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Monday 23 April 2018    (other days)
Saint George, Martyr 
 or Monday of the 4th week of Eastertide 
 or Saint Adalbert of Prague, Bishop, Martyr 

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
Leader now on earth no longer,
soldier of the eternal king,
victor in the fight for heaven,
we thy loving praises sing.
  Great Saint George, our patron, help us,
  in the conflict be thou nigh;
  help us in that daily battle,
  where each one must win or die.
Praise him who in deadly battle
never shrank from foeman’s sword,
proof against all earthly weapon,
gave his life for Christ the Lord.
Who, when earthly war was over,
fought, but not for earth’s renown;
fought, and won a nobler glory,
won the martyr’s purple crown.
Help us when temptation presses,
we have still our crown to win,
help us when our soul is weary
fighting with the powers of sin.
Clothe us in thy shining armour,
place thy good sword in our hand;
teach us how to wield it, fighting
onward to the heavenly land.
Onward, till, our striving over,
on life’s battlefield we fall,
resting then, but ever ready,
waiting for the angel’s call.
  Great Saint George, our patron, help us,
  in the conflict be thou nigh;
  help us in that daily battle,
  where each one must win or die.

Psalm 89 (90)
Let the Lord's glory shine upon us
Let the splendour of the Lord, our God, be upon us. Alleluia.
Lord, you have been our refuge
  from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were born,
  before earth and heaven were conceived,
  from all time to all time, you are God.
You turn men into dust,
  you say to them “go back, children of men.”
A thousand years in your sight
  are like yesterday, that has passed;
  like a short watch in the night.
When you take them away, they will be nothing but a dream;
  like the grass that sprouts in the morning:
in the morning it grows and flowers,
  in the evening it withers and dries.
For we are made weak by your anger,
  thrown into confusion by your wrath.
You have gazed upon our transgressions;
  the light of your face illuminates our secrets.
All our days vanish in your anger,
  we use up our years in a single breath.
Seventy years are what we have,
  or eighty for the stronger ones;
and most of that is labour and sadness –
  quickly they pass, and we are gone.
Who can comprehend the power of your wrath?
  Who can behold the violence of your anger?
Teach us to reckon our days like this,
  so that our hearts may be led at last to wisdom.
Turn to us, Lord, how long must we wait?
  Let your servants call on you and be answered.
Fill us with your kindness in the morning,
  and we shall rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Give us joy for as long as you afflicted us,
  for all the years when we suffered.
Let your servants see your great works,
  and let their children see your glory.
Let the glory of the Lord God be upon us:
  make firm the work of your hands.
  Make firm the work of your hands.
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.
Let the splendour of the Lord, our God, be upon us. Alleluia.

CanticleIsaiah 42
God, the victor and saviour
I will turn darkness into light before them. Alleluia.
Sing a new song to the Lord:
  sing his praise from the ends of the earth.
Praise him, who go down to the sea;
  and all that are in the sea,
  islands and their inhabitants.
Let the desert rejoice,
  and the cities of the desert,
  the villages where the people of Kedar live.
Let those who dwell in Petra rejoice,
  and cry out from the mountain-tops.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
  and proclaim his praise among the islands.
The Lord will go forth like a warrior,
  like a man of war he will stir up zeal;
  he will shout and cry out;
  he will prevail against his foes.
“I have always been silent,
  I have kept silence and waited;
but now I shall cry out like a woman in labour,
  I shall groan and tremble.
I shall lay waste the mountains and hills,
  I shall wither their grass,
I shall turn rivers into deserts,
  I shall dry up the marshes.
I shall lead the blind along a way they do not know;
  in paths unknown to them I shall make them walk.
I shall make the darkness that is around them into light.
I shall make crooked things straight.”
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.
I will turn darkness into light before them. Alleluia.

Psalm 134 (135)
Praise the Lord, the wonder-worker
The Lord has power to do whatever he wills. Alleluia.
Praise the name of the Lord:
  praise it, servants of the Lord,
you who stand in the house of the Lord,
  in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
  sing to his name, for it brings happiness.
For the Lord chose Jacob for his own,
  he chose Israel for his possession.
I know how great is the Lord,
  how great is our God above all gods.
The Lord accomplishes all that he wills,
  in the heavens and on the earth,
  in the sea and the depths of the oceans.
He brings in clouds from the ends of the earth,
  makes lightning for the rain-clouds,
  from his storehouse he calls forth the winds.
He struck down the first-born of Egypt,
  of man and of beast alike.
He sent signs and wonders among them,
  to Pharaoh and all his servants.
He shattered nation after nation,
  killed powerful kings:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
  Og, the king of Bashan,
  all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He gave their lands as a birthright,
  as a birthright for Israel his people.
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 Lord has power to do whatever he wills. Alleluia.

Short Reading1 John 5:3-5 ©
This is what loving God is – keeping his commandments;
and his commandments are not difficult,
because anyone who has been begotten by God
has already overcome the world.
This is the victory over the world – our faith.
Who can overcome the world?
Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Short Responsory
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
He is my salvation.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Rejoice, all you saints, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, 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.
Rejoice, all you saints, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Through the martyrs who were slain for God’s word, let us give glory to our Saviour, the faithful and true witness.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who bore witness to your love,
  set us free to live for you.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who proclaimed your saving death,
  give us a deep and constant faith.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who took up your cross,
  grant us courage for every trial.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
  give us grace to conquer our weakness.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.

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.

Proclaiming your glory, Lord,
  we humbly ask that as Saint George imitated Christ in his passion,
  so he may be a ready helper in our weakness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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