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Prayer for the Morning

 

Glorious is God’s name over all the earth:

come, let us sing praise!

Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!

 

HYMN

Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heaven to earth come down;

Fix in us thy humble dwelling;

All thy faithful mercies crown!

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

Pure unbounded love thou art;

Visit us with thy salvation;

Enter every trembling heart.

 

Finish, then, thy new creation;

Pure and spotless let us be.

Let us see thy great salvation

Perfectly restored in thee;

Changed from glory into glory,

Till in heaven we take our place,

Till we cast our crowns before thee,

Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

PSALM 8

 

Unless you become like little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of God. (cf. Mt 18:3)

 

Only the childlike retain the child’s gift of wonder. Wondering, we forget ourselves entirely, lost in what has provoked our awe. Wonder is the wellspring of praise. We have reason for our praise: we are God’s children, made in his image.

 

How great is your name, O Lord our God,

through all the earth!

 

Your majesty is praised above the heavens;

on the lips of children and of babes

you have found praise to foil your enemy,

to silence the foe and the rebel.

 

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,

The moon and the stars which you arranged,

what is man that you should keep him in mind,

mortal man that you care for him?

 

Yet you have made him little less than a god;

with glory and honor you crowned him,

gave him power over the works of your hand,

put all things under his feet.

 

All of them, sheep and cattle,

yes, even the savage beasts,

birds of the air, and fish

that make their way through the waters.

 

How great is your name, O Lord our God,

through all the earth!

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Genesis 1:27-28, 31a)

 

God created man in his image;/ in the divine image he created him;/ male and female he created them.

 

God blessed them, saying to them: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.

 

What are we that you should care for us? (cf. Ps 8:5)

 

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH 

 

To which of the angels did God ever say:/ “You are my son; this day I have begotten you”? (Heb 1:5)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSIONS 

 

Let us praise the God whose mystery fills the universe with wonder:

 

R/We praise and exalt you above all for ever!

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you created all things and pronounced them good:

– fill us with reverence for the works of your hands. R/

 

Blessed is your holy and glorious name; you created male and female in your image:

– fill us with reverence for our brothers and sisters. R/

 

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven; you reign over all creation:

– fill us with reverence for you, who alone are God. R/

 

Personal intentions

 

Our Father….

 

O God, you are over all, in all, beyond all. Open our eyes to see the wonders that surround us; open our hearts to know the wonders of our brothers and sisters; open our lips to sing your praise. Restore all peoples in your image, who is our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict

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