Morning Prayer
July 10, 2020

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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

(Friday After Proper 9)

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.

Alleluia

Psalm 8 Domine, Dominus noster

The Lord’s majesty is praised above the heavens, come, let us worship.

  O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world! 
  Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens. 
  You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger. 

The Lord’s majesty is praised above the heavens, come, let us worship.

  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses, 
  What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?
  You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor; 
  You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet: 

The Lord’s majesty is praised above the heavens, come, let us worship.

  All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field, 
  The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10   Who is he, this King of glory? *
“The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.” 

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’s majesty is praised above the heavens, come, let us worship.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Psalm 74 Ut quid, Deus?

Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; never forget the lives of your poor.  O God, why have you utterly cast us off? *
why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture? 
  Remember your congregation that you purchased long ago, *
the tribe you redeemed to be your inheritance, and Mount Zion where you dwell. 
  Turn your steps toward the endless ruins; *
the enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary. 
  Your adversaries roared in your holy place; *
they set up their banners as tokens of victory. 
  They were like men coming up with axes to a grove of trees; *
they broke down all your carved work with hatchets and hammers. 
  They set fire to your holy place; *
they defiled the dwelling-place of your Name and razed it to the ground. 
  They said to themselves, “Let us destroy them altogether.” *
They burned down all the meeting-places of God in the land. 
  There are no signs for us to see; there is no prophet left; *
there is not one among us who knows how long. 
  How long, O God, will the adversary scoff? *
will the enemy blaspheme your Name for ever? 
10   Why do you draw back your hand? *
why is your right hand hidden in your bosom? 
11   Yet God is my King from ancient times, *
victorious in the midst of the earth. 
12   You divided the sea by your might *
and shattered the heads of the dragons upon the waters; 
13   You crushed the heads of Leviathan *
and gave him to the people of the desert for food. 
14   You split open spring and torrent; *
you dried up ever-flowing rivers. 
15   Yours is the day, yours also the night; *
you established the moon and the sun. 
16   You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; *
you made both summer and winter. 
17   Remember, O LORD, how the enemy scoffed, *
how a foolish people despised your Name. 
18   Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; *
never forget the lives of your poor. 
19   Look upon your covenant; *
the dark places of the earth are haunts of violence. 
20   Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed; *
let the poor and needy praise your Name. 
21   Arise, O God, maintain your cause; *
remember how fools revile you all day long. 
22   Forget not the clamor of your adversaries, *
the unending tumult of those who rise up against you. 

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.

Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; never forget the lives of your poor.

Psalm 71 In te, Domine, speravi

You are my hope, O Lord God; my confidence since I was young.  In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; *
let me never be ashamed. 
  In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
incline your ear to me and save me. 
  Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
you are my crag and my stronghold. 
  Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor. 
  For you are my hope, O LORD God, *
my confidence since I was young. 
  I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *
my praise shall be always of you. 
  I have become a portent to many; *
but you are my refuge and my strength. 
  Let my mouth be full of your praise *
and your glory all the day long. 
  Do not cast me off in my old age; *
forsake me not when my strength fails. 
10   For my enemies are talking against me, *
and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together. 
11   They say, “God has forsaken him; go after him and seize him; *
because there is none who will save.” 
12   O God, be not far from me; *
come quickly to help me, O my God. 
13   Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *
let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach. 

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.

You are my hope, O Lord God; my confidence since I was young.

Psalm 71 (cont.)

My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long.

14   But I shall always wait in patience, *
and shall praise you more and more. 
15   My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long; *
though I cannot know the number of them. 
16   I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord GOD; *
I will recall your righteousness, yours alone. 
17   O God, you have taught me since I was young, *
and to this day I tell of your wonderful works. 
18   And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *
till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come. 
19   Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *
you have done great things; who is like you, O God? 
20   You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *
but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth. 
21   You strengthen me more and more; *
you enfold and comfort me, 
22   Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; *
I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. 
23   My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *
and so will my soul, which you have redeemed. 
24   My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *
for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm. 

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.

My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long.

The Lessons

A reading from Deuteronomy 31:1-32:4 (NRSV)

When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them: “I am now one hundred twenty years old. I am no longer able to get about, and the LORD has told me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’ The LORD your God himself will cross over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua also will cross over before you, as the LORD promised. The LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. The LORD will give them over to you and you shall deal with them in full accord with the command that I have given to you. Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: “Be strong and bold, for you are the one who will go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their ancestors to give them; and you will put them in possession of it. It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Then Moses wrote down this law, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel. Moses commanded them: “Every seventh year, in the scheduled year of remission, during the festival of booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people– men, women, and children, as well as the aliens residing in your towns– so that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God and to observe diligently all the words of this law, and so that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.” The LORD said to Moses, “Your time to die is near; call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, so that I may commission him.” So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting, and the LORD appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud; the pillar of cloud stood at the entrance to the tent. The LORD said to Moses, “Soon you will lie down with your ancestors. Then this people will begin to prostitute themselves to the foreign gods in their midst, the gods of the land into which they are going; they will forsake me, breaking my covenant that I have made with them. My anger will be kindled against them in that day. I will forsake them and hide my face from them; they will become easy prey, and many terrible troubles will come upon them. In that day they will say, ‘Have not these troubles come upon us because our God is not in our midst?’ On that day I will surely hide my face on account of all the evil they have done by turning to other gods. Now therefore write this song, and teach it to the Israelites; put it in their mouths, in order that this song may be a witness for me against the Israelites. For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I promised on oath to their ancestors, and they have eaten their fill and grown fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, despising me and breaking my covenant. And when many terrible troubles come upon them, this song will confront them as a witness, because it will not be lost from the mouths of their descendants. For I know what they are inclined to do even now, before I have brought them into the land that I promised them on oath.” That very day Moses wrote this song and taught it to the Israelites. Then the LORD commissioned Joshua son of Nun and said, “Be strong and bold, for you shall bring the Israelites into the land that I promised them; I will be with you.” When Moses had finished writing down in a book the words of this law to the very end, Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, “Take this book of the law and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God; let it remain there as a witness against you. For I know well how rebellious and stubborn you are. If you already have been so rebellious toward the LORD while I am still alive among you, how much more after my death! Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officials, so that I may recite these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly, turning aside from the way that I have commanded you. In time to come trouble will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.” Then Moses recited the words of this song, to the very end, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel: Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth. For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he; 

Here ends the Reading.

Canticle of Restoration In tribulatione (Hosea 6:1-6)

God’s justice dawns like morning light, its dawning as sure as the sunrise.

Come, let us return to the Lord; *
   for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
   he has struck down, and he will bind us up. 
After two days he will revive us; *
   on the third day he will raise us up,
   that we may live before him. 
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; *
   his appearing is as sure as the dawn. 
He will come to us like the showers, *
   like the spring rains that water the earth.

God’s justice dawns like morning light, its dawning as sure as the sunrise.

A reading from Romans 10:1-13 (NRSV)

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 

Here ends the Reading.

Let every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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.

Let every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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 B

V. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R. Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V. Day by day we bless you;
R. We praise your name for ever.
V. Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. For we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope;
R. And we shall never hope in vain.

Collect of the Day

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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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