Prayer for the Morning
Christ delivers us from death: come,
let us give thanks and praise!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
O Christ, our Pardon and our Hope,
Our Resurrection and our Life,
All eyes and hearts to you must turn
When saddened by approaching death.
You also bore its dreadful pangs,
In suff’rings deeper far than ours,
Into the Father’s loving hands
With heads bowed low your spirit fled.
Good Shepherd, merciful and kind,
Who knew our fragile, human state,
You gave us grace your death to share,
And in the Father’s love to die.
Since you once broke the gates of hell,
And opened heaven’s portal wide,
Raise up our hope as now we mourn,
As you will raise us after death.
Canticle. Titus 3:4-7
In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. (Heb 5:7)
We pray for the holy souls in purgatory not out of fear but with love and joy. Their salvation is assured, yet we are helping to hasten their path to eternal beatitude. This work of mercy is rooted in the hope that we have from the cross: Jesus Christ has defeated death, and we have been baptized into his victory.
When the kindness and generous love
of God our savior appeared,
not because of any righteous deeds we had done
but because of his mercy,
he saved us through the bath of rebirth
and renewal by the holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out on us
through Jesus Christ our savior,
so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Luke 23:39-43
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Where, O death, is your victory?/ Where, O death,
is your sting? (1 Cor 15:55)
Canticle of Zechariah
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the nether world. (Rv 1:18)
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…
With grateful praise, we pray:
R/Through your Passion, purify them, O Lord!
The faithful departed were baptized into an eternal inheritance;
– speed their entrance into everlasting communion with you. R/
Have pity on those souls who have no one to pray for them;
– draw them ever closer to your divine presence. R/
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
– and may perpetual light shine upon them. R/
Father of all, who are perfectly just and perfectly merciful, remember your covenant with your children, that those souls who linger in purgatory for their purification may be swiftly drawn to perfect happiness with the saints in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.