PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

Prayer for the Morning

 

Jesus Christ is the new covenant:

come, let us worship.

 

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.

 

Hymn

 

How well I know that all our honesties

Are worthless in your eyes, are empty signs.

To make my sacrifices verities

I cast them, Lord, within your Heart’s confines.

 

In lightnings, you have handed down your law;

Yet will I hide, all fearless, in your heart.

In your eyes even angels show a flaw;

You, Lord, are all my virtue, all my art.

 

PSALM 119:89-96

 

Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smal­l-­est letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. (Mt 5:18)

God’s law is not a set of arbitrary rules but the concrete shape given to the lasting covenant that God has made with human beings—­broken many times by faithless people, kept from generation to ­generation by our God. God’s faithful constancy is an anchor in an ever-shifting world, where love declared today is spurned tomorrow, and all other certainties are blown away by the wind.

 

Your word, O Lord, for ever

stands firm in the heavens:

your truth lasts from age to age,

like the earth you created.

 

By your decree it endures to this day;

for all things serve you.

Had your law not been my delight

I would have died in my affliction.

 

I will never forget your precepts

for with them you give me life.

Save me, for I am yours

since I seek your precepts.

 

Though the wicked lie in wait to destroy me

yet I ponder on your will.

I have seen that all perfection has an end

but your command is boundless.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Deuteronomy 11:18-21)

 

Take these words of mine into your heart and soul. Bind them at your wrist as a sign, and let them be a pendant on your forehead. Teach them to your ­children, speaking of them at home and abroad, ­whether you are busy or at rest. And write them on the ­doorposts of your houses and on your gates, so that, as long as the heavens are above the earth, you and your ­children may live on in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers he would give them.

Listen, my children. (cf. Prv 7:24)

 

Canticle of Zechariah

 

In your observance of the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. (Dt 4:2)

 

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

 

Let us seal the doorposts of our inner thoughts with the protective Word of God, just as the Israelites marked the doorposts of their houses with the saving blood of the Paschal lamb. So are we guarded from every enemy by constant return to prayer in moments of quiet:

 

R/Stay with us, Lord.

 

You have spoken your saving Word into our world since the dawn of time:

– make us faithful, we pray. R/

 

You are ever faithful to your covenant:

– make us faithful, we pray. R/

 

You have sealed the new covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son:

– make us faithful, we pray. R/

 

Personal intentions

 

Our Father….

 

O God, you have loved us with a constancy that lies ­beyond the grasp of human imagination. Make us faithful as you are faithful, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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