Prayer for the Morning
The Lord is magnificent in his angels.
Come, let us adore him.
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
O Jesus, Life-spring of the soul,
The Father’s pow’r and glory bright,
Thee with the angels we extol;
From thee they draw their life and light.
Thy thousand thousand hosts are spread
Embattled o’er the azure sky,
But Michael bears thy standard dread
And lifts the mighty Cross on high.
He in that Sign the rebel pow’rs
Did with their dragon prince expel,
And hurled them from the heav’ns’ high tow’rs
Down like a thunderbolt to hell.
Grant us with Michael still, O Lord,
Against the prince of pride to fight;
So may a crown be our reward
Before the Lamb’s pure throne of light.
Psalm 148:1-4, 13-14
See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. (Ex 23:20)
In the midst of today’s society, it is tempting to neglect anything that seems “too supernatural.” The idea of angels, especially of our reliance upon them, may seem to test our credulity. However, the Holy Scriptures show us that angels are a very real, important, and beautiful part of God’s plan for our salvation and sanctification. Let us give thanks for these wonderful beings who love us and seek our good.
Praise the Lord from the heavens,[praise] him in the heights.
Praise him, all his angels,[praise] him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon,[praise] him, shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens
and the waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord
for he alone is exalted.
The splendor of his name
reaches beyond heaven and earth.
He exalts the strength of his people.
He is the praise of all his saints,
of the sons of Israel,
of the people to whom he comes close.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Revelation 12:7-9
War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.
He will send out the angels and gather [his] elect from the four
winds, from the end of the earth to the end
of the sky. (Mk 13:27)
Canticle of Zechariah
The angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Rv 22:1)
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…
The Lord our God shows his love for us by sending us angels to protect and guard us. Let us pray to him:
R/Father, protect us.
Through our guardian angels: R/
From all the snares and enticements of the evil one: R/
From all that would separate us from your love: R/
O God, who have given us the precious gift of angels to shield us from the powers of evil, look with mercy on us your servants as we struggle to follow the way of truth. May our faith in you lead us to our heavenly home, where we may praise you in the company of the angels for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.