Morning Prayer
March 30, 2020

We are never alone. These daily prayers are a way for us to remain connected in our meaningful community in spite of physical separation. Want to join in live? For the foreseeable future, we will be livestreaming Mid-Day Prayer Monday – Thursday and Compline Monday – Friday on the schedule below. Morning Prayer and Vespers will be updated on this page for your convenience, and you are invited to pray them as you choose on your own. All are welcome.

Mid-Day Prayer 12:00pm PST (page 103 in the Book of Common Prayer)
Compline 8:00pm PST (page 127 in the Book of Common Prayer)

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Matins

(Monday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent)

The Invitatory and Psalter

V: Lord, open our lips.

R: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 51 Miserere mei, Deus

The Lord is reigning from the tree: Come let us adore him.

  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *

in your great compassion blot out my offenses. 

  Wash me through and through from my wickedness *

and cleanse me from my sin. 

  For I know my transgressions, *

and my sin is ever before me. 

  Against you only have I sinned *

and done what is evil in your sight.

The Lord is reigning from the tree: Come let us adore him.

  And so you are justified when you speak *

and upright in your judgment. 

  Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *

a sinner from my mother’s womb. 

  For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *

and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

The Lord is reigning from the tree: Come let us adore him.

  Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *

wash me, and I shall be clean indeed. 

  Make me hear of joy and gladness, *

that the body you have broken may rejoice. 

10   Hide your face from my sins *

and blot out all my iniquities.

The Lord is reigning from the tree: Come let us adore him.

11   Create in me a clean heart, O God, *

and renew a right spirit within me. 

12   Cast me not away from your presence *

and take not your holy Spirit from me. 

13   Give me the joy of your saving help again *

and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

The Lord is reigning from the tree: Come let us adore him.

14   I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *

and sinners shall return to you. 

15   Deliver me from death, O God, *

and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation. 

16   Open my lips, O Lord, *

and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

17   Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, *

but you take no delight in burnt-offerings. 

18   The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lord is reigning from the tree: Come let us adore him.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Psalm 101 Misericordiam et judicium

A crooked heart shall be far from me; I will not know evil.

  I will sing of mercy and justice; *

to you, O LORD, will I sing praises. 

  I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? *

I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house. 

  I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; *

I hate the doers of evil deeds; they shall not remain with me. 

  A crooked heart shall be far from me; *

I will not know evil. 

  Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; *

those who have a haughty look and a proud heart I cannot abide. 

  My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, *

and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants. 

  Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, *

and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight. 

  I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, *

that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A crooked heart shall be far from me; I will not know evil.

Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus

Our sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out.

  You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; *

to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem. 

  To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, *

because of their transgressions. 

  Our sins are stronger than we are, *

but you will blot them out. 

  Blessed are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! *

they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. 

  Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, *

O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away. 

  You make fast the mountains by your power; *

they are girded about with might. 

  You still the roaring of the seas, *

the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples. 

  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; *

you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. 

  You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; *

the river of God is full of water. 

10   You prepare the grain, *

for so you provide for the earth. 

11   You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *

with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase. 

12   You crown the year with your goodness, *

and your paths overflow with plenty. 

13   May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, *

and the hills be clothed with joy. 

14   May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; *

let them shout for joy and sing.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Our sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out.

Psalm 67 Deus misereatur

Let your ways be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.

  May God be merciful to us and bless us, *

show us the light of his countenance and come to us. 

  Let your ways be known upon earth, *

your saving health among all nations. 

  Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

let all the peoples praise you. 

  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *

for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth. 

  Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

let all the peoples praise you. 

  The earth has brought forth her increase; *

may God, our own God, give us his blessing. 

  May God give us his blessing, *

and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Let your ways be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.

The Lessons

A reading from Exodus 4:10-31 (NRSV)

But Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.” But he said, “O my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “What of your brother Aaron, the Levite? I know that he can speak fluently; even now he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you his heart will be glad. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. He indeed shall speak for you to the people; he shall serve as a mouth for you, and you shall serve as God for him. Take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.” Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, “Please let me go back to my kindred in Egypt and see whether they are still living.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” The LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt; for all those who were seeking your life are dead.” So Moses took his wife and his sons, put them on a donkey and went back to the land of Egypt; and Moses carried the staff of God in his hand. And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: Israel is my firstborn son. I said to you, “Let my son go that he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; now I will kill your firstborn son.'” On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the LORD met him and tried to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched Moses’ feet with it, and said, “Truly you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then she said, “A bridegroom of blood by circumcision.” The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went; and he met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had charged him. Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites. Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses, and performed the signs in the sight of the people. The people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had given heed to the Israelites and that he had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Here ends the Reading.

