Prayer for the Morning
Come, let us adore the Lord our God!
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.
Grant, Lord, that we, your servants all,
Saved by your tide of cleansing Blood,
No more ’neath sin’s dominion fall
Nor fear the thought of death’s dark flood!
Your varied love each spirit bless,
The humble cheer, the proud control;
Check in each heart its vain excess,
But raise the meek and humble soul.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled. (Mt 23:12)
Pride sets subtle snares. Whenever we imagine that we are in control of life—our own or someone else’s—we have fallen prey to the ancient whisper in the Garden: “You shall be like gods.” Mortality is the enduring reminder that we become like God not by our own power but by the power of the cross.
Hear this, all you peoples,
give heed, all who dwell in the world,
men both low and high,
rich and poor alike!
My lips will speak words of wisdom.
My heart is full of insight.
I will turn my mind to a parable,
with the harp I will solve my problem.
Why should I fear in evil days
the malice of the foes who surround me,
men who trust in their wealth,
and boast of the vastness of their riches?
For no man can buy his own ransom,
or pay a price to God for his life.
The ransom of his soul is beyond him.
He cannot buy life without end,
nor avoid coming to the grave.
He knows that wise men and fools must both perish
and leave their wealth to others.
Their graves are their homes for ever,
their dwelling place from age to age,
though their names spread wide through the land.
In his riches, man lacks wisdom:
he is like the beasts that are destroyed.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Sirach 10:7, 12-13a, 15-16)
Odious to the Lord and to men is arrogance,/ and the sin of oppression they both hate./ The beginning of pride is man’s stubbornness/ in withdrawing his heart from his Maker;/ For pride is the reservoir of sin,/ a source which runs over with vice./ The roots of the proud God plucks up,/ to plant the humble in their place:/ He breaks down their stem to the level of the ground,/ then digs their roots from the earth.
All of you, be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, humble. (1 Pt 3:8)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23:12)
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…
In the mystery of the Incarnation and still more in that of the cross, Jesus Christ reveals the true power of self-abasement. Let us pray:
R/Make us wise, O Lord.
You did not think equality with God something to be clung to:
– release us from the desire for power and prestige, we pray. R/
You emptied yourself, taking on the nature of a slave:
– free us from all disdain for works of service, we pray. R/
You became obedient even unto death, Death on the cross:
– deliver us from the lure of self-sufficiency, we pray. R/
O Christ, you washed the feet of your disciples, though you are both Lord and Master. Strip us of the garments of pride, and free us to do for one another the tasks of love as you have done them for us. In your name we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.