Prayer for the Morning
The Lord shall redeem us from the hand of
our conqueror: come, let us walk in his light!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
O radiance, Christ, O joyous light,
Whose mirth brings all the stars to birth:
Our Abba’s fullness far outpoured
Beyond the fragile hopes of earth.
Word sounding in creation’s core,
Embodied in a maiden’s heart,
Received in wonder: wonderful
God’s Word-made-flesh within this ark.
Your great compassion knew no bounds
To save us from the brink of hell.
You’d come, espoused, through Mary’s womb:
Life, sacrificed, to make us well.
Night weighed upon our war-torn world
When silently you pitched your tent.
Front-runner, bridegroom, blazing sun,
To claim the prize your sole intent.
How glorious your victory!
Your name alone the name we bear.
Come judge the living and the dead,
Yet pity us whose flesh you share.
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,/ and from his roots a bud shall blossom. (Is 11:1)
On the first weekday of Advent, we are reminded that the full coming of the reign of God through Christ, for whom we long, will bring trouble and pain to all of us in whatever sinfulness we are engaged in, but only to cleanse us to dwell in justice and peace in his presence.
Why this tumult among nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring?
They arise, the kings of the earth,
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
“Come, let us break their fetters,
come, let us cast off their yoke.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
“It is I who have set up my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will announce the decree of the Lord:
The Lord said to me: “You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
With a rod of iron you will break them,
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”
Now, O kings, understand,
take warning, rulers of the earth;
serve the Lord with awe
and trembling, pay him your homage
lest he be angry and you perish;
for suddenly his anger will blaze.
Blessed are they who put their trust in God.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Jeremiah 23:5-6
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,/ when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;/ As king he shall reign and govern wisely,/ he shall do what is just and right in the land./ In his days Judah shall be saved,/ Israel shall dwell in security./ This is the name they give him:/ “The Lord our justice.”
The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. (Jer 33:14)
Canticle of Zechariah
On Mount Zion there shall be a portion saved;/ the mountain shall be holy. (Ob 17)
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…
Let us pray to the Savior who has come and will come again:
R/Come and save us, O Lord our justice!
When we have rebelled against your rule: R/[When] we have failed to live in justice and in peace: R/
When we have lost interest in the Gospel: R/
O God, you have promised the coming of your kingdom to all those who seek you in the midst of human infirmity of every kind. Bring faith to fulfillment in the glory of your reign, through Christ our Lord. Amen.