Morning Prayer for Wednesday 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 62/63

Thirsting for God

The angel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary,

who was betrothed to Joseph.

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 angel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary,

who was betrothed to Joseph.

Canticle: Daniel 3

All creatures, bless the Lord

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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.

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Psalm 149

The saints rejoice

By a word, the virgin conceived,

a virgin she remained,

a virgin, she gave birth to the Saviour.

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.

By a word, the virgin conceived,

a virgin she remained,

a virgin, she gave birth to the Saviour.

A Reading from Philippians 2:6-7

Jesus Christ’s state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and the form of a man; and he became as men are.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

Because of the overwhelming love that he has for us,

God sent his Son in the likeness of our sinful flesh.

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.

Because of the overwhelming love that he has for us,

God sent his Son in the likeness of our sinful flesh.

Prayers and Intercessions

Today we celebrate the Annunciation and the start of God’s work of salvation.

Let us pray to him in jubilation…

May the holy Mother of God intercede for us.

Just as the Virgin Mary received the happy news from the angel,

grant, Lord, that we may gratefully receive our Saviour.

May the holy Mother of God intercede for us.

Just as you looked with compassion on the lowliness of your handmaiden,

compassionate God, remember us all and take pity on us.

May the holy Mother of God intercede for us.

Just as the new Eve obeyed your divine Word,

so we accept whatever your will for us may be.

May the holy Mother of God intercede for us.

May Holy Mary comfort those who are sad,

help the faint-hearted, cheer those who weep,

pray for the people and the clergy,

and intercede for all consecrated women.

May the holy Mother of God intercede for 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.

O God, you willed that your Word

should take on true human flesh

in the womb of the Virgin Mary.

Grant, we pray you,

that as we proclaim our Redeemer

to be man and also our God,

we may deserve to share in his divine nature.

He 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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One Response to Morning Prayer for Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

  1. CasTex says:

    Thanks for the post.

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