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 November 4 — St. Charles Borromeo

Invitation to Worship

Come, let us sing to Adonai, let us thank the God of all Creation!

We make the Sign of the Cross over our  lips as we begin.

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


Let the earth and all living things praise the greatness of God!

Let all people extol the glory of Adonai!



All may sing or alternate the verses of any Morning Hymn .

Oh Lover of the human heart,

Earth’s source, her dawn, her day and rest:

how holy is our planet-home,

whose gifts your love all manifest.


So deep your love, so reckless, sure,

you loved us even in our sin:

pursued us, shared our pain and death,

determined at the last to win!


Embrace, enfold us in your breath;

so warmed, may we be set ablaze.

Close draw us to your wounded side—

the wounds we bear will then be grace.


Love, crucified, twice hallows Earth,

which God deemed good and filled with grace:

here, holy ground; here, heaven’s gate;

with awe therefore our Earth embrace!


We bless you, holy, deathless One!

We bless you, Christ, God’s wounded Word!

We bless you, Breath, our breath and life;

your praise through all the Earth be heard! Amen.

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong




The sacrifice you accept O God,

is a humble spirit.

Psalm 50/51

Have mercy on me, O God, in your loving kindness;

in your compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin. (Antiphon)


I know full well my misdeeds,

and my sin is always before me.

Against you, against you have I sinned,

and done what is evil in your sight. (Antiphon)


Yet you look for truth in my in most being,

and teach me wisdom in my heart.

Purify me that I may be clean,

wash me, make me brighter than snow. