Prayer for the Morning
With God is wisdom: come, let us adore!
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!
The works of the Lord are created in wisdom;
We view the earth’s wonders
and call him to mind:
We hear what he says in the world we discover
And God shows his glory in all that we find.
The sun every morning lights up his creation,
The moon marks the rhythm
of months in their turn;
The glittering stars are arrayed in his honor
Adorning the years as they ceaselessly burn.
The song is unfinished; how shall we complete it,
And where find the skill
to perfect all God’s praise?
At work in all places, he cares for all peoples—
How great is the Lord to the end of all days!
Psalm 104:1a, 19-24, 33-34, 35b
With him are wisdom and might;/ his are counsel and understanding. (Jb 12:13)
In the Scriptures, wisdom puts all of life in right order. Here the Psalmist celebrates the wisdom with which God has ordered time so that day and night, months and seasons all serve the purpose of life. Time reaches its intended culmination in the gift of everlasting life bestowed through Jesus Christ.
Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are!
You made the moon to mark the months;
the sun knows the time for its setting.
When you spread the darkness it is night
and all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
The young lions roar for their prey
and ask their food from God.
At the rising of the sun they steal away
and go to rest in their dens.
Man goes forth to his work,
to labor till evening falls.
How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
I will sing to the Lord all my life,
make music to my God while I live.
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.
Bless the Lord, my soul.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Job 12:7-10)
Now ask the beasts to teach you,/ and the birds of the air to tell you;/ Or the reptiles on earth to instruct you,/ and the fish of the sea to inform you./ Which of all these does not know/ that the hand of God has done this?/ In his hand is the soul of every living thing,/ and the life breath of all mankind.
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth,/
established the heavens by understanding.
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. (Gal 4:4-5)
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…
All times and all seasons are in God’s hand; all times and all seasons are fulfilled in Christ. Let us pray:
R/You are our life and our salvation!
Yours is the night and yours the day:
– enlighten us with your wisdom at every hour of our lives. R/
Yours are the years and yours the seasons:
– teach us to trust in your provident designs. R/
Yours is the fullness of life:
– bring us to dwell in your presence for ever. R/
Lord God of time and timelessness, you order all things according to your wise designs. Grant us discerning hearts, that we may know and love and serve your plan, through Christ our Lord. Amen.