Prayer for the Morning
God is our rock of refuge: let us give thanks and praise.
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.
This hymn can be sung to the tune used for
Faith of Our Fathers
O Jesus, to your servants give
The consolation they require;
And when the cloud of trouble falls,
With heavenly hope their souls inspire.
Be ever near us, Christ, to bless
And help us in your faithfulness.
As you were with your saints of old,
Be with us, ever present, Lord;
Unite us to yourself, we pray,
As you have promised by your word:
Then we shall glorify and laud
The Holy Spirit sent from God.
Psalm 33:1-5, 12, 18-22
God’s sun rises on the bad and the good; he rains on the just and the unjust. (cf. Mt 5:45)
Today at Mass we are reminded of the two women accused of adultery: Susanna, the innocent, and the nameless woman, guilty, brought before Jesus. We might think of them as representing the two faces of God’s people: innocent and guilty. The Lord hears not their deeds but their plight, and rescues them from their accusers. Jesus, who takes the place of stricken humanity before the wrath of the enemy, will not so spare himself.
Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
Give thanks to the Lord upon the lyre,
with a ten-stringed harp sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new,
play loudly, with all your skill.
For the word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.
They are happy, whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen as his own.
The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
In him do our hearts find joy.
We trust in his holy name.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 54:10, 14-15)
Though the mountains leave their place/ and the hills be shaken,/ My love shall never leave you/ nor my covenant of peace be shaken,/ says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
In justice shall you be established,/ far from the fear of oppression,/ where destruction cannot come near you./ Should there be any attack, it shall not be of my making;/ whoever attacks you shall fall before you.
You are our sure defense, O God!
Canticle of Zechariah
I fear no evil, for you are with me. (cf. Ps 23:4)
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…
You are our help and defender, O Lord, in time of trial. To you we flee for protection, praying:
R/Save us, O Lord.
When evil tempts us to deeds of darkness: R/
When the good fortune of forgiven sinners disturbs us: R/
When gossip lures us into judging our neighbor’s sin: R/
When faith wavers in the face of suffering: R/
O God, you are the help of all who are in need of you. You treat us not as we deserve but as you choose, and your choice is love. Widen our hearts to receive your love and to mirror it to saint and sinner alike, through Christ our Lord. Amen.