Morning Prayers for Friday 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 50/51

God, have mercy on me

Create a pure heart in me,

God, put a steadfast spirit into 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.

Create a pure heart in me, God,

put a steadfast spirit into me.

Canticle: Tobit 13

Thanksgiving for the freeing of the people

Rejoice, Jerusalem, because through you

all people will be gathered in to the Lord.

Bless the Lord, his chosen ones: all of you,

praise his greatness.

Keep feast-days of rejoicing

and proclaim his holy name.

Jerusalem, holy city,

he will punish you for what you have done.

Thank the Lord for his good deeds, and bless the eternal king,

so that in you, once more, with gladness,

your tabernacle may be built,

so that in you he may make all exiles rejoice,

so that in you he may care for the distressed

for all ages, for ever.

Your bright light will shine out to the ends of the earth:

many nations will come to you from afar.

From the farthest corners of the world

they will come to your holy name

carrying gifts in their hands for the King of heaven.

Generation on generation, they will proclaim their joy

and the name of the chosen city will endure for ever.

So rejoice and be glad among the children of the just,

for they will be brought together and bless the eternal Lord.

Happy are those who love you,

fortunate those who rejoice in your peace.

My soul, bless the Lord, the great King,

for in Jerusalem his house will be built,

to stand for ever.

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.

Rejoice, Jerusalem, because through you

all people will be gathered in to the Lord.

Psalm 147/148

God, the foundation of Jerusalem

Zion, praise your God,

who sends out his command over the earth.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem

Zion, praise your God.

For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,

he has blessed your children.

He keeps your borders in peace,

he fills you with the richest wheat.

He sends out his command over the earth,

and swiftly runs his word.

He sends down snow that is like wool,

frost that is like ashes.

He sends hailstones like crumbs

who can withstand his cold?

He will send out his word,

and all will be melted,

his spirit will breathe, and the waters will flow.

He proclaims his word to Jacob,

his laws and judgements to Israel.

He has not done this for other nations,

he has not shown them his judgements.

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.

Zion, praise your God,

who sends out his command over the earth.

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

You know me and you know where I came from.

Yet I have not come of myself,

but my Father sent me,’ 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.

‘You know me and you know where I came from.

Yet I have not come of myself,

but my Father sent me,’ says the Lord.

Prayers and Intercessions

We cast our prayers at the feet of Christ our saviour,

who has redeemed us by his death and resurrection…

Lord, have mercy on us.

You went up to Jerusalem

to undergo the Passion and thus enter into glory,

lead your Church safely through to your eternal Paschal feast.

Lord, have mercy on us.

It was by your will that, as you hung on the cross,

your side was pierced by the soldier’s lance

we too are wounded, heal us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

By your decree, the cross has become the tree of life,

give its fruit to all who are reborn in baptism.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Hanging from that tree you pardoned the penitent thief:

we too are sinners, pardon us.

Lord, have mercy on 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.

For us, O God, you have prepared help suitable to our fragile state.

May we embrace the healing that is offered us

and thereby live holy lives.

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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