Morning Prayer
The Feast of St. Benedict
July 11
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This Daily Office for the Feast of St. Benedict is largely the work of Tom Kostrzewa, using the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours.

Lord open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One.
Have mercy on us (3x)

HYMN

Come! Lift your hearts to God on high,
That we be joined in praise this day
For God has called this blessed man,
Who leads us in Christ's narrow way.

From youth he sought to know you well,
Preferred, to all things else, your love
That, freed within the three-fold vow,
His heart be set on things above.

He founded, in his holy zeal,
A school of service of the Lord
Where all might leave self-seeking cares,
That God, in all things, be adored.

His sons and daughters he has formed
To run the way of your commands
Within the cloister and the world,
In common life in many lands.

To man and woman, monk and nun,
Who strive within the rule to grow,
Give purity of heart, grant joy;
That in all thorns, Christ's peace they know.

To Father, Son and Spirit blessed,
From all on earth redeemed by grace:
All glory be to God on high.
In Benedict, we see your face. Amen.
Text: J. Michael Thompson, Byzantine Catholic seminary, 2002; Tune: LM St. Bernard


Invitatory (either here or at the Office of Readings)

Antiphon: Let us sing praise to the Lord, who has clothed our father Benedict in glory.


    95    Venite, exultemus
1
Come, let us sing to the LORD; *
     let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
2
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
     and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
3
For the LORD is a great God, *
     and a great King above all gods.
4
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
     and the heights of the hills are his also.
5
The sea is his, for he made it, *
     and his hands have molded the dry land.
6
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
     and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7
For he is our God,
     and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
8
Today, if you would hear his voice *
     Harden not your hearts.

Antiphon: Let us sing praise to the Lord, who has clothed our father Benedict in glory.

Psalms and Canticles

Ant. 1: There was a holy man name named Benedict, who was blessed by God and filled with grace. / Even from his youth, he was known to have a wisdom beyond his years. He had the gift of a pure heart.


    63:1-8
   Deus, Deus meus
1
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
     my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
     as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
2
Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
     that I might behold your power and your glory.
3
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
     my lips shall give you praise.
4
So will I bless you as long as I live *
     and lift up my hands in your Name.
5
My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
     and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
6
When I remember you upon my bed, *
     and meditate on you in the night watches.
7
For you have been my helper, *
     and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
8
My soul clings to you; *
     your right hand holds me fast.

Ant. 1: There was a holy man name named Benedict, who was blessed by God and filled with grace. / Even from his youth, he was known to have a wisdom beyond his years. He had the gift of a pure heart

Ant. 2: The blessed man Benedict preferred to seek God with his whole heart rather than follow the ways of the world. / He spent his life in the school of the Lord's service.

Song of the Three Young Men  Benedicite, omnia opera Domini
 
Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
 O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
 
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
 all winds and fire and heat.
 
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
 drops of dew and flakes of snow
 
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
 O shining light and enfolding dark.
 
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
 O whales and all that move in the waters.
 
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
 and all you flocks and herds.
 
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Let us glorify the Lord:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Ant. 2: The blessed man Benedict preferred to seek God with his whole heart rather than follow the ways of the world. / He spent his life in the school of the Lord's service.

Ant. 3: Benedict was a man of prayer filled with the Spirit of God. / Through his good works he brought peace to a troubled world.


    149    Cantate Domino
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 judgment decreed; *
     this is glory for all his faithful people.
     Hallelujah!

 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.


Ant. 3: Benedict was a man of prayer filled with Spirit of God. / Through his good works he brought peace to a troubled world.




First Reading

Isaiah 51: 1-4

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
For the LORD will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
Listen to me, my people,
and give heed to me, my nation:
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice as a light to the peoples.

Responsory

The Lord loved him and adorned him.
- The Lord loved him and adorned him.
God has clothed him with a robe of glory,
- and adorned him.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
- The Lord loved him and adorned him.

Benedictus

Antiphon: O holy father Benedict, guide and teacher of the monastic life / pray for your sons and daughters and for the whole world.


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Antiphon: O holy father Benedict, guide and teacher of the monastic life / pray for your sons and daughters and for the whole world.

Intercessions

As we rise to greet the dawn, let us give praise and thanks to God, who has filled us with the light of the gospel:

                O Lord, be with us.

Loving God, fill our hearts with the light of grace
- and let is shine in our work and in our prayer; we pray:

O Lord, be with us.

Be present in our work,
- teach us to treat everything as vessels of the altar; we pray:

O Lord, be with us.

Bless us with the gift of good zeal,
- and deepen our love for all our brothers and sisters, we pray:

O Lord, be with us.

Help us to progress in the monastic life,
- so with an overflowing heart and inexpressible delight of love,
we may run on the path of your commandments, we pray.

O Lord, be with us.

Help us to prefer nothing to the love of Christ,
- and bring us all together to everlasting life, we pray:

O Lord, be with us.

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer (Taken from "Proclaiming All Your Wonders")

God our Father,
each day you invite us through St. Benedict,
to serve you in the monastic way of life.
Help us to listen to your voice,
and to respond to it in praise.
Grant that we may be faithful
to your command of love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. 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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