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Thursday 6 August 2015    (other days)
The Transfiguration of the Lord
Feast

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
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. Alleluia.

Hymn
All ye who yearn the Christ to see,
Uplift your eyes exultingly,
Eternal glory’s symbol there
To your astonished gaze lies bare.
Exceeding bright the mystery
To us revealed, that knows no end,
Celestial, everlasting, high,
And older far than heaven or hell.
We there the Gentiles’ King behold,
And King of his own Israel:
To Abraham once promised,
And all his seed, whilst ages ran.
To him, foretold, by prophets old,
Again by prophets witnessed here,
The Father’s greater witness bids
Us listen and with faith adore.
To thee, O Lord, be glory given,
Revealing thus thyself today,
With Father and with Spirit One,
For ever and for evermore.

Psalm 62 (63)
Thirsting for God
Today Jesus Christ was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as snow.
O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.
My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
I came to your sanctuary,
  as one in a parched and waterless land,
  so that I could see your might and your glory.
My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.
Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
  and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
  and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
I will remember you as I lie in bed,
  I will think of you in the morning,
for you have been my helper,
  and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.
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.
Today Jesus Christ was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as snow.

CanticleDaniel 3
All creatures, bless the Lord
Today the Lord was transfigured and the voice of the Father bore witness to him. Moses and Elijah appeared with him in glory, and spoke with him about the death he was to accomplish.
Bless the Lord, all his works,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, you heavens;
  all his angels, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens;
  all his powers, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, sun and moon;
  all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, rain and dew;
  all you winds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat;
  cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, dew and frost;
  ice and cold, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, ice and snow;
  day and night, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, light and darkness;
  lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, all the earth,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
  all growing things, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
  springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, whales and fish;
  birds of the air, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame;
  sons of men, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O Israel,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, his priests;
  all his servants, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the just;
  all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
  praise and exalt them for ever.
Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,
  praise and glorify him for ever.
Today the Lord was transfigured and the voice of the Father bore witness to him. Moses and Elijah appeared with him in glory, and spoke with him about the death he was to accomplish.

Psalm 149
The saints rejoice
The Law was given by Moses, prophecy by Elijah: they were seen in majesty, shining with the Lord on the mountain.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
  and the sons of Zion delight in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
  sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
for the Lord’s favour is upon his people,
  and he will honour the humble with victory.
Let the faithful celebrate his glory,
  rejoice even in their beds,
the praise of God in their throats;
  and swords ready in their hands,
to exact vengeance upon the nations,
  impose punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings in fetters
  and their nobles in manacles of iron,
to carry out the sentence that has been passed:
  this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.
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.
The Law was given by Moses, prophecy by Elijah: they were seen in majesty, shining with the Lord on the mountain.

Short Reading
Apocalypse 21:10,23 ©
In the spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. The city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.

Short Responsory
Lord, you have crowned him with glory and honour, alleluia, alleluia.
Lord, you have crowned him with glory and honour, alleluia, alleluia.
You set him over the works of your hands.
Lord, you have crowned him with glory and honour, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Lord, you have crowned him with glory and honour, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
A voice came from the cloud saying ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased: listen to him,’ alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path 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.
A voice came from the cloud saying ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased: listen to him,’ alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to Christ, for he is with God the Father, and all power is given to him, in heaven and on earth.
Lord, that we may see.
Help us to work well today:
  transfigure our hearts with your presence.
Lord, that we may see.
We do not always feel the joy and power of your presence:
  when we are weak and tired help us to look forward to the glory that is to come.
Lord, that we may see.
Remember all who live in depression and distress:
  bring to them new vision, and the hope of the gospel.
Lord, that we may see.
We praise you, Lord, and thank you for the greatness of your glory:
  be with us as we set out to build up your new creation.
Lord, that we may see.

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.

Father,
  at the Transfiguration in glory of your Only-Begotten Son,
  you confirmed the mysteries of faith
  by the witness to Jesus of the prophets Moses and Elijah.
You foreshadowed there what we shall be
  when you bring our sonship to its perfection.
Grant that by listening to the voice of Jesus
  we may become heirs with him,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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