Morning Prayer

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.

Venite (Psalm 95:1-7)
Antiphon: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King of apostles.

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: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King of apostles.


Commune vos, apostoli,
extollat hymni iubilum,
quos advocat par gratia,
coronat una gloria.

Ardore pulsus caelico,
Christi premis vestigia,
Simon, et illum nuntias
zelo peractus impigro.

Tu carne frater, assecla
fraterque Christi spiritu,
Iuda, Magistrum praedicas
scriptisque fratres erudis.

Nec pertimescit sanguinem
uterque purum fundere,
ut veritatis enitens
sit testis atque victima.

O summa caeli sidera,
nos detis ut per aspera,
fide valentes integra,
tendamus ad caelestia.

Patri per aevum gloria
Natoque cum Paraclito,
quorum supernis gaudiis
simul fruemur perpetim. Amen.
One joyful hymn of praise must greet
Apostles whom we always find
Together in the Gospel's page,
By faithful love and zeal combined.
To follow Christ in early youth
Was surely Simon's joy and pride,
Before the Zealot would set forth
To preach His Name both far and wide.
Saint Jude, a kinsman of our Lord,
In heart and mind yet closer still,
Your words remain until this day
With hope and love our souls to fill.
As brothers both in life and death,
A martyrs crown was your reward,
As shining witnesses to truth
And victims worthy of your Lord.
O gleaming stars in heaven's light
Help us to tread our thorny way.
That with our faith alert and strong
We may attain to glory's day.
Be praised the Father evermore,
The Holy Spirit and the Son,
May we rejoice before God's throne
Eternally when life is done. Amen.

With praise let us all bless Simon, the herald of God,
who established the doctrines of wisdom securely in the souls of the pious.
Now he stands before the throne of glory,
and rejoicing with the angels, he unceasingly prays for us all.

You were chosen as a disciple for your firmness of mind:
An unshakable pillar of the Church of Christ,
You proclaimed His word to the Gentiles,
Telling them to believe in one Godhead.
You were glorified by Him, receiving the grace of healing,
Healing the ills of all who came to you,
O most praised Apostle Jude!

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 2:19-20


Antiphon: My commandment is this: love one another as I have loved you.

Psalm 63    
Deus, Deus meus
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.
Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
     that I might behold your power and your glory.
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
     my lips shall give you praise.
So will I bless you as long as I live *
     and lift up my hands in your Name.
My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
     and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
When I remember you upon my bed, *
     and meditate on you in the night watches.
For you have been my helper, *
     and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
My soul clings to you; *
     your right hand holds me fast.

Antiphon: My commandment is this: love one another as I have loved you.

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

Psalm 66
Jubilate Deo
Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
     sing the glory of his Name;
     sing the glory of his praise.
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! *
     because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down before you, *
     sings to you, sings out your Name."
Come now and see the works of God, *
     how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
     and there we rejoiced in him.
In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
     let no rebel rise up against him.
Bless our God, you peoples; *
     make the voice of his praise to be heard;
Who holds our souls in life, *
     and will not allow our feet to slip.
For you, O God, have proved us; *
     you have tried us just as silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare; *
     you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
     but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

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

Antiphon: You are my friends, says the Lord, if you do what I command you.

I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
     which I promised with my lips
     and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
     with the smoke of rams; *
     I will give you oxen and goats.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
     and I will tell you what he has done for me.
I called out to him with my mouth, *
     and his praise was on my tongue.
If I had found evil in my heart, *
     the Lord would not have heard me;
But in truth God has heard me; *
     he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
     nor withheld his love from me.

Antiphon: You are my friends, says the Lord, if you do what I command you.

First Reading
Isaiah 28:9-16
'Whom will he teach knowledge,
   and to whom will he explain the message?
Those who are weaned from milk,
   those taken from the breast?
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
   line upon line, line upon line,
   here a little, there a little.'
Truly, with stammering lip
   and with alien tongue
he will speak to this people,
   to whom he has said,
'This is rest;
   give rest to the weary;
and this is repose';
   yet they would not hear.
Therefore the word of the Lord will be to them,
   'Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
   line upon line, line upon line,
   here a little, there a little';
in order that they may go, and fall backwards,
   and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
   who rule this people in Jerusalem.
Because you have said, 'We have made a covenant with death,
   and with Sheol we have an agreement;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through
   it will not come to us;
for we have made lies our refuge,
   and in falsehood we have taken shelter';
therefore thus says the Lord God,
See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone,
   a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation:
   'One who trusts will not panic.'
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.


Te deum laudamus
Te dominum confitemur.
Te æternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes angeli, tibi cæli: et universæ Potestates.
Tibi Cherubim incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra majestates gloriæ tuæ.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus.
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus.
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbum terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia.
Patrem immensæ majestatis:
Venerandum tuum, verum, et unicum Filium.
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriæ, Christe, tu Patris
sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem,
non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu devicto mortis aculeo,
aperuisti credentibus regna cælorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Judex crederis, esse venturus.
Te ergo quæsumus, tuis famulis subveni,
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
Aeterna fac cum Sanctis
tuis in Gloria numerari.

Second Reading
Ephesians 4:1-16
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said,
'When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
   he gave gifts to his people.'
(When it says, 'He ascended', what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

You have made them rulers over all the earth.
    -    You have made them rulers over all the earth.

They will always remember your name, O Lord,
    -    over all the earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
    -    You have made them rulers over all the earth.

BENEDICTUS (Canticle of Zechariah)
Antiphon: On the foundation stones of the heavenly Jerusalem, the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are written; the Lamb of God is the light of that holy city.

Beloved friends, we have inherited heaven along with the apostles. Let us give thanks to the Father for all his gifts:

        The company of apostles praises you, O Lord

Praise be to you, Lord, for the banquet of Christ's body and blood given us through the apostles,
 - which refreshes us and gives us life

Praise be to you, Lord, for the feast of your word prepared for us by the apostles,
 - giving us light and joy.

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

Praise be to you, Lord, for the cleansing power of baptism and penance that you have entrusted to your apostles,
 - through which we are cleansed of our sins.

Our Father…

O God, who by the blessed Apostles
have brought us to acknowledge your name,
graciously grant,
through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude,
that the Church may constantly grow
by increase of the peoples who believe in you.
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.

Holy Apostle Simon
entreat the merciful God
to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Divinely we praise you, O Jude, as a faithful witness.
You trampled on delusion,
And so preserved the faith.
Today as we celebrate your holy memory,
By your intercessions we receive remission of sins.


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