Morning Prayer
St. Michael and All Angels
September 29

Domine labia mea aperies
et os meum adnuntiabit laudem tuam

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Agios o Theos, Agios Ischyros, Agios Athanatos,
eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis.


Michael shall appear, † Michael the great captain *
who stands guard over the faithful.

Michael and his angels † waged war upon the dragon. *
The dragon, whose name is Satan, was thrown down.

An angel stood at the altar, † holding a golden censer; *
he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of the saints.

I heard the voice † of countless angels round the throne: *
Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive honor and glory.

Angels and archangels, † thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, virtues of the heavens, *
O praise the Lord of heaven, alleluia.

Opening: Gabriel instructed me with these words: 'Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding. At the beginning of your supplications a word went out, and I have come to declare it, for you are greatly beloved. So consider the word and understand the vision. - Daniel 9:22-23


Tibi, Christe, splendor Patris
vita, virtus cordium
in conspectu Angelorum.
Votis, vocis psalimus
alternantes concrepando
melos damus vocibus.

Collaudamus venerantes
omnes coeli milites
sed praecipue primatem.
Coelestis exercitus
Michaelem in virtute
conterentem Zabulum.

Quo custode procul pelle
rex Christe piissime
omne nefas inimici.
Mundos corde et corpore
paradiso redde tuo
nos sola clementia.

Gloriam Patri melodis
personemus vocibus;
Gloriam Christo canamus,
Gloriam Paraclito,
Qui trinus et unus Deus
Extat ante saecula. Amen.

Jesus, Splendor of the Father,
Life and strength of ev'ry heart,
In the presence of the angels,
In their praise we would take part,
Making melody to echo
What they sing both day and night.

We extol with veneration
Great archangels round the throne;
First, their leader, holy Michael,
Prince of all angelic hosts,
Who with Satan entered combat,
And in conflict overcame.

By his guardianship we pray you,
Christ our King and gracious Lord,
Drive the evil tempter from us,
Soul and body, keep us pure,
Unto Paradise restore us
By your wondrous clemency.

Let s sing with joyful voices
Glory to our Father, God,
Glory be to Christ our Savior,
Glory to the Spirit blest
Reigning in three persons perfect
Yet for ever Godhead one.

Antiphon: Come let us worship the Lord in the company of his angels.

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. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

Antiphon: Come let us worship the Lord in the company of his angels.

The Psalter

Psalm 8, 138, 148

Antiphon: Let us join the angels +in praising the Lord, / as the cherubim and seraphim sing: Holy, holy, holy.

O LORD our Lord, *
     how exalted is your Name in all the world!
Out of the mouths of infants and children *
     your majesty is praised above the heavens.
You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
     to quell the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
     the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
     the son of man that you should seek him out?
You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
     you adorn him with glory and honor;
You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
     you put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, *
     even the wild beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
     and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
O LORD our Lord, *
     how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Antiphon:Let us join the angels in praising the Lord, as the cherubim and seraphim sing: Holy, holy, holy.

Antiphon: Angels of the Lord, sing praise to the Lord forever.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
     before the gods I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
     because of your love and faithfulness;
For you have glorified your Name *
     and your word above all things.
When I called, you answered me; *
     you increased my strength within me.
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, *
     when they have heard the words of your mouth.
They will sing of the ways of the LORD, *
     that great is the glory of the LORD.
Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; *
     he perceives the haughty from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
     you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
     your right hand shall save me.
The LORD will make good his purpose for me; *
     O LORD, your love endures for ever;
     do not abandon the works of your hands.

Antiphon: Angels of the Lord, + sing praise to the Lord forever

Antiphon: All the angels of heaven praise you, O Lord, and with one voice they say: To you we owe our hymn of praise O God.
Praise the LORD from the heavens; *
     praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels of his; *
     praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon; *
     praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
     and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the Name of the LORD; *
     for he commanded, and they were created.
He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
     he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth, *
     you sea-monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
     tempestuous wind, doing his will;
Mountains and all hills, *
     fruit trees and all cedars;
Wild beasts and all cattle, *
     creeping things and winged birds;
Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
     princes and all rulers of the world;
Young men and maidens, *
     old and young together.
Let them praise the Name of the LORD, *
     for his Name only is exalted,
     his splendor is over earth and heaven.
He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants, *
     the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
Ant. 3:All the angels of heaven praise you, O Lord, and with one voice they say: To you we owe our hymn of praise O God.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen

First Reading
Job 38:1-7

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements--surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

A Song of God's Assembled - Hebrews 12:22-24a,28-29

We have come before God's holy mountain,
to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.

We have come before countless angels making festival,
before the assembly of the firstborn citizens of heaven.

We have come before God, who is judge of all,
before the spirits of the just made perfect.

We have come before Jesus,
the mediator of the new covenant.

We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken:
so let us give thanks and offer to God acceptable worship,

full of reverence and awe;
for our God is a consuming fire.

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.

Second Reading

Hebrews 1:1-14

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, 'You are my Son; today I have begotten you'? Or again, 'I will be his Father, and he will be my Son'? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, 'Let all God's angels worship him.' Of the angels he says, 'He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.' But of the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.' And, 'In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.' But to which of the angels has he ever said, 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet'? Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

Second Canticle

Antiphon:You will see the heavens open, + and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.

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.

Antiphon:You will see the heavens open, +and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.

An angel stood by the altar.
An angel stood by the altar.
And held a golden censer
by the altar.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
An angel stood by the altar.

Everlasting God, who have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


With one voice the choirs of angels sing their unceasing praise of the Lord. Let us join in their worship as we proclaim:
(R.) Angels of the lord, bless the Lord.

You commanded your angels to guard us in all your ways,
- keep us from sin as you lead us in your path this day.(R.)

Father, the angels stand forever before your face,
- nourish in us a never-failing hope of coming at last into your presence.(R.)

Your children will be like the angels in heaven,
- grant us chastity in both mind and body.(R.)

Send Michael, the prince of the heavenly hosts, to the aid of your people,
- may he defend them against Satan and his angels on the day of battle.(R.)

Our Father…

O God, who dispose in marvelous order
ministries both angelic and human,
graciously grant
that our life on earth may be defended
by those who watch over us
as they minister perpetually to you in heaven.
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.


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