Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Morning
O praise the Lord, all you peoples!
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!
And wilt thou pardon, Lord,
A sinner such as I,
Although thy book his crimes record,
Of such a crimson dye?
So deep are they engraved,
So terrible their fear,
The righteous scarcely shall be saved,
And where shall I appear?
O thou Physician blest,
Make clean my guilty soul
And me, by many a sin oppressed,
Restore and keep me whole.
I know not how to praise
Thy mercy and thy love;
But deign my soul from earth to raise
And learn from thee above.
God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor 1:9)
God never wearies of calling us back to himself. His patient love for us exceeds all our willfulness and wandering, all our stubbornness and stupidity! This shortest of all psalms captures vividly the promise of today’s readings.
O praise the Lord, all you nations,
acclaim him, all you peoples!
Strong is his love for us;
he is faithful for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
Whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall. No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.
If a wicked man, turning from the wickedness
he has committed, does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life. (Ez 18:27)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
In your distress, you shall finally return to the Lord, your God, and heed his voice. (cf. Dt 4:30)
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 the faithful and obedient Christ, we rise to a new life of fidelity to God’s will. Let us pray:
R/You are faithful for ever! Come to our aid.
You obeyed to heal our disobedience:
– make us obedient like you. R/
You returned to your Father in glory:
– may we return in repentance. R/
You died that we might live:
– help us to die to our evil desires. R/
God our Father, you sent your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring us back from the ways of blind disobedience to the reign of light where your love rules all hearts. Keep us faithful to the gift you have given through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.