Saint Margaret of Scotland; Saint Gertrude
Prayer for the Morning
Christ is our light: come, let us adore!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
Rise, O glorious orb of day,
Draw the curtains from the sky;
Let your light in glad array,
All creation beautify;
Bid the fears of darkness born,
Melt before the light of morn.
Light transcendent! fill the skies,
Glorious orb of heav’nly light!
Take the darkness from our eyes,
Fill our souls with visions bright.
Jesus, Light of lights, appear,
Rise upon our souls with cheer.
From your throne of splendor bright,
Shed your glory far abroad;
Let the wanderers in their plight
See the path that leads to God,
And upon their pathway shine,
Heav’nly orb of light divine.
There no sun illumes the day,
Where the wanderers find their rest;
Moon nor stars their light display
In the kingdom of the blest;
For the Christ himself is Sun,
And the day is never done.
Psalm 30:3-6, 11-13
For you who fear my name, there will arise/ the sun of justice with its healing rays. (Mal 3:20)
At the end of a long night of sleeplessness or suffering, sunrise brings joy and hope for the day to come. At the end of the long night of death and sin, the rising of Christ, the Sun of Justice, brings joy and hope for the life to come. In the light of the Resurrection, we see and live anew, knowing that all is in and from God’s hand, returning all to him with thanks and praise.
O Lord, I cried to you for help
and you, my God, have healed me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.
Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favor through life.
At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.
The Lord listened and had pity.
The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing,
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
So my soul sings psalms to you unceasingly.
O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Malachi 1:11
From the rising of the sun, even to its setting,/ my name is great among the nations;/ And everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name,/ and a pure offering;/ For great is my name among the nations,/ says the Lord of hosts.
Those in the west shall fear the name of the Lord,/
and those in the east, his glory. (Is 59:19a)
Canticle of Zechariah
The daybreak from on high will visit us! (Lk 1:78)
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…
In this morning hour, we pray:
R/Sun of Justice, light our way.
In all our work at home or away from home,
– illumine our choices by the light of the Gospel: R/
In all our dealings with loved ones or strangers,
– enlighten our hearts with the light of your love: R/
In all our decisions,
– shed upon our path the light of your will: R/
You are our light and our salvation, Lord. Grant us light to see your truth and wisdom to love what we see, that we may walk in your ways today and all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.