Prayer for the Morning
To you I lift up my soul, O Lord, my God.
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.
Humbly, Lord, we worship you,
Our Eternal King.
You who died to give us life,
Hear us as we sing.
R/Jesus, God and Lord of all,
Come to us, we pray.
Thus united in your love,
May we live this day.
Jesus, Lord, we offer you,
Ev’ry act this day.
May we live our love for you
And your will obey. R/
Lord, forgive us all our faults,
Others we forgive.
May we strive with all our souls,
Christian lives to live. R/
May we love you in each soul
And each soul in you;
One in our eternal goal,
One in all we do. R/
Psalm 73:1-3, 16-17, 23-28
Let the Lord, your God, show us what way we should take and what we should do. (Jer 42:3)
In the Lenten Mass readings, God shows us again and again the way we should follow and what we should do to live out our commitment to Jesus Christ. Mary at the foot of the cross is our silent example of the way of forgiving love.
How good God is to Israel,
to those who are pure of heart.
Yet my feet came close to stumbling,
my steps had almost slipped
for I was filled with envy of the proud
when I saw how the wicked prosper.
I strove to fathom this problem,
too hard for my mind to understand,
until I pierced the mysteries of God
and understood what becomes of the wicked.
Yet I was always in your presence;
you were holding me by my right hand.
You will guide me by your counsel
and so you will lead me to glory.
What else have I in heaven but you?
Apart from you I want nothing on earth.
My body and my heart faint for you;
God is my possession for ever.
All those who abandon you shall perish;
you will destroy all those who are faithless.
To be near God is my happiness.
I have made the Lord God my refuge.
I will tell of all your works
at the gates of the city of Zion.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Romans 12:14, 17, 20; 13:8)
Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.”
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
I say to you, love your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father.
Canticle of Zechariah
God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)
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…
Let us pray for those with whom we do not live in peace, asking God through the intercession of Mary:
R/Grant them every blessing, Lord.
For those who have hurt or harmed us. R/
For those who dislike us. R/
For those who look down on us. R/
For those who refuse to speak to us. R/
O God, you have loved us without our deserving it. You have forgiven us without our earning it. You have blessed us when we could not bless you. Grant us the grace to love as we have been loved, through Christ our Lord. Amen.