Morning Prayer

Saturday January 23rd

Today's Readings:
Psalm 59
Genesis 23
John 11:45-end


CONFESSION
 
The Officiant says to the People

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Silence is kept. All kneeling, the Officiant and People say

Almighty and most merciful Father,

We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done;

and apart from your grace, there is no health in us.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare all those who confess their faults.

Restore all those who are penitent,

according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord;

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

The Officiant then prays

Grant your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invitatory

O = Officiant
A = All

 
OO Lord, open our lips.
AAnd our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
OO God, make speed to save us.
AO Lord, make haste to help us.
OGlory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
AAs it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
OPraise the Lord.
AThe Lord's Name be praised.

Venite
O Come

O come, let us sing unto the Lord;*
let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving*
and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God,*
and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth,*
and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,*
and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down,*
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,*
and we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.

 

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts*
as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested me,*
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said,*
“It is a people that err in their hearts,
for they have not known my ways,”

Of whom I swore in my wrath*
that they should not enter into my rest.

 
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
 

Psalm 59

Eripe me de inimicis

 

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;*

defend me from those who rise up against me.

2 O deliver me from the evildoers,*

and save me from the bloodthirsty.

3 For behold, they lie in wait for my soul;*

the mighty are gathered against me, without any offense or fault of mine, O Lord.

4 They run and prepare themselves without cause.*

Arise therefore to help me, and behold.

5 Rise up, O Lord God of hosts, O God of Israel, to visit all the nations,*

and be not merciful to those who offend with malicious wickedness.

6 They go to and fro in the evening;*

they howl like dogs, and run about through the city.

7 Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips,*

for they say, “Who will hear us?”

8 But you, O Lord, shall hold them in derision,*

and you shall laugh all the nations to scorn.

9 My strength I will ascribe unto you,*

for you are the God of my refuge.

10 God shows me his plenteous goodness,*

and God shall let me look in triumph upon my enemies.

11 Slay them not, lest my people forget it,*

but scatter them abroad by your might, and put them down, O Lord our shield.

12 For the sin of their mouth, and for the words of their lips, they shall be taken in their pride,*

because their talk is cursing and lies.

13 Consume them in your wrath; consume them, that they may perish,*

and know that it is God who rules in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world.

14 In the evening they will return,*

howl like dogs, and run about through the city.

15 They will run here and there for meat*

and growl if they are not satisfied.

16 As for me, I will sing of your power, and will praise your mercy early in the morning,*

for you have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 Unto you, O my strength, will I sing,*

for you, O God, are my refuge, and my merciful God.

 
After the Psalm, the Officiant begins

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.

 
The Lessons
A reading of the appointed lessons

Genesis 23

23 Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites, “I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” The Hittites answered Abraham, “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as property for a burying place.”

10 Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, 11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over 18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.

ESV
 

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

 
A brief silence is kept after the reading.
Please pause the service if you would like more time.
 
Canticle

Te Deum Laudamus
We Praise You, O God

We praise you, O God; we acclaim you as Lord;*
all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,*
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might,*
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.*
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.*
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all praise,*
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,*
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you took our flesh to set us free*
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death*
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.*
We believe that you will come to be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,*
bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints*
to glory everlasting.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;*
govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you;*
we praise your Name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin;*
have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,*
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope;*
let us never be put to shame.

 

John 11:45–57

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

ESV
 

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

 
A brief silence is kept after the reading.
 
Canticle

Benedictus
The Song of Zechariah
Luke 1: 68-79

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 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.

The Apostles' Creed
 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS
OThe Lord be with you
AAnd with your spirit.
OLet us pray.
  
OLord, have mercy
AChrist, have mercy
OLord, have mercy
 
AOur 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.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
 
OO Lord, show your mercy upon us;
AAnd grant us your salvation.
OO Lord, guide those who govern us;
AAnd lead us in the way of justice and truth.
OClothe your ministers with righteousness;
AAnd let your people sing with joy.
OO Lord, save your people;
AAnd bless your inheritance.
OGive peace in our time, O Lord;
AAnd defend us by your mighty power.
OLet not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
ANor the hope of the poor be taken away.
OCreate in us clean hearts, O God;
AAnd take not your Holy Spirit from us.
 
The Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
A Collect for Sabbath Rest
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Prayer For Mission
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts
we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
 
A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
 
OLet us bless the Lord.
AThanks be to God.
OThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14