Morning Prayer: Wednesday 19 March 2014

March 19, 2014

FESTIVALS – Joseph of Nazareth

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… (may be said by all)

 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…

or a suitable hymn

 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.

 Psalm 150

1              Hallelujah!

Praise God in his holy temple;*

praise him in the firmament of his power.

2              Praise him for his mighty acts;*

praise him for his excellent greatness.

3              Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn;*

praise him with lyre and harp.

4              Praise him with timbrel and dance;*

praise him with strings and pipe.

5              Praise him with resounding cymbals;*

praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.

6              Let everything that has breath*

praise the Lord.


Maker of the universe, Source of all life, give us grace to serve you with our whole heart, that we may faithfully  perform your will and joyfully participate in your creation, to the praise and glory of your name, 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 63:7-16

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,
because of all that the Lord has done for us,
and the great favour to the house of Israel
that he has shown them according to his mercy,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, ‘Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely’;
and he became their saviour
in all their distress.
It was no messenger or angel
but his presence that saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

But they rebelled
and grieved his holy spirit;
therefore he became their enemy;
he himself fought against them.
Then they remembered the days of old,
of Moses his servant.
Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is the one who put within them
his holy spirit,
who caused his glorious arm
to march at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
to make for himself an everlasting name,
who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
Like cattle that go down into the valley,
the spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
Thus you led your people,
to make for yourself a glorious name.

Look down from heaven and see,
from your holy and glorious habitation.
Where are your zeal and your might?
The yearning of your heart and your compassion?
They are withheld from me.
For you are our father,
though Abraham does not know us
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O Lord, are our father;
our Redeemer from of old is your name.

 Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


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.


Benedictus 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… (may be said by all)


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.


Collect of the Day (may be omitted when the Eucharist follows)

God, from the family of your servant David you raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son.  Give us grace to follow him in faithful obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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.


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.