PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (THURSDAY, JULY 2)
Prayer for the Morning
Let us cry out to the Lord our God:
in mercy, he will hear us!
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!
Firm through the endless years,
Your kingdom stands secure,
And your dominion evermore
Through ages shall endure.
For, from the Paraclete,
O Word, you came to earth
And, Christ our God, you humbly stooped
To share our lowly birth.
You came as Light from Light
Within our world to shine,
And brought into the darkest heart
The hope of light divine.
O Savior, God most high,
Incarnate Word of Light,
Be merciful and save us all
From sin’s eternal night.
My word shall not return to me void,/ but shall do my will. (cf. Is 55:11)
The Word of God gathers up our many words into one song of praise and petition. In him and through him and with him, we offer our humble prayer.
Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
Give thanks to the Lord upon the lyre,
with a ten-stringed harp sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new,
play loudly, with all your skill.
For the word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.
By his word the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He collects the waves of the ocean;
he stores up the depths of the sea.
Let all the earth fear the Lord,
all who live in the world revere him.
He spoke; and it came to be.
He commanded; it sprang into being.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (2 Corinthians 1:18-20)
As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him. For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory.
Let your “Yes” mean “Yes,” and your “No” mean “No.” Anything more is from the evil one. (Mt 5:37)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
What came to be through him was life,/ and this life was the light of the human race. (Jn 1:3-4)
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…
To God, whose gift to us is the Word of life, we pray:
R/Your Word, O Lord, is spirit and life!
For the Word of creation, we praise you, O God:
– teach us to reverence all that your Word has brought into being. R/
For the Word of salvation, we praise you, O God:
– teach us to work for the salvation of all whom you will to save. R/
For the Word of life, we praise you, O God:
– teach us to live according to your word. R/
God our Father, you have spoken into the chaos of sin the one all-powerful Word of salvation, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Teach us to put our faith in the constancy of your Word and not in the multiplication of our words, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.