Prayer for the Morning
God is the giver of all good gifts:
come, let us adore!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Eternal maker of all things,
You govern everything as King:
The sea, the sun, the heav’nly vault,
And pay each one for good or fault.
To ruination you condemn
The arrogant and all like them;
They shall receive what is their due,
But help us, Lord, who call on you.
With ever-growing confidence
We pray for heavenly defense:
Our champions in armies send,
To us, through them, may grace extend.
O may they visit, cleanse, inspire,
And gently teach us to aspire
To noble paths of good and right,
And may they end the demons’ might.
O angels’ Glory, safely lead;
By paths secure make us proceed.
Give us these guards, your gifts of grace,
That we may come to see your face.
I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then. (Dt 30:19)
Beside the river that watered the garden of Eden, God offered the first couple the choice between obedient love and self-seeking death. The choice remains ours to make each day.
When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!
O men, how long will your hearts be closed,
will you love what is futile and seek what is false?
It is the Lord who grants favors to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.
Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still
Make justice your sacrifice, and trust in the Lord.
“What can bring us happiness?” many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.
You have put into my heart a greater joy
than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.
I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Sirach 15:14-17
When God, in the beginning, created man,/ he made him subject to his own free choice./ If you choose you can keep the commandments;/ it is loyalty to do his will./ There are set before you fire and water;/ to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand./ Before man are life and death,/ whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Canticle of Zechariah
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. (Jn 15:12)
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…
To God, the giver of life, we pray:
R/Teach us to do your will, O Lord.
At home and at work:
– open our eyes to the demands of love. R/
In business and pleasure:
– grant us the wisdom to choose as you would have us choose. R/
In making decisions for the unborn, the aging, the dying:
– strengthen us to choose life. R/
O Lord our God, you have replanted on our earth the garden lost in Eden, and you have sent a new Gardener to till the soil plowed by the wood of the cross. He who is both the farmer and the seed has watered the earth with his life’s blood, shed for our redemption. Make us grow in his likeness by the power of his word dwelling in our hearts. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.