Song of Hezekiah Ego dixi (Isaiah 38: 10-14.17-20)

Lord, I am oppressed; be my security!

I said: In the noontide of my days I must depart. *

   I am consigned to the gates of Sheol

   for the rest of my years.

I said, I shall not see the Lord in the land of the living; *

   I shall look upon mortals no more among the inhabitants of the world.

My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me like a shepherd’s tent; *

   Like a weaver I have rolled up my life; he cuts me off from the loom.

From day to night you bring me to an end; *

   I cry for help until morning.

Like a lion he breaks all my bones; *

   from day to night you bring me to an end.

Like a swallow or a crane I clamor, *

   I moan like a dove.

My eyes are weary with looking upward. *

   O Lord, I am oppressed; be my security!

   Surely it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness.

But you have held back my life from the pit of destruction. *

   You have cast all my sins behind your back.

For Sheol cannot thank you, death cannot praise you. *

   Those who go down to the Pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

The living, the living, they thank you, as I do this day. *

   Fathers make known to children your faithfulness.

The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments *

   All the days of our lives, at the house of the Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Lord, I am oppressed; be my security!

A reading from 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 (NRSV)

Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy. For those who speak in a tongue do not speak to other people but to God; for nobody understands them, since they are speaking mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, those who prophesy speak to other people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. Those who speak in a tongue build up themselves, but those who prophesy build up the church. Now I would like all of you to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. One who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you in some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? It is the same way with lifeless instruments that produce sound, such as the flute or the harp. If they do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is being played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves; if in a tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different kinds of sounds in the world, and nothing is without sound. If then I do not know the meaning of a sound, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church. Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unproductive. What should I do then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also. Otherwise, if you say a blessing with the spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say the “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since the outsider does not know what you are saying? For you may give thanks well enough, but the other person is not built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you; nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Here ends the Reading.

Lord, you reign for ever and ever; have mercy on us.

The Song of Zechariah Benedictus Dominus Deus
Luke 1: 68-79

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; * 

he has come to his people and set them free. 

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, * 

born of the house of his servant David. 

Through his holy prophets he promised of old, 

that he would save us from our enemies, * 

from the hands of all who hate us. 

He promised to show mercy to our fathers * 

and to remember his holy covenant. 

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, * 

to set us free from the hands of our enemies, 

Free to worship him without fear, * 

holy and righteous in his sight 

all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * 

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

To give his people knowledge of salvation * 

by the forgiveness of their sins. 

In the tender compassion of our God * 

the dawn from on high shall break upon us, 

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 will be for ever. Amen.

Lord, you reign for ever and ever; have mercy on us.

The Prayers

V: The Lord be with you.

R: And also with you.

Let us pray.

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. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Suffrages A

V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;

R. And grant us your salvation.

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

R. Let your people sing with joy.

V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

R. For only in you can we live in safety.

V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;

R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V. Let your way be known upon earth;

R. Your saving health among all nations.

V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;

R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Collect of the Day

Be gracious to your people, we entreat you, O Lord, that they, repenting day by day of the things that displease you, may be more and more filled with love of you and of your commandments; and, being supported by your grace in this life, may come to the full enjoyment of eternal life in your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring 
forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I
am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, 
help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it 
patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit 
of Jesus. Amen.

A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

And with our absent brothers and sisters. Amen.


What are the Daily Prayers?

Also called the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office, or the Work of God (Opus Dei), Daily Prayers have been a part of community and public prayer life from the times of the earliest Christians. Today, thousands of Christians from many denominations around the world pray some version of these shared prayers together. Typically, morning prayer is used in hours near or just after sunrise. Mid-day prayer is offered around noon or “lunchtime.” Evening prayer, or “vespers,” is appropriate for the time around sunset, before it is completely dark. Night prayer, or “compline” may be used after dark or as the final communal act of prayer before going to sleep for the night.

These services, following an ancient pattern of congregational prayer, focus upon the praise of God, thanksgiving, and prayer for God’s creation rather than the proclaiming of the Word. Therefore, preaching and other devotional talks are not a part of these services.

Each order reflects a simple yet flexible pattern. The openings, hymns, songs of praise, responses to prayers, and Lord’s Prayer may all be spoken or sung, with or without accompaniment. Scripture and Silence are optional. These prayers are great to be used in any setting in which you find yourself. You don’t need anything at all in order to pray, but you can keep things around you (like a candle or a cross) that remind you of God when you pray.

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