WEDNESDAY BEFORE EPIPHANY
or January 4

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: Christ is born for us. Come let us adore 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
From Heaven high I come to you
Go tell it on the mountain
Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
Songs of praise the angels sang
Virgin-born, we bow before you
What Child is this
A Child is born in Bethlehem


PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: O Lord, in your light we see light itself.


Psalm 36
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).

Sin speaks to the sinner
in the depths of his heart.
There is no fear of God
before his eyes.

He so flatters himself in his mind
that he knows not his guilt.
In his mouth are mischief and deceit.
All wisdom is gone.

He plots the defeat of goodness
as he lies on his bed.
He has set his foot on evil ways,
he clings to what is evil.

Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven;
your truth to the skies.
Your justice is like God's mountain,
your judgments like the deep.

To both man and beast you give protection.
O Lord, how precious is your love.
My God, the sons of men
find refuge in the shelter of your wings.

They feast on the riches of your house;
they drink from the stream of your delight.
In you is the source of life
and in your light we see light.

Keep on loving those who know you,
doing justice for upright hearts.
Let the foot of the proud not crush me
nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.

See how the evildoers fall!
Flung down, they shall never arise. Glory...


Psalm Prayer:Lord, you are the source of unfailing light. Give us true knowledge of your mercy so that we may renounce our pride and be filled with the riches of your house.

Antiphon 1 O Lord, in your light we see light itself.


Antiphon 2 O God, you are great and glorious; we marvel at your power.


Canticle  -  Judith 16:1,13-15
God who created the world takes care of his people
They were singing a new song (Revelation 5:9)


Strike up the instruments,
a song to my God with timbrels,
chant to the Lord with cymbals;
Sing to him a new song,
exalt and acclaim his name.

A new hymn I will sing to my God.
O Lord, great are you and glorious,
wonderful in power and unsurpassable.

Let your every creature serve you;
for you spoke, and they were made,
You sent forth your spirit, and they were created;
no one can resist your word.

The mountains to their bases, and the seas, are shaken;
the rocks, like wax, melt before your glance.
But to those who fear you,
you are very merciful. Glory...

Antiphon 2 O God, you are great and glorious; we marvel at your power..


Antiphon 3 Exult in God's presence with hymns of praise.


Psalm 47
The Lord Jesus is king of all
He is seated at the right hand of the Father and his kingdom will have no end.

All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.

He subdues peoples under us
and nations under our feet.
Our inheritance, our glory, is from him,
given to Jacob out of love.

God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God is king of all the earth,
sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.

The princes of the people are assembled
with the people of Abraham's God.
The rulers of the earth belong to God,
to God who reigns over all.

Psalm Prayer: God, King of all peoples and all ages, it is your victory we celebrate as we sing with all the skill at ourcommand. Help us always to overcome evil by good, that we may rejoice in your triumph for ever.

Antiphon 3 Exult in God's presence with hymns of praise.


READING      - Isaiah 45:22-25
Turn to me and be safe,
  all you ends of the earth,
  for I am God; there is no other!
By myself I swear,
  uttering my just decree
  and my unalterable word:
To me every knee shall bend;
  by me every tongue shall swear,
Saying, "Only in the Lord are just deeds and power.
Before him in shame shall come
  all who vent their anger against him.     
In the Lord shall be the vindication and the glory
  of all the descendants of Israel."


RESPONSORY
The Lord has made known, alleluia, alleluia.
    -    The Lord has made known, alleluia, alleluia.
His saving power.
    -    Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
    -    The Lord has made known, alleluia, alleluia.


BENEDICTUS (Canticle of Zechariah)
Antiphon: Christ our God, in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells, took upon himself our wounded nature and became the first new man, alleluia.


INTERCESSIONS
Let us glorify the Word of God who was revealed in the flesh, appeared to the angels, and was proclaimed to the nations. Let us faithfully acknowledge him:

                        We adore you, only-begotten Son of the Father.

Liberator of mankind, through the Virgin Mary you came to renew us,
- through her intercession keep us from our old ways.

You made your uncreated justice radiate from heaven to earth,
- direct our days and our nights in the brightness of the Sun.

Son of God, you have shown us the Father’s love,
- help us to show him to one another by our love.

You chose to dwell with us,
- make us worthy of your companionship.


Our Father...


COLLECT
Grant us, almighty God, that the bringer of your salvation,
who for the world’s redemption came forth with newness of heavenly light,
may dawn afresh in our hearts and bring us constant renewal.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.




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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