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Saint John of God

Prayer for the Morning

 

With humble, contrite hearts,

let us adore the Lord!

 

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.

 

Hymn

 

Jesus, Lover of my soul,

Let me to thy mercy fly,

While the nearer waters roll,

While the tempest still is high:

Hide me, O my Savior, hide,

Till the storm of life be past;

Safe into the haven guide,

O receive my soul at last.

 

Other refuge have I none,

Hangs my helpless soul on thee;

Leave, ah! leave me not alone,

Still support and comfort me:

All my trust on thee is stayed;

All my help from thee I bring;

Cover my defenseless head

With the shadow of thy wing.

 

Plenteous grace with thee is found,

Grace to cleanse from every sin;

Let the healing streams abound,

Make and keep me pure within:

Thou of life the fountain art,

Freely let me take of thee:

Spring thou up within my heart,

Rise to all eternity.

 

Psalm 51:3-4, 8-13, 16-17

 

Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me. (Jn 13:8)

Naaman the Syrian doubted but obeyed; the leper of the Gospel believed and asked. The Lord washes clean in the waters of life all who approach the stream of living waters seeking pardon, healing, and peace.

 

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.

In your compassion blot out my offense.

O wash me more and more from my guilt

and cleanse me from my sin.

 

Indeed you love truth in the heart;

then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.

O purify me, then I shall be clean;

O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

 

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,

that the bones you have crushed may revive.

From my sins turn away your face

and blot out all my guilt.

 

A pure heart create for me, O God,

put a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

 

O rescue me, God, my helper,

and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.

O Lord, open my lips

and my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Mark 1:40-42)

 

A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.

I will heal them and lead them. (Is 57:18)

 

Canticle of Zechariah

 

Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. (2 Kgs 5:15)

 

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

 

During Lent, the Church renews the urgent offer of healing Word and sacrament to all who call upon God in their need. We pray:

 

R/Send forth your Spirit, O Lord.

 

You offer your people the Word of life through all ­ministers of the Gospel:

– grant perseverance to all who are sent to preach and teach in your name. R/

 

You wash away in baptism all the sins that mar your image in the human soul:

– enlighten those who prepare others to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. R/

 

You heal the sinner in the Sacrament of Penance:

– grant wisdom and compassion to all priests as they minister this sacrament of your love. R/

 

You call all peoples near and far to worship at your altar:

– send laborers into the harvest to offer the gifts of Word and sacrament throughout the world. R/

 

Personal intentions

 

Our Father….

 

O God, you sent your Son into the waiting world to give life in abundance to people of every nation and tongue. Speak to the world in our day through the eloquence of Word and sacrament faithfully preached, ­reverently celebrated, and profoundly lived by those who bear your name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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