Morning Prayers for Thursday 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 142/143

A prayer in time of trouble

Lord, show me your mercy at daybreak.

Lord, listen to my prayer,

in your faithfulness turn your ear to my pleading,

in your justice, hear me.

Do not judge your servant:

nothing that lives can justify itself before you.

The enemy has hounded my spirit,

he has crushed my life to the ground,

he has shut me in darkness, like the dead of long ago.

So my spirit trembles within me,

my heart turns to stone.

I remind myself of the days of old,

I reflect on all your works,

I meditate once more on the work of your hands.

I stretch out my arms to you,

I stretch out my soul, like a land without water.

Come quickly and hear me, O Lord,

for my spirit is weakening.

Do not hide your face from me,

do not let me be like the dead,

who go down to the underworld.

Show me your mercy at daybreak,

because of my trust in you.

Tell me the way I should follow,

for I lift up my soul towards you.

Rescue me from my enemies,

Lord, I flee to you for refuge.

Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God.

Your good spirit will lead me to the land of justice,

for your name’s sake, Lord, you will give me life.

In your righteousness you will lead my soul

away from all tribulation.

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.

Lord, show me your mercy at daybreak.

Canticle: Isaiah 66

Comfort and joy in the holy city

The Lord will bathe Jerusalem in a river of peace.

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all you who love her,

rejoice with her, rejoice, all you who mourned for her.

Suck and be filled at the breast of her consolation;

draw on the nipples of her glory,

and overflow with delights.

For the Lord says this,

Behold, I will bring her peace as if it were a river,

like an overflowing torrent, the glory of the Gentiles.

You will suck, be borne on her hips,

and they will caress you as you lie in her lap.

As a mother comforts its child, so shall I comfort you,

you will be comforted in Jerusalem.

You will see, and your heart will rejoice,

and your bones will flourish like living grass.

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 will bathe Jerusalem in a river of peace.

Psalm 146/147a

The Lord’s goodness and power

Let us give joyful praise to our God.

Praise the Lord!

It is good to sing praise to our God,

it is a joy to sing his praises.

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem,

he will call back Israel from exile.

He heals broken hearts

and binds up their wounds.

He counts all the stars,

he calls each of them by name.

Our God is great and great is his strength,

his wisdom is not to be measured.

The Lord supports the needy,

but crushes the wicked to the ground.

Sing out to the Lord in thanksgiving,

sing praise to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with his clouds,

he makes rain to refresh the earth.

He makes grass grow on the hills,

and plants for the service of man.

He gives food to grazing animals,

and feeds the young ravens that call on him.

He takes no delight in the strength of the horse,

no pleasure in the strength of a man.

The Lord is pleased by those who honour him,

by those who trust in his kindness.

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.

Let us give joyful praise to our God.

A Reading from 1 Kings 8:51-53

Lord, we are your people and your heritage. Be always watchful for the entreaty of your servant and of your people Israel, and listen to us whenever we call to you. For it was you who set us apart from all the peoples of the earth to be your own heritage.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

‘I do not depend on human testimony,

no, it is for your salvation that I speak of this,’

says the Lord.

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.

‘I do not depend on human testimony,

no, it is for your salvation that I speak of this,’

says the Lord.

Prayers and Intercessions

Let us give praise and reverence to God,

who revealed himself in Christ.

From the depths of our hearts we pray…

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Give us a deeper understanding of the mystery of your Church,

so that she may become a clearer means of salvation for us and for the world.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

You love mankind: give us the gift of building up our human society,

always looking forward to the coming of your kingdom.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

When we thirst, teach us to run to Christ,

the spring from which living water flows.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Forgive us our transgressions

and guide our steps on the path of righteousness and truth.

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

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, we are your servants and we pray for your clemency.

Set right by penitence and trained by good works,

may we wholeheartedly follow your commandments

and come unstained to the paschal feast.

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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