Prayer for the Morning
Exalt and acclaim God’s name!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Most blessed maiden of this land,
You sanctify our native soil.
Your witness to our holy faith,
Gives us new courage in the toil.
Rejected by your tribe and kin,
Your solace was in God alone.
O Lily of the Mohawks, pure,
Help us for this land to atone.
O, Lord of every tribe and man,
Great Father over all the earth,
With Son and Holy Spirit One,
Bless this great country of our birth.
CANTICLE OF JUDITH (16:1-2, 13-15)
O praise the Lord, all you nations,/ acclaim him, all you peoples! (Ps 117:1)
Delivered from a life of great pain for a life of deep, personal love for Jesus Christ, Saint Kateri sang the new hymn of those whose lives are shaped by the saving sign of the cross.
Strike up the instruments,
a song to my God with timbrels,
chant to the Lord with cymbals.
Sing to him a new song,
exalt and acclaim his name.
For the Lord is God; he crushes warfare,
and sets his encampment among his people;
he snatched me from the hands of my persecutors.
A new hymn I will sing to my God.
O Lord, great are you and glorious,
wonderful in power and unsurpassable.
Let your every creature serve you;
for you spoke, and they were made,
you sent forth your spirit, and they were created;
no one can resist your word.
The mountains to their bases, and the seas, are shaken;
the rocks, like wax, melt before your glance.
But to those who fear you,
you are very merciful.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Philippians 3:7-10)
Whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and [the] sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death.
I love you, Lord, my strength! (Ps 18:2)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Into your hands I commend my spirit./ It is you who will redeem me, Lord. (Ps 31:6)
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…
Through the intercession of Saint Kateri, let us pray:
R/You are God indeed!
For all who preach the Word of God in lands far from home:
– make eloquent their tongues and faithful their lives. R/
For all who are drawn to accept the Gospel:
– sign them with the sign of the cross and confirm them in faith. R/
For those who are fearful of conversion because of its price:
– grant them the courage to choose you regardless of the cost. R/
For those who have chosen a life of virginity for the sake of Christ:
– keep them faithful to their commitment. R/
O God of all nations, you called Saint Kateri to a life of prayer and to witness to the intensity of love committed to Jesus Christ. Through her example and intercession, inspire many young men and women to follow your Son, even when he leads them away from familiar surroundings by the beauty of the Gospel. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.