Morning Prayer 13th April 2017

Maundy Thursday


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

Christ the Lord was tempted and suffered 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.


Psalm 102

  1. Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    let my cry come to you.
  2. Do not hide your face from me
    on the day of my distress.
    Incline your ear to me;
    answer me speedily on the day when I call.
  3. For my days pass away like smoke,
    and my bones burn like a furnace.
  4. My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
    I am too wasted to eat my bread.
  5. Because of my loud groaning
    my bones cling to my skin.
  6. I am like an owl of the wilderness,
    like a little owl of the waste places.
  7. I lie awake;
    I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
  8. All day long my enemies taunt me;
    those who deride me use my name for a curse.
  9. For I eat ashes like bread,
    and mingle tears with my drink,
  10. because of your indignation and anger;
    for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside.
  11. My days are like an evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.
  12. But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
    your name endures to all generations.
  13. You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
    for it is time to favour it;
    the appointed time has come.
  14. For your servants hold its stones dear,
    and have pity on its dust.
  15. The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    and all the kings of the earth your glory.
  16. For the Lord will build up Zion;
    he will appear in his glory.
  17. He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
    and will not despise their prayer.
  18. Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
    so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:
  19. that he looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
  20. to hear the groans of the prisoners,
    to set free those who were doomed to die;
  21. so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
    and his praise in Jerusalem,
  22. when peoples gather together,
    and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
  23. He has broken my strength in mid-course;
    he has shortened my days.
  24. ‘O my God,’ I say, ‘do not take me away
    at the mid-point of my life,
    you whose years endure
    throughout all generations.’
  25. Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
  26. They will perish, but you endure;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
    You change them like clothing, and they pass away;
  27. but you are the same, and your years have no end.
  28. The children of your servants shall live secure;
    their offspring shall be established in your presence.

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.

O Lord, you have enticed me,
and I was enticed;
you have overpowered me,
and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughing-stock all day long;
everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’
For the word of the Lord has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, ‘I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name’,
then within me there is something like a burning fire
shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
For I hear many whispering:
‘Terror is all around!
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’
All my close friends
are watching for me to stumble.
‘Perhaps he can be enticed,
and we can prevail against him,
and take our revenge on him.’
But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble,
and they will not prevail.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonour
will never be forgotten. (Jeremiah 20.7-11)

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgement against themselves. For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (1 Corinthians 10.14-17, 11.27-32)


Christ loved those who were his,
and showed them how deep was his love for them.

  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 loved those who were his,
and showed them how deep was his love for them.



Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Standing at the foot of the cross,
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.


Almighty Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for him:
give us the will to be the servant of others as he was the servant of all,
who gave up his life and died for us,
yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


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