Morning Prayer
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
A Personal Breviary

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


Almighty Father, when you shine
on Magdalene your grace divine,
the flame of burning love appears;
her icy heart dissolves in tears.

To show her penitence complete
with tears she washes Jesus feet,
anoints them, wipes them with her hair,  
and prints adoring kisses there.

She whom the demons had possessed
has her deliverer confessed;
the coin is found - so long mislaid -
and with the King's own wealth displayed.

Fearless, she will not leave the cross;
beside the tomb she weeps her loss.
No ruthless soldiers cause her dread,
for from her love all fear has fled.

To God alone be honor paid
for grace so manifold displayed;
their guilt he pardons who repent,
amd gives reward for punishment.  Amen.

Music: Tallisí Canon, Thomas Tallis, 1560

Or:



Opening Sentence
Think of Godís mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God. Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do. - Romans 12:1 - 2

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

Venite (Psalm 95:1-7)

Come let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Today, if you would hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

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

The Psalms

Antiphon 1: Very early in the morning after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, just as the sun was rising.
1
I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my
                                supplication, *
     because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2
The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
     I came to grief and sorrow.
3
Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
     "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4
Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
     our God is full of compassion.
5
The LORD watches over the innocent; *
     I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6
Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
     for the LORD has treated you well.
7
For you have rescued my life from death, *
     my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8
I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
     in the land of the living.
9
I believed, even when I said,
"I have been brought very low." *
     In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
Antiphon 1: Very early in the morning after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, just as the sun was rising.

Antiphon 2: My heart burns within me, I long to see my Lord; I look for him, but I cannot find where they have put him.
10
How shall I repay the LORD *
     for all the good things he has done for me?
11
I will lift up the cup of salvation *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people.
13
Precious in the sight of the LORD *
     is the death of his servants.
14
O LORD, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
     you have freed me from my bonds.
15
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people,
17
In the courts of the LORD's house, *
     in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
     Hallelujah!
Antiphon 2: My heart burns within me, I long to see my Lord; I look for him, but I cannot find where they have put him.

Antiphon 3: While Mary was weeping, she bent down to look into the tomb; she saw two angels seated there, clothed in white, 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.

Antiphon 3: While Mary was weeping, she bent down to look into the tomb; she saw two angels seated there, clothed in white, 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
Zephaniah 3:14-20

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD.

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.
 
 

Second Reading
Mark 15:37-16:7

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’

Second Canticle
Benedictus

Antiphon: When Jesus had risen from the dead on the Morning of the Sabbath, he appeared first to Mary Magdelene, from whom he had cast out seven devils.

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: When Jesus had risen from the dead on the Morning of the Sabbath, he appeared first to Mary Magdelene, from whom he had cast out seven devils.


Responsory

Mary, do not weep; the Lord is risen from the dead.
Mary, do not weep; the Lord is risen from the dead.
Go to my brothers and say to them: the Lord is risen from the dead.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Mary, do not weep; the Lord is risen from the dead.

Collect:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed of all our infirmities and know you in the power of his endless life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Personal Prayers and Thanksgivings

Intercessions

Dearly beloved brethren, since we have received news of the resurrection from the witness of St. Mary Magdelene, let us cry out in gratitude to the Father for all his gifts:
- Lord, we sing your praises.
Praise to you, Lord, for the feast of body and blood that was handed down to us by the Apostles:
  -  it refreshes us and gives us life. (R.)
Praise to you for the feast of your word that was prepared for us by the Apostles:
  -  it fills us with light and brings us joy. (R.)
Praise to you for your holy Church, founded upon the Apostles:
  -  it draws us together into one body. (R.)
Praise to you for the purification of baptism and penitence, which we believe in together with the Apostles:
  -  it washes us clean of all sin. (R.)

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.


COLLECT O God, whose Only Begotten Son
entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others
with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection,
grant, we pray,
that through her intercession and example
we may proclaim the living Christ
and come to see him reigning in your glory.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


 
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