Prayer for the Morning
Let us praise the name of the Lord!
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!
In your mercy, Lord, you called me,
Taught my sinful heart and mind,
Else this world had still enthralled me,
And to glory kept me blind.
Lord, I did not freely choose you
Till by grace you set me free;
For my heart would still refuse you
Had your love not chosen me.
Now my heart sets none above you,
For your grace alone I thirst,
Knowing well that, if I love you,
You, O Lord, have loved me first.
With age-old love I have loved you;/ so I have kept my mercy toward you. (Jer 31:3)
Created, chosen, redeemed by almighty God, we have reason to sing praise at the beginning of this new day, not for any achievements of our own but for his great love for us.
Praise the name of the Lord,
praise him, servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord for the Lord is good.
Sing a psalm to his name for he is loving.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself
and Israel for his own possession.
For I know the Lord is great,
that our Lord is high above all gods.
The Lord does whatever he wills,
in heaven, on earth, in the seas.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)
You are a people sacred to the Lord, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own. It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the Lord loved you and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn to your fathers, that he brought you out with his strong hand from the place of slavery, and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
I have loved you, says the Lord.
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord. (2 Cor 10:17)
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…
Because of God’s love for us, we dare to say:
R/Our Father, who art in heaven, hear our prayer.
You created us from nothing:
– may we live always before you in thanksgiving and praise. R/
You chose us out of love:
– may we grow daily in our love for you. R/
You redeemed us through the gift of your Son’s Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection:
– may we think and act as faithful witnesses to the Gospel. R/
God our Father, your love for the world you created is without measure. May we grow each day toward the fire of your love for us, reflected in and through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.