PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20)
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Morning
How good is the Lord! 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!
Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all his words most wonderful,
Most sure in all his ways.
O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.
O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.
And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s Presence and his very Self,
And Essence all divine.
O generous love! that he, who smote,
In Man for man the foe,
The double agony in Man
For man should undergo.
And in the garden secretly,
And on the Cross on high,
Should teach his brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.
Are you envious because I am generous? (Mt 20:15)
God’s measureless generosity is a reason not for envy but for praise. All of us, great and small, belong to the flock he leads to safe and plentiful pastures of peace through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.
Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.
Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Malachi 3:10)
Bring the whole tithe/ into the storehouse,/ That there may be food in my house,/ and try me in this, says the Lord of hosts:/ Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven,/ to pour down blessing upon you without measure?
Grace was given to each of us according
to the measure of Christ’s gift.
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Who can measure his majestic power,/ or exhaust the tale of his mercies? (Sir 18:3)
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…
As we have received God’s bounty, so let us give him our praise!
R/Eternal is your merciful love!
You have poured upon us love without measure:
– grant that we may serve you with generosity. R/
You have rewarded all humanity for the saving work done by Christ:
– grant us grateful and giving hearts. R/
You have promised us life eternal:
– grant us unwavering hope and faith in you. R/
O God of all goodness, your ways are not our ways. You treat us with a love we could never have deserved. You grant us a salvation we could never have imagined through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate on this holy day. Make us faithful agents of your bounty to all peoples, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.