Prayer for the Morning
Come, let us return to the Lord
in thanksgiving 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.
Now that the daylight fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That He, in all we do or say,
Would keep us free from harm today.
May He restrain our tongues from strife,
And shield from anger’s din our life,
And guard with watchful care our eyes
From earth’s absorbing vanities.
O may our inmost hearts be pure,
From thoughts of folly kept secure,
And pride of sinful flesh subdued
Through sparing use of daily food.
So we, when this day’s work is o’er,
And shades of night return once more,
Our path of trial safely trod,
Shall give the glory to our God.
To God the Father glory true,
The same, eternal Son, to you,
And to the Spirit, glory be,
Both now and for eternity.
O God, be merciful to me a sinner. (Lk 18:13)
It is always tempting to take credit for the gifts of grace and to lay the blame elsewhere for our faults. If we do not claim responsibility for the choices that are truly ours, neither can we ask for or accept forgiveness. Too heavy for us, our offenses—too heavy not to allow the Lord to wipe them away.
To you our praise is due
in Zion, O God.
To you we pay our vows,
you who hear our prayer.
To you all flesh will come
with its burden of sin.
Too heavy for us, our offenses,
but you wipe them away.
Blessed is he whom you choose and call
to dwell in your courts.
We are filled with the blessings of your house,
of your holy temple.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Joel 2:13)
Rend your hearts, not your garments,/ and return to the Lord, your God./ For gracious and merciful is he,/ slow to anger, rich in kindness,/ and relenting in punishment.
Come, let us return to the Lord.
Canticle of Zechariah
Merciful and compassionate is the Lord, your God, and he will not turn away his face from you if you return to him. (2 Chr 30:9)
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…
In today’s Gospel, it is not the one who claims his righteousness who goes home justified, but the one who claims his sin. And so we pray:
R/Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy).
Your love never leaves us, O Lord,
– but our love leaves you: R/
Your righteousness is your gift to us,
– but our self-righteousness is our obstacle to you: R/
Your forgiveness is always before us,
– but our pride conceals it from us: R/
God of mercy and compassion, grant us the honesty and courage to beat our breasts beside the humble tax collector rather than blow our own trumpet beside the Pharisee. Forgive us the pride that refuses forgiveness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.