Electronic Prayer Book

7th January Morning

 
 
 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

At this time the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy. Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation, Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

 
  • Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is fitting indeed and just, right and helpful to salvation, for us always and everywhere to give thanks to you, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Everlasting God.
 
  • For when Your only-begotten Son showed Himself in the substance of our mortal nature, He restored us by the new light of His own immortality.
 
  • And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with the whole host of the heavenly army we sing a hymn to Your glory, saying again and again: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.
 
 

From Psalm 14 [15]

The Ideal Man of God
 

O Lord, who may be a guest in your tabernacle, who may dwell upon your holy mountain?

He who lives blamelessly and practises justice and thinks truthfully in his heart, and has no slander on his tongue;

Who does no evil to his fellow, nor casts slurs upon his neighbour;

 

 

Who holds the sinner in disdain, but honours those who fear the Lord.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.Amen.

 
 

From Psalm 114 [115]

Thanksgiving to God For Help in Need

I love the Lord: because he has heard the voice of my pleading,

Because he inclined his ear to me when I called upon him.

The fetters of death encircled me; and the snares of hell seized upon me, I fell into distress and sorrow.

But I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord save my life!”

The Lord is gracious and just, and your God is merciful.

 

The Lord guards the simple: I was helpless and he saved me.

Return O my soul to your rest, for the Lord has dealt kindly with you.

For he has rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Reading — Revelation 1: 1 — 3

 
 
 

The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to make known to his servants the things that must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified them through his Angel to his servant John; who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to whatever he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein; for the time is at hand.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
For
Morning

The Magi knelt before our Saviour. Let us also worship him with great joy, and pray: Lord, save us in our need.

King of nations, the wise men came from the East to worship you; — grant us the true spirit of adoration and submission.

King of glory, your people    look to you for judgment:  — grant an abundance of peace to our world.

King of ages, your word is ever powerful; — may it penetrate our hearts and lives today.

King of justice, show your love for the poor and the powerless; — strengthen those who are suffering.

King of heaven, hope of all who trust in you; — give to the faithful departed the wonders of your salvation.

 
 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

From the Orient the Magi came to Bethlehem in order to worship the Lord. Opening their treasures, they offered Him precious gifts: gold, as to a great King; frankincense, as to the true God; and myrrh for His burial, Halleluia.

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
Antiphon

From the Orient the Magi came to Bethlehem in order to worship the Lord. Opening their treasures, they offered Him precious gifts: gold, as to a great King; frankincense, as to the true God; and myrrh for His burial, Halleluia.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

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.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 
 
 

Lord, may the radiance of your glory light up our hearts, and bring us through the shadows of this world until we reach our homeland of everlasting light. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful and merciful
Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.
Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection