Morning Prayer in Lent

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Please respond with the words in bold

Preparation

A bell is rung

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

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Hear our voice, O Lord,
according to your faithful love,
according to your judgement give us life.

The officiant welcomes the congregation, after which a hymn may be sung

Penitential Rite

‘The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart he will not despise. Our sin is always before us: we acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

God of mercy, we acknowledge that we are all sinners. We turn from the wrong that we have thought and said and done, and are mindful of all that we have failed to do. For the sake of Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us for all that is past, and help us to live each day in the light of Christ our Lord. Amen

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Song of Penitence

Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; •
according to the abundance of your compassion
blot out my offences.

Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness •
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my faults •
and my sin is ever before me.

Against you only have I sinned •
and done what is evil in your sight,

So that you are justified in your sentence •
and righteous in your judgement.

Cast me not away from your presence •
and take not your holy spirit from me.

Give me again the joy of your salvation •
and sustain me with your gracious spirit;

Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked •
and sinners shall return to you.

Deliver me from my guilt, O God,
the God of my salvation, •
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

from Psalm 51.1-5, 12-15

A hymn may be sung

Psalms

The appointed psalmody is said from the Psalms sheet: the officiant says the off verses and the congregation respond together with the even verses, said slowly and with a small pause at the end of each line.

Each psalm ends with

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Canticle

Ending with

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Scripture Reading

Either of the first or second readings may be used. The Gospel appointed for the Day is always read. At the end of each reading

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The reader then leads with this responsory

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust.

You are the God of my salvation,
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

In you I hope all the day long.
O my God, in you I trust.

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust.

from Psalm 25

Gospel Canticle: The Benedictus (Luke 1: 68-79)

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour in the house of David his servant,
as he promised by the lips of holy people,
those who were his prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes,
from the hands of all who hate us.
So his love for our ancestors is fulfilled
and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,
that free from fear, and saved
from the hands of our foes,
we might serve him in holiness and justice
all the days of our life in his presence.

As for you little child, you shall be called
a prophet of God, the Most High.
You shall go ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation
through forgiveness of all their sins,
the loving kindness of the heart of our God
who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,
those who dwell in the shadow of death,
and guide us into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Sermon, Meditation or Reflection

This may be given by a member of the congregation, printed & shared or a recording/video may be played.

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

A hymn may be sung

Prayers

The response to the intercessions may be:

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Or

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

This prayer for the departed may be used:

… Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
And rise in glory

The Hail Mary may also be used:

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death

Collect of the Day

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; t
hy 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 Grace

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

Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God

A hymn may be sung. Please stay for refreshments after the Service.