Saint Pius X
Prayer for the Morning
O sing a new song to the Lord! (Ps 96:1)
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!
How light the bread of angels
Upon the human tongue!
This precious weight of glory
That binds the Church in one.
The flesh with all its passions
Could never match the bliss
Of mind and heart and mem’ry
Caught up in heaven’s kiss.
Forth from his wounded body,
The water and the blood,
The glad’ning stream of heaven,
Swells to a mighty flood.
It crosses through the ages
And flows into the hearts
Of saints he makes from sinners
With skillful healing arts.
This food, so light, refreshing,
Shall speed our pilgrim way,
Until that happy morning
When dawn turns into day.
Upon the holy mountain,
Within God’s holy hall,
The Father and the Spirit,
And Christ, our all in all.
I would feed my people with finest wheat/ and fill them with honey from the rock. (cf. Ps 81:17)
Saint Pius X understood that a life lived in the truth of the faith takes enduring root only in the community of worship. His vision for the Church included a strong emphasis on liturgical renewal. His work to open the Eucharist more widely to the faithful, especially to children, was one of his enduring gifts to the Church.
Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power,
give the Lord the glory of his name.
Bring an offering and enter his courts,
worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him.
Proclaim to the nations: “God is king.”
The world he made firm in its place;
he will judge the peoples in fairness.
Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice,
all the trees of the wood shout for joy
at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
With justice he will rule the world,
he will judge the peoples with his truth.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Sirach 45:7, 17)
[God] made him perpetual in his office/ when he bestowed on him the priesthood of his people;/ He established him in honor/ and crowned him with lofty majesty./ He gave to him his laws,/ and authority to prescribe and to judge:/ To teach the precepts to his people,/ and the ritual to the descendants of Israel.
He was filled with the spirit of understanding.
(cf. Sir 39:6)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
He poured forth his words of wisdom/ and in prayer gave thanks to the Lord,/ Who directed his knowledge and his counsel. (cf. Sir 39:6-7)
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 Christ, through Christ, and with Christ, we pray:
R/To your name be all honor and glory!
Father of all, we praise your oneness and truth:
– may our lives mirror our words as we pray: R/
Creator of all that is visible and invisible, we join the angels and saints in their unending hymn of
– may we lift our hearts to you as we raise our voices in prayer: R/
Giver of all good gifts, we celebrate the memory of Christ, your Son:
– may we be formed in ever deeper faith as we honor you: R/
God of majesty and glory, we give you thanks for your presence in our midst as we gather day by day to praise your holy name. Through the intercession of Saint Pius X, may we worship you always in spirit and in truth, as we seek to grow into one in Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, in whose name we make our prayer. Amen.