ST. MATTTHIAS
Apostle

Morning Prayer



Invitatory

Lord, open my lips.
 - And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us
Gk. Hagios Theos, hagios ischyros, hagios athanatos,
Eleison imas
Latin. Sanctus Deus, sanctus fortis, sanctus et immortalis
Miserere nobis.


Antiphon: Christ, the cornerstone, has built his church upon apostles and prophets; Come let us adore him.

I give you a new commandment: † Love one another;
as I have love you, so you are to love one another

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

Whoever acknowledges † me before men
I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

Happy are those † who have suffered persecution for a right cause:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

You will be hated † for your allegiance to me,
but whoever holds out to the end will be saved.

Antiphon: Christ, the cornerstone, has built his church upon apostles and prophets; Come let us adore him.



HYMN

Except in Eastertide:

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion's help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

Foursquare is that heavenly city,
three on each side are its gates;
twelve in all and every portal
one apostle designates
in new Israel a founder
of a tribe Christ recreates.

Bright with pearl glows every portal,
open to all hearts in prayer;
and by virtue of Christ's passion
faithful souls may enter there,
who for Jesus' name in this world
suffered agony and care.

Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One
consubstantial, coeternal,
while unending ages run. Amen.


In Eastertide:

In this our paschal joy we raise
our hymn of gratitude and praise
that Jesus, from the tomb set free
reveals his glorious victory.

On Easter morn the angel gave
the women tidings at the grave:
Soon now your Master you will see;
he goes before to Galilee.

This summons, when to them conveyed,
th'eleven faithfully obeyed,
that they might once again behold
their Lord and Master as of old.

To you, O Christ, our risen Lord,
due praise your people now accord
and to the Father tribute bring,
as by the Spirit here we sing. Amen.


You are strangers and aliens no longer. No, you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God. You form a building that rises on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit. - Ephesians 2:19-22


PSALMODY

Antiphon: I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.

1
Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
     shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2
In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
     stir up your strength and come to help us.
3
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
     show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
4
O LORD God of hosts, *
     how long will you be angered
     despite the prayers of your people?
5
You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
     you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6
You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
     and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
     show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
8
You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
     you cast out the nations and planted it.
9
You prepared the ground for it; *
     it took root and filled the land.
10
The mountains were covered by its shadow *
     and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
11
You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
     and its branches to the River.
12
Why have you broken down its wall, *
     so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
13
The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
     and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
14
Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
     preserve what your right hand has planted.
15
They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
     at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.
16
Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
     and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17
And so will we never turn away from you; *
     give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
     show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


Antiphon: I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.


FIRST READING          1 Samuel 16:1-13
The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.” Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’ Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.


CANTICLE          TE DEUM

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.

V.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.  govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.  Day by day we bless you;
R.  we praise your name for ever.
V.  Keep us today, Lord, from all sin;
R.  have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.  for we put our trust in you.
V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.  and we shall never hope in vain.

The concluding part of the hymn may be omitted.


SECOND READING          1 John 2:18-25
Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.


Apolytikion in the Third Tone
O Holy Apostle Matthias, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Truly, into all the world thy sound hath gone forth as a brightly-beaming sun; and it enlighteneth by grace the Church of all nations on the earth, O wonderworking Matthias, Apostle of Christ.


BENEDICTUS
(Canticle of Zechariah)
Antiphon: We must choose someone who was with us all the time that the Lord Jesus lived among us; he will take his place with us in giving witness to the Lord's resurrection, alleluia.


INTERCESSIONS
Through the intercession of St Matthias, let us pray:

                   Pour out your Spirit, O Lord, and make your Church holy as you are holy.

Praise be to you, Lord, for your holy Church, founded on the apostles,
 - where we are gathered together into your community.

You chose Matthias, the faithful, to take the place of Judas, the betrayer:
- make us faithful, Lord.

You sent your Apostles out to preach your word to the ends of the earth:
- teach us to live the Gospel in our everyday world.

You called your Apostles to follow you through death to glory:
- inspire us to love the cross.


Our Father…


COLLECT
O God, who assigned Saint Matthias
a place in the college of Apostles,
grant us, through his intercession,
that, rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us,
we may merit to be numbered among the elect.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Almighty God,
who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve:
Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers, and may he not forsake us nor cast us off. Amen.



 
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