Morning Prayer
Feast of St. Mark



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
Méntibus lætis tua festa, Marce,
atque pergrátis celebrámus omnes,
magna qui Christi tribuísse plebi
te memorámus.

Matris exémplis, vénerans amóre
férvido Petrum, séqueris fidélis,
verba de Christi lábiis ab ipso
hausta recóndis.

Spíritu accénsus, módico libéllo
mira tu summi réseras Magístri
gesta, tu narras quibus et loquélis
ínstruat orbem.

Carus et Paulo, studiósus eius
cordis ardóres ímitans, labóras,
multa pro Iesu páteris, cruórem
fundis amánter.

Laus, honor Christo, decus atque virtus,
cuius et testes valeámus esse,
ac, tuis escis recreáti, in ævum
cérnere vultum. Amen.


Opening Sentence          1 Corinthians 15:1-2a,3-4
Brothers, I am reminding you 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.


Antiphon: The Lord is glorious in his Saints; Come let us adore him.

Venite (Psalm 95:1-7)


The Psalms

Ant. 1: The holy evangelists searched the wisdom of past ages. Through their gospels they confirmed the words of the prophets, alleluia.

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: The holy evangelists searched the wisdom of past ages. Through their gospels they confirmed the words of the prophets, alleluia.

Ant. 2:Through the Gospel God called us to believe in the truth and to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, alleluia.

1
I will exalt you, O God my King, *
     and bless your Name for ever and ever.
2
Every day will I bless you *
     and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
     there is no end to his greatness.
4
One generation shall praise your works to another *
     and shall declare your power.
5
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
     and all your marvelous works.
6
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
     and I will tell of your greatness.
7
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
     they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
8
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *
     slow to anger and of great kindness.
9
The LORD is loving to everyone *
     and his compassion is over all his works.
10
All your works praise you, O LORD, *
     and your faithful servants bless you.
11
They make known the glory of your kingdom *
     and speak of your power;
12
That the peoples may know of your power *
     and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
     your dominion endures throughout all ages.

Ant. 2: Through the Gospel God called us to believe in the truth and to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, alleluia.

Ant. 3: Many will praise their wisdom; it shall be remembered for ever, alleluia.

14
The LORD is faithful in all his words *
     and merciful in all his deeds.
15
The LORD upholds all those who fall; *
     he lifts up those who are bowed down.
16
The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
     and you give them their food in due season.
17
You open wide your hand *
     and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
18
The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
     and loving in all his works.
19
The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
     to all who call upon him faithfully.
20
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
     he hears their cry and helps them.
21
The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
     but he destroys all the wicked.
22
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
     let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

Ant. 3: Many will praise their wisdom; it shall be remembered for ever, alleluia.

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.

First Reading
Ecclesiasticus 2:1-11

My child, when you come to serve the Lord,
   prepare yourself for testing.
Set your heart right and be steadfast,
   and do not be impetuous in time of calamity.
Cling to him and do not depart,
   so that your last days may be prosperous.
Accept whatever befalls you,
   and in times of humiliation be patient.
For gold is tested in the fire,
   and those found acceptable, in the furnace of humiliation.
Trust in him, and he will help you;
   make your ways straight, and hope in him.

You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy;
   do not stray, or else you may fall.
You who fear the Lord, trust in him,
   and your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the Lord, hope for good things,
   for lasting joy and mercy.
Consider the generations of old and see:
   has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed?
Or has anyone persevered in the fear of the Lord and been forsaken?
   Or has anyone called upon him and been neglected?
For the Lord is compassionate and merciful;
   he forgives sins and saves in time of distress.



Canticle
Te Deum Laudamus

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
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 worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and 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.
 


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.

Second Reading
Acts 12:25-13:3

Then after completing their mission Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem and brought with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.


Second Canticle
Benedictus

Antiphon: A large company + was at prayer / in the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, alleluia.


Troparion - Tone 4
From your childhood the light of truth enlightened you, O Mark, and you loved the labor of Christ the Savior. Therefore, you followed Peter with zeal and served Paul well as a fellow laborer, and you enlighten the world with your holy Gospel.


Kontakion - Tone 2
When you received the grace of the Spirit from on high, O Apostle, you broke the snares of the philosophers and gathered all nations into your net, bringing them to your Lord, O glorious Mark, by the preaching of the divine Gospel.

Intercessions

Our Saviour destroyed death and through the Gospel he has shown us the way to incorruptible life. It is right to praise him, and as we praise him let us humbly pray:
- Set your Church on a foundation of faith and love.
You have lit your Church’s path with the holiness and wisdom of her teachers:
  -  may that light give happiness to Christians always. (R.)
Your holy pastors prayed to you as Moses had, and you freed the people from their sins:
  -  through their intercession, constantly purify your Church and make her holy.(R.)
You anointed your chosen ones in the midst of their brethren, and sent your Spirit into them:
  -  fill with the Holy Spirit all who lead your people.(R.)
You gave yourself to be the possession of your pastors for ever:
   - grant that none of those you have bought with your blood may ever be without you.(R.)

Our Father...


COLLECT
O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist,
and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel,
grant, we pray,
that we may so profit from his teaching
as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Troparion - Tone 3
O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.



 
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