Morning Prayer - Memorial for Sts. Cornelius, Po & M, and Cyprian, B & M

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 618
Psalter: Thursday, Week IV, 1177
Common of Several Martyrs: 1705 (reading, intercessions)
Proper of Saints: 1410 (canticle of Zechariah antiphon, concluding prayer)

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 689
Psalter: Thursday, Week IV, 968
Common of Several Martyrs: 1402 (reading, intercessions)
Proper of Saints: 1264 (canticle of Zechariah antiphon, concluding prayer)

Morning Prayer for Thursday in Ordinary Time, the Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope and Martyr and Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr

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

With souls alert for happiness
We sing the praises which are due
To honor every martyr's crown
Eternal gift from Christ our Lord.

As shining lights before the world,
And leaders of the Church of God,
They head the ranks of those who fight
As soldiers in the cause of truth.

They conquered fear of every kind
Despising anguish and all pain,
That through their constancy in death
They would obtain eternal light.

Their dedicated blood was shed
By torture's cruel, craven hand,
Their dauntless courage was upheld
By grace of life that never ends.

Devoted faith of all the saints
Believer's hope that never wanes,
The perfect charity of Christ
The prince of darkness soon defeat.

In them the Father's glory shines,
In them the Holy Spirit's will
Exults with all the joy of Christ
That fills the courts of bliss above.

Redeemer of all men, we pray
Permit your lowly servants here
To share the martyrs' fellowship
For ever in your realm of light. Amen.

𝄞"With Souls Alert for Happiness" by Kathleen Lundquist • Title: With Souls Alert for Happiness; Text: Aeterna Christi Munera, St Ambrose; Tr. the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK; Tune: Chant, Mode VIII; Liber Hymnarius; Artist: Kathleen Lundquist; Recording copyright 2016 by Surgeworks, Inc.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 At daybreak, be merciful to me, O Lord.

Psalm 143
Prayer in distress

A man is not justified by observance of the law but only through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

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.

Psalm-prayer

Lord Jesus, early in the morning of your resurrection, you made your love known and brought the first light of dawn to those who dwell in darkness. Your death has opened a path for us. Do not enter into judgment with your servants; let your Holy Spirit guide us together into the land of justice.

Ant. At daybreak, be merciful to me, O Lord.

Ant. 2 The Lord will make a river of peace flow through Jerusalem.

Canticle – Isaiah 66:10-14a
Joys of heaven

The heavenly Jerusalem is a free woman and our mother (Galatians 4:26).

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her,
all you who love her;
exult, exult with her,
all you who were mourning over her!

Oh, that you may suck fully
of the milk of her comfort,
that you may nurse with delight
at her abundant breasts!

For thus says the Lord:
Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river,
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.

As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms,
and fondled in her lap;
as a mother comforts her son,
so will I comfort you;
in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.

When you see this, your heart shall rejoice,
and your bodies flourish like the grass.

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. The Lord will make a river of peace flow through Jerusalem.

Ant. 3 Let us joyfully praise the Lord our God.

Psalm 147
The loving kindness of God who can do all he wills

You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord: we acclaim you.

Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.

Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
O sing to the Lord, giving thanks;
sing psalms to our God with the harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares the rain for the earth,
making mountains sprout with grass
and with plants to serve man’s needs.
He provides the beasts with their food
and young ravens that call upon him.

His delight is not in horses
nor his pleasure in warriors’ strength.
The Lord delights in those who revere him,
in those who wait for his love.

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.

Psalm-prayer

God our Father, great builder of the heavenly Jerusalem, you know the number of the stars and call each of them by name. Heal hearts that are broken, gather together those who have been scattered, and enrich us all from the plenitude of your eternal wisdom.

Ant. Let us joyfully praise the Lord our God.

READING 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him. As we have shared much in the sufferings of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation.

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

The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.
The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

God himself is their reward.
They live with him for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The just are the friends of God. They live with him for ever.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. How precious the death of those who purchased eternal life by shedding their blood.

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. How precious the death of those who purchased eternal life by shedding their blood.

