A Morning Prayer 9thJanuary

 

 

 

 

 

In the name of God the Father, In the name of God the Son,
In the name of God the Holy Spirit, in the name of God.

In the name of God the Father, In the name of God the Son,
In the name of God the Holy Spirit, in the name of God.

 

We light our candle for peace and say together:

Lord God,
we pray for the Holy Land,
For Syria and the Yemen
and all the troubled counties of the Middle East and Africa,
where peoples lives are threatened or taken from them
by violence or war.
We pray for refugees
and for all who need to show mercy.

O God, come to our aid:    O Lord, make haste to help us
Glory to the Father . . . . .

 

Psalm 76: I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

In the day of my distress I sought the Lord.  My hands were raised at night without ceasing;
My soul refused to be consoled.  I remembered my God and I groaned,
I pondered and my spirit fainted.
I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

You withheld sleep from my eyes, I was troubled, I could not speak;
I thought of the days of long ago, and I remembered the years long past.
At night I mused within my heart.
I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

I pondered and my spirit questioned.   Will the Lord reject us for ever?
Will he show us his favour no more?  Has his love vanished for ever?
Has his promise come to an end?
I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and ever, now and ever. Amen
I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

 

We pause for a short time of private prayer then continue with the Gloria of the Mass

Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.
Amen

 

To welcome the Gospel we sing

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage; we saw his star as it rose.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

The Intercessions:

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

“Fear not,” said he, ( for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind )
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind

To you in David’s town this day is born of David’s
A Saviour who is Christ the Lord, and this shall be the sign

The heavenly babe you there shall find  to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,  and in a manger laid,

 

 

Sanctus
Memorial
Agnus Dei

Communion

You alone are holy and you alone are Lord
And you alone are the Most High,  Jesus Christ our Lord.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.
You alone are holy and you alone are Lord
And you alone are the Most High,  Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

After communion: a verse of the Benedictus

The Saviour comes to free us from our foes,  from evil hands, from those who wish us ill.
So God’s great love for all his chosen people  is thus fulfilled in these our present times.
God’s sacred oath his covenant most holy is called to mind, his promises made true.

After Mass:

May the Lord bless us, and keep us from all harm,
And may he lead us to eternal life.

 

 

 

 

Copyrights: Psalm 76: Words  taken from The Psalms : A New Translation published by William Collins & Co Ltd  ãThe Grail.  Music © Martin Morran.  While Shepherds Watched: words attributed to Irish hymnistlyricist and England’s Poet Laureate Nahum Tate.  Words of the Benedictus: a version © Stephen Eric Smyth.