Morning Prayer for St. Matthew, Ap & Evangelist

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Morning Prayer for Wednesday in Week 6 of Easter

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.


Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the King to Whom is given the wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, for He is King of all.

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Ant. 1 The waters saw you, O God; you led your people through the sea, alleluia.

Psalm 77
Recalling God’s works

We suffer all kinds of afflictions and yet are not overcome (2 Corinthians 4:8).

I cry aloud to God,
cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

In the day of my distress I sought the Lord.
My hands were raised at night without ceasing;
my soul refused to be consoled.
I remembered my God and I groaned.
I pondered and my spirit fainted.

You withheld sleep from my eyes.
I was troubled, I could not speak.
I thought of the days of long ago
and remembered the years long past.
At night I mused within my heart.
I pondered and my spirit questioned.

“Will the Lord reject us for ever?
Will he show us his favor no more?
Has his love vanished for ever?
Has his promise come to an end?
Does God forget his mercy
or in anger withhold his compassion?”

I said: “This is what causes my grief;
that the way of the Most High has changed.”
I remember the deeds of the Lord,
I remember your wonders of old,
I muse on all your works
and ponder your mighty deeds.

Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders.
You showed your power among the peoples.
Your strong arm redeemed your people,
the sons of Jacob and Joseph.

The waters saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and trembled;
the depths were moved with terror.
The clouds poured down rain,
the skies sent forth their voice;
your arrows flashed to and fro.

Your thunder rolled round the sky,
your flashes lighted up the world.
The earth was moved and trembled
when your way led through the sea,
your path through the mighty waters
and no one saw your footprints.

You guided your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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.


Father, you established your ancient covenant by signs and wonders, but more wondrously you confirmed the new one through the sacrifice of your Son. Guide your Church through the pathways of life, that we may be led to the land of promise and celebrate your name with lasting praise.

Ant. The waters saw you, O God; you led your people through the sea, alleluia.

Ant.2 The Lord puts to death and raises to life, alleluia.

Canticle – 1 Samuel 2:1-10
The humble find joy in God

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things (Luke 1:52-53).

My heart exults in the Lord,
my horn is exalted in my God.

I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory.
There is no Holy One like the Lord;
there is no rock like our God.

Speak boastfully no longer,
nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.
For an all-knowing God is the Lord,
a God who judges deeds.

The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.

The Lord puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world;
he raises up again.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts.

He raises the needy from the dust;
from the ash heap he lifts up the poor,
to seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.

For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s.
and he has set the world upon them.
He will guard the footsteps of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall perish in the darkness.
For not by strength does man prevail;
The Lord’s foes shall be shattered.

The Most High in heaven thunders;
the Lord judges the ends of the earth.
Now may he give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed!

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 puts to death and raises to life, alleluia.

Ant. 3 A light has dawned for the just; joy has come to the upright of heart, alleluia.

Psalm 97
The glory of the Lord in his decrees for the world

This psalm foretells a world-wide salvation and that peoples of all nations will believe in Christ (St. Athanasius).

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right.

A fire prepares his path;
it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
the earth trembles at the sight.

The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.

Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
those who boast of their worthless gods.
All you spirits, worship him.

Zion hears and is glad;
the people of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you indeed are the Lord
most high above all the earth,
exalted far above all spirits.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he guards the souls of his saints;
he sets them free from the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
give glory to his holy name.

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.


Father, you clothe the sky with light and the depths of the ocean with darkness. Among the sons of men you work wonders, and rain terror upon the enemy. Look upon your servants. Do not try us by fire but bring us rejoicing to the shelter of your home.

Ant. A light has dawned for the just; joy has come to the upright of heart, alleluia.

READING Romans 6:8-11

If we have died with Christ, we believe that we are also to live with him. We know that Christ, once raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no more power over him. His death was death to sin, once for all; his life is life for God. In the same way, you must consider yourselves dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

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.


The Lord is risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord is risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.

He hung upon the cross for us,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The Lord is risen from the tomb, alleluia, alleluia.


Ant. I have many more things to tell you, but they would be too much for you now. When the Spirit of truth comes he will guide you to all truth, 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 have many more things to tell you, but they would be too much for you now. When the Spirit of truth comes he will guide you to all truth, alleluia.


By the gift of the Father, the risen Christ was seen by the apostles. Let us pray to the Father, and say:
Give us, Lord, the glory of your Son.

Father of lights, today we offer you our thanks and praise for calling us into your marvelous light,
to receive your mercy.
Give us, Lord, the glory of your Son.

May the efforts of mankind to make the world more human,
be purified and strengthened by the power of your Spirit.
Give us, Lord, the glory of your Son.

May we be so dedicated to the service of others,
that the whole human family may become a pleasing sacrifice in your honor.
Give us, Lord, the glory of your Son.

At the dawn of a new day, fill us with your mercy,
that the whole day may be a day of joy and praise.
Give us, Lord, the glory of your Son.

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

we pray, O Lord, that,
as we celebrate in mystery
the solemnities of your Son’s Resurrection,
so, too, we may be worthy to rejoice
at his coming with all the Saints.
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.


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

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95 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. Divine Shepherd, I thank you for your infinite love, kindness and mercy. You are the God who dignifies us to adore you in spirit and truth. I adore you sweet host of the soul. Amen

  2. Dear Lord, help me to be the strength my brother needs, as he battles with cancer. Help me each day that I spend with him, let him know how important You are to me. Help him to understand that there is no salvation without You. Help him to have the Faith that he needs right now. Amen.

