Saints Pontian and Hippolytus
Prayer for the Morning
Let us praise the name of the Lord,
for he alone is exalted!
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!
Oh, come in early morning,
The dew is on the flower,
There’s laughter in the woodland,
And music in the bower;
The world is full of gladness,
And sings the Maker’s praise,
There’s not a note of sadness,
To mar the matin lays.
Oh, come in early morning,
The sun is climbing high;
And all the world is smiling,
Beneath a cloudless sky;
There’s not a piping blackbird,
But sings with lusty glee;
There’s not a little lambkin,
But frolics on the lea.
CANTICLE (1 Chronicles 16:8-12)
It is written:/ “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,/ and every tongue shall give praise to God.” (Rom 14:11)
All creation sings praise to God simply by being fully what the Creator intended. Obedience to God’s designs is in itself an act of worship. Worship without obedience is merely hollow flattery. Yet both worship and obedience are less than Christian if they do not spring from the one root, love of God.
Give thanks to the Lord, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord!
Look to the Lord in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Ephesians 1:11-12)
In [Christ] 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.
Let us praise God with hearts and voices!
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Through Christ let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. (cf. Heb 13:15)
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…
Created and redeemed by the overflowing love of God, let us offer our praise and thanks:
R/Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker and ruler of the universe.
You have filled the universe with wonders:
– fill us with reverence and delight. R/
You have called into being life of every kind:
– fill us with a desire to cherish life in all its forms. R/
You have made us in your own image to be your praise:
– fill us with thanksgiving. R/
O God, Creator and Redeemer, you are the author of being and life. Inspire in us a spirit of praise and a desire for obedience, that we may give you glory in everything we think and say and do. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.