8th April 2020 – Wednesday of Holy Week – Morning Prayer

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated) to be skipped at morning prayer if morning prayer is done immediately after invitatory

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • O Lord, make haste to help me
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Opening Hymn;

Sing my tongue, the glorious battle,
Sing the ending of the fray;
To the Cross, our noble trophy,
Here a fitting tribute pay,
Telling how the world’s Redeemer,
Slain as victim, won the day.

Tell how, when at length the fullness
Of the appointed time was come,
He, the Word, was born of woman,
Left for us his Father’s home,
Showed to men the perfect manhood,
Shone as light amidst the gloom.

Now the thirty years are ended
Which on earth he willed to see,
Willingly he meets his Passion,
Born to set his people free;
On the Cross the Lamb is lifted,
There the sacrifice to be.

Faithful Cross, above all other,
One and only noble Tree,
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peer may be;
Sweet the wood and sweet the iron,
And the load, most sweet is he.

Unto God be praise and glory:
To the Father and the Son,
To the eternal Spirit, honour
Now and evermore be done;
Praise and glory in the highest,
While the timeless ages run.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : In the day of my distress I sought the Lord with outstretched arms.

Psalm 76 (77)

I cried out loud to the Lord,
cried out to God, and he turned to me.
In my time of trouble I sought for God,
my hands stretched out all night long,
tireless in supplication.
My soul will not be consoled:
I think of God, and I sigh;
I meditate, and my spirit fails.

You have kept me awake, my eyes open;
in my distress, I did not speak.
I pondered on the days of old,
thought through the immemorial years.
In the night I meditated in my heart.
I was troubled, and I asked my soul:

Will God reject you for ever,
will he never again take you into his favour?
Has his kindness ended for ever,
his word come to an end for all generations?
Will God forget to show mercy,
will he lock up his mercies in his anger?

And I said, “I am wounded indeed,
that the Most High has changed.”
I will remember the works of the Lord.
I will remember your wonders, from the beginning.
I will ponder on all you have done,
think deeply through all your great deeds.

O God, your ways are holy:
what god is as great as our God?
You are God, you work wonders,
you made known your strength to your people.
By your own action you redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and of Joseph.

The waters saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and writhed,
stirred up even to their depths.
The clouds poured down water,
the clouds sounded their voice,
your arrows shot forth.
Your voice thundered in the whirlwind,
your lightnings lit up the world,
the earth trembled and shook.

Your way led through the sea,
your paths through the great waters,
your steps left no trace behind them.
You led your people like a flock,
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Anthipon 1 : In the day of my distress I sought the Lord with outstretched arms.

Anthipon 2 : If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also come to life with him.

Canticle (1 Samuel 2)

My heart rejoices in the Lord,
my strength is raised up in the name of my God.
I cry out in triumph over my enemies
as I rejoice in your deliverance.

No-one is like the Lord, for he is holy;
no-one is like our God, for he is strong.

Do not pile boasting upon boasting:
keep proud words far from your mouth,
for the Lord is the God of all knowledge
and the judge of all actions.

The bow of the mighty is broken,
and the weak are clothed in strength.
Those who fed well must hire themselves out, for bread;
but the hungry are hungry no longer.
The barren woman has given birth to many;
but she who had many sons is left desolate.

The Lord brings death and brings life;
he leads down to the underworld and rescues from it.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he lays low and raises up.
He lifts the needy from the dust and the poor from the dunghill
to sit among princes
to sit on the throne of glory.
To the Lord belong the poles of the earth;
from them he has suspended the world.

He will keep safe the feet of his chosen,
but the impious will be silent in the darkness
– for it is not by his own strength that a man becomes strong.
The Lord grinds down his enemies:
he will thunder on them from the heavens.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth,
give dominion to his king,
and raise up the standard of his anointed one.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Anthipon 2 : If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also come to life with him.

Anthipon 3: God has made Jesus Christ our wisdom and our virtue, our holiness and our freedom.

Psalm 96 (97)

The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice,
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and dark mist surround him,
his throne is founded on law and justice.
Fire precedes him,
burning up his enemies all around.
His lightnings light up the globe;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains flow like wax at the sight of the Lord,
at the sight of the Lord the earth dissolves.
The heavens proclaim his justice
and all peoples see his glory.

Let them be dismayed, who worship carved things,
who take pride in the images they make.
All his angels, worship him.
Zion heard and was glad,
the daughters of Judah rejoiced
because of your judgements, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, the Most High over all the earth,
far above all other gods.

You who love the Lord, hate evil!
The Lord protects the lives of his consecrated ones:
he will free them from the hands of sinners.
A light has arisen for the just,
and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord
and proclaim his holiness.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Anthipon 3 : God has made Jesus Christ our wisdom and our virtue, our holiness and our freedom.

Scripture (Isaiah 50:5-7)

The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.

Short Responsory

  • You have redeemed us Lord by your blood
  • From every tribe and tongue and people and and nation
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Benedictus Anthipon

Anthipon: May the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the Holy Spirit, purify our inner self from dead actions so that we may serve the living God.

Benedictus (Canticle of Zachary) Canticle used every morning and never changes.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Anthipon: May the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the Holy Spirit, purify our inner self from dead actions so that we may serve the living God.

Intercessions

  • Let us pray earnestly to Christ our Saviour, who redeemed us by his death and resurrection.
    • Response: Lord, have mercy on us.
  • You went up to Jerusalem to endure the passion and enter into glory; lead your Church into the paschal feast of eternal life.
    • Response: Lord, have mercy on us.
  • Your heart was pierced with a lance; heal the wounds of our human weakness.
    • Response: Lord, have mercy on us.
  • You made your cross the tree of life; share your victory with all the baptized.
    • Response: Lord, have mercy on us.
  • You gave salvation to the repentant thief; pardon all our sins.
    • Response: Lord, have mercy on us.
  • Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention.
    • Response:Lord, have mercy on us.

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

By your will, Lord God,  your Son underwent the agony of the cross  to break the power of Satan over man.Give your people grace to rise again with Christ,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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