Morning Prayer for Wednesday in the 2nd week of Ordinary Time

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
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Ordinary: 618
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Morning Prayer for Wednesday 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

Creator of the skies above,
The wisdom of your plan decreed
That sun should give us light by day,
And moon should rule the hours of night.

The darkness is dispelled at last,
The world's great beauty is revealed;
Our strength of soul is now renewed
To spur us on to kindly deeds.

Returning day calls us to prayer,
And bids us sing your praise anew;
The brightening aspect of the sky
Gives courage and serenity.

May we avoid all stain of sin,
No evil mar our thoughts this day,
No sinful action spoil our lives,
No wrong or idle words offend.

But while the sun draws on the day,
May our weak faith grow strong and sure
With hope that presses to the goal,
And love unites us all to Christ.

O Father, this we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ, your only Son,
Whom in the Spirit we adore:
One God who reigns for evermore. Amen.

𝄞"Creator of the Skies Above" by Kathleen Lundquist • • Available for Purchase • Title: Creator of the Skies Above; Text: Fulgentis auctor ethers, 5th-6th c.; Translation: St. Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK; Tune: Chant, Mode I; Lumen Christi Hymnal; Artist: Kathleen Lundquist; Recording copyright 2016 by Surgeworks, Inc. • Albums that contain this Hymn: Hymns and Chants of Divine Office, Vol. 1

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 O God, all your ways are holy; what god can compare with our God?

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.

Psalm-prayer

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. O God, all your ways are holy; what god can compare with our God?

Ant.2 My heart leaps up with joy to the Lord, for he humbles only to exalt us.

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. My heart leaps up with joy to the Lord, for he humbles only to exalt us.

Ant. 3 The Lord is king, let the earth rejoice.

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.

Psalm-prayer

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. The Lord is king, let the earth rejoice.

READING Romans 8:35, 37

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us.

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

I will bless the Lord all my life long.
I will bless the Lord all my life long.

With a song of praise ever on my lips,
all my life long.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
I will bless the Lord all my life long.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Let us serve the Lord in holiness all the days of our life.

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. Let us serve the Lord in holiness all the days of our life.

INTERCESSIONS

Blessed be God our Savior, who promised to remain with his Church all days, until the end of the world. Let us give him thanks and call out:
Remain with us, Lord.

Remain with us the whole day, Lord,
let your grace be a sun that never sets.
Remain with us, Lord.

We dedicate this day to you as an offering,
do not let us offer anything that is evil.
Remain with us, Lord.

May your gift of light pervade this whole day,
that we may be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
Remain with us, Lord.

May the love of your Holy Spirit direct our hearts and our lips,
and may we always act in accordance with your will.
Remain with 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,
as a new day dawns
send the radiance of your light
to shine in our hearts.
Make us true to your teaching;
keep us free from error and sin.
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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211 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. Today, let’s pray for each of us, that we may all grow to become holier members of our families. Bless us, O Lord and everyone in the universe. We thank and praise You.

  2. I pray all those affected by the worst monsoon floods in Pakistan and continue to pray for Peace in Ukraine and safety of all the people.

  3. PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE CHRISTIANS IN KANSAS WHO VOTED NO TO THE PRO-LIFE VALUE THEM BOTH AMENDMENT:

    O Good Shepherd, you never cease to seek out the lost, to call home the stray, to comfort the frightened, and to bind up the wounded. I ask you to bring them back to the practice of the true Faith, and to remove all obstacles that prevent them from receiving your abundant mercy, which flows sacramentally through the heart of your holy Church.

    Through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, their Guardian Angels, their Patron Saints, the ever-prayerful St. Monica, the poor souls in purgatory, and the more than 60 M and counting, aborted babies, may you pardon their sins and unshackle them from whatever hinders their freedom to come Home. For you, O Good Shepherd, have loved us to the end and offered yourself to the Father for the salvation of all. Amen.

  4. Thank You LORD for this nice new day, please help me to make the most out of this day and that I can give you praise and glorify You with my work.
    May the love and mercy of GOD be with you all..

  5. Kansas will continue to be the abortion mill in our region, Lord. We must not have prayed and worked enough. Forgive us. How we are humbled.

    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

    Your steadfast love never ceases; You mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

    Thank You Lord, thank You, thank You, thank You; we surrender ourselves to You; take care of everything. Amen.

