Prayer for the Morning
Let us cry out to the Lord our God:
in mercy, he will hear us!
Glory to the Father…. Amen.
Of him who did salvation bring,
I could for ever think and sing:
Arise, you needy, he’ll relieve;
Arise, you guilty, he’ll forgive.
To shame our sins he blushed in blood;
He closed his eyes to show us God:
Let all the world fall down and know
That none but God such love can show.
Insatiate to this spring I fly;
I drink, and yet am ever dry;
Ah! who against your charm is proof!
Ah! who that loves, can love enough?
CANTICLE (1 Chronicles 16:8-12)
My word shall not return to me void,/ but shall do my will. (cf. Is 55:11)
Receiving God’s word with a willing heart and returning it to him in prayer and praise is a work of Lenten transformation.
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 (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
We too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.
Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. (Rom 10:17)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
In the beginning was the Word,/ and the Word was with God,/ and the Word was God. (Jn 1:1)
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 respect 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 own. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.