PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20)
Prayer for the Morning
Come, let us worship the Lord our God,
who leads us from death to life!
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!
O turn to Jesus, Mother, turn,
And call him by his tenderest names;
Pray for the holy souls that burn
This hour amid the cleansing flames.
They are the children of your tears;
Then hasten, Mother, to their aid;
In pity think each hour appears
An age while glory is delayed.
Ah, me! the love of Jesus yearns
O’er the abyss of sacred pain,
And, as he looks, his bosom burns
With Calvary’s dear thirst again.
O Mary, let your Son no more
His lingering spouses thus expect:
God’s children to their God restore,
And to the Spirit his elect.
CANTICLE OF TOBIT 13:1-5a, 7-8
He made atonement for the dead, that they might be freed from sin. (cf. 2 Mc 12:46)
Purgatory is not an eternal punishment, but a place of preparation, of making satisfaction for the effects of sin, and of being made ready for the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb. As we pray for our brothers and sisters in purgatory, let us live our earthly lives preparing for this union with Christ.
Blessed be God who lives forever,
because his kingdom lasts for all ages.
For he scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.
Praise him, you Israelites, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there.
Exalt him before every living being,
because he is the Lord our God,
our Father and God forever.
He scourged you for your iniquities,
but will again have mercy on you all.
As for me, I exalt my God,
and my spirit rejoices in the King of heaven.
Let all men speak of his majesty,
and sing his praises in Jerusalem.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.
The one who raised Christ from the dead will give life
to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit
that dwells in you. (Rom 8:11)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Our savior Christ Jesus destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (cf. 2 Tm 1:10)
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…
God created us not only for this earthly life but for union with him for ever. In confidence we pray:
R/May those who sleep in death live with you for ever!
Purify those souls still held fast by the sins of their earthly lives,
– that they may be ready to stand in your presence forever more: R/
Inspire us to pray and do penance for the holy souls,
– especially our loved ones and those who have no one to pray for them. R/
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
– and may perpetual light shine upon them. R/
All-powerful and ever-living God, who created humankind for an everlasting sharing in your communion of love, grant that the faithful departed may be freed from every stain of sin and enjoy eternal rest in our heavenly homeland. Through 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.