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Saint Margaret of Scotland; Saint Gertrude

Prayer for the Morning

 

Let us invoke the Lord:

in the morning, he hears our prayer!

 

Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!

 

HYMN

 

Who can compare with your holiness,

honor and glory?

Your wondrous deeds are the splendor

of your people’s story;

Your mighty arm

Saves your beloved from harm:

So shall the Lord reign for ever.

 

With constant love, O God, you set us free

and you fed us,

Bringing us safely to dwell in the land

where you led us,

Guarded by grace,

Planted in your holy place:

So shall the Lord reign for ever.

 

PSALM 5:2-4, 12-13

 

Over all, his glory will be shelter and protection:/ shade from the parching heat of day,/ refuge and cover from storm and rain. (Is 4:6)

To the Psalmist, the “glory” of God meant the sheltering, guiding, protecting cloud of light in which God accompanied his people across the desert and came to meet them in the place of worship.

 

To my words give ear, O Lord,

give heed to my groaning.

Attend to the sound of my cries,

my King and my God.

 

It is you whom I invoke, O Lord.

In the morning you hear me;

in the morning I offer you my prayer,

watching and waiting.

 

All those you protect shall be glad

and ring out their joy.

You shelter them; in you they rejoice,

those who love your name.

 

It is you who bless the just man, Lord:

you surround him with favor as with a shield.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Sirach 34:16)

 

The eyes of the Lord are upon those who love him;/ he is their mighty shield and strong support,/ A shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun,/ a guard against stumbling, a help against falling.

 

My God is the rock where I take refuge;/ my shield,

my mighty help, my stronghold. (Ps 18:3)

 

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

 

You are a refuge to the poor,/ a refuge to the needy in distress;/ Shelter from the rain,/ shade from the heat. (Is 25:4)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

With confidence in the God who hears our prayers and protects us, let us pray:

 

R/To our words give ear, O Lord.

 

You shield us from harm:

– teach us to protect goodness in ourselves and in ­others. R/

 

You guard us against stumbling and help us against falling:

 

– strengthen our reliance on you in every temptation. R/

 

You are the shelter of all those who are in need:

– make us a shelter to all who call upon our help. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

O God of glory, you are our shelter against the burning heat of the day and the storms of life. Help us when we stumble, catch us when we fall, and guide our steps firmly in faith toward the promise of eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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