3 December 2019 – Divine Office Morning Prayer

INTRODUCTION

O God, come to our aid.  O Lord, make haste to help us.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. Alleluia.


Hymn

Who are these like stars appearing,
these, before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
praising loud their heavenly King.
Who are these of dazzling brightness,
clothed in God’s own righteousness?
These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
shall their lustre still possess,
still untouched by time’s rude hand?
Whence came all this glorious band?
These are they who have contended for their Saviour’s honour long,
wrestling on till life was ended,following not the sinful throng;
these who well the fight sustained,
triumph through the Lamb have gained.
These are they whose hearts were riven,sore with woe and anguish tried,
who in prayer full oft have striven
with the God they glorified;
now, their painful conflict o’er,
God has bid them weep no more.
These, the Almighty contemplating,
did as priests before him stand,
soul and body always waiting
day and night at his command:
now in God’s most holy place
blest they stand before his face.


Psalm 23 (24)
The Lord comes to his temple

The man with clean hands and pure heart will climb the mountain of the Lord.The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,  the world and all who live in it.
He himself founded it upon the seas  and set it firm over the waters.
Who will climb the mountain of the Lord?  Who will stand in his holy place?
The one who is innocent of wrongdoing and pure of heart,  who has not given himself to vanities or sworn falsely.
He will receive the blessing of the Lord  
and be justified by God his saviour.
This is the way of those who seek him,  seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,  and let the king of glory enter.
Who is the king of glory?The Lord of might and power.  The Lord, strong in battle.Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,  and let the king of glory enter.Who is the king of glory?The Lord of hosts – he is the king of glory.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 man with clean hands and pure heart will climb the mountain of the Lord.


CanticleTobit 13

God punishes and God saves

Praise the king of the ages in all your deeds.
Blessed be God who lives for ever,  whose kingdom is eternal:  
for he both punishes and takes pity,
he leads down to the underworld,  and rescues from perdition;  no one can escape him.
Give thanks to him before all nations, children of Israel:  he scattered you among them,  and there he has made known his greatness.
Give glory to him before all who live:  he is our Lord, our father,  and our God for ever.
He will punish you for your transgressions;  but he will take pity on all your sufferings,
and gather you together from all the nations  
among whom he scattered you.
If you turn back to him with all your heart and soul – if you keep faithful to him –he will turn back to you and hide his face no longer.
So now look at what he has done with you,  and praise him with all your might.
Bless the Lord of justice,  and glorify the eternal King.
In the land of my captivity I trust in him;  I show his power and majesty to the sinful people.
Turn back, sinners,  and be upright in his presence – perhaps he will forgive you and show you his favour.
I will rejoice in the Lord with all my soul,  my soul will rejoice as long as it lives.
Bless the Lord, all his chosen ones:  all people, praise his greatness.
Fill your days with joy and proclaim his glory.
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.Praise the king of the ages in all your deeds.


Psalm 32 (33)
The Lord provides

Praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
Rejoice in the Lord, you just:  it is good for the upright to praise him.
Proclaim the Lord on the lyre,  play his song on the ten-stringed harp.
Sing a new song to the Lord,  sing out your cries of triumph,for the word of the Lord is truly just,  and all his actions are faithful.
The Lord loves justice and right judgement;  the earth is full of his loving kindness.
By the Lord’s word the heavens were made,  and all their array by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the seas as if in a bag,  he stored up the depths in his treasury.
Let every land fear the Lord,  let all the world be awed at his presence.
For he spoke, and they came into being;  he commanded, and they were made.
The Lord confounds the counsel of the nations,  throws the thoughts of the peoples into confusion.
But the Lord’s own counsel stands firm for ever,  his thoughts last for all generations.
Happy the nation whose lord is God,  the people he has chosen as his inheritance.
The Lord looks down from the heavens and sees all the children of men.
From his dwelling-place he looks  upon all who inhabit the earth.
He moulded each one of their hearts,  he understands all that they do.
The king will not be saved by his forces;  the abundance of his strength will not set the strong man free.
Do not trust a horse to save you,  whatever its swiftness and strength.
For see, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,  upon those who trust in his mercy,
hoping he will save their souls from death and their bodies from hunger.
Our souls praise the Lord,  for he is our help and our protector,
for our hearts rejoice in him,  and we trust in his holy name.
Lord, show us your loving kindness,  just as we put our hope in you.

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.Praise is fitting for loyal hearts.


Short ReadingHebrews 13:7-9 ©

Remember your leaders, who preached the word of God to you, and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be for ever. Do not let yourselves be led astray by all sorts of strange doctrines.


Short Responsory

I placed watchmen on your towers, Jerusalem.– I placed watchmen on your towers, Jerusalem.They will never cease to tell of the name of the Lord, by day and by night.– I placed watchmen on your towers, Jerusalem.Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.– I placed watchmen on your towers, Jerusalem.


CanticleBenedictus

The Messiah and his forerunner

It is not you who speak: the Spirit of your Father speaks in you.z
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.He has raised up the sign of salvation  
in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,  that he would give himself to us,t
hat we could serve him without fear – freed from the hands of our enemies –in uprightness and holiness before him,  for all of our days.And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,  so that their sins may be forgiven.Through the bottomless mercy of our God,  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,  who live in the shadow of death;  to lead our feet in the path 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.
It is not you who speak: the Spirit of your Father speaks in you.


Prayers and intercessions

Christ, the good shepherd, laid down his life for his sheep. Let us praise him with grateful hearts, as we pray:
– Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
Christ our Lord, in the holy pastors you reveal your love for us;  may we never be deprived of the care you show through them.
– Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
Through your sacred ministers you are present in our midst as the shepherd of our souls;  never cease to guide us through their teaching and encouragement.
– Lord, nourish the lives of your people.In the saints who lead your people, you manifest your power of healing souls and bodies;  remain always with us to renew our lives in holiness.– Lord, nourish the lives of your people.
By the example of the saints you instruct your faithful in the ways of wisdom and love;  through our pastors, help us grow to the full stature of perfection.– Lord, nourish the lives of your people.


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.


Lord God, you won so many peoples to yourself  
by the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier.
Give us the same zeal that he had for the faith,  and let your Church rejoice 
and see the virtue and number of her children increase  
throughout the world.”
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,  one God, for ever and ever.Amen.


The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

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