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PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SUNDAY, JUNE 28)

Prayer for the Morning

 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Jesus Christ leads us from death to life: 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!  

HYMN

  Crown him with many crowns, The Lamb upon his throne. Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns All music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing Of him who died for thee, And hail him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.   Crown him the Lord of life, Who triumphed o’er the grave, And rose victorious in the strife For those he came to save. His glories now we sing, Who died, and rose on high, Who died eternal life to bring, And lives that death may die.  

PSALM 90:1-4, 12-16

  God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it. (Acts 2:24) Death itself has been conquered by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Our baptismal sharing in his saving death bears fruit every time we avoid sin, every time we show love or mercy to another, every time we choose God over self.   O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next. Before the mountains were born or the earth or the world brought forth, you are God, without beginning or end.   You turn men back to dust and say: “Go back, sons of men.” To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, no more than a watch in the night.   Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart. Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever? Show pity to your servants.   In the morning, fill us with your love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Give us joy to balance our affliction for the years when we knew misfortune.   Show forth your work to your servants; let your glory shine in their children.   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (Hebrews 2:10)

  It was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through ­suffering.   The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. (Rom 8:6)  

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH 

  Where, O death, is your victory?/ Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Cor 15:55)   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 

  Through the mystery of the sacraments, we share in Jesus’ saving Death and Resurrection, and we look forward with hope to an eternity spent with him in heaven. With joy we ask our Savior:   R/May your Kingdom come!   That we may extend your generous hospitality to all we meet: – welcoming others into our churches and our hearts. R/   That we may die to sin more and more each day: – and never tire of asking for forgiveness. R/   That we may sing of your goodness – with all our words and actions. R/   (Personal intentions)   Our Father….   Father God, who are always faithful to your promises, strengthen the faith you gave to us at our baptism. Grant us the grace to stand strong in the victory your Son won for us, and to invite our brothers and sisters into your merciful love. 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.

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