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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
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Proper of Seasons: 170
Psalter: Wednesday, Week I, 736

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Ordinary: 689
Proper of Seasons: 53
Psalter: Wednesday, Week I, 738

Morning Prayer for Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

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

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
From thy bright heavenly throne,
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all thine own.

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.

Thou who art sev’nfold in thy grace,
Finger of God’s right hand;
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.

O guide our minds with thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame;
And with thy strength, which ne’er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our deadly foe;
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.

Through thee may we the Father know,
Through thee th’eternal Son,
And thee the Spirit of them both,
Thrice-blessed Three in One.

All glory to the Father be,
With his co-equal Son:
The same to thee, great Paraclete,
While endless ages run.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 O Lord, in your light we see light itself.

Psalm 36
The malice of sinners and God’s goodness

No follower of mine wanders in the dark; he shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Sin speaks to the sinner
in the depths of his heart.
There is no fear of God
before his eyes.

He so flatters himself in his mind
that he knows not his guilt.
In his mouth are mischief and deceit.
All wisdom is gone.

He plots the defeat of goodness
as he lies on his bed.
He has set his foot on evil ways,
he clings to what is evil.

Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven;
your truth to the skies.
Your justice is like God’s mountain,
your judgments like the deep.

To both man and beast you give protection.
O Lord, how precious is your love.
My God, the sons of men
find refuge in the shelter of your wings.

They feast on the riches of your house;
they drink from the stream of your delight.
In you is the source of life
and in your light we see light.

Keep on loving those who know you,
doing justice for upright hearts.
Let the foot of the proud not crush me
nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.

See how the evildoers fall!
Flung down, they shall never arise.

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, you are the source of unfailing light. Give us true knowledge of your mercy so that we may renounce our pride and be filled with the riches of your house.

Ant. O Lord, in your light we see light itself.

Ant.2 O God, you are great and glorious; we marvel at your power.

Canticle – Judith 16:1,13-15
God who created the world takes care of his people

They were singing a new song (Revelation 5:9)

Strike up the instruments,
a song to my God with timbrels,
chant to the Lord with cymbals;
Sing to him a new song,
exalt and acclaim his name.

A new hymn I will sing to my God.
O Lord, great are you and glorious,
wonderful in power and unsurpassable.

Let your every creature serve you;
for you spoke, and they were made,
You sent forth your spirit, and they were created;
no one can resist your word.

The mountains to their bases, and the seas, are shaken;
the rocks, like wax, melt before your glance.
But to those who fear you,
you are very merciful.

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. O God, you are great and glorious; we marvel at your power.

Ant. 3 Exult in God’s presence with hymns of praise.

Psalm 47
The Lord Jesus is king of all

He is seated at the right hand of the Father and his kingdom will have no end.

All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.

He subdues peoples under us
and nations under our feet.
Our inheritance, our glory, is from him,
given to Jacob out of love.

God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God is king of all the earth,
sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.

The princes of the people are assembled
with the people of Abraham’s God.
The rulers of the earth belong to God,
to God who reigns over all.

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, King of all peoples and all ages, it is your victory we celebrate as we sing with all the skill at our command. Help us always to overcome evil by good, that we may rejoice in your triumph for ever.

Ant. Exult in God’s presence with hymns of praise.

READING Isaiah 7:14b-15

The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good.
The audio for this hour uses a longer reading taken from the single volume Christian Prayer book, while this abbreviated text is from the 4 volume Liturgy of the Hours.

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

Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.
Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

You will see his glory within you;
the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. The One who is coming after me is greater than I; I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals.

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. The One who is coming after me is greater than I; I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals.

INTERCESSIONS

The Word of God humbled himself to dwell with us so that we might see his glory. Rejoicing in hope, let us call upon him:
Emmanuel, be with us.

Ruler, just and righteous,
bring justice to the poor and the oppressed.
Emmanuel, be with us.

King of peace, you beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks,
turn hatred into love and our grievances into forgiveness.
Emmanuel, be with us.

You do not judge by appearances,
recognize those who are your own.
Emmanuel, be with us.

