Morning Prayer 7th April 2017

THE PREPARATION

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

Christ suffered and died for us.
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 22

  1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
  2. O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night, but find no rest.
  3. Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
  4. In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
  5. To you they cried, and were saved;
    in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
  6. But I am a worm, and not human;
    scorned by others, and despised by the people.
  7. All who see me mock at me;
    they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
  8. ‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’
  9. Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
    you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
  10. On you I was cast from my birth,
    and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
  11. Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.
  12. Many bulls encircle me,
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
  13. they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.
  14. I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
    my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
  15. my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.
  16. For dogs are all around me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me.
    My hands and feet have shrivelled;
  17. I can count all my bones.
    They stare and gloat over me;
  18. they divide my clothes among themselves,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.
  19. But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
    O my help, come quickly to my aid!
  20. Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my life from the power of the dog!
  21. Save me from the mouth of the lion!
    From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
  22. I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
  23. You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
    stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
  24. For he did not despise or abhor
    the affliction of the afflicted;
    he did not hide his face from me,
    but heard when I cried to him.
  25. From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
  26. The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
    May your hearts live for ever!
  27. All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord;
    and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.
  28. For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.
  29. To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    and I shall live for him.
  30. Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord,
  31. and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
    saying that he has done it.

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.

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the Lord.

For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29.1, 4-13)

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not vaunt yourselves over the branches. If you do vaunt yourselves, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, ‘Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.’ That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity towards those who have fallen, but God’s kindness towards you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree. (Romans 11.13-24)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: BENEDICTUS – THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH

The word of the cross is folly
to those who are perishing,
but to those who are being saved,
it is the power of God.

  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 the cross is folly
to those who are perishing,
but to those who are being saved,
it is the power of God.

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

Trusting in the compassion of God,
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

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ,
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ 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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