Electronic Prayer Book

Monday Morning

 

Quinquagesima

 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

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

 

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

Each “Acclamation” is, in fact, an antiphon, traditionally said before and after each psalm. Those wishing to follow the custom can choose one of the following for this purpose, or simply pause and meditate on one or more.

 
 
 
 
  • The Lord spoke to Abram, saying, “Leave your country and your kinfolk for the land which I will show you; I will
    make a great nation of you; I will bless you abundantly and make your name great, so that you shall be a blessing.
 
  • The Lord put Abraham to a test. He said to him, “Take your son Issac whom you love and there offer him as a holocaust on the hill which I shall point out to you”.
 
  • A blind man was sitting by the wayside as the Lord was passing by, and he cried out to him; and the Lord said to him, “What would you have me do for you?” “Lord, that I may see the light!” Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he should be brought to him. And when he drew near, He asked him, “What would you have me do for you?” “Lord that I may see the light!”
 
 

Psalm 5

Morning Prayer
 

Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing.

Heed my cry for help, my King and my God!

For to you, O Lord, do I pray; in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I offer you my prayers and I wait.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness, nor may the wicked abide with you; the arrogant may not stand in your presence

 

But I, by your abundant kindness, will enter your house,

I will bow down to your holy temple in reverence before you, O Lord,

lead me in your justice, because of my enemies; make your way straight before 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.

 
 

Reading — Genesis 13: 1 — 8

 
 
 

Abram went up from Egypt to the Negeb, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him. Now Abram was very rich in cattle, silver and gold. He journeyed by stages from the Negeb to Bethel and Ai. At the place where the altar was which he had previously built there, Abram called on the name of the Lord. Lot who went with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents, so that the land would not support them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.

And there was strife between the herdsman of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites dwelt in the land. Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are kinsmen.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

 

Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants. Amen.

 

V. To His Angels God has given command about you.

R. They that guard you in all your ways.

 
 

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
   
       
 

Abram believed the Lord, who credited the act to him as justice;
And therefore he became the friend of God. He was just in the sight of God, and he walked in His ways.

   
       

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

Abram believed the Lord, who credited the act to him as justice;
And therefore he became the friend of God. He was just in the sight of God, and he walked in His ways.

 
 

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

 
 
 

We implore You, O Lord, graciously hear our prayers; and having freed us from the bonds of our sins, guard us from all adversity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. 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