Morning Prayer

Easter Season
Thursday 6 May 2021

 

Preparation

 

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

 

In your resurrection, O Christ, let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.        

 

          Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As once you ransomed your people from Egypt

and led them to freedom in the promised land,

so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.

May we, the first fruits of your new creation,

rejoice in this new day you have made,

and praise you for your mighty acts.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

          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.

          Amen.

 

Psalmody

Psalm 57

 

1        Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,

for my soul takes refuge in you;

2        In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge

until the storm of destruction has passed by.

3        I will call upon the Most High God,

the God who fulfils his purpose for me.

4        He will send from heaven and save me

and rebuke those that would trample upon me;

God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.

5        I lie in the midst of lions,

people whose teeth are spears and arrows,

and their tongue a sharp sword.

6        Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

and your glory over all the earth.

7        They have laid a net for my feet; my soul is pressed down;

they have dug a pit before me and will fall into it themselves.

8        My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready;

I will sing and give you praise.

9        Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre,

that I may awaken the dawn.

10      I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples;

I will sing praise to you among the nations.

11      For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens,

and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

12      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

and your glory over all the earth.

Glory 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.

 

1st Reading

                            

Deuteronomy 19

 

When the Lord your God has cut off the nations whose land the Lord your God is giving you, and you have dispossessed them and settled in their towns and in their houses, you shall set apart three cities in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess. You shall calculate the distances and divide into three regions the land that the Lord your God gives you as a possession, so that any homicide can flee to one of them.

 

Now this is the case of a homicide who might flee there and live, that is, someone who has killed another person unintentionally when the two had not been at enmity before: Suppose someone goes into the forest with another to cut wood, and when one of them swings the axe to cut down a tree, the head slips from the handle and strikes the other person who then dies; the killer may flee to one of these cities and live. But if the distance is too great, the avenger of blood in hot anger might pursue and overtake and put the killer to death, although a death sentence was not deserved, since the two had not been at enmity before. Therefore I command you: You shall set apart three cities.

 

If the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he swore to your ancestors—and he will give you all the land that he promised your ancestors to give you, provided you diligently observe this entire commandment that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God and walking always in his ways—then you shall add three more cities to these three, so that the blood of an innocent person may not be shed in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, thereby bringing blood-guilt upon you.

 

But if someone at enmity with another lies in wait and attacks and takes the life of that person, and flees into one of these cities, then the elders of the killer’s city shall send to have the culprit taken from there and handed over to the avenger of blood to be put to death. Show no pity; you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, so that it may go well with you.

 

You must not move your neighbour’s boundary marker, set up by former generations, on the property that will be allotted to you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

 

A single witness shall not suffice to convict a person of any crime or wrongdoing in connection with any offence that may be committed. Only on the evidence of two or three witnesses shall a charge be sustained. If a malicious witness comes forward to accuse someone of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days, and the judges shall make a thorough inquiry. If the witness is a false witness, having testified falsely against another, then you shall do to the false witness just as the false witness had meant to do to the other. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. The rest shall hear and be afraid, and a crime such as this shall never again be committed among you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

 

 

Canticle

 

In your unfailing love, O Lord,

you lead the people whom you have redeemed. Alleluia.

 

1        I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously,

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

2        The Lord is my strength and my song

and has become my salvation.

3        This is my God whom I will praise,

the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.

4        The Lord is a warrior,

the Lord is his name.

5        Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power:

your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.

6        At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them;

they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

7        In your unfailing love, O Lord,

you lead the people whom you have redeemed.

8        And by your invincible strength

you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

9        You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord,

in the sanctuary which your hands have established.

 

Glory 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.

 

2nd Reading

 

1 Peter 2.11-end

 

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honourably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honourable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.

 

For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the emperor.

Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. For it is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

‘He committed no sin,

   and no deceit was found in his mouth.’

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

 

Gospel Canticle

 

1        Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

          who has come to his people and set them free.

2        He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

          born of the house of his servant David.                                                   

3        Through his holy prophets God promised of old

          to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,

4        To show mercy to our ancestors,

          and to remember his holy covenant.

5        This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

          to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6        Free to worship him without fear,

          holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

7        And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

          for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8        To give his people knowledge of salvation

          by the forgiveness of all their sins,

9        In the tender compassion of our God

          the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10      To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow

          of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

          Glory 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.

 

Intercessions

Prayers for the needs of others – spend some time praying for those in need. Just share with the Lord what’s on your mind today…

 

The Collect

         

Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

      you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Our 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.

 

The Conclusion

         

          May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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