When you come with power and might upon the clouds,
grant that we may come before you without shame.
Emmanuel, be with us.

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

Prepare our hearts,
we pray, O Lord our God,
by your divine power,
so that at the coming of Christ your Son
we may be found worthy of the banquet of eternal life
and merit to receive heavenly nourishment from his hands.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2021 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

48 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. O Lord God bless me with peace of soul,health of body & do the right work everyday of my live, Forgive me all my wrong doing & lead me to the right path of life. I love You above all things. Amen.

    • Laticias, thank you for your good heart, and for your prayer… which I pray, too, today; it resonates with my heart. Thank you Lord for this gift today!

  2. I pray for the differences in our country to be resolved. Lord, help us to live as neighbors to each other. Thank you for all you have blessed us with. May we grow in appreciation of your gifts and, most of all, of your love.

  3. Prepare our hearts, we pray, Lord our God, by your divine power, so that at the coming of Christ your Son we may be found worthy of the banquet of eternal life and merit to receive heaven.

  4. Note to George Flower:
    Reading your message this morning, I notice your wording and thoughts and concerns that I read into you message.
    I have a strong feeling that you will be a very excellent Deacon. I pray that GOD will continue to Bless you as you prepare for your role as a Deacon in our Church……………
    May GOD Bless you.
    Deacon Don

  5. O Lord God thank you for giving me this wonderful site “Liturgy of the Hour” with the untiring work of all the members of the congregation. Please give them strenght & energy for all of them to be able to work & think right. Forgive us all our wrong doings ,& bring us all to everlasting life. All I ask this in the name oF Jesus . Christ with the Holy Spirit one God forever & ever. Amen

  6. I was struck by the words of Psalm 36-
    “Sin speaks to the sinner
    in the depths of his heart.
    There is no fear of God
    before his eyes.

    He so flatters himself in his mind
    that he knows not his guilt.
    In his mouth are mischief and deceit.
    All wisdom is gone.”

    I can see how this has been so in my own life and as I continue my faith journey how I’ve been able to overcome it with the help of the Trinity. As I move toward Holy Orders (Permanent Diaconate) I pray that I am ever mindful that I must be aware of my guilt and that I work toward repentance.

    • I was teaching RCIA last night and was again struck by how King David’s repentance was welcomed and accepted by the Lord.There were consequences of his sin but the Lord welcomed him back. He even spared the sinning Solomon out of love of the repentant David. I am always awestruck at God’s great love for us.

    • Great work Mr. Flower ,
      Understanding our sinfulness and taking ownership is big step in living the life that God gave you and in loving him as well as discerning your vocation to the diaconate. Keep praying and discerning.

      Dcn . Joe

    • Dear George, Just open your heart and BE before Him. His Love wipes away all fear, all guilt. Pray to be aware of His Love for you, and just keep on loving Him with all your mind and heart and strength. In the end, it is all we offer to each other. In the end, it is where we long to be.
      –a Deacon’s wife

  7. I had know idea who he was

    Herod asked, “Who is this man I
    Hear the things about?” And
    He kept trying to see Jesus.
    Luke 9:9

    A little girl came home from her
    First class in religious education
    In her new class. Her mother
    Asked “How did your first class
    Go? The little girl said, “I had no
    Idea who everyone was talking
    About. “Do you remember the
    Person’s name? Asked her
    Mother. “Yes,” said the little girl.
    They kept saying the name over
    And over. It was Jesus. Who
    Was Jesus, mother? I don’t know
    A thing about him.

    If the little girl asked me who
    Jesus was, how would I begin
    Talking to her about Jesus?

    Jesus is a path to the lost.
    He is a loaf to the hungry.
    He is an arm for the weak.
    He is a companion to the lonely.
    He is a beacon of hope for all.
    He is God among us.
    Anonymous

  8. May all who have been far away or don’t know our wonderful Savior, may come to know him in the spirit of this Advent season and experience Christ this Christmas. Amen!

  9. I give thanks to the Lord Jesus for His wonderful kindness in protecting me and for all His many blessings. Thanks to the team that provides this site,May the Lord richly bless you!

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