Prayer for the Morning
The Lord our God renews the face of the earth:
let us praise him. Alleluia! (cf. Ps 104:30)
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!
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old,
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In you do we trust, nor find you to fail;
Your mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
Psalm 104:1-6, 10-14, 24, 31
Just as you know not how the breath of life/ fashions the human frame in the mother’s womb,/ So you know not the work of God/ which he is accomplishing in the universe. (Eccl 11:5)
Throughout the Easter season, we catch glimpses of the hidden work of the Spirit, the breath of life bestowed in baptism and confirmation, coming in wind and fire to complete God’s work of recreating humanity and the whole cosmos in Christ.
Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!
You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
Above the rains you build your dwelling.
You make the clouds your chariot,
you walk on the wings of the wind;
you make the winds your messengers
and flashing fire your servants.
You founded the earth on its base,
to stand firm from age to age.
You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:
the waters stood higher than the mountains.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys:
they flow in between the hills.
They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
the wild-asses quench their thirst.
On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;
from the branches they sing their song.
From your dwelling you water the hills;
earth drinks its fill of your gift.
You make the grass grow for the cattle
and the plants to serve man’s needs.
How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 32:15-17)
[When] the spirit from on high/ is poured out on us./ Then will the desert become an orchard/ and the orchard be regarded as a forest.
Right will dwell in the desert/ and justice abide in the orchard./ Justice will bring about peace;/ right will produce calm and security.
Send forth your Spirit, O Lord!
(cf. Ps 104:30)
Canticle of Zechariah
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (Jn 3:8)
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…
The Spirit of God is ever at work in the world. Let us pray:
R/O God, make all things new!
Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit drove you into the desert to face the tempter:
– send forth the Spirit to strengthen us against all that would undo your Easter work. R/
Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit descended on you in the form of a dove at your baptism:
– inspire all the baptized to live the Gospel with fervor. R/
Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit comes to renew the face of the earth:
– make us worthy stewards of the earth you have given us for our home. R/
O Lord our God, between Easter and Pentecost, you speak to us of the Spirit at work in your Church. Send your renewing fire into the hearts of all your people during this holy season, that we may live with enthusiasm the life of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.