Saint Leo the Great
Prayer for the Morning
Jesus Christ is the power of God and the wisdom
of God: come, let us adore him!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
O God of truth, O Lord of might,
Who order time and change aright,
Who send the early morning ray,
And light the glow of perfect day.
Extinguish ev’ry flame of ire,
And banish ev’ry false desire.
To body frail, true health impart,
And peace surpassing to the heart.
Grant this, O Father, ever One
With Christ, your sole-begotten Son,
Whom with the Spirit we adore,
Reigning and blest forevermore.
CANTICLE OF SIRACH 14:20; 15:3-6
Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (cf. Mt 7:24)
Saint Leo the Great prayed, lived, and taught the wisdom of God’s Word made flesh. On that rock he sought to build up the faith of the Church, God’s house, which he served as pope.
Happy the man who meditates on wisdom,
and reflects on knowledge.
She will nourish him with the bread of understanding,
and give him the water of learning to drink.
He will lean upon her and not fall,
he will trust in her and not be put to shame.
She will exalt him above his fellows;
in the assembly she will make him eloquent.
Joy and gladness he will find,
an everlasting name inherit.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Sirach 45:7, 17)
[God] made him perpetual in his office/ when he bestowed on him the priesthood of his people;/ He established him in honor/ and crowned him with lofty majesty;/ He gave to him his laws,/ and authority to prescribe and to judge:/ To teach the precepts to his people,/ and the ritual to the descendants of Israel.
He was filled with the spirit of understanding.
(cf. Sir 39:6)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
He poured forth his words of wisdom/ and in prayer gave thanks to the Lord,/ Who directed his knowledge and his counsel. (cf. Sir 39:6-7)
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…
Let us pray to Jesus Christ, God’s wisdom and Word:
R/Let your Spirit come to us.
O Wisdom of God, through you all things were made:
– remake the human race in God’s own image. R/
O Wisdom of God, you are the light by which we see:
– shine on the paths we are to walk this day. R/
O Wisdom of God, you are the truth by which we live:
– pour out upon us all the gift of true discernment. R/
O Wisdom of God, you speak through all the wise:
– make wise all those who study, preach, and teach your Word. R/
God our Father, you inspired in Saint Leo an abiding love for your Word and sacraments. Through his intercession, continue to nourish your people from this fountain of life rising from the heart of Jesus Christ, our Rock, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.