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

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Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1049
Proper of Seasons: 922
Psalms and canticle from Sunday, Week I, 1088

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 689
Proper of Seasons: 563
Psalms and canticle from Sunday, Week I, 707

Morning Prayer for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

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

Alleluia! sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, his the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph,
his the victory alone.
Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion
thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus out of every nation
has redeemed us by his blood.

Alleluia! not as orphans
are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us,
faith believes, nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received him
when the forty days were o'er
shall our hearts forget his promise,
'I am with you evermore'?

Alleluia! bread of angels,
here on earth our food and stay!
Alleluia! here the sinful
flee to thee from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
earth's Redeemer, plead for me.
Where the songs of all the sinless
sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal,
thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary,
earth thy footstool,
heaven thy throne.
Thou within the veil hast entered,
robed in flesh, our great High Priest.
Thou on earth both Priest and Victim
in the Eucharistic Feast.

Alleluia! sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, his the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph,
his the victory alone.
Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion
thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus out of every nation
has redeemed us by his blood.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Men of Galilee, why are you looking up into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up into heaven will return in the same way, alleluia.

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.

Psalm-prayer

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. Men of Galilee, why are you looking up into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up into heaven will return in the same way, alleluia.

Ant.2 Give glory to the King of kings, sing praise to God, 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. Give glory to the King of kings, sing praise to God, alleluia.

Ant. 3 As they watched, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight, 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.

Psalm-prayer

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant. As they watched, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight, alleluia.

READING Hebrews 10:12-14

Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are placed beneath his feet. By one offering he has forever perfected those who are being sanctified.

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

Christ ascended into heaven, alleluia, alleluia.
Christ ascended into heaven, alleluia, alleluia.

He led captivity captive,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Christ ascended into heaven, alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God, alleluia.

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. I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

The Lord has been lifted high above the earth and draws all things to himself. Let us cry out to him in our joy:
Lord Jesus, you are the King of glory.

Lord Jesus, King of glory, you were offered once as the victim for sins, and ascended to the right hand of the Father,
make perfect for all time those whom you sanctify.
Lord Jesus, you are the King of glory.

Eternal Priest and minister of the new Covenant, you live for ever to make intercession for us,
save the people that prays to you.
Lord Jesus, you are the King of glory.

You showed yourself alive after your passion and appeared to the disciples for forty days,
confirm our faith today.
Lord Jesus, you are the King of glory.

Today you promised the Spirit to your apostles, to make them your witnesses to the ends of the earth,
by the power of the Spirit strengthen our own witness.
Lord Jesus, you are the King of glory.

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

Gladden us with holy joys,
almighty God, and make us rejoice
with devout thanksgiving,
for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation,
and, where the Head has gone before in glory,
the Body is called to follow in hope.
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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43 thoughts on “Morning Prayer – Solemnity

  1. Praise and thank God for this beautiful day and night to other countries of the world especially to all praying at this time. Amen

  2. O Lord God thank you for giving me another day. May your kindness & mercy dwell in now & forever. We praise Lord & Love you Jesus.please pray for us all. Amen.

  3. May You be praised, o Lord, for all eternity; may we continue praising You in Your Spirit. Lord, You are our Strength and Glory, our Hope and Existence, You are our All, in Christ and through Christ Jesus Your Son, our God and our Salvation. Amen.

  4. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad and Him .
    Father prepare us to meet you in the sky for that great getting up, mourning, farewell. Sequestered for the next nine days, we will see the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as He is and worship him in spirit and truth, and let your Divine Will be done with your Divine Office to enlighten us
    and Your Heavenly Hosts to guide us through Psalm 16.

    Thank you, Lord for your service.

  5. Lord Jesus, we praise you, we adore you and we glorify you. We give you thanks for ascending into heaven and to go to prepare a place for us. Ascend into our hearts, Lord Jesus, purify us and heal the universe of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Bless all who have contributed to the betterment of our world.
    We pray for the sick, the health care and essential workers.
    Amen!

  6. Prayers for Det. John Songy of the Rutland PD for strength and healing as he is in intensive care fighting the Covid-19 prayers for all those fighting this battle and their families
    Deacon Brian Stidsen Chaplin Rutland Police, Fire, EMS

  7. Thanking Our Lord for the safe travels our family had yesterday; Jim and friend took me to the air port in the morning. For Grandson and family flying from the Far reaches of Alaska, For my daughter picking all of us up at the airport and our safe drive to the family home in Southeast Wyoming.
    God Bless

  8. Prayers and divine protectionf ot those who practice their Catholic/Christian faith under oppression, persecution and imprionmrnt asnd torture even death. For those with lifelong affllictions of mind and body, may they have the means for treatment and ask Our Blessed Mother and the saints and us for prayers. In thanksgiving for all God has given us.

  9. Prayers and divinw protectionf ot those who practice their Catholic/Christian faith under oppression, persecution and imprionmrnt asnd torture even death. For those with lifelong affections of mind and body, may they have the means for tratment and ask Our Blessed Mother and the saints and us for prayers. In thanksgiving for all God has given us.

  10. Lord Jesus, we delight in your presence in our hearts and in our minds. Thank you for the love you bestow upon us. We ask your healing graces for our Church and its brokenness. May your glory be our focus and the gift of your sacrifice nurture in us mercy, forgiveness and love.

  11. O Lord God you have risen from the tomb safe us all from destruction & bing us to everlasting life amen. Pray for us that we might be worthy of the premisis of God.Alleluia.

    • When we receive the Eucharist we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, we are blessed to have the Divine Indwelling within us. Let us live lives that bring Jesus to others by our very presence. His Light wcan shine threw us if we do His Holy Will and desire to live in the Divine Will.

  12. Let us pray for those at this very hour facing terrible situation in their country. That are hoping on God’s intervention and his mercy. Most especially in Nigeria and other parts of the world We pray to the Lord, God hear our prayer.

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