Morning Prayer – Dec 5, 2020

INVITATORY – Psalm 95

L: Lord, open my lips.

A: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

L: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

S1: Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

A: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

S2: The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

A: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

S1: Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

A: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

S2: Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

A: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

S1: Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

A: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

S2: Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

A: as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

A: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come.

Morning Prayer for Saturday in the First Week of Advent

December 5, 2020

L: God, come to my assistance.

A: Lord, make haste to help me.

L: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

A: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

PSALM 119

L: Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, my God.

A: Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, my God.

S1: I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me,
I will keep your statutes.
I call upon you, save me
and I will do your will.

S2: I rise before dawn and cry for help,
I hope in your word.
My eyes watch through the night
to ponder your promise.

S1: In your love hear my voice, O Lord;
give me life by your decrees.
Those who harm me unjustly draw near;
they are far from your law.

S2: But you, O Lord, are close,
your commands are truth.
Long have I known that your will
is established for ever.

S1: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

A: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

L: Save us by the power of your hand, Father, for our enemies have ignored your words. May the fire of your word consume our sins and its brightness illumine our hearts.

A: Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, my God.

(PAUSE)

CANTICLE – Exodus 15:1-4a, 8-13, 17-18

L: The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, for he has become my Savior.

A: The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, for he has become my Savior.

S1: I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant;
horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

S2: My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and he has been my savior.
He is my God, I praise him;
the God of my father, I extol him.

S1: The Lord is a warrior,
Lord is his name!
Pharaoh’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea.
At a breath of your anger the waters piled up,
the flowing waters stood like a mound,
the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea.

S2: The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them;
I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them;
I will draw my sword;
my hand shall despoil them!”
When your wind blew, the sea covered them;
like lead they sank in the mighty waters.

S1: Who is like to you among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness?
O terrible in renown, worker of wonders,
when you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

In your mercy you led the people you redeemed;
in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling.

S2:And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance- the place where you made your seat, O Lord,
the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.
The Lord shall reign forever and ever.

S1: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

A: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A: The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, for he has become my Savior.

(PAUSE)

PSALM 117

L: O praise the Lord, all you nations.

A: O praise the Lord, all you nations.

S1: O praise the Lord, all you nations,
acclaim him all you peoples!

S2: Strong is his love for us;
he is faithful for ever.

S1: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

A: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

L: God, our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts forever.

A: O praise the Lord, all you nations.

R: A reading from Isaiah – (Isaiah 11:1-5)

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,
and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless
with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips
he shall slay the wicked
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

The Word of the Lord

A: Thanks be to God.

SACRED SILENCE – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

L: Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

A: Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

L: You will see his glory within you;

A: The Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

L: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

A: Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH – Luke 1: 68-79

L: Banish your fears, O people of Zion; God, your own God, is coming to you, alleluia.

A: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

A: Banish your fears, O people of Zion; God, your own God, is coming to you, alleluia.

L: Let us pray to God our Father, who from of old has called his people to salvation: Lord, protect your people.

A: Lord, protect your people.

L: You promised to plant the seed of justice among your people, protect the holiness of your Church.

A: Lord, protect your people.

L: Lord, teach all men and women to listen to your word, and help believers to persevere in holiness.

A: Lord, protect your people.

L: Keep us in the love of your Spirit, that we may receive the mercy of your Son who is to come.

A: Lord, protect your people.

L: Father most merciful, strengthen us to the last, until the day of the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A: Lord, protect your people.

L: Now add your own petitions in the silence of your hearts. (PAUSE) Let us pray.

A: Lord, protect your people.

L: Let us pray as Jesus taught us.

A: 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.

L: O God, who sent your Only Begotten Son into this world
to free the human race from its ancient enslavement,
bestow on those who devoutly await him
the grace of your compassion from on high,
that we may attain the prize of true freedom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

A: Amen.

L: The Lord be with you.

A: and with your Spirit.

L: May God bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen

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