Morning Prayer 17th March 2017

Patrick, Bishop, Patron of Ireland, c461

THE PREPARATION

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Christ has proclaimed his gospel in all lands:
O come, let us worship.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 106.1-9

  1. Praise the Lord!
    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures for ever.
  2. Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
    or declare all his praise?
  3. Happy are those who observe justice,
    who do righteousness at all times.
  4. Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
    help me when you deliver them;
  5. that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that I may glory in your heritage.
  6. Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.
  7. Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wonderful works;
    they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.
  8. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    so that he might make known his mighty power.
  9. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry;
    he led them through the deep as through a desert.

Psalm 147.1-11

  1. Praise the Lord!
    How good it is to sing praises to our God;
    for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
  2. The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
  3. He heals the broken-hearted,
    and binds up their wounds.
  4. He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
  5. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
  6. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.
  7. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre.
  8. He covers the heavens with clouds,
    prepares rain for the earth,
    makes grass grow on the hills.
  9. He gives to the animals their food,
    and to the young ravens when they cry.
  10. His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
  11. but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
For the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Listen to me, my people,
and give heed to me, my nation;
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.
I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,
my salvation has gone out
and my arms will rule the peoples;
the coastlands wait for me,
and for my arm they hope.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and those who live on it will die like gnats;
but my salvation will be for ever,
and my deliverance will never be ended.

Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
you people who have my teaching in your hearts;
do not fear the reproach of others,
and do not be dismayed when they revile you.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my deliverance will be for ever,
and my salvation to all generations. (Isaiah 51.1-8)

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us. (Acts 16.6-15)

Patrick of Ireland

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: BENEDICTUS – THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH

Christ gave them as a light to the nations,
that his salvation might reach to the ends
of the earth.

  1. Blessèd be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
  2. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us
    in the house of his servant David,
  3. as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
  4. that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
  5. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
    and has remembered his holy covenant,
  6. the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
    to grant us
  7. that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
    might serve him without fear,
  8. in holiness and righteousness
    before him all our days.
  9. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
  10. to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    by the forgiveness of their sins.
  11. By the tender mercy of our God,
    the dawn from on high will break upon us,
  12. to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ (St Luke 1.68-79)

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Christ gave them as a light to the nations,
that his salvation might reach to the ends
of the earth.

THE PRAYERS

THE KYRIES

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE COLLECT

Almighty God,
who in your providence chose your servant Patrick
to be the apostle of the Irish people:
keep alive in us the fire of the faith he kindled
and strengthen us in our pilgrimage
towards the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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