Blessed Virgin Mary
Prayer for the Morning
God has come among his people:
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. Alleluia!
Lo, how she brings Life with her
Concealed beneath her heart,
Eve’s daughter, brave and chosen,
God’s partner to his art.
Her will, knit with divine will,
Desires his Word be done.
For God she weaves within her,
The body of their Son.
All ages call her blessed
Just as she once foretold.
Blest is she amongst women,
Her Child blest from of old.
Blest is she who believes God,
Who carries God’s true Word.
Her Son both God and human
Fulfills great Gabriel’s word.
Our Savior, God of mercy,
Remembers Abraham’s fold.
Praise God who casts down tyrants.
Rejoice! Our God is bold.
So sing we with blest Mary
To magnify the Lord
Who raised up his handmaiden.
Oh, holy is the Lord!
In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. (Eph 1:11-12)
Mary told of the Lord’s mighty deeds and sang his praise. She who is called blessed from age to age seeks only that all people know the joy of blessing God through her Son Jesus Christ, in whom God’s enduring love became visible among us.
O give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
for his love endures for ever.
Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds?
Who can recount all his praise?
They are happy who do what is right,
who at all times do what is just.
O Lord, remember me
out of the love you have for your people.
Come to me, Lord, with your help
that I may see the joy of your chosen ones
and may rejoice in the gladness of your nation
and share the glory of your people.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Romans 8:38-39)
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Praised be Jesus Christ,
now and for ever!
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? (Rom 8:32)
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…
God so loved the world that he gave his Only Begotten Son for our salvation. With joyful trust, we pray:
R/Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
God all-powerful, you created all things by your almighty Word:
– for the gift of the created world, we pray: R/
God all-merciful, you delivered your people from slavery in Egypt:
– for the gift of freedom in Christ, we pray: R/
God all-loving, you entrusted to Mary’s faithful obedience the care of your Church:
– for the gift of redemption made manifest in her, we pray: R/
O God, no power on earth can silence your enduring Word of love, born of the Virgin, put to death on the cross, buried in the earth, raised to eternal glory. Pour forth upon your people the Spirit who set the first disciples afire with your praise and with zeal to proclaim the Gospel. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.