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Thursday 23 March 2017    (other days)
Thursday of the 3rd week of Lent 
 with a commemoration of
 (optional commemoration of Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo, Bishop)

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.

Hymn
Lord, who throughout these forty days
For us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins,
And close by thee to stay.
As thou with Satan didst contend,
And didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
In thee to conquer sin.
As thirst and hunger thou didst bear,
So teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and daily live
By thy most holy word.
And through these days of penitence,
And through thy Passiontide,
Yea, evermore, in life and death,
Jesus, with us abide.

Psalm 86 (87)
Jerusalem, mother of all nations
Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
Its foundations are set on the sacred mountains –
  the Lord loves the gates of Zion
  more than all the tents of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you, city of God!
I shall count Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me.
  The Philistines, Tyrians, Ethiopians –
  all have their birthplace here.
Of Zion it will be said “Here is the birthplace of all people:
  the Most High himself has set it firm.”
The Lord shall write in the book of the nations:
  “Here is their birthplace.”
They will sing as in joyful processions:
  “All my being springs from you.”
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.
Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

CanticleIsaiah 40
The good shepherd is God, the Most High
The Lord is coming in power: the prize of his victory is with him.
Behold, the Lord God comes in strength, and his right arm triumphs.
Behold, his reward is with him, his prize is before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock,
  he gathers the lambs in his arms and lifts them to his breast;
  he carries the pregnant ewes.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
  and arranged the heavens with his palms?
Who has measured the dust of the earth,
  weighed out the mountains,
  weighed the hills on the balance?
Who directed the spirit of the Lord?
Who gave him advice in his task?
With whom did he consult? Who taught him?
Who led him in the paths of justice,
  gave him knowledge,
  showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the Gentiles are like a drop in a bucket,
  a piece of fluff on the scales.
All the islands are a handful of dust.
What burnt-offering could be worthy of the Lord?
  The forests of Lebanon could not feed that fire;
  all the animals of Lebanon would not be enough for that sacrifice.
All the nations count for nothing before him:
  for him, they are nothingness and emptiness.
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 is coming in power: the prize of his victory is with him.

Psalm 98 (99)
The Lord our God is holy
Exalt the Lord our God; bow down before his holy mountain.
The Lord reigns! let the peoples tremble.
  He is enthroned on the cherubim: let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion,
  he is high above all the peoples.
Let them proclaim his name – great and terrible it is,
  let them proclaim his holy name,
  the powerful king, who loves justice.
The laws you establish are just:
  you have given Jacob uprightness and right judgement.
Praise the Lord, our God,
  worship at his footstool,
  for he is holy.
Moses and Aaron were among his prophets,
  Samuel one of those who called on him.
They called on the Lord and he listened,
  and from the pillar of cloud he spoke to them.
They kept his decrees
  and the commands he gave them.
Lord our God, you listened to them;
  O God, you were gracious to them,
  but you punished their wrongdoing.
Praise the Lord, our God,
  worship on his holy mountain,
  for the Lord our God is holy.
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.
Exalt the Lord our God; bow down before his holy mountain.

Short Reading
(1 Kings 8:51-53) ©
Lord, we are your people and your heritage. Be always watchful for the entreaty of your servant and of your people Israel, and listen to us whenever we call to you. For it was you who set us apart from all the peoples of the earth to be your own heritage.

Short Responsory
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
And from the evil word.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
If it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then you know that the kingdom of God has already come upon you, said the Lord.
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.
If it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then you know that the kingdom of God has already come upon you, said the Lord.

Prayers and intercessions
We give praise to Christ our Lord, the radiant light of the world. He guides our steps in a path of light and we no longer live in darkness. Let us turn to him in confident prayer:
May your word light up our way.
Christ, our Saviour, may we grow today in your likeness,
  may we gain through the second Adam what was lost by the first.
May your word light up our way.
May your word take flesh in our lives and your truth shine forth in our actions;
  may your love burn brightly within us.
May your word light up our way.
Teach us to work for the good of all, whether the time is right or not;
  make your Church a welcome light for the whole human family.
May your word light up our way.
May we always treasure your friendship and come to know its depth;
  may we atone for the sins against your wisdom and love.
May your word light up our way.

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.

We approach your throne of grace, Lord,
  humbly asking that as the Easter festival draws nearer,
we may prepare with ever greater devotion
  to celebrate the paschal mystery.

If it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then you know that the kingdom of God has already come upon you, said the Lord.
We approach your throne of grace, Lord,
  humbly asking that as the Easter festival draws nearer,
we may prepare with ever greater devotion
  to celebrate the paschal mystery.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

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

AMEN

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