Morning Prayer 20th March 2017

Joseph of Nazareth


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

The Lord became the carpenter’s Son.
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.


Psalm 132

  1. O Lord, remember in David’s favour
    all the hardships he endured;
  2. how he swore to the Lord
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
  3. ‘I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed;
  4. I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
  5. until I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’
  6. We heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
  7. ‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
    let us worship at his footstool.’
  8. Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
    you and the ark of your might.
  9. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your faithful shout for joy.
  10. For your servant David’s sake
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
  11. The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
    ‘One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
  12. If your sons keep my covenant
    and my decrees that I shall teach them,
    their sons also, for evermore,
    shall sit on your throne.’
  13. For the Lord has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his habitation:
  14. ‘This is my resting-place for ever;
    here I will reside, for I have desired it.
  15. I will abundantly bless its provisions;
    I will satisfy its poor with bread.
  16. Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and its faithful will shout for joy.
  17. There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
  18. His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
    but on him, his crown will gleam.’

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.

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,
because of all that the Lord has done for us,
and the great favour to the house of Israel
that he has shown them according to his mercy,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, ‘Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely’;
and he became their saviour
in all their distress.
It was no messenger or angel
but his presence that saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

But they rebelled
and grieved his holy spirit;
therefore he became their enemy;
he himself fought against them.
Then they remembered the days of old,
of Moses his servant.
Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is the one who put within them
his holy spirit,
who caused his glorious arm
to march at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
to make for himself an everlasting name,
who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
Like cattle that go down into the valley,
the spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
Thus you led your people,
to make for yourself a glorious name.

Look down from heaven and see,
from your holy and glorious habitation.
Where are your zeal and your might?
The yearning of your heart and your compassion?
They are withheld from me.
For you are our father,
though Abraham does not know us
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O Lord, are our father;
our Redeemer from of old is your name. (Isaiah 63.7-16)

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. (St Matthew 1.18-25)

Joseph of Nazareth


Behold the faithful and wise servant
whom the Master placed over his household.

  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.

Behold the faithful and wise servant
whom the Master placed over his household.



Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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.


O God,
who from the family of your servant David
raised up Joseph
to be the guardian of your incarnate Son
and the spouse of his virgin mother:
Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life
and his obedience to your commands;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


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