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Prayer for the Morning
Let us bless God all our lives!
Let us praise him with joy!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
For God, the living God, I thirst.
Like dew upon the fleece come down,
Like rain upon the desert sand,
Like light into a darkened room.
As parched earth breaks for need of rain
So my heart breaks but not in vain.
When wilt thou on my vision burst?
For thee, my living God, I thirst.
Food from heaven you gave your people in their hunger,/ water from a rock you sent them in their thirst. (cf. Neh 9:15)
Without food or water, we perish in time. Without the love of God, we would perish even faster. God is present before we yearn, found before we seek, offering life-giving love before we know our need for it.
I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.
Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.
In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.
Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.
For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. 1 John 4:10-11
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.
We love because he first loved us. (1 Jn 4:19)
Canticle of Zechariah
I [am] the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water. (Rv 21:6)
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…
Jesus Christ invites us to the banquet of life, where he offers himself as real food and real drink. To him we pray:
R/For you we long!
You are the spring of life-giving water:
– refresh those who grow weary in their search for you. R/
You are the bread from heaven:
– feed those who hunger for your love. R/
You are the source of the Spirit of God’s love:
– pour your love into our hearts, that we may love one another. R/
You are the life of all the living:
– bring to the joy of everlasting life all those who have died. R/
God our Father, you feed your people with the finest wheat and give us water to drink from the rock who is Christ. Sustain all those who hunger and thirst for you without knowing it, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.