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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the Morning

 

Now is the hour to wake from sleep:

come, let us adore.

 

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!

 

HYMN

 

Eternal light, shine in my heart;

Eternal hope, lift up my eyes;

Eternal power, be my support;

Eternal wisdom, make me wise.

 

Eternal life, raise me from death;

Eternal brightness, make me see;

Eternal Spirit, give me breath;

Eternal Savior, come to me:

 

Until by your most costly grace,

Invited by your holy word,

At last I come before your face

To know you, my eternal God.

 

PSALM 108:2-6

 

The Lord called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.” (1 Sm 3:4)

God called Samuel from sleep to become the servant of his word. Christ calls his disciples to wake from whatever dulls our capacity to hear the Word and follow faithfully.

 

My heart is ready, O God;

I will sing, sing your praise.

Awake, my soul;

awake, lyre and harp.

I will awake the dawn.

 

I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples,

among the nations I will praise you,

for your love reaches to the heavens

and your truth to the skies.

O God, arise above the heavens;

may your glory shine on earth!

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Romans 13:11-13a, 14a)

 

Do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day…. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

If you are called, reply, “Speak, Lord,

for your servant is listening.”

(1 Sm 3:9)

 

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

 

Give ear and hear my voice,/ pay attention and listen to what I say. (Is 28:23)

 

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

 

Christ is our Light. To him we pray:

 

R/Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

 

When we grow careless of our calling as disciples,

– awaken us from sleep: R/

 

When we become distracted by our daily cares and pastimes,

– awaken us from sleep: R/

 

When we grow deaf to your Word because of other ­interests,

– awaken us from sleep: R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

O God, you call us daily to arise and follow Christ the Lord. Awaken us from whatever lethargy holds us back from listening; shake us from the deadly sleep of sin. May Christ, your Word and our Light, lead us in the ways of life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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