Morning Prayer – Jan 4, 2021

INVITATORY – Psalm 24

L: Lord, open my lips.

A: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

L: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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

A: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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

A: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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

A: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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

A: Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints.

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 God, wonderful in his saints.

Morning Prayer for the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 4, 2021

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

L: When will I come to the end of my pilgrimage and enter the presence of God?

PSALM 42

S1: Like the deer that yearns
for running streams,
so my soul is yearning
for you, my God.

S2: My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God?

S1: My tears have become my bread,
by night, by day,
as I hear it said all the day long:
Where is your God?

S2: These things will I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I would lead the rejoicing crowd
into the house of God,
amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,
the throng wild with joy.

S1: Why are you cast down, my soul,
why groan within me?
Hope in God; I will praise him still,
my savior and my God.

S2: My soul is cast down within me
as I think of you,
from the country of Jordan and Mount Hermon,
from the Hill of Mizar.

S1: Deep is calling on deep,
in the roar of waters;
your torrents and all your waves
swept over me.

S2: By day the Lord will send
his loving kindness;
by night I will sing to him,
praise the God of my life.

S1: I will say to God, my rock:
Why have you forgotten me?

S2: With cries that pierce me to the heart,
my enemies revile me,
saying to me all day long:
Where is your God?

S1: Why are you cast down, my soul,
why groan within me?
Hope in God; I will praise him still,
my savior and my God.

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: Father in heaven, when your strength takes possession of us we no longer say: Why are you cast down, my soul? So now that the surging waves of your indignation have passed over us, let us feel the healing calm of your forgiveness. Inspire us to yearn for you always, like the deer for running streams, until you satisfy every longing in heaven.

A: When will I come to the end of my pilgrimage and enter the presence of God?

(PAUSE)

L: Lord, show us the radiance of your mercy.

A: Lord, show us the radiance of your mercy.

CANTICLE – Sirach 36:1-5, 10-13

S1: Come to our aid, O God of the universe,
and put all the nations in dread of you!
Raise your hand against the heathen,
that they may realize your power.

S2: As you have used us to show them your holiness,
so now use them to show us your glory.
Thus they will know, as we know,
that there is no God but you.

S1: Give new signs and work new wonders;
show forth the splendor of your right hand and arm.

S2: Gather all the tribes of Jacob,
that they may inherit the land as of old,
Show mercy to the people called by your name;
Israel, whom you named your first-born.

S1: Take pity on your holy city,
Jerusalem, your dwelling place.
Fill Zion with your majesty,
your temple with your glory.

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: Lord, show us the radiance of your mercy.

(PAUSE)

L: The vaults of heaven ring with your praise, O Lord.

A: The vaults of heaven ring with your praise, O Lord.

PSALM 19A

S1: The heavens proclaim the glory of God,
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
and night unto night makes known the message.

S2: No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth,
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

S1: There he has placed a tent for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent,
rejoices like a champion to run its course.

S2: At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun;
to the furthest end of the sky is its course.
There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.

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: To enlighten the world, Father, you sent to us your Word as the sun of truth and justice shining upon mankind. Illumine our eyes that we may discern your glory in the many works of your hand.

A: The vaults of heaven ring with your praise, O Lord.

R: A reading from Paul to the Romans (Romans 12:1-2)

Brothers and sisters, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.

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: The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her.

A: The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her.

L: He dwells in her; she will not falter.

A: His loving presence will be with her.

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

A: The Lord will help her; his loving presence will be with her.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH – Luke 1: 68 – 79

L: All the world will recognize you as my disciples when they see the love you have one for another.

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: All the world will recognize you as my disciples when they see the love you have one for another.

L: My brothers, with all the holy women, let us profess our faith in our Savior and call upon him: Come, Lord Jesus.

A: Come, Lord Jesus.

L: Lord Jesus, you forgave the sinful woman because she loved much, forgive us who have sinned much.

A: Come, Lord Jesus.

L: Lord Jesus, the holy women ministered to your needs during your journeys, help us to follow your footsteps.

A: Come, Lord Jesus.

L: Lord Jesus, master, Mary listened to your words while Martha served your needs, help us to serve you with love and devotion.

A: Come, Lord Jesus.

L: Lord Jesus, you call everyone who does your will your brother, sister and mother, help us to do what is pleasing to you in word and action.

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: O God,
who crowned with the gift of true faith
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s burning zeal to find you,
grant by her intercession
and example that we may always seek you with diligent love
and find you in daily service with sincere faith.
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

L: Go in peace.

A: Thanks be to God.

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