion.

By your death give us life.

Discipline our rebellious minds:

make us great in spirit.

By your death 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.

In your goodness, Lord, fill us with your grace.

Make us draw back from our human excesses

and hold fast to the heavenly wisdom that is your gift.

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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