Morning Prayer – December 21, 2020

INVITATORY – Psalm 24

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: The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.

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

S2: Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

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

S1: He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

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

S2: O gates, lift high your heads;grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

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

S1: Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,
the Lord, the valiant in war.

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

S2: O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

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

S1: Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies,
he is the king of glory.

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 for ever. Amen.

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

Morning Prayer of Monday of the 4th Week of Advent

December 21, 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 90

L: The Lord, the ruler over the kings of the earth, will come; blessed are they who are ready to go and welcome him.

A: The Lord, the ruler over the kings of the earth, will come; blessed are they who are ready to go and welcome him.

S1: O Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to the next.
Before the mountains were born
or the earth or the world brought forth,
you are God, without beginning or end.

S2: You turn men back to dust
and say: “Go back, sons of men.”
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.

S1: You sweep men away like a dream,
like grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.

S2: So we are destroyed in your anger,
struck with terror in your fury.
Our guilt lies open before you;
our secrets in the light of your face.

S1: All our days pass away in your anger.
Our life is over like a sigh.
Our span is seventy years
or eighty for those who are strong.

S2: And most of these are emptiness and pain.
They pass swiftly and we are gone.
Who understands the power of your anger
and fears the strength of your fury?

S1: Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.

S2: In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Give us joy to balance our affliction
for the years when we knew misfortune.

S1: Show forth your work to your servants;
let your glory shine on their children.
Let the favor of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands,
give success to the work of our hands.

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.

L: Lord, send your mercy and your truth to rescue us from the snares of the devil, and, happy to be known as companions of your Son, we will praise you among the peoples and proclaim you to the nations.

A: The Lord, the ruler over the kings of the earth, will come; blessed are they who are ready to go and welcome him.

(PAUSE)

CANTICLE – Isaiah 42:10-16

L:  Sing a new song to the Lord, proclaim his praises to the ends of the earth.

A: Sing a new song to the Lord, proclaim his praises to the ends of the earth.

S1: Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth:

S2: Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the coastlands, and those who dwell in them.
Let the steppe and its cities cry out,
the villages where Kedar dwells;

S1: Let the inhabitants of Sela exult,
and shout from the top of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
and utter his praise in the coastlands.

S2: The Lord goes forth like a hero,
like a warrior he stirs up his ardor;
he shouts out his battle cry,
against his enemies he shows his might:

S1: I have looked away, and kept silence,
I have said nothing, holding myself in;
but now, I cry out as a woman in labor,
gasping and panting.

S2: I will lay waste mountains and hills,
all their herbage I will dry up;
I will turn the rivers into marshes,
and the marshes I will dry up.

S1: I will lead the blind on their journey;
by paths unknown I will guide them.
I will turn darkness into light before them,
and make crooked ways straight.

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: Sing a new song to the Lord, proclaim his praises to the ends of the earth.

(PAUSE)

PSALM 135

L:  When the Son of Man comes to earth, do you think he will find faith in men’s hearts?

A: When the Son of Man comes to earth, do you think he will find faith in men’s hearts?

S1: Praise the name of the Lord,
praise him, servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

S2: Praise the Lord for the Lord is good.
Sing a psalm to his name for he is loving.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself
and Israel for his own possession.

S1: For I know the Lord is great,
that our Lord is high above all gods.
The Lord does whatever he wills,
in heaven, on earth, in the seas.

S2: He summons clouds from the ends of the earth;
makes lightning produce the rain;
from his treasuries he sends forth the wind.

S1: The first-born of the Egyptians he smote,
of man and beast alike.
Signs and wonders he worked
in the midst of your land, O Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.

S2: Nations in their greatness he struck
and kings in their splendor he slew.
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
Og, the king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He let Israel inherit their land;
on his people their land he bestowed.

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: Where two or three gather in your name, Lord, you promised to be with them and share their fellowship. Look down upon your family gathered here in your name, and graciously pour out your blessing upon us.

A: When the Son of Man comes to earth, do you think he will find faith in men’s hearts?

R: A reading from Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14b-15)

The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good.

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: There is no need to be afraid; in five days our Lord will come to us.

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: There is no need to be afraid; in five days our Lord will come to us.

L: To Jesus Christ our Lord, who came among us in his mercy, let us constantly cry out with joy: Come, Lord Jesus!

A: Come, Lord Jesus.

L: You came from the Father to take on our human nature, now set free what was harmed in us by sin.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: One day you will come again in glory to your chosen people, come to us today and help us sinners to recognize your mercy and tender love

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: We glory in praising you, Lord Jesus, come and bring us your salvation.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: Through faith you lead us into light, may we reveal justice through our deeds.

A: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: Let us add our own petitions in the silence 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: Hear in kindness, O Lord, the prayers of your people,
that those who rejoice at the coming of your Only Begotten Son in our flesh
may, when at last he comes in glory,
gain the reward of eternal life.
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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