Morning Prayer – December 19, 2020

INVITATORY – Psalm 95

L: Lord, open my lips.

A: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

L: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

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: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

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: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

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: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

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: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

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: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

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 forever. Amen.

A: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.

Morning Prayer for Saturday of the 3rd week of Advent

December 19, 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 forever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

PSALM 119: 145-152

L: Our God will come from Lebanon; he shall be as brilliant as the sun.

A: Our God will come from Lebanon; he shall be as brilliant as the sun.

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 forever.

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 forever. 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: Our God will come from Lebanon; he shall be as brilliant as the sun.

(PAUSE)

CANTICLE – Wisdom 9:1-6,9-11

L: May the Holy One from heaven come down like gentle rain; may the earth burst into blossom and bear the tender Savior.

A: May the Holy One from heaven come down like gentle rain; may the earth burst into blossom and bear the tender Savior.

S1: God of my fathers, Lord of mercy,
you who have made all things by your word
And in your wisdom have established man
to rule the creatures produced by you,
To govern the world in holiness and justice,
and to render judgment in integrity of heart:

S2: Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne,
and reject me not from among your children;
For I am your servant, the son of your handmaid,
a man weak and short-lived
and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws.

S1: Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of men,
if Wisdom, who comes from you, be not with him,
he shall be held in no esteem.

S2: Now with you is Wisdom, who knows your works
and was present when you made the world;
Who understands what is pleasing in your eyes
and what is conformable with your commands.

S1: Send her forth from your holy heavens
and from your glorious throne dispatch her
That she may be with me and work with me,
that I may know what is your pleasure.

S2: For she knows and understands all things,
and will guide me discreetly in my affairs
and safeguard me by her glory.

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 forever. Amen.

A: May the Holy One from heaven come down like gentle rain; may the earth burst into blossom and bear the tender Savior.

(PAUSE)

PSALM 117

L: Israel, prepare yourself to meet the Lord, for he is coming.

A: Israel, prepare yourself to meet the Lord, for he is coming.

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

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

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 forever. 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: Israel, prepare yourself to meet the Lord, for he is coming.

R: A reading from Isaiah (Isaiah 2:3b)

Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

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: Like the sun in the morning sky, the Savior of the world will dawn; like rain on the meadows, he will descend to rest in the womb of the Virgin, 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 forever. Amen.

A: Like the sun in the morning sky, the Savior of the world will dawn; like rain on the meadows, he will descend to rest in the womb of the Virgin, alleluia.

L: To Christ our Redeemer, who will come again to free from the power of death all those who return to him, let us humbly pray: Come, Lord Jesus!

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: As we proclaim your coming, Lord, cleanse our hearts of every vain desire.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: Lord, may the Church which you founded, proclaim your greatness to all peoples.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

Your law is a light to our eyes, let it protect those who trust in you.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: You allow the joys of your coming to be foretold to us by your Church, may we receive you with eager devotion.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: Let us now add our own petitions in the silences of our hearts. (PAUSE) Let us pray.

A: Come, Lord Jesus.

L: Now 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 through the childbearing of the holy Virgin
graciously revealed the radiance of your glory to the world,
grant, we pray, that we may venerate with integrity of faith
the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation
and always celebrate it with due reverence.
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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