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: Wednesday, Week IV, 1191

Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 618
All from the Psalter: Wednesday, Week IV, 1155

Christian Prayer (single volume)
Ordinary: 689
All from the Psalter: Wednesday, Week IV, 958

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 My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.

Psalm 108
Praise of God and a plea for help

Since the Son of God has been exalted above the heavens, his glory is proclaimed through all the earth (Arnobius).

My heart is ready, O God;
I will sing, sing your praise.
Awake, my soul;
awake, lyre and harp.
I will awake the dawn.

I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples,
among the nations I will praise you,
for your love reaches to the heavens
and your truth to the skies.
O God, arise above the heavens;
may your glory shine on earth!

O come and deliver your friends;
help with your right hand and reply.
From his holy place God has made this promise:
“I will triumph and divide the land of Shechem;
I will measure out the valley of Succoth.

Gilead is mine and Manasseh.
Ephraim I take for my helmet,
Judah for my commander’s staff.
Moab I will use for my washbowl,
on Edom I will plant my shoe.
Over the Philistines I will shout in triumph.”

But who will lead me to conquer the fortress?
Who will bring me face to face with Edom?
Will you utterly reject us, O God,
and no longer march with our armies?

Give us help against the foe:
for the help of man is vain.
With God we shall do bravely
and he will trample down our foes.

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

Accept the prayers of your servants, Lord, and prepare our hearts to praise your holy name. Come to our aid in time of trouble and make us worthy to sing you songs of thanksgiving.

Ant. My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.

Ant. 2 The Lord has robed me with grace and salvation.

Canticle – Isaiah 61:10 – 62:5
The prophet’s joy in the vision of a new Jerusalem

I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, with the beauty of a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:2).

I rejoice heartily in the Lord,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.

As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord God make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations.

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the Lord.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord,
a royal diadem held by your God.

No more shall men call you “Forsaken,”
or your land “Desolate,”
but you shall be called “My Delight,”
and your land “Espoused.”
For the Lord delights in you,
and makes your land his spouse.

As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

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 robed me with grace and salvation.

Ant. 3 I will praise my God all the days of my life.

Psalm 146
Those who trust in God know what it is to be happy

To praise God in our lives means all we do must be for his glory (Arnobius).

My soul, give praise to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord all my days,
make music to my God while I live.

Put no trust in princes,
in mortal men in whom there is no help.
Take their breath, they return to clay
and their plans that day come to nothing.

He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who alone made heaven and earth,
the seas and all they contain.

It is he who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.

It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

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

God of glory and power, those who have put all their trust in you are happy indeed. Shine the brightness of your light on us, that we may love you always with a pure heart.

Ant. I will praise my God all the days of my life.

READING Deuteronomy 4:39-40a

Know, and fix in your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today.

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

Christ, the splendor of the Father’s glory, enlightens us with his word. With deep love we call upon him:
Hear us, King of eternal glory.

Blessed are you, the alpha and the omega of our faith,
for you called us out of darkness into your marvelous light.
Hear us, King of eternal glory.

You enabled the blind to see, the deaf to hear,
help our unbelief.
Hear us, King of eternal glory.

Lord, keep us in your love, preserve our community,
do not let us become separated from one another.
Hear us, King of eternal glory.

Give us strength in temptation, endurance in trial,
and gratitude in prosperity.
Hear us, King of eternal 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

Father,
keep in mind your holy covenant,
sealed with the blood of the Lamb.
Forgive the sins of your people
and let this new day bring us closer to salvation.
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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96 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. “Give us strength in temptation, endurance in trial,
    — and gratitude in prosperity.”

    Thank You Lord for the grace of making me pleasing to you inspite of my being unaware of this. Allow my body and my soul to be one in doing your will. AMEN

  2. Please pray our Supreme Court nominee, Amy Barrett, brilliant lawyer and proud catholic. I pray that we have more like her. Our Lady is on the verge of a GREAT VICTORY SAVING HER CHILDREN FROM ABORTION.

  3. Lord Jesus, thank you for the blessings that you shower on the human race. Thank you for life, the sun that gives us light and warmth, the birds of the field and for every human being that lives around us. I praise You, I bless You and I glorify You for so many wonders, but above all for all Your love.

  4. PLEASING CHRIST

    A desire to please Christ is not something extra for the Christian. It is basic to Christian sanctity.. It is not a dessert, but the mail course-not a sideshow, but the main tent. It is not a motive to which we can resort to when convenient; it is a controlling force to which we have committed our lives. We have abandoned everything else. In time, applause and pleas of the world have a hollow ring. We are marching to a different drumbeat. His smile is singularly our greatest delight! This is the lifestyle f love.

  5. Please pray for Nicole a twenty nine year old woman who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Please ask Mother Mary to stay by her side and comfort her.

    • A Salve Regina for Nicole and for you as well to continue the Lord’s work of charity, love and mercy for others. May our Lord ease our sufferings through the intercession of our blessed mother and those like you who think of others!

      Blessings,
      Deacon Joseph

  6. Lord , thanks for another day in your creation. Thanks for another day of your blessings and graces. You said you will be with us untill the end of the world , with you we have no fear of pandemic or challenges facing our nation. With you and through you we can conquer all, do all to glorify your love, mercy and the truth and the righteousness

  7. O Lord God please heal me of my aching hands & bear with me. Forgive me for all my wrong thinking & please give me the strength to live on. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

  8. Lord Thank you for another day, another gift of life You so generously give us. I appreciate the gloomy rainy ibecause it gives me time and opportunity to bond with you. Stay with me and my family and my country , O Lord .
    For everything we glorify You.

  9. Lord we thank you for the gift of this new day. Present before you all who ask us to pray for them hear our prayers on their behalf. May our mother Mary intercede for us all Amen.

  10. Thank You LORD for this new day, Thank You for all the Blessings and Graces that You have given me.. LORD continue to show me the way of Holiness so that I can become closer to You.
    All praise, honor and glory to our Almighty GOD..

  11. O Lord God you are my Rock & my Refute,my confident in you fill me hope. Bless me & heal me, Cover me with most precious blood. Never let me be separated with you & lead me to right path of life Thank you Lord Jesus. I love you above all things. Amen.

  12. Saint John Eudes
    Saint John Eudes Reveals that we need not travel outside our own borders to be missionaries if we follow God.

    Prayer. Father, help me to reveal you to those I meet wherever I am, especially in “my own backyard .”

  13. Thank you dear Jesus for giving me such abundance in my life. Please help my daughter in law go through a difficult time with radiation and cancer surgery..
    Dear Lord please help Isa to be able to walk again and to be relieved of the pain in her back.
    Thank you Jesus for allowing me a good health to be able to celebrate and holy sacrifice of the mass with you.

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