Morning Prayer for Thursday in the 4th week of Ordinary Time or St. Blase, B & M or St. Ansgar, B

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 654
All from the Psalter: Thursday, Week IV, 1211

Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 618
All from the Psalter: Thursday, Week IV, 1177

Christian Prayer (single volume)
Ordinary: 689
All from the Psalter: Thursday, Week IV, 968

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.


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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Ant. 1 At daybreak, be merciful to me, O Lord.

Psalm 143
Prayer in distress

A man is not justified by observance of the law but only through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

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.


Lord Jesus, early in the morning of your resurrection, you made your love known and brought the first light of dawn to those who dwell in darkness. Your death has opened a path for us. Do not enter into judgment with your servants; let your Holy Spirit guide us together into the land of justice.

Ant. At daybreak, be merciful to me, O Lord.

Ant. 2 The Lord will make a river of peace flow through Jerusalem.

Canticle – Isaiah 66:10-14a
Joys of heaven

The heavenly Jerusalem is a free woman and our mother (Galatians 4:26).

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her,
all you who love her;
exult, exult with her,
all you who were mourning over her!

Oh, that you may suck fully
of the milk of her comfort,
that you may nurse with delight
at her abundant breasts!

For thus says the Lord:
Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river,
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.

As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms,
and fondled in her lap;
as a mother comforts her son,
so will I comfort you;
in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.

When you see this, your heart shall rejoice,
and your bodies flourish like the grass.

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 will make a river of peace flow through Jerusalem.

Ant. 3 Let us joyfully praise the Lord our God.

Psalm 147
The loving kindness of God who can do all he wills

You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord: we acclaim you.

Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.

Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
O sing to the Lord, giving thanks;
sing psalms to our God with the harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares the rain for the earth,
making mountains sprout with grass
and with plants to serve man’s needs.
He provides the beasts with their food
and young ravens that call upon him.

His delight is not in horses
nor his pleasure in warriors’ strength.
The Lord delights in those who revere him,
in those who wait for his love.

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.


God our Father, great builder of the heavenly Jerusalem, you know the number of the stars and call each of them by name. Heal hearts that are broken, gather together those who have been scattered, and enrich us all from the plenitude of your eternal wisdom.

Ant. Let us joyfully praise the Lord our God.

READING Romans 8:18-21

The sufferings of the present are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us. Indeed, the whole created world eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God. Creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but by him who once subjected it; yet not without hope, because the world itself will be freed from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

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.


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.


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.


Let us pray to God, who gives salvation to his people:
You are our life, O Lord.

Blessed are you, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for by your mercy we have been reborn to a living hope,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
You are our life, O Lord.

You made man in your image and renewed him in Christ,
mold us into the likeness of your Son.
You are our life, O Lord.

Pour out your love through the Holy Spirit,
heal our hearts, wounded by hatred and jealousy.
You are our life, O Lord.

Today grant work to laborers, bread to the hungry, joy to the sorrowful,
grace and redemption to all men.
You are our life, O 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

let the knowledge of salvation
enlighten our hearts,
so that, freed from fear and from the power of our enemies,
we may serve you faithfully all the days of our life.
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.


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

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121 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. The Act of Oblation to Merciful Love
    June 9, 1895

    O MY GOD! Blessed Trinity, I desire to Love you and make you Loved,
    To work for the glory of the Holy Church
    By saving souls on earth and by liberating those suffering in purgatory.
    I desire to accomplish your will perfectly
    And to reach the degree of glory that you have prepared for me in Your Kingdom.
    I desire, in a word, to be Holy, but I feel my powerlessness
    And I beg you, O my God! to be yourself my Holiness!

    You loved me so much that you gave me your only Son
    To be my Savior and my Spouse.
    The infinite treasures of his merits are mine.
    I offer them to you with gladness.
    Look on me through the Face of Jesus and in his Heart burning with Love.

    I offer you, too, all the merits of the saints in Heaven and on earth,
    Their acts of Love, and those of the Holy Angels.

    Finally, I offer You, O Blessed Trinity!
    The Love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my cherished Mother.
    To her, I entrust my offering completely, imploring her to present it to you.
    Her Divine Son, my Beloved Spouse, during his earthly life declared:
    “Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give to you!”
    I am certain, therefore, that you will grant my desires; I know it, O my God!
    The more you want to give, the more you make us desire.
    I feel in my heart immense desires and
    With confidence I ask you to come and take possession of my soul.
    Ah! I cannot receive Holy Communion as often as I desire,
    But, Lord, are you not all-powerful?
    Remain in me as in a tabernacle and never separate yourself from your little victim.

    I want to console you for the ingratitude of the wicked, and
    I beg you to take my freedom to displease you away.
    If through weakness I sometimes fall,
    May your Divine Glance cleanse my soul immediately,
    Consuming all my imperfections like fire that transforms everything into itself.

    I thank You, O my God! for all the graces that you have granted me,
    Especially the grace of making me pass through the crucible of suffering.
    With joy I shall contemplate you on the Last Day
    Carrying the scepter of your Cross.
    Since you have chosen to give me a share in this very precious Cross,
    I hope in heaven to resemble you
    and to see shining in my glorified body the sacred stigmata of your Passion.

    After earth’s Exile, I hope to go and enjoy you in the Fatherland,
    But I do not want to lay up merits for heaven.
    I want to work for your Love Alone with the one purpose of pleasing you:
    To console your Sacred Heart, and to save souls who will love you forever.

    In the evening of this life, I shall appear before you with empty hands.
    Lord, I do not ask you to count my works.
    All our justice is stained in your eyes.
    I wish, then, to be clothed in your own Justice
    And by your Love to receive you as my eternal possession.
    No other Throne, no other Crown do I want but you, my Beloved!

    Time is nothing in your eyes, and a single day is like a thousand years.
    You can, then, in an instant prepare me to appear before You.

    Finally, in order to live in an act of perfect Love,
    I offer myself as a victim of holocaust to your Merciful Love.
    I beg you to consume me incessantly.
    Allow the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within you to overflow into my soul.
    In this way, make me become a Martyr of your Love, O my God!

    In the end, after it has prepared me to appear before you, may this martyrdom make me die.
    May my soul take its flight without delay
    Into the eternal embrace of your Merciful Love.

    I want, O my Beloved, with each beat of my heart
    to renew this offering to you an infinite number of times,
    until the shadows are no more, and
    I am able tell you of my Love in an Eternal Face to Face!

  2. Today is October 13th

    O Virgin of Fatima, Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, Refuge of Sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart. To you we consecrate our hearts and souls, our families and all that we have. And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation; and we undertake to live as good Christians, faithful to God, the Church and the Holy Father.

    We desire to pray the Rosary, partake in the Holy Eucharist, attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners. Furthermore we promise, O most holy Virgin, that we zealously spread devotion to you, so that through our consecration to Your Immaculate Heart and through your own intercession, the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen.

  3. I come before You, O Lord, may Your joy shine through us and drink in this moment of peace. Bring love, joy and hope in our heart.
    Protect and keep my son’s drive safe to Montreal and back home.We thank You.

  4. Thank You LORD for all that You have given me. Please guide me in the path of Holiness let me help others so that they to may give praise to You.

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