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Friday 24 June 2016    (other days)
The Birthday of Saint John the Baptist 
Solemnity

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 94 (95)
John rejoiced and pointed out the Lamb of God: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,
  let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks,
  let us acclaim him with songs.
(repeat antiphon*)
For the Lord is a great God,
  a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands,
  and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it;
  and his hands formed the dry land.
(repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us worship and bow down,
  bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock,
  the sheep that follow his hand.
(repeat antiphon*)
If only, today, you would listen to his voice:
  “Do not harden your hearts
  as you did at Meribah,
on the day of Massah in the desert,
  when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test,
  although they had seen my works.”
(repeat antiphon*)
“For forty years they wearied me,
  that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering,
  they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger:
  they will never enter my place of rest.”
(repeat antiphon*)
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.
John rejoiced and pointed out the Lamb of God: come, let us adore him.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymn
Hail, O thou of woman born,
  Highest rank attaining,
Saint of whom an Angel spoke,
  ‘John’ thy name ordaining:
Hallowed from thy mother’s womb,
  Lamp divinely lighted
To enlighten them that sit
  In death’s shade benighted.
Hail to thee, with herald voice
  God in flesh revering,
With thy finger pointing out
  Christ, the Lamb, appearing:
At the Jordan thou didst cry,
  Sinner’s doom declaring,
And, by water’s cleansing sign,
  Way for God preparing.
Hail, who, over mortals all,
  Rightly wast appointed
To baptize the sacred head
  Of the Lord’s Anointed:
Who didst hear the Father’s voice,
  That blest rite attending,
And didst see the Holy Ghost,
  As a dove descending.

Psalm 62 (63)
Thirsting for God
His name will be called John: many will rejoice at his birth.
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.
His name will be called John: many will rejoice at his birth.

CanticleDaniel 3
All creatures, bless the Lord
With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before the Lord God to prepare a people fit for him.
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.
With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before the Lord God to prepare a people fit for him.

Psalm 149
The saints rejoice
You, little child, you shall be called the prophet of the Most High; you will go before the Lord to prepare the way for him.
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.
You, little child, you shall be called the prophet of the Most High; you will go before the Lord to prepare the way for him.

Short ReadingMalachi 3:23-24 ©
Know that I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before my day comes, that great and terrible day. He shall turn the hearts of fathers towards their children and the hearts of children towards their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a curse.

Short Responsory
He will be great in the sight of the Lord; he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
He will be great in the sight of the Lord; he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
He will go before the Lord to prepare a people fit for him.
He will be great in the sight of the Lord; he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
He will be great in the sight of the Lord; he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Zachary opened his mouth and spoke this prophecy: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel.
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.
Zachary opened his mouth and spoke this prophecy: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us make our prayer to Christ who sent John before him to prepare his way:
Lord, prepare us for your coming.
John leaped in the womb of Elizabeth as she met your mother:
  Lord, make us always glad to welcome your coming.
Lord, prepare us for your coming.
John showed in his life what he preached by his words:
  give us the courage to practise what we preach.
Lord, prepare us for your coming.
John baptized you in the Jordan and the Spirit of justice rested upon you:
  help us, Lord, to work for a world of justice.
Lord, prepare us for your coming.
Lord, you called men to preach your word:
  send heralds to carry the gospel to the world.
Lord, prepare us for your coming.

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.

Almighty God and Father,
  you sent Saint John the Baptist to the people of Israel
  to make them ready for Christ the Lord.
Give us the grace of joy in the Spirit,
  and guide the hearts of all the faithful
  in the way of salvation and peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one 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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