Morning Prayer for Monday in the Fourth 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 89/89
Let the Lord’s glory shine upon us
Fill us with your kindness in the morning, O Lord.
Lord, you have been our refuge
from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were born,
before earth and heaven were conceived,
from all time to all time, you are God.
You turn men into dust,
you say to them “go back, children of men.”
A thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday, that has passed,
like a short watch in the night.
When you take them away,
they will be nothing but a dream,
like the grass that sprouts in the morning,
in the morning it grows and flowers,
in the evening it withers and dries.
For we are made weak by your anger,
thrown into confusion by your wrath.
You have gazed upon our transgressions,
the light of your face illuminates our secrets.
All our days vanish in your anger,
we use up our years in a single breath.
Seventy years are what we have,
or eighty for the stronger ones,
and most of that is labour and sadness,
quickly they pass, and we are gone.
Who can comprehend the power of your wrath?
Who can behold the violence of your anger?
Teach us to reckon our days like this,
so that our hearts may be led at last to wisdom.
Turn to us, Lord, how long must we wait?
Let your servants call on you and be answered.
Fill us with your kindness in the morning,
and we shall rejoice
and be glad all the days of our life.
Give us joy for as long as you afflicted us,
for all the years when we suffered.
Let your servants see your great works,
and let their children see your glory.
Let the glory of the Lord God be upon us,
make firm the work of your hands.
Make firm the work of your hands.
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.
Fill us with your kindness in the morning, O Lord.

Canticle: Isaiah 42

God, the victor and saviour
Praise to the Lord from the ends of the earth.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
sing his praise from the ends of the earth.
Praise him, who go down to the sea;
and all that are in the sea,
islands and their inhabitants.
Let the desert rejoice,
and the cities of the desert,
the villages where the people of Kedar live.
Let those who dwell in Petra rejoice,
and cry out from the mountain-tops.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
and proclaim his praise among the islands.
The Lord will go forth like a warrior,
like a man of war he will stir up zeal,
he will shout and cry out,
he will prevail against his foes.
“I have always been silent,
I have kept silence and waited,
but now I shall cry out like a woman in labour,
I shall groan and tremble.
I shall lay waste the mountains and hills,
I shall wither their grass,
I shall turn rivers into deserts,
I shall dry up the marshes.
I shall lead the blind along a way they do not know,
in paths unknown to them I shall make them walk.
I shall make the darkness that is around them into light.
I shall make crooked things straight.”
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.
Praise to the Lord from the ends of the earth.
Psalm 134/135
Praise the Lord, the wonder-worker
Praise the name of the Lord,
you who stand in the house of the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord,
praise it, servants of the Lord,
you who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good,
sing to his name, for it brings happiness.
For the Lord chose Jacob for his own,
he chose Israel for his possession.
I know how great is the Lord,
how great is our God above all gods.
The Lord accomplishes all that he wills,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the sea and the depths of the oceans.
He brings in clouds from the ends of the earth,
makes lightning for the rain-clouds,
from his storehouse he calls forth the winds.
He struck down the first-born of Egypt,
of man and of beast alike.
He sent signs and wonders among them,
to Pharaoh and all his servants.
He shattered nation after nation,
killed powerful kings,
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
Og, the king of Bashan,
all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He gave their lands as a birthright,
as a birthright for Israel his people.
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.
Praise the name of the Lord,
you who stand in the house of the Lord.

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

There was a court official whose son was ill at Capernaum and, hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to cure his son.
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.
There was a court official whose son was ill at Capernaum and, hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to cure his son.

Prayers and Intercessions
Blessed be God the Father.
By his gift we offer him a sacrifice of praise on this Lenten day. Let us pray to him…
Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.
Almighty and compassionate God, give us a spirit of prayer and penitence,
make us burn with love for God and man.
Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.
Let us work with you to restore all things in Christ
and spread justice and peace through all the world.
Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.
Teach us the nature and value of the whole of creation:
may we be united with it as we sing your praises.
Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.
Forgive us for not seeing Christ’s presence in the poor, the unfortunate, in those who suffer,
for not revering your Son in them.
Teach us, Lord, the ways of heaven.

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 renew and sanctify the world
in more ways than we can ever tell.
May your Church move ever forward
with the aid of your eternal gifts,
and may she never be deprived
of the earthly help she needs.
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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