Advent

WEEK III - WEDNESDAY

Morning Prayer



Invitatory
The Invitatory opens the first Office of the day. If the Office of Readings is the first Office of the day, begin below.

Lord, open my lips.
 - And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Psalm 95 is the traditional Invitatory Psalm. Psalm 24, 67, or 100 may be substituted.

Antiphon: The Lord is close at hand; come let us worship him.





Morning Prayer

God, come to my assistance.
 - Lord, make haste to help me.
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

Behold a Virgin Bearing Him

or:

-
Morning has broken,
like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken,
like the first bird!
Praise for the singing!
praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing
fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rains new fall,
sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall,
on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight,
mine is the morning
Born of the one light,
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
praise every morning
Gods recreation
of the new day!
Text: Eleanor Farjeon; Melody: Traditional Gaelic, from Mary M. MacDonald, 5554.5554

or:

-
Darkness has faded, night gives way to morning;
Sleep has refreshed us, now we thank our Maker.
Singing his praises, lifting up to heaven
Hearts, minds and voices.

Father of mercies, bles the hours before us;
While there is daylight may we work to please you,
Building a city fit to be your dwelling,
Home for all nations.

Daystar of heaven, Dawn that ends our darkness.
Sun of salvation, Lord enthroned in splendor,
Stay with us, Jesus; let your Easter glory
Fill all creation.

Flame of the Spirit, fire with love’s devotion
Hearts love created, make us true apostles;
Give us a vision wide as heav'n's horizon.
Bright with your promise.

Father in heaven. guide your children homewards;
Jesus, our Brother, walk beside us always;
Joy-giving Spirit, make the world one people,
Sign of God’s Kingdom.
Text: James Quinn; Melody: Christe Sanctorum, Paris Antiphoner, 1681; ;Midi: Cyberhymnal


PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: The Lord, the mighty God, will come forth from Zion to set his people free.


Psalm 86
The malice of sinners and God's goodness
No follower of mine wanders in the dark. He shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am faithful;
save the servant who trusts in you.

You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,
for I cry to you all the day long.
Give joy to your servant, O Lord,
for to you I lift up my soul.

O Lord, you are good and forgiving,
full of love to all who call.
Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my voice.

In the day of distress I will call
and surely you will reply.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
nor work to compare with yours.

All the nations shall come to adore you
and glorify your name, O Lord:
for you are great and do marvelous deeds,
you who alone are God.

Show me, Lord, your way
so that I may walk in your truth.
Guide my heart to fear your name.

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart
and glorify your name for ever;
for your love to me has been great:
you have saved me from the depths of the grave.

The proud have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
to you they pay no heed.

But you, God of mercy and compassion,
slow to anger, O Lord,
abounding in love and truth,
turn and take pity on me.

O give your strength to your servant
and save your handmaid's child.
Show me the sign of your favor
that my foes may see to their shame
that you console me and give me your help. Glory...


Psalm Prayer: God of mercy and goodness, when Christ called out to you in torment, you heard him and gave him victory over death because of his love for you. We already know the affection you have for us; fill us with a great love of your name, and we will proclaim you more boldly before men and happily lead them to celebrate your glory.

Antiphon 1 The Lord, the mighty God, will come forth from Zion to set his people free.


Antiphon 2 I shall not cease to plead with God for Zion until he sends his Holy One in all his radiant beauty.


Canticle  -  Isaiah 33:13-16
God's flawless judgment
What God has promised is for you, for your children and for those still far away. (Acts 2:39)


Hear, you who are far off,
what I have done;
you who are near,
acknowledge my might.

On Zion sinners are in dread,
trembling grips the impious:
"Who of us can live with the consuming fire?
who of us can live with the everlasting flames?"

He who practices virtue and speaks honestly,
who spurns what is gained by oppression,
Brushing his hands free of contact with a bribe,
stopping his ears lest he hear of bloodshed,
closing his eyes lest he look on evil-

He shall dwell on the heights,
his stronghold shall be the rocky fastness,
his food and drink in steady supply. Glory...

Antiphon 2 I shall not cease to plead with God for Zion until he sends his Holy One in all his radiant beauty.


Antiphon 3 The Spirit of the Lord rests upon me; he has sent me to preach his joyful message to the poor.


Psalm 98
The Lord triumphs in his judgment
This psalm tells of the Lord's first coming and that people of all nations will believe in him. (Saint Athanasius)

Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right and hand his holy arm
have brought salvation.

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

at the presence of the Lord: for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have revealed your justice to all nations. We stood condemned and you came to be judged in our place. Send your saving power on us and when you come in glory bring your mercy to those for whom you were condemned.

Antiphon 3 The Spirit of the Lord rests upon me; he has sent me to preach his joyful message to the poor.





The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 
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