Morning Prayer: Monday 17 March 2014

March 13, 2014

FESTIVALS: Feast of Saint Patrick


O Lord, open our lips:

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.





Antiphon: The Lord is King, let the earth rejoice:*

let the multitude of the isles be glad. (Ps. 97.1)






1 O come let us sing out to the Lord,*

let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his face with thanksgiving*

and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God,*

and a great king above all gods.

4 In his hands are the depths of the earth,*

and the peaks of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his and he made it;*

his hands moulded dry land.

6 Come let us worship and bow down,*

and kneel before the Lord our maker.

7 For he himself is our God;*

we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

8 Today if only you would hear his voice:*

‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;

9 when your fathers tested me;*

put me to proof though they had seen my works.

10 Of whom I swore in my wrath:*

“They shall not enter my rest.”’


Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.



or (from Psalm 97)


1 You are the Lord, most high over all the earth;*

you are exalted far above all gods.

2 The Lord loves those who hate evil;*

he preserves the lives of his saints

and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

3 Light has sprung up for the righteous,*

and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

4 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous.*

and give thanks to his holy name.


Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.



Psalm 149


1 Hallelujah!

Sing to the Lord a new song;*

sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.

2 Let Israel rejoice in his maker;*

let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.

3 Let them praise his name in the dance;*

let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people*

and adorns the poor with victory.

5 Let the faithful rejoice in triumph;*

let them be joyful on their beds.

6 Let the praises of God be in their throat*

and a two-edged sword in their hand;

7 To wreak vengeance on the nations*

and punishment on the peoples;

8 To bind their kings in chains*

and their nobles with links of iron;

9 To inflict on them the judgement decreed;*

this is glory for all his faithful people.


Accept our praise, God of justice, defender of the oppressed. Give us grace to join in this your holy work, that all the world may see your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Conclusion (Te Deum)

a We praise you, O God;

we acclaim you as Lord.

b All creation worships you,

the Father everlasting.

a To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:

heaven and earth are full of your glory.


a The glorious company of apostles praise you,

the noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

b The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:


Father, of majesty unbounded;

your true and only Son, worthy of all praise:

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.


a You, Christ, are the king of glory,

the eternal Son of the Father.

b When you took our flesh to set us free

you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

a You overcame the sting of death

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

b You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come to be our judge.


Come then Lord and help your people,

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.


Antiphon: The Lord is King, let the earth rejoice,

let the multitude of the isles be glad.



Isaiah 8:19-9:2

Now if people say to you, ‘Consult the ghosts and the familiar spirits that chirp and mutter; should not a people consult their gods, the dead on behalf of the living, for teaching and for instruction?’ surely, those who speak like this will have no dawn! They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry; when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will curse their king and their gods. They will turn their faces upwards, or they will look to the earth, but will see only distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be thrust into thick darkness.

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.

Acts 16:6-10

 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.


Response (Ps. 89.1)

Lord I will sing of your loving kindnesses throughout all generations.

Lord I will sing of your loving kindnesses throughout all generations.

My mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.

Throughout all generations.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Lord I will sing of your loving kindnesses throughout all generations.




Antiphon: Their sound* has gone out through all the world

1 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*

for he has come to his people and set them free.

2 He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*

born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through his holy prophets he promised of old*

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us.

4 He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*

and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6 free to worship him without fear,*

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

7 You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 to give his people knowledge of salvation*

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God*

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10 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 and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.


Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.


God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the
shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for
the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when
evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.