Morning Prayers for Saturday 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 91/92

Praise of God, the Creator

It is good to sing to your praise,

O Most High, and to proclaim your mercy in the morning.

It is good to praise the Lord,

and to sing psalms to your name, O Most High,

to proclaim your mercy in the morning

and your faithfulness by night,

on the ten-stringed lyre and the harp,

with songs upon the lyre.

For you give me joy, Lord, in your creation,

I rejoice in the work of your hands.

How great are your works, O Lord,

how immeasurably deep your thoughts.

The fool does not hear,

the slow-witted do not understand.

When the wicked sprout up like grass,

and the doers of evil are in full bloom,

it will come to nothing,

for they will perish for ever and ever,

but you, Lord, are the Highest eternally.

For behold, Lord, your enemies,

how your enemies will perish,

how wrongdoers will be scattered.

You will give me strength as the wild oxen have,

I have been anointed with the purest oil.

I will look down upon my enemies,

and hear the plans of those who plot evil against me.

The just will flourish like the palm tree,

grow tall like the cedar of Lebanon.

They will be planted in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of our God they will flourish.

They will bear fruit even when old,

fresh and luxuriant through all their days.

They will proclaim how just is the Lord, my refuge,

for in him there is no unrighteousness.

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.

It is good to sing to your praise, O Most High,

and to proclaim your mercy in the morning.

Canticle : Ezekiel 36

The Lord will renew his people

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.

I will take you from among the Gentiles,

I will bring you together from all the earth,

I will lead you into your own land.

I will pour clean water on you,

and you will be cleansed from your filth,

from all your worship of idols I will cleanse you.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.

I will take the stone heart from your breast

and put a heart of flesh in its place.

I will put my spirit among you,

so that you will walk in the paths of my law,

keep my judgements and obey them.

You shall live in the land I gave to your fathers.

You shall be a people for me, and I will be your God.

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 give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.

Psalm 8

The greatness of God, the dignity of man

Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise, O Lord.

How wonderful is your name over all the earth,

O Lord, our Lord!

How exalted is your glory

above the sky!

Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise,

to confound your enemies, to destroy your vengeful foes.

When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and stars, which you set in their place

what is man, that you should take thought for him?

what is the son of man, that you should look after him?

You have made him but one step lower than the angels,

you have crowned him with glory and honour,

you have set him over the works of your hands.

You have put everything beneath his feet,

cattle and sheep and the beasts of the field,

the birds in the air and the fish in the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the waters.

How wonderful is your name above all the earth,

O Lord, our Lord!

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.

Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise, O Lord.

A Reading from Isaiah 1:16-18

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean. Take your wrong-doing out of my sight. Cease to do evil. Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Canticle

The Messiah and his forerunner

No man has ever spoken as this man has spoken.

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.

No man has ever spoken as this man has spoken.

Prayers and Intercessions

Always and everywhere let us thank Christ, who saves us.

Let us pray to him in confidence…

Lord, help us by your grace.

Help us to keep our bodies unstained,

a fit habitation for the Holy Spirit.

Lord, help us by your grace.

Teach us this morning to dedicate ourselves to our brethren’s service,

and to do your will throughout the day.

Lord, help us by your grace.

Make us hunger for bread that leads to eternal life,

the bread that you give us.

Lord, help us by your grace.

May your mother, refuge of sinners, intercede for us,

that in your kindness you may overlook our sins.

Lord, help us by your grace.

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, in your mercy guide our hearts,

for without you we cannot be pleasing to you.

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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