  3. A nice covid miracle. The nurse Vanessa from New Jersey is finally at home. Praise God. Who else could have brought her back but the Lord. Look for God’s work.

  4. Thank you O Lord God for everything you have given us. You are so wonderful & this beautifull world we live in & this wonder site Liturgy of the Hours with the undying sarrifice they work giving us the best prayers we enjoy praying everyday. We praise you Lord & we love you Lord & we shall follow you everyday of our life. Alleluia.

  5. The spirit of truth. . . Remains with you and will be with in you.
    —-Jn 14:17
    Reflection. The Holy Spirit does not remain in active in us; he wipes away sins,Purifies hurts, revivifies the timid, and enlightens the ignorant.
    His inspirations suggests to us what we ought and what we ought not to do. There exists an infinite variety of his communications. —-St. Anthony of Padua
    Prayer. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the heart of your servant and Kindle in me the fire of your love.

  6. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Please May you help me Pray For the Happy repose of my Beloved Mother Mrs Anna Mary Anike whom the Lord has called to Himself on the 26th of May 2019. Protection on her Children she left behind to mourn her and For successful burial.
    Thank you so much For doing that

  7. Chloe, The mother of my almost one year old grandson who is also not the wife of my son gave me some news today through Facebook messenger.. When she finished she apologized because she said she didn’t mean to upset me. I told her that of myself I would be very upset, crying and full of grief, but because I know God has a plan that is best for this situation and all situations, I am at peace with what she told me. Shortly after, I came here to say the afternoon prayer. I read what you wrote. It was as if God had spoken to me. I copied and pasted that prayer and sent it to her, telling her this is how I felt about what she had told me. (changed indoors to in yours) She is an atheist. I’ve been praying that she would come to the Lord and that my son would come back to the Lord. I know she doesn’t understand, but that prayer was a blessing to me today. Thank you, thank God, and may he bless all of us.

    • Sue ~
      I was DELIGHTED to hear from you! Yes, we have to let go…and let God! Each morning I pray: Lord I seek your counsel and permission for all that I do this day.
      Peace be with you!

  8. To all my Divine Office sisters with family problems, I share this prayer: “Do you believe that I am the Son of God? And do you believe that I died for all men and women and that I rose from the dead? Then why do you continue to be distracted and anxious about your loved ones? do they nt also belong to Me? would I refuse to work in their lives just as I work indoors? I have not put you in charge of saving them. I have already done that. Nor have I charged you to change them. Your task is to love, to forgive, to pray for them, and to turn them over to Me. come closer to me yourself and I will do the the rest. TRUST ME ! (Author Unknown)

    • Thank you for that prayer. I have children and other family members who have left the Church. The prayer is a great consolation. I copied it and will pray it often. I do need to be reminded Who is in charge.
      Peace, Barbara

  9. What a glorious way to begin our day giving glory to God! Thank you for your generous hearts!
    We also have a daughter married outside the faith and a son whose marriage is in trouble.
    Mother Mary Undoer of the Knots, please help us all!
    God bless you and your efforts and thank you for helping us lift our hearts to the glory of God!

  10. Thank you Lord Jesus for giving me great fulfillment in my life.
    Thank you the wonderful gift of my wife Ann (d) and her ongoing presence in my life. Thank you for the example she provided for my children and grandchildren. Please help my granddaughter who is in need of your guidance.

  11. O Lord God I thank you for every wonderful life you gave us.
    Thanks too for the Liturgy of the Hours & the members who heartily work this prayers which gives me strenght & energy for praying it everyday. Praise to God in the name of the father & the son of the spirit amen.

  12. I will pray for them, Rebecca. I am in the same situation with my grandson. He is getting married outside the Catholic Church.I ask for prayers for them to come back to the Church.

  13. I also pray that my daughter will put it a priority to have my granddaughter baptized. I pray that my son and his wife who are civilly married will know the truth that their marriage has to to be validated before the Eyes of God through the sanctity of marriage in the Roman Catholic Church. Amen.

    • I am in also same situation with middle daughter married civilly to a very good man and raised protestant, I pray for them constantly to get married in the Catholic Church before they think of having children – hopefully and faithfully i pray like you. It is heartbreaking. Dont have grandchildren but feel your pain. Praying for all here for their intentions. Have a Blessed day all.

    • Rebecca ~
      I have the same thing going on in my family. So I say: Let go and let God! I have my “arsenal” of women saints that I pray to and I know they are interceding for me.

  14. I just want to thank God for the Divine Office ministry without which I will not be able to diligently pray my Office. I thank God for all the graces He forever bestowed on me my family and the world. I pray for peace and for all the world to bend their knees in praise and glory of God and for His enemies to be defeated and Satan and his demonic spell tbe thrown to hell where they belong. Amen.

    • Love this reply and the others!
      I’m going to an Oncologist for an envaluation. Please pray for me.I have Cancer in my brain, liver, and lungs.

      • gunn_chuck, One thing you can be certain of is that Christ is walking with you on this difficult journey. God sets the path and Christ keeps us faithful to it. Open your heart to all possibilities and outcomes. You are in safe hands and the destination we all await is worth the trials of any burdensome journey.

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