Morning Prayer - Feast for Saturday in the 16th week of Ordinary Time or St. Sharbel Makhluf, P or Blessed Virgin Mary

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Morning Prayer for the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

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.

HYMN

Christ our redeemer, wondrous love you show us
Ever inspiring souls to serve the Father,
By strong attraction, varied and impelling,
Gift of the Spirit.

Many are favored with the grace unrivaled,
Making them truly children of the Father,
Few are selected for a bond of union
Even yet closer.

Gently you call them, eagerly they answer,
All things forsaking, swift of foot they follow,
Choosing the pathway, trodden by their Savior
Straight to the Father.

Searcher in earnest all her strength exerting.
Your holy servant never slackened effort,
Model of virtues, seeking for you always,
Surely she found you.

Glory and honor be to the God Almighty,
Praise in the highest, power and dominion,
Who in his wisdom rules and governs all things
His love created. Amen.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Very early in the morning after the sabbath, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, just as the sun was rising.

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God

Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand holds me fast.

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.

Ant. Very early in the morning after the sabbath, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, just as the sun was rising.

Ant. 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, alleluia.

Canticle – Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord

All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord.
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord.
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord.
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord.
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord.
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord.
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord.

Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord.
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. My heart burns within me; I long to see my Lord; I look for him, but I cannot find where they have put him, alleluia.

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

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.

Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker,
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained:
this honor is for all his faithful.

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.

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

READING Romans 12:1-2

Brothers, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

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.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. When Jesus had risen from the dead on the morning after the sabbath, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven devils.

Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner

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.

Ant. When Jesus had risen from the dead on the morning after the sabbath, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven devils.

INTERCESSIONS

My brothers, with all the holy women, let us profess our faith in our Savior and call upon him:
Come, Lord Jesus.

Lord Jesus, you forgave the sinful woman because she loved much,
forgive us who have sinned much.
Come, Lord Jesus.

Lord Jesus, the holy women ministered to your needs during your journeys,
help us to follow your footsteps.
Come, Lord Jesus.

Lord Jesus, master, Mary listened to your words while Martha served your needs,
help us to serve you with love and devotion.
Come, Lord Jesus.

Lord Jesus, you call everyone who does your will your brother, sister and mother,
help us to do what is pleasing to you in word and action.
Come, Lord Jesus.

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.

Concluding Prayer

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,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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57 thoughts on “Morning Prayer – Feast

  1. O Lord God thank your marvelous gifts to us all & this wonderful site we pray everyday make us strongth & healthy. St Magdalene pray us. Amen.

  2. Saint Mary Magdalene intercedes before Jesus our Lord for my country Puerto Rico on this day of the national strike. May God be the one to direct the destiny of my country.

  3. The Litany of St. Mary Magdalen

    (For Private Use Only.)

    Lord, have mercy on us,
    Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us,
    Christ, graciously hear us.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    Pray for us.
    St. Mary Magdalen,
    Pray for us.
    Sister of Martha and Lazarus, etc.
    Thou who didst enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint the feet of Jesus,
    Who didst wash His feet with thy tears,
    Who didst dry them with thy hair,
    Who didst cover them with kisses,
    Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee,
    Who from Jesus received the pardon of thy sins,
    Who before darkness wast restored to light,
    Mirror of penance,
    Disciple of Our Lord,
    Wounded with the love of Christ,
    Most dear to the Heart of Jesus,
    Constant woman,
    Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb,
    Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen,
    Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master,
    Apostle of apostles,
    Who didst choose the “better part,”
    Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed,
    Who wast visited by Angels seven times a day,
    Sweet advocate of sinners,
    Spouse of the King of Glory,

    V. Saint Mary Magdalen, earnestly intercede for us with thy Divine Master,
    R. That we may share thy happiness in Heaven.

    Let Us Pray.

    May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee, for Thine only-begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. We ask this through Him Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God forever and ever.
    R. Amen.

    May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalen help us, O Lord, for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end.
    R. Amen.

  4. Jesus has risen. Let us walk in the light of jesus this day be an example to others .Jesus son of the living God have mercy on us.

  5. Praise and Glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Have Mercy on me as sinner, and Mercy on
    Our World , Our families
    Have Mercy Dear Lord.❤️

  6. God bless you for this ministry. It has helped me grow in my daily prayer. I also thank God for the remission of my son-in-laws cancer & pray continuously for his good health as he can now return in full capacity to his work. He’s the dad to my 4 grandkids & husband to my loving daughter. Thank you Jesus!

    • Me. Berreth, it appears that the prayers of many of us who join you in saying the Divine Office have had one of our intercession answered.

  7. May we all come to know and experience the mercy of God as wonderfully as St Mary Magdelene did. May it change our hearts and minds as it did hers. St Mary Magdelene pray for us. Deacon Jim

  8. God bless you all….it is a pleasure for me to read all your comments..everyone is so awesome….have a holy and blessed day

  9. Thank you O Lord God for sending Mary Magdalene to announce your resurrection. Pray for sinners now & at the hour of our death, Amen.

  10. i think what matters more is our intention and the love with which we “do” our Liturgy of the Hours. although i usually do my Morning Prayer before i hear Mass at 6am, there are times i wake up late. so i have no choice but do it late and then hear Mass at 12noon. i believe what counts it praying is the first thing i do after waking up and the last thing before going to sleep. and because my work (and travel) sometimes wreaks havoc on my normal schedule–like i’d say the Compline at 1am!) it also helps that i have the breviary in all my cell phones and tablet. i pray whenever wherever, i am sure God listens and understands.

  11. thank you for all the comments. as my way of making this website known to a wider audience in the Philippines (where i am from), i occasionally post entries on Facebook. God bless you all!

  12. All this prayers help me to be stronger. I want to send this to my sister in law in the Philippines. How can I send it? She is very religious & want to join me. Can you please.give me some pointers. Thanks…God bless us all.

    • how old is your sister in the Philippines? she might want to join a community of secular Carmelites for prayer support and more?

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