Morning Prayer Lent Tuesday, 20 February 2024

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer Lent Tuesday, 20 February 2024

Daily Readings
Daily Readings


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

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

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

a suitable hymn, or A Song of Penitence

1Have mercy on me, O
God, in your great goodness;
according to the abundance of your compassion
blot out my offences.

2Wash me thoroughly from
my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I acknowledge my
and my sin is ever before me.

4Against you only have
I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,

5So that you are justified
in your sentence
and righteous in your judgement.

6Cast me not away from
your presence
and take not your holy spirit from me.

7Give me again the joy
of your salvation
and sustain me with your gracious spirit;

8Then shall I teach your
ways to the wicked
and sinners shall return to you.

9Deliver me from my guilt,
O God,
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 51.1-5, 12-15

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.

The Word of God


The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 44

Refrain: Rise
up, O Lord, to help us.

1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us,
all that you did in their days, in time of old;

2 How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in,
and broke the power of peoples and set us free.

3 For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land
nor did their own arm save them,

4 But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance,
because you were gracious to them. R

5 You are my King and my God,
who commanded salvation for Jacob.

6 Through you we drove back our adversaries;
through your name we trod down our foes.

7 For I did not trust in my bow;
it was not my own sword that saved me;

8 It was you that saved us from our enemies
and put our adversaries to shame.

9 We gloried in God all the day long,
and were ever praising your name. R

10 But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame
and go not out with our armies.

11 You have made us turn our backs on our enemies,
and our enemies have despoiled us.

12 You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered,
and have scattered us among the nations.

13 You have sold your people for a pittance
and made no profit on their sale.

14 You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.

15 You have made us a byword among the nations;
among the peoples they wag their heads. R

16 My confusion is daily before me,
and shame has covered my face,

17 At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.

18 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you
and have not played false to your covenant.

19 Our hearts have not turned back,
nor our steps gone out of your way,

20 Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals,
and covered us with the shadow of death.

21 If we have forgotten the name of our God,
or stretched out our hands to any strange god,

22 Will not God search it out?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.

23 But for your sake are we killed all the day long,
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter. R

24 Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord?
Awake, and do not reject us for ever.

25 Why do you hide your face
and forget our grief and oppression?

26 Our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly cleaves to the earth.

27 Rise up, O Lord, to help us
and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

Refrain: Rise
up, O Lord, to help us.

In the darkness of unknowing,
when your love seems absent,
draw near to us, O God,
in Christ forsaken,
in Christ risen,
our Redeemer and our Lord.

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.

Genesis 41.46 – 42.5

Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went through all the land of Egypt.
During the seven plenteous years the earth produced abundantly.
He gathered up all the food of the seven years when there was plenty in the land of Egypt, and stored up food in the cities; he stored up in every city the food from the fields around it.
So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance—like the sand of the sea—that he stopped measuring it; it was beyond measure.

Before the years of famine came, Joseph had two sons, whom Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him.
Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, ‘For’, he said, ‘God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.’
The second he named Ephraim, ‘For God has made me fruitful in the land of my misfortunes.’

The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end;
and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread.
When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, ‘Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do.’
And since the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
Moreover, all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine became severe throughout the world.

When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, ‘Why do you keep looking at one another?
I have heard’, he said, ‘that there is grain in Egypt; go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.’
So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.
But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he feared that harm might come to him.
Thus the sons of Israel were among the other people who came to buy grain, for the famine had reached the land of Canaan.


The Song of Manasseh, or another suitable canticle, for example,
number 20 (page 570), number
33 (page 584)
or number 41 (page
, may be said


AllFull of compassion and mercy
and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty. Alleluia.

1Lord almighty and God
of our ancestors,
you who made heaven and earth in all their glory:

2All things tremble with
awe at your presence,
before your great and mighty power.

3Immeasurable and unsearchable
is your promised mercy,
for you are God, Most High.

4You are full of compassion,
long-suffering and very merciful,
and you relent at human suffering.

5O God, according to
your great goodness,
you have promised forgiveness for repentance
to those who have sinned against you.

6The sins I have committed
against you
are more in number than the sands of the sea.

7I am not worthy to look
up to the height of heaven,
because of the multitude of my iniquities.

8And now I bend the knee
of my heart before you,
imploring your kindness upon me.

9I have sinned, O God,
I have sinned,
and I acknowledge my transgressions.

10Unworthy as I am, you
will save me,
according to your great mercy.

11For all the host of
heaven sings your praise,
and your glory is for ever and ever.

Manasseh 1a, 2, 4, 6, 7a, b, 9a, c, 11, 12, 14b, 15b

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.

AllFull of compassion and mercy
and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

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

Galatians 4.8-20

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods.
Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? How can you want to be enslaved to them again?
You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years.
I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.

Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong.
You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you;
though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you may make much of them.
It is good to be made much of for a good purpose at all times, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
I wish I were present with you now and could change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

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

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
AllO my God, in you I trust.
You are the God of my salvation,
AllTo you, O Lord, I lift
up my soul.

In you I hope all the day long.
AllO my God, in you I trust.
Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
AllTo you, O Lord, I lift
up my soul;

O my God, in you I trust.

from Psalm 25

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said,
or Saviour of the World (page
may be said


AllBlessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

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
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.


AllBlessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.


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

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages

Those preparing for baptism and confirmation
Those serving through leadership
Those looking for forgiveness
Those misled by the false gods of this present age
All who are hungry

A form of prayer found on
page 380
may be used.

The Litany on pages 400-403 may be said instead of the Prayers.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer


Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.


The Collect of the day is said

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


The Lord’s Prayer is said

Trusting in the compassion of God,
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.


Trusting in the compassion of God,
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.

The Conclusion

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

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

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