Morning Prayers – Monday August 10th, 2020

INVITATORY – Psalm 67

L: Lord, open my lips.

A: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

L: Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs.

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 Christ, the King of martyrs.

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

A: Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs.

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 Christ, the King of martyrs.

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

A: Come, let us worship Christ, the King of martyrs.

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 Christ, the King of martyrs.

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 Christ, the King of martyrs.

Morning Prayer
Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
August 10, 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

L:  My soul clings to you, my God, because I endured death by fire for your sake.

A: My soul clings to you, my God, because I endured death by fire for your sake.

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: My soul clings to you, my God, because I endured death by fire for your sake.

(PAUSE)

CANTICLE – Daniel 3:57-88, 56

L: The Lord sent his angel to free me from the fire, and I escaped the flames unharmed.

A: The Lord sent his angel to free me from the fire, and I escaped the flames unharmed.

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 for ever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all for ever.

A: The Lord sent his angel to free me from the fire, and I escaped the flames unharmed.

(PAUSE)

PSALM 149

L: Blessed Lawrence prayed: I thank you, Lord, for permitting me to enter the gates of your kingdom.

A: Blessed Lawrence prayed: I thank you, Lord, for permitting me to enter the gates of your kingdom.

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: Blessed Lawrence prayed: I thank you, Lord, for permitting me to enter the gates of your kingdom.

R: A reading from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him. As we have shared much in the sufferings of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation.

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 is my strength, and I shall sing his praise.

A: The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise.

L: The Lord is my savior,

A: and I shall sing his praise.

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

A: The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH – Luke 1:68-79

L:  Do not be afraid, my son, for I am with you; if you should walk through the fire, the flames will not harm you, nor will the odor of burning cling to you.

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: Do not be afraid, my son, for I am with you; if you should walk through the fire, the flames will not harm you, nor will the odor of burning cling to you.

L: Our Savior’s faithfulness is mirrored in the fidelity of his witnesses who shed their blood for the word of God. Let us praise him in remembrance of them:

A: You redeemed us by your blood.

L: Your martyrs freely embraced death in bearing witness to the faith, give us the true freedom of the Spirit, O Lord.

A: You redeemed us by your blood.

L: Your martyrs professed their faith by shedding their blood, give us a faith, O Lord, that is constant and pure.

A: You redeemed us by your blood.

L: Your martyrs followed in your footsteps by carrying the cross, help us to endure courageously the misfortunes of life.

A: You redeemed us by your blood.

L: Your martyrs washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb, help us to avoid the weaknesses of the flesh and worldly allurements.

A: You redeemed us by your blood.

L: Now pause in silence to add our own intentions. (PAUSE) Let us pray.

A: You redeemed us by your blood.

L: Let us pray as Jesus taught us.

A: Our Father who art in heaven

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, giver of that ardor of love for you
by which Saint Lawrence was outstandingly faithful in service
and glorious in martyrdom,
grant that we may love what he loved
and put into practice what he taught.
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 Almighty God bless you + in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.

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