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Each week you can find Sunday Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours right here, along with step-by-step guidance to help you learn to pray it effectively with your family in your home. You will also find an order of the Sunday Mass Readings and Prayers to help you keep the Lord’s Day holy. Sign up to get Sunday Prayer in your inbox each week.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Morning Prayer

fifth sunday of lent
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours can be daunting. Don’t worry! The blue blocks throughout will guide you through every step.

This order of Morning Prayer is arranged with parts for a Leader and two groups. The leader may also say the parts of Group I with everyone else taking the parts for Group II.

Whenever you see the cross symbol ( + ), make the Sign of the Cross. Whenever you see an asterisk ( * ) or a flex ( † ), pause briefly.
 
After a moment of silence, all stand for the Invitatory.

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Invitatory

Leader

Lord, + open my lips.

All

And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Antiphon

All

Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

psalm 95

A call to praise God

Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).
Group I

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.

Group II

Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

All

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
the great king over all the gods.

I
II

He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
and the highest mountains as well.

I

He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

All

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

II

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.

I

For he is our God and we are his people, *
the flock he shepherds.

All

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

II

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord: *
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,

I

when at Meriba and Massah †
they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

All

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

II

Forty years I endured that generation. †
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray *
and they do not know my ways.”

I

So I swore in my anger, *
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

All

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

II

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

I

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

All

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

The hymn is not optional, but is an integral part of the Liturgy of the Hours.

This hymn can spoken together, or be sung to the tune of “Praise God from whom All Blessings Flow” (OLD HUNDREDTH), “Again we Keep this Solemn Fast” (ERHALT UNS HERR), or any other Long Meter (LM) hymn tune.

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hymn

In prayer together let us fall,
And cry for mercy, one and all,
And weep before the Judge’s feet,
And his avenging wrath entreat.

Thy grace have we offended sore,
By sins, O God, which we deplore;
But pour upon us from on high,
O pard’ning One, thy clemency.

Remember thou, though frail we be,
That yet thy handiwork are we;
Nor let the honor of thy Name
Be by another put to shame.

Forgive the sin that we have wrought;
Increase the good that we have sought:
That we at length, our wand’rings o’er,
May please thee here and evermore.

Blest Three in One, and One in Three,
Almighty God, we pray to thee,
That this our fast of forty days
May work our profit and thy praise. Amen.

All
Precemur omnes cernui, Attr. St. Gregory the Great; Tr. John M. Neale, alt.
All are seated for the Psalmody.

The Psalms have great power to raise our minds to God, to inspire devotion, to evoke gratitude in times of favor, and to bring consolation and courage in times of trial.

To sing the psalms with understanding, meditate on them verse by verse, with the heart always ready to respond in the way the Holy Spirit desires. The one who inspired the psalmist will also be present to those who in faith and love are ready to receive his grace (Cf. GILH 100-109).

The antiphons highlight the theme and meaning of the Psalm, and are a lens to see the Psalm through.

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Antiphon 1

All

My God, you have become my help.

Psalm 63:2-9

A soul thirsting for God

Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.

I
II

My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.

I

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.

II
I

So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.

II

My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night

I
II

for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

I

My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

II

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

I

as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be forever. Amen.

All

Ant. My God, you have become my help.

Pause for a moment of silence.

Antiphon 2

All

Free us by your wonderful works; deliver us from the power of death.

Canticle: Daniel 3:57-88, 56

Let all creatures praise the Lord

All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

I
II

Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
You heavens, bless the Lord.

I

All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord. *
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.

I
II

Sun and moon, bless the Lord. *
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *
All you winds, bless the Lord.

I
II

Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.

I

Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.

I
II

Ice and snow, bless the Lord. *
Nights and days, bless the Lord.

I

Light and darkness, bless the Lord. *
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

II
I

Mountains and hills, bless the Lord. *
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.

II

You springs, bless the Lord. *
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.

I
I

You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. *
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.

II

All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord. *
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

I
II

Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.

I

Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord. *
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.

I
II

Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

I

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

II

as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be forever. Amen.

All

Ant. Free us by your wonderful works; deliver us from the power of death.

Pause for a moment of silence.

Antiphon 3

All

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Psalm 149

The joy of God’s holy people.

Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

I
II

Let Israel rejoice in its maker, *
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.

I

Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.

II
I

Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.

II

Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;

I
II

to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;

I

to carry out the sentence pre-ordained; *
this honor is for all his faithful.

II

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

I

as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be forever. Amen.

All

Ant. The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Pause briefly. Then a reader reads the reading without using the introduction or conclusions to the readings that are used in the Mass.

reading

Leviticus 23:4-7

These are the festivals of the Lord which you shall celebrate at their proper time with a sacred assembly. The Passover of the Lord falls on the fourteenth day of the first month, at the evening twilight. The fifteenth day of this month is the Lord’s feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred assembly and do no sort of work.

Reader
Pause for a moment of silence.

Responsory

Leader

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

All

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Leader

You were wounded for our offenses,

All

have mercy on us.

Leader

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

All

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

All stand for the Gospel Canticle.

gospel canticle

All

Ant. Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; let us go and wake him.

canticle of zechariah

Luke 1: 68-79

The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

1

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

II

Through his holy prophets he promised of old †
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

I

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

II

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

I

free to worship him without fear, † 
holy and righteous in his sight *
all the days of our life.

II

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

I

to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

II

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

I

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, * 
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

II
I

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

II

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

All

Ant. Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; let us go and wake him.

intercessions

Leader

Let us praise our loving Redeemer, who gained for us this season of grace, and pray to him, saying:

All

Lord, create a new spirit in us.

Leader

Christ, our life, through baptism we were buried with you and rose to life with you,

All

may we walk today in newness of life.

Leader

Lord, you have brought blessings to all mankind,

All

bring us to share your concern for the good of all.

Leader

May we work together to build up the earthly city,

All

with our eyes fixed on the city that lasts for ever.

Leader

Healer of body and soul, cure the sickness of our spirit,

All

so that we may grow in holiness through your constant care.

the lord's prayer

Our 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.

All

concluding prayer

Leader

By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

All

Amen.

In the absence of a priest or deacon, the leader offers the following dismissal and conclusion to Morning Prayer.

Dismissal

Leader

May the Lord + bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

All

Amen.

We recommend that the Mass Readings and Prayers immediately follow Morning Prayer

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Excerpts from the English translation of Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation, (ICEL); excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL. All rights reserved.

Old Testament Canticle and reading from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm Texts except Psalm 95 from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England), GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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