Morning Prayers for Tuesday 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 100/101
The declaration of a just ruler
I will sing to you, Lord, and my thoughts shall follow the way of perfection.
I will sing of kindness and justice
to you, Lord, will I sing.
My thoughts shall follow the way of perfection,
when will you come to me, Lord?
I will walk with an innocent heart
through the halls of my palace.
I will allow no evil thing in my sight.
I will hate the man who retreats from perfection,
he may not stay near me.
The wicked of heart must leave me,
the plotter of evil I will not acknowledge.
The man who plots against his neighbour in secret,
I will suppress him.
The haughty of eye, the puffed-up and proud
I will not support them.
I will turn my eyes to the faithful of the land,
they shall sit with me.
Whoever walks in the way of perfection
he shall be my servant.
The haughty shall not live in my palace,
the slanderer shall not stand in my sight.
Each morning I will suppress
all the wicked of the land.
I will rid the city of the Lord
of all that do evil.
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 will sing to you, Lord, and my thoughts shall follow the way of perfection.
Canticle: Daniel 3
The prayer of Azariah in the furnace

Take not your loving kindness from us, Lord.
Blessed are you, Lord God of our fathers,
your name is glorious for ever
for you are just in all you have done to us.
For we have sinned and done wrong, we have deserted you
and done all things wrong.
Do not give us up for ever, for your name’s sake we beg you,
do not dissolve your covenant.
Take not your loving kindness from us,
for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,
and Isaac your servant,
and Israel your holy one.
You told them you would multiply their seed
like the stars of the sky
like the sand on the shores of the sea.
But we, Lord, are made the least of all nations.
Today we are brought low over all the earth
on account of our sins.
Today there is no prince
no prophet, no leader,
no holocaust, no sacrifice.
No offering, no incense,
no first-fruits offered to you
no way to obtain your mercy.
But in our contrite souls,
in a spirit of humility,
accept us, Lord.
Like a holocaust of rams and bulls,
like fat sheep in their thousands,
let our sacrifice be like these before you today.
Bring to fruition the quest of those who follow you,
for those who trust in you can never be confounded.
And now we follow you with all our heart
and we revere you and seek your face.
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.
Take not your loving kindness from us, Lord.
Psalm 143/144
For victory and peace

I will sing a new song to you, O God.
Blessed be the Lord, my help,
who trains my hands for battle,
my fingers for war.
The Lord is kindness and strength,
my refuge and my liberator.
He is my shield, and I trust in him
he places my people under his rule.
Lord, what is man, that you should take notice of him?
The son of man, that you should give him respect?
For man is as nothing,
his day is like a shadow that passes.
Lord, descend from your heavens,
touch the mountains so that they smoke.
Brandish your lightning’s and scatter my enemies,
fire your arrows, sow confusion among them.
Send down your power from above,
raise me and free me from the flooding waters,
from the power of those of foreign race,
whose speeches are not to be trusted,
who lift up their hands in perjury.
I will sing a new song to you, God:
I will sound your praise on the ten-stringed harp.
You give victory to kings,
you rescue David your servant
from the swords of his enemies.
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 will sing a new song to you, O God.
A Reading from Joel 2:12-13
Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning. Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to the Lord your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent.
Canticle
The Messiah and his forerunner

The man who cured me told me,
‘Pick up your mat and walk.’
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.
The man who cured me told me,
‘Pick up your mat and walk.’
Prayers and Intercessions
We give thanks to God the Father,
who gave his only-begotten Son,
the Word made flesh, to be our food and our life.
We pray to him…
May the word of Christ be alive within us.
This Lent, may we listen more often to your word,
to give greater honour to Christ, our Paschal victim.
May the word of Christ be alive within us.
May the Holy Spirit teach us to encourage doubters to find the true path,
and those who have strayed, to return to it.
May the word of Christ be alive within us.
Give us the gift of a deeper experience of the mystery of Christ,
and a deeper expression of it in our lives.
May the word of Christ be alive within us.
Purify and renew your Church in this holy time,
make her a better and better witness to you.
May the word of Christ be alive within us.
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 their holy devotions and worship mould your people’s hearts:
may their minds be ready to comprehend the paschal mysteries,
and may they proclaim your salvation.
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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