INTERCESSIONS

Our Savior’s faithfulness is mirrored in the fidelity of his witnesses who shed their blood for the word of God. Let us praise him in remembrance of them:
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs freely embraced death in bearing witness to the faith,
give us the true freedom of the Spirit, O Lord.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs professed their faith by shedding their blood,
give us a faith, O Lord, that is constant and pure.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs followed in your footsteps by carrying the cross,
help us to endure courageously the misfortunes of life.
You redeemed us by your blood.

Your martyrs washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb,
help us to avoid the weaknesses of the flesh and worldly allurements.
You redeemed us by your blood.

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,
who gave Saints Cornelius and Cyprian to your people
as diligent shepherds and valiant Martyrs,
grant that through their intercession
we may be strengthened in faith and constancy
and spend ourselves without reserve
for the unity of the Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
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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32 thoughts on “Morning Prayer – Memorial

  1. Through the interception of Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian may we hold firm in our faith till end Amen.
    Cornelius and Cyprian pray for our Pope and the entire Church of Christ.

  2. My Lord and my God, grant me the grace to praise you forever! Jesus…help us now and always. Holy Mary pray for us and all in danger of losing their jobs . May they be granted medical exemptions.

  3. Thanks O Lord God for giving me another wonderful & Blessed day. We praise You, we honor you Lord Jesus & we love you for ever. May we always follow all your wills faithfully . Amen.

  4. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. —Mt 6:10

    Reflection: We must carry out the will of God rather than our own will. This is what we pledge to do in the “Our Father” Which we recite every day.
    What a travesty it would be if after praying that God’s will be done we should carry out that will have heartedly and only because we are obliged to do so!

  5. Litany of Transfiguration

    When we are tempted to look only at our faults…Let us see only Jesus.
    When troubled by the specter of doubt and defeat…Let us see only Jesus.
    When we can’t see beyond the frustrations of the moment…Let us see only Jesus.
    When the horizon seems distant and dark…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t see the point of pursuing what’s good…Let us see only Jesus.
    When complaining and cynicism invade our peace….Let us see only Jesus.
    When we can’t face our problems…Let us see only Jesus.
    When the world looks bleak…Let us see only Jesus.

    When others measure and judge us…Let us see only Jesus.
    When beset by depression…Let us see only Jesus.
    When friendship is far from us…Let us see only Jesus.
    When overshadowed by sorrow…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we fail to use our freedom…Let us see only Jesus.
    When it’s hard to forgive…Let us see only Jesus.
    When things don’t make sense…Let us see only Jesus.
    When we think we can’t change…Let us see only Jesus.

    When confronted by suffering…Let us see only Jesus.
    When stress gets us down…Let us see only Jesus.
    When it’s hard to go on…Let us see only Jesus.
    When blinded by sin…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the hardness of life overwhelms us…Let us see only Jesus.
    When hope begins to fade…Let us see only Jesus.

    Our Father…

    Closing Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for allowing us to witness the vision of Your Son transfigured on Mount Tabor. May we become what we behold so that our lives will radiate the glory and grace that remain Your priceless gifts to us in Jesus. Amen..

    • Their dedicated blood was shed
      By torture’s cruel, craven hand,
      Their dauntless courage was upheld
      By grace of life that never ends.

      Devoted faith of all the saints
      Believer’s hope that never wanes,
      The perfect charity of Christ
      The prince of darkness soon defeat.

      To the intercession of Saints and Martyrs Cornelius and Cyprian I bring the emotional, psychological and physical excruciating pain suffered by the women medalists athletes who testified – one more time! – to the US Senate recently about having been violated as children by the doctor who was in charge of them during their journey inside the Olympic Games. Until this very day, that person is allowed to freely keep operating as the pedophile he is to destroy the lives of many more female children. Mother Mary, I bring these immensely talented young women and all the female victims of abuse to your feminine care – please help! In the sacred name of Jesus. Amen.

  6. Please pray for my brother-in-law who is in the hospital, two of my sisters and another brother-in-law all sick with Covid. May our Blessed Mother offer each one of them comfort in these trying times.

  7. Thank you Jesus for another wonderful and blessed day. Thanks be to God. Alleluia. May God’s mercy and grace be upon all. Jesus Christ is Lord. God you are my love and life. We pray for all the people with Covid and a speedy recovery. Amen.

    Deacon DeWayne

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