Morning Prayer

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: Come let us adore the Holy Spirit, for he has spoken to us through the prophets and teachers of the Church.

Morning Prayer
Psalter, Common of the Apostles

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.

Bárnabæ clarum cólimus tropæum,
quo micat celsus mérita coróna,
multa pro Christi veheménter usque
     passus amóre.

Abdicans agro, generósus urget
ut, fide vivax ope caritátis,
nóminis plebes nova christiáni
     læta viréscat.

Quam libens noscit, petit atque defert
máximum Paulum, sócio labóre
Spíritus nutu péragrans fidélis
     lítora multa!

Nil sibi parcit cupidúsque Christo
plúrimos affert, bonus atque pascit,
donec effúso rútila probátur
     sánguine palma.

Da, Deus, tanto fámulo rogánte,
nos sequi fortes iter ad salútem,
ut domo ætérna tibi concinámus
     cántica laudis. Amen.

With the Apostles, Barnabas the levite
Shines in the glory won by many labors,
Through love of Jesus, he despised as nothing
     All that he suffered.

Land and possessions he abandoned also,
Charity's ardor marked his earnest teaching;
Antioch's converts won the name of Christians,
     Proof of their fervor.

Quickly perceiving Paul's sincere conversion,
Gladly he welcomed such a keen companion,
By divine choosing, many miles they traveled,
     Spreading the Gospel.

Tireless and eager, he would spare no effort,
Preaching Christ Jesus by his words and goodness,
'Til martyr's glory sealed his never failing
     Life-long devotion.

Lord God Almighty, through the intercession
Of your great servant, give us strength to labor
For our salvation, that we may in heaven
     Praise you for ever. Amen.

Let all on earth their voices raise,
Resounding heaven's praise,
To him who gave apostles grace
To run their glorious race.

Of Gospel truth they bore the light
To brighten earthly night;
May we that heav'nly light impart
To ev'ry mind and heart.

Praise God the Father and the Son
And Spirit Three in One,
Who sent these men with holy fire
All mankind to inspire.  Amen.
Melody: Saint Peter C.M.; A. R. Reingale, 1799-1877 Text: Exultet Orbis Gaudiis, 10th century; Translator: Roger Nachtwey, 1965; Midi: Cyberhymnal


Antiphon:My commandment is this: love one another as I have loved you.

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God
Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God
O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand holds me fast. Glory...

Antiphon:My commandment is this: love one another as I have loved you.

Antiphon:There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord.
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord.
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord.
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord.
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord.
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord.
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord.

Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord.
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Antiphon: There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

Antiphon: You are my friends, says the Lord, if you do what I command you.

Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained;
this honor is for all his faithful. Glory...

Antiphon: You are my friends, says the Lord, if you do what I command you.

READING          1 Corinthians 15:1-2a, 3-4
I am reminding you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you indeed received and in which you also stand. Through it you are also being saved, for I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.

They proclaimed the Lord's praises and his saving power.
They proclaimed the Lord's praises and his saving power.
They spoke of the wonders he had worked,
- and his saving power.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
They proclaimed the Lord's praises and his saving power.

BENEDICTUS (Canticle of Zechariah)
Antiphon: Barnabas set out for Tarsus to look for Paul. Once he found him, he brought him to Antioch where they met with the church and instructed a great number of people.

Let us sing a fitting song of praise to our Savior, who destroyed the power of death and made clear the path to life and immortality through the Gospel, and let us petition him in humble supplication:

                                  Strengthen your Church in faith and love

You gave wonderful guidance to your Church through her holy and distinguished teachers,
 - may Christians rejoice always in the splendid legacy given to your Church.

When their holy pastors prayed to you, as Moses had done, you forgave the sins of the people,
 - through the intercession of these holy pastors continue to sanctify and purify your Church.

You anointed your holy ones in the midst of their brothers and called the Holy Spirit down upon them,
 - fill all the leaders of your people with the Holy Spirit.

You yourself are the sole possession of your holy pastors,
 - grant that those you have redeemed with your blood may remain always in you.

Our Father…

O God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas,
a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
should be set apart to convert the nations,
grant that the Gospel of Christ,
which he strenuously preached,
may be faithfully proclaimed by word and by deed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
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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