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

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 654
All from the Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 920

Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 618
All from the Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 884

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 689
All from the Psalter: Thursday, Week II, 824

Morning Prayer for Thursday in Ordinary Time

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

Now that the daylight fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That he, in all we do or say,
Would keep us free from harm today.

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From anger's din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes,
Would close our ears to vanities;

Would keep our inmost conscience pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night in turn is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his name for vict'ry gained.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Stir up your mighty power, Lord; come to our aid.

Psalm 80
Lord, come, take care of your vineyard

Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).

O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
you who lead Joseph’s flock,
shine forth from your cherubim throne
upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.

God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Lord God of hosts, how long
will you frown on your people’s plea?
You have fed them with tears for their bread,
an abundance of tears for their drink.
You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
our enemies laugh us to scorn.

God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.
Before it you cleared the ground;
it took root and spread through the land.

The mountains were covered with its shadow,
the cedars of God with its boughs.
It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.
Men have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.
May they perish at the frown of your face.

May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.

God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

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 God, eternal shepherd, you so tend the vineyard you planted that now it extends its branches even to the farthest coast. Look down on your Church and come to us. Help us remain in your Son as branches on the vine, that, planted firmly in your love, we may testify before the whole world to your great power working everywhere.

Ant. Stir up your mighty power, Lord; come to our aid.

Ant. 2 The Lord has worked marvels for us; make it known to the ends of the world.

Canticle — Isaiah 12:1-6
Joy of God’s ransomed people

If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink (John 7:37).

I give you thanks, O Lord;
though you have been angry with me,
your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and he has been my savior.

With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation, and say on that day:
Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.

Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.

Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!

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 has worked marvels for us; make it known to the ends of the world.

Ant. 3 Ring out your joy to God our strength.

Psalm 81
Solemn renewal of the Covenant

See that no one among you has a faithless heart (Hebrews 3:12).

Ring out your joy to God our strength,
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
the sweet-sounding harp and the lute,
blow the trumpet at the new moon,
when the moon is full, on our feast.

For this is Israel’s law,
a command of the God of Jacob.
He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,
when he went out against the land of Egypt.

A voice I did not know said to me:
“I freed your shoulder from the burden;
your hands were freed from the load.
You called in distress and I saved you.

I answered, concealed in the storm cloud,
at the waters of Meribah I tested you.
Listen, my people, to my warning,
O Israel, if only you would heed!

Let there be no foreign god among you,
no worship of an alien god.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you from the land of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

But my people did not heed my voice
and Israel would not obey,
so I left them in their stubbornness of heart
to follow their own designs.

O that my people would heed me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
At once I would subdue their foes,
turn my hand against their enemies.

The Lord’s enemies would cringe at their feet
and their subjection would last forever.
But Israel I would feed with finest wheat
and fill them with honey from the rock.”

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 God, open our mouths to proclaim your glory. Help us to leave sin behind and to rejoice in professing your name.

Ant. Ring out your joy to God our strength.

READING Romans 14:17-19

The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but of justice, peace, and the joy that is given by the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and wins the esteem of men. Let us, then, make it our aim to work for peace and to strengthen one another.

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

In the early hours of the morning, I think of you, O Lord.
In the early hours of the morning, I think of you, O Lord.

Always you are there to help me.
I think of you, O Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
In the early hours of the morning, I think of you, O Lord.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Give your people knowledge of salvation, Lord, and forgive us our sins.

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. Give your people knowledge of salvation, Lord, and forgive us our sins.

INTERCESSIONS

Blessed be God, our Father, who protects his children and never spurns their prayers. Let us humbly implore him:
Enlighten us, Lord.

We thank you, Lord, for enlightening us through your Son,
fill us with his light throughout the day.
Enlighten us, Lord.

Let your wisdom lead us today, Lord,
that we may walk in the newness of life.
Enlighten us, Lord.

May we bear hardships with courage for your name’s sake,
and be generous in serving you.
Enlighten us, Lord.

Direct our thoughts, feelings and actions this day,
help us to follow your providential guidance.
Enlighten us, Lord.

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

Lord,
true light and source of all light,
listen to our morning prayer.
Turn our thoughts to what is holy
and may we ever live in the light of your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and 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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104 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. O Lord God thank you for everything you gave us. Help us to remember your kindness & generosity. To honor you Lord God, to praise Lord Jesus & love you Lord Jesus now & ever. Amen

  2. Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God, Transcendent God, whose attributes stagger human imagination, Most Good, Most Gracious, Most Holy God, Whose greatest attribute is Your Merciful Love, come to our aid.

    Help us pray everywhere, everywhere, dear God, help us remember that You are in the temple of our souls. Please God, give us the grace to talk with You, walk with You, sit with You, specially in places like Urgent Care, Emergency Rooms, hospitals, at social gatherings, while watching fireworks, at Bark Parks, at Walgreens, in Walmart, everywhere Dear God, please help us to be present to You at all times.

    Dear Mary, Blessed Mother, give us a heart that sings always: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

    O Kingdom of God, all ye angels and saints, souls in purgatory, my guardian angel, Joseph and all the Josephs in the Old Testament and in the Gospels, please, please, please make us aware of God all the time. Help us pray everywhere.

