Morning Prayer – December 28, 2020

INVITATORY – Psalm 67

L: Lord, open my lips.

A: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

L: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for him.

S1: O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth
and all nations learn your saving help.

A: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for him.

S2: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

A: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for him.

S1: Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,
you guide the nations on earth.

A: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for him.

S2: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

A: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for him.

S1: The earth has yielded its fruit
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him.

A: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for 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: Come, let us worship the newborn Christ who crowns with joy these children who died for him.

Morning Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

December 28, 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 63: 2 – 9

L: Clothed in white robes, they will walk with me, says the Lord, for they are worthy.

A: Clothed in white robes, they will walk with me, says the Lord, for they are worthy.

S1: O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.

S2: For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, in your name
I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

S1: On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand holds me fast.

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: Clothed in white robes, they will walk with me, says the Lord, for they are worthy.

(PAUSE)

CANTICLE – Daniel 3:57-88, 56

L: These children cry out their praises to the Lord; by their death they have proclaimed what they could not preach with their infant voices.

A: These children cry out their praises to the Lord; by their death they have proclaimed what they could not preach with their infant voices.

S1: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord.
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

S2: Every shower and dew, bless the Lord.
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord.
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord.
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord.
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord.
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

S1: Let the earth bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord.
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

S2: O Israel, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord.
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

S1: Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

A: These children cry out their praises to the Lord; by their death they have proclaimed what they could not preach with their infant voices.

(PAUSE)

PSALM 149

L: From the mouths of children and babies at the breast you have found praise to foil your enemies.

A: From the mouths of children and babies at the breast you have found praise to foil your enemies.

S1: Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.

S2: For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

S1: to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained;
this honor is for all his faithful.

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: From the mouths of children and babies at the breast you have found praise to foil your enemies.

R: A reading from the prophet Jeremiah – (Jeremiah 31:15)

In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning, of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more.

The Word of the Lord.

A: Thanks to be 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: The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

A: The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

L: God himself is their reward.

A: They live with him for ever.

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

A: The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH – Luke 1: 68 -79

L: At the king’s command these innocent babies and little children were put to death; they died for Christ, and now in the glory of heaven as they follow him, the sinless lamb, they sing for ever: Glory to you, O Lord.

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: At the king’s command these innocent babies and little children were put to death; they died for Christ, and now in the glory of heaven as they follow him, the sinless lamb, they sing for ever: Glory to you, O Lord.

L: We rejoice in the glory of Jesus Christ, who conquered the enemy not by force of arms but with a white-robed army of children, and we cry out:
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

L: The Holy Innocents gave witness not by words but by their life’s blood, give us strength to be your witnesses before men, both by words and actions.

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

L: They were not ready for battle but you made them fit to win the palm of victory, now that we are prepared for victory, do not let us despair.

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

L: You washed the robes of the Innocents in your blood; cleanse us from all sin.

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

L: You rewarded the child martyrs with the first share in your kingdom, do not let us be cast out from the unending heavenly banquet.

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

L: You knew persecution and exile as a child, protect all children whose lives are in danger from famine, war and disasters.

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

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

A: The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

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,
whom the Holy Innocents confessed
and proclaimed on this day,
not by speaking but by dying,
grant, we pray,
that the faith in you which we confess
with our lips may also speak through our manner of 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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