Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning Prayer on Thursday

Preparation



O Lord, open our lips
Alland our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

One or more of the following is said or sung:
a prayer of thanksgiving,
a suitable hymn,
or A Song of God's Blessing

1God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,

2That your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.

3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

4O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
for you will judge the peoples righteously
and govern the nations upon earth.

5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

6Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
and God, our own God, will bless us.

7God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalm 67

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.



This opening prayer may be said   

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
AllAmen.



The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with  

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.



If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Canticle

A Song of the Covenant, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 44, may be said

Refrain:

AllI have given you as a light to the nations,
and I have called you in righteousness.

1Thus says God, who created the heavens,
who fashioned the earth and all that dwells in it;

2Who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it,

3'I am the Lord and I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

4'I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind,

5'To bring out the captives from the dungeon,
from the prison, those who sit in darkness.

6'I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other.'

Isaiah 42.5-8a

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

AllI have given you as a light to the nations,
and I have called you in righteousness.



Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow
 

Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
AllFear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned.
AllI have called you by name; you are mine.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllFear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.

from Isaiah 43



Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said,
or Gloria in Excelsis (A Song of God's Glory) may be said

Refrain:

AllYou promised, O God, to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.

1Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

4To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

7And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

AllYou promised, O God, to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.

 

Prayers

Intercessions are offered
for the day and its tasks
for the world and its needs
for the Church and her life

This cycle and these prayers may be used.

These responses may be used  

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer



(or)  

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.



Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day or the following is said  

O God, the author of peace
and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life,
to serve you is perfect freedom.
Defend us your servants
from all assaults of our enemies;
that we, surely trusting in your defence,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.



The Lord's Prayer is said  

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

(or)  

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur 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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Conclusion



The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life.
AllAmen.

Let us bless the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.