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PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (FRIDAY, JUNE 26)

Prayer for the Morning

  Gracious and merciful is the Lord: let us turn to him with confidence!   Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!  

HYMN

  See how the army of our sins, A cruel army, proud and fierce, The heart of God most innocent Ungratefully and basely pierce!   Our sins direct the cruel stroke Made by the thrust of soldier’s lance; The dreaded sharpness of its point Our crimes with mortal guilt enhance.   From out that opened Heart is born The Holy Church, of Christ the bride; Behold the ark to save our race; The door, this wound made in his side.   Hence comes an everlasting stream Of grace in wondrous sevenfold flood, That we may there our robes defiled Cleanse in the Lamb’s most precious Blood.  

PSALM 32:1-7

 
He who trusts in the Lord,/ loving mercy surrounds him. (Ps 32:10)
How often do we rediscover the Psalmist’s insight: hidden guilt ­festers; honest admission of guilt heals!
  Happy the man whose offense is forgiven, whose sin is remitted. O happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no guile.   I kept it secret and my frame was wasted. I groaned all the day long for night and day your hand was heavy upon me. Indeed, my strength was dried up as by the summer’s heat.   But now I have acknowledged my sins; my guilt I did not hide. I said: “I will confess my offense to the Lord.” And you, Lord, have forgiven the guilt of my sin.   So let every good man pray to you in the time of need. The floods of water may reach high but him they shall not reach. You are my hiding place, O Lord; you save me from distress. You surround me with cries of deliverance.   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (Ezekiel 33:14-16)

  Though I say to the wicked man that he shall surely die, if he turns away from his sin and does what is right and just, giving back pledges, restoring stolen goods, living by the statutes that bring life, and doing no wrong, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the sins he committed shall be held against him; he has done what is right and just, he shall surely live.   The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel. (Mk 1:15)  

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH 

 
Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord God. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live? (Ez 18:23)
  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

  With joyful trust, let us own our sins before the Lord, who gladly forgives:   R/O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.   For words and deeds of impatience and anger: – pardon us, O Lord! R/   For words and deeds of selfish grasping: – pardon us, O Lord! R/   For words and deeds of unkindness: – pardon us, O Lord! R/   For those sins of which we are most ashamed: – pardon us, O Lord! R/  
(Personal intentions)
  Our Father….   O God of mercy and compassion, all our guilt lies open to you, all our secret sins are known to you, all our ugly ways are clear before you, yet you never cease to offer us your redeeming love. Have mercy on us in our pitiful attempts to cloak our sinfulness with false bravado, and grant us the joy that comes with full repentance, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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