Morning Prayer 9th April 2017

Palm Sunday

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 24

  1. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it;
  2. for he has founded it on the seas,
    and established it on the rivers.
  3. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
  4. Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.
  5. They will receive blessing from the Lord,
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
  6. Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
    Selah
  7. Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
  8. Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.
  9. Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
  10. Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory.
    Selah

Psalm 29

  1. Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
  2. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
    worship the Lord in holy splendour.
  3. The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over mighty waters.
  4. The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
  5. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
  6. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.
  7. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
  8. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
  9. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
    and strips the forest bare;
    and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’
  10. The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever.
  11. May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless his people with peace!

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.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.  (Zechariah 9.9-12)

Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6.12-16)

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

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of
his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers 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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