    Through and in and for and with Jesus Christ our Lord, Who is forever and forever praying on our behalf to the Father and with the Holy Spirit, Amen.

  3. The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but of justice, peace, and the joy that is given by the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and wins the esteem of men. Let us, then, make it our aim to work for peace and to strengthen one another.
    I ask my brothers and sisters, in praying our Office, please intercede for Erich, my husband, who has been betrayed regarding his work – by someone he has helped initiate that work from scratch and now says the contract is only a piece of paper and wants to walk away from us, leaving my husband without a secure way of sustenance. Please pray with me to St Joseph, Saint Anthony, Our Lady of Fatima to intervene and create a good alternative for my husband who, due to the pandemic, is not being able to secure new clients. Thank you so much! May you and yours be blessed!

    • AS WE BEAR FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: CHARITY, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENEROSITY, FAITHFULNESS, MODESTY, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL, CHASTITY WE RECOGNIZE THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT: WISDOM,UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGE, COUNSEL, FORTITUDE, PIETY, FEAR OF THE LORD AT WORK IN OUR LIVES. THE MOMENTUM TO INCREASE THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES: FAITH, HOPE, LOVE GIVES RISE TO THE HUMAN RESPONSE WITH THE DEVELOPEMENT OF THE CAPITAL VIRTUES OF PRUDENCE, JUSTICE, PERSEVERANCE, TEMPERANCE SO THAT WHEN JESUS RETURNS, HE WILL FIND US SHOUTING FOR JOY BECAUSE OUR PRIMARY CONCERNS WILL BE THE WELFARE OF THE INJURED SOUL OF A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE WHO HAS RENEGED ON AN AGREEMENT. TO LOVE HIM OR HER AS CHRIST LOVES US IS THE SOURCE OF OUR JOYFUL SHOT. THE RETURN OF A PRODIGAL IS THE DELIGHT OF ANY AND ALL THE FAITHFUL.
      IN EVERY AGE OH LORD, YOU HAVE BEEN OUR REFUGE.
      THANKS BE TO GOD.
      WE LOVE YOU, BYE-BYE.

  4. O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
    When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
    When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;
    When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,
    And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;
    bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help;
    By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
    Amen.

    — Samuel F. Pugh

    Dear God, free me from self pity and navel gazing. Make me quit all selfishness and lift my eyes to You, forgetting the past and receiving all the graces that You are giving me right now. Like Rahab, the prostitute, help me be humble and confident in Your promise: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool.”

    Thank You Lord, thank You. Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, all You Angels and Saints, Holy Souls in Purgatory, thank you. Thank You, thank You God for all that You are to us, always loving us and desiring union with us, in spite of ourselves. Make us humble and confident God. Thank You.

  5. O Lord God anoint me with the giftsof the Holy Spirit & refresh our body soul & spirit. And the sign of Your Holy Cross drive away all the evil spirits from us. In the name of the Fahter & of the son & the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  6. Lord have mercy on the dead, including our dear mother who died on Tuesday morning. Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on her sweet soul. May she and all the dead rest in peace. Amen.

      • I pray you and all who loved your beloved mom, peace and everlasting faith, Valerie. RIP, you mom. Debbie

  7. “Direct our thoughts, feelings and actions this day,
    — help us to follow your providential guidance.
    Enlighten us, Lord.”

    Your will be done with my FULL cooperation. Thank you for the beautiful weather, helping my garden burst with flowers in gratitude. Thank you for containing Covid-19, we humbly acclaim lessons learned and grateful for Your mercy. AMEN

  8. I give You thanks LOrd for your many blessings: for the freedoms gained by our forefathers,by our military, by our grandparents, and parents. We are so blessed to !i’ve and work in America. Thank you God .

  9. Thank You LORD for all my Blessings and Graces that You have bestowed upon me e
    mostly my family, friends and my faith.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
    May GOD Bless you all.

  10. Thank you Lord for my vocation, my life, my siblings, my parents, family members and extended families. My Congregation and other Congregations. My friends and well wishers. My enemies that you always protect me from their hands. Thank you for sustaining me from birth till this Day.
    I hand my life over to you Lord.

  11. Praise, honor, glory and Thanksgiving to you, Lord Jesus Christ for all the blessings and good things you give us.
    A Blessed Thanksgiving to all!

  12. I am very glad to be able again to pray the Hours of the Divine Office with the so many! I thank the Almighty Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit for this providence with all my heart; and the Divine Office Team for this immense Grace they channeled to make it possible to express my gratitude to GOD, particularly on THIS DAY OF THANKSGIVING TO THE LORD FOR EVRY BIT OF HIS INFINITE GOODNESS to me and brothers and sisters everywhere! AMEN.

  13. O Lord God thank You for everthings good thingsyounprovided us. Forgive us our sins & lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. We honor You & love for ever, Amen.

  14. O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
    When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
    When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;
    When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,
    And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;
    bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help;
    By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
    Amen.

    — Samuel F. Pugh

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