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Morning Prayer

Begin your Morning Prayer with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture...

I was glad when they said to me,” Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
 
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3 
 
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20 
 
Take a moment to recall those things in your life that have hurt your relationship with God and others.

Then say...
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, 
and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. 
 
Read the following words and know that you are forgiven...
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.  
 
Say the following versicle and response followed by the Gloria Patri...
V.  Lord, open our lips. 
R.  And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 
 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Say one of the following Invitatory Psalms...
Venite  Psalm 95:1-7                                                                               Jubilate  Psalm 100    
Come, let us sing to the Lord; *                                           Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *  
    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.                     serve the Lord with gladness and come before his 
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *                  presence with a song.  
    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.                        Know this: The Lord himself is God; *  
For the Lord is a great God, *                                                   he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his 
    and a great King above all gods.                                           people and the sheep of his pasture. 
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *                               Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts 
    and the heights of the hills are his also.                              with praise; *   
The sea is his, for he made it, *                                                 give thanks to him and call upon his Name.  
    and his hands have molded the dry land.                             For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; *  
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *                             and his faithfulness endures from age to age.  
    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! 

Read the psalm or psalms selected for the day. The Psalter is divided into 60 sections so that a portion of the psalms 
are read each day of the month at Morning and Evening prayer...

Day 1        Day 6        Day 11        Day 16        Day 21        Day 26
Day 2        Day 7        Day 12        Day 17        Day 22        Day 27
Day 3        Day 8        Day 13        Day 18        Day 23        Day 28
Day 4        Day 9        Day 14        Day 19        Day 24        Day 29
Day 5        Day 10      Day 15        Day 20        Day 25        Day 30


Now that the Psalms are finished say the gloria patri...
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 
 
Today's Readings

Say one of the following Canticles, after each reading
The First Song of Isaiah  Isaiah 12:2-6 
Surely, it is God who saves me; * 
    I will trust in him and not be afraid. 
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, * 
    and he will be my Savior. 
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing * 
    from the springs of salvation. 
And on that day you shall say, * 
    Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; 
Make his deeds known among the peoples; * 
    see that they remember that his Name is exalted. 
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, * 
    and this is known in all the world. 
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, * 
    for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel. 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

The Second Song of Isaiah  Isaiah 55:6-11 
Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; * 
    call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways * 
    and the evil ones their thoughts; 
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, * 
    and to our God, for he will richly pardon. 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, * 
    nor your ways my ways, says the Lord. 
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, * 
    so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts 
    than your thoughts. 
For as rain and snow fall from the heavens * 
    and return not again, but water the earth, 
Bringing forth life and giving growth, * 
    seed for sowing and bread for eating, 
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; * 
    it will not return to me empty; 
But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, * 
    and prosper in that for which I sent it. 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

The Third Song of Isaiah  Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19 
Arise, shine, for your light has come, * 
    and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you. 
For behold, darkness covers the land; * 
    deep gloom enshrouds the peoples. 
But over you the Lord will rise, * 
    and his glory will appear upon you. 
Nations Will stream to your light, * 
    and kings to the brightness of your dawning. 
Your gates will always be open; * 
    by day or night they will never be shut. 
They will call you, The City of the Lord, * 
    The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. 
Violence will no more be heard in your land, * 
    ruin or destruction within your borders. 
You will call your walls, Salvation, * 
    and all your portals, Praise. 
The sun will no more be your light by day; * 
    by night you will not need the brightness of the moon. 
The Lord will be your everlasting light, * 
    and your God will be your glory. 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

A Song of Praise  Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34 
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; * 
    you are worthy of praise; glory to you. 
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; * 
    we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. 
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; * 
    on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. 
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; * 
    we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. 
Glory to you, beholding the depths; * 
    in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. 
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; * 
    we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. 

The Song of Zechariah  Luke 1:68-79 
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 to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

A Song to the Lamb  Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13 
Splendor and honor and kingly power * 
    are yours by right, O Lord our God, 
For you created everything that is, * 
    and by your will they were created and have their being; 
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, * 
    for with your blood you have redeemed for God, 
From every family, language, people, and nation, * 
    a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, * 
    and to Christ the Lamb, 
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, * 
    for ever and for evermore. 

After the readings, recite the the Apostles’ Creed...
    I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 
     I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 
     I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 

Say the Lord's Prayer, followed by a set of versicles and responses (called suffrages).
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 who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; 
R. And grant us your salvation. 
 
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; 
R. Let your people sing with joy. 
 
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; 
R. For only in you can we live in safety. 
 
V. Lord, keep this nation under your care; 
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. 

V. Let your way be known upon earth; 
R. Your saving health among all nations. 
 
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; 
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. 
 
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God; 
R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit. 

Say one or more of the following collects ending with one of the collects for mission...
A Collect for the Renewal of Life 
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

A Collect for Peace 
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace 
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

A Collect for Guidance 
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

Collects for Mission 
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

or this 

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

or the following 

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. 

Add your own intercessions and thanksgivings ending with The General Thanksgiving or the Prayer of St. Chrysostom... 

The General Thanksgiving 
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; 
but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. 

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. 

Conclude your Morning Prayer with one of the following verses of scripture... 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14 
 
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13 
 
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21