  6. Be continually careful and earnest in imitating Christ in everything, conforming thyself to His life: for this end thou must meditate thereon, that thou mayst know how to imitate it, and conduct thyself in all things as He would have done Himself.

    —St. John of the Cross
    From the The Ascent of Mount Carmel

  7. “May the love of your Holy Spirit direct our hearts and our lips,
    — and may we always act in accordance with your will.
    Remain with us, Lord.”

    Thank You Lord for all the facets of my /our life. You know the beginning and the end. Allow me to act according to Your will. Help me to love, hope and stay faithful all the days here on earth. Amen

  8. Dear God, bless and guide my granddaughter and her friend in their travel. May they reach and settle down in their destination safely, free of fear and harm. Preserve them who travels a long ways, surround them with Your loving care, protect them from any danger and bring them safely to the end of their journey, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

  9. God thank you for this wonderful and blessed day. Continue to build my faith and let me grow more in love for you daily. I pray for all and may your mercy and grace be upon all. May you work miracles today Lord for all who needs miracles today. Amen. Alleluia. Thanks be to God.

    Deacon DeWayne

  10. Thank you, Lord God for we arrived safe at our destination in Zurich. Bless me and my husband during the whole duration of our journey.
    And to my son and family, watch over them as they fly out to Vancouver today. We love You, Lord. We praise you for making all things possible.

  11. Another high profile mass shooting, this time in Highland Park, Chicago, July 4, 2022.

    Still, Lord, We bless You Lord all our lives long. In the midst of this suffering, we bless You, Lord.

    For who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us.

    We wait, Dear Lord, we wait……

  12. O Lord God Saint Lucy Virgin & Martyr hear my prayers & obtain my petitions . Help O My God to stop the war in Ukraine & safe the people. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank you Lord for your mercy & compassion. We love ❤️ you Lord Jesus Christ one God who lives & reigns inthe unity of the Holy Spirit forever. Amen

  13. Dear Father,
    I pray for Pres. Biden and all the leaders of the United States and of the whole world to lead us according to God’s holy will.
    I pray for quick recovery and healing for a friend who is facing colorectal surgery on July 12.
    That my niece sell her house and find a new home suitable for her family.
    For all who have asked for our prayer-you know who they are and their needs Lord.
    I ask all these through our Lord Jesus Christ Who lives with you forever. Amen.

  14. St. Maria Goretti pray for us. I pray for an end to the coronavirus, I pray for an end to the war between the Ukraine and Russia, and I pray for the victims of Uvalde, Texas in Jesus’s name. St. Maria Goretti pray for us.

  15. From Family Prayer Book:

    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? O leave me not to myself, I implore you; but pour forth your grace upon my soul. Take away from me this spiritual dryness, this unfeeling indifference to you and to holy things: Give me, O Lord, this grace: give me this power of aspiring to you, of lifting up my heart to heaven, of asking you to descend and take possession of my soul.

    But yet, my God, if it is your providence to expose my faith and my love to this trial, I willingly bow me down and acknowledge your righteous ways. Who am I that you should visit me? Who am I that you should hear me whenever I call upon you? Forgive me the unthankfulness with which I have often received your saving inspirations.

    Come now and dwell in me, God of love: come, who fills the whole earth with your Spirit, and soothe and cheer and console your servant. Give to me that peace which the world cannot give: give to me that grace which may unite my soul to you, and which may be a foretaste of the bliss of your heavenly abode. Redeem me and have mercy on me, O Lord, the God of truth. Amen.

  16. O Lord God I Thank you for I have come a long way in my life. May you continue to watch over me each day. I am glad to be alive Lord. Keep me safe from harm. Be merciful & bless me with happiness & loved ones who care. InJesus name. Amen.

  17. Der God, when I stand at the beginning of a new day, bless me with vision to see the best of things to come
    Wisdom to make decisions, and most of all, Faith, that You are walking with me every step of the way.

  18. 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. My heart leaps up with joy to the Lord, for he humbles only to exalt us.

    Dear Holy Spirit, torrential fount of blessings, please let me know what is Your desire regarding the address I was invited to give. I believe I do not have time to prepare it as it deserves to be – amid all the other obligations. Please confirm to me whether it is ok with you that I decline to present that invited address. Thank you so much for your infinite wisdom and care.

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