Morning Prayer 25th March 2017

The Annunciation of the Lord

THE PREPARATION

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

The Word was made flesh.
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 85

  1. Lord, you were favourable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
  2. You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you pardoned all their sin.
    Selah
  3. You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.
  4. Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation towards us.
  5. Will you be angry with us for ever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
  6. Will you not revive us again,
    so that your people may rejoice in you?
  7. Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.
  8. Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people,
    to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
  9. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.
  10. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
  11. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
    and righteousness will look down from the sky.
  12. The Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
  13. Righteousness will go before him,
    and will make a path for his steps.

Psalm 87

  1. On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
  2. the Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
  3. Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God.
    Selah
  4. Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
    Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia—
    ‘This one was born there,’ they say.
  5. And of Zion it shall be said,
    ‘This one and that one were born in it’;
    for the Most High himself will establish it.
  6. The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
    ‘This one was born there.’
    Selah
  7. Singers and dancers alike say,
    ‘All my springs are in you.’

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.

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

Depart, depart, go out from there!
Touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of it, purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of the Lord.
For you shall not go out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be your rearguard. (Isaiah 52.7-12)

Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,
‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them?
You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honour,
subjecting all things under their feet.’
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2.5-10)

The Annunciation of the Lord

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: BENEDICTUS – THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH

The Word of God,
begotten of the Father
before time began, humbled himself for us
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and
the Virgin Mary.

  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.

The Word of God,
begotten of the Father
before time began, humbled himself for us
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and
the Virgin Mary.

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

We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts,
that as we have known the incarnation
of your Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel,
so by his cross and passion
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
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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