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Saint André Bessette

Prayer for the Morning

 

Shout to the Lord, all the earth;

ring out your joy!

 

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!

 

HYMN

 

Light of all the nations, shine!

Show to us who wait a sign.

God on earth, our host and guest,

Be in flesh made manifest.

 

Servant Savior, chosen one,

You are God’s beloved Son.

Let your Spirit on us rest;

Be in us made manifest.

 

Radiance of the Father’s face,

Shine in love in every place.

Splendor of God’s glory bright,

Lead us to eternal light!

 

PSALM 98:2-9

 

From my flesh I shall see God;/ my inmost being is consumed with longing. (Jb 19:26)

The long biblical tradition, echoed by Saint John in today’s first reading, said that no one could look upon the face of God and live. Yet in the human face of Jesus Christ, the Son of God made flesh for our salvation, we have seen the true face of God’s unimaginable love.

 

The Lord has made known his salvation;

has shown his justice to the nations.

He has remembered his truth and love

for the house of Israel.

 

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth,

ring out your joy.

 

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp

with the sound of music.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

acclaim the King, the Lord.

 

Let the sea and all within it thunder;

the world, and all its peoples.

Let the rivers clap their hands

and the hills ring out their joy.

 

Rejoice at the presence of the Lord,

for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice

and the peoples with fairness.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Leviticus 10:3)

 

This is as the Lord said: Through those who ap­proach me I will manifest my sacredness;/ In the sight of all the people I will reveal my glory.

 

Just so, your light must shine before others,

that they may see your good deeds and glorify

your heavenly Father. (Mt 5:16)

 

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

 

We have seen his glory. (cf. Jn 1:14)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

The Lord has made known his salvation. With thankful hearts, we pray to Christ our Savior:

 

R/You come to rule the earth!

 

You are the joy of all who love you:

– renew in joy those who seek your face. R/

 

You are the glory of your people:

– dwell in our midst in the love we bear toward one another. R/

 

You are the One whose final coming we await in hope:

– meet us daily on our road through life. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

God and giver of all good gifts, you have let us see your face in the love you bear us through Jesus Christ our Lord. May we who look for you with longing radiate to the world the light of your coming by our love for all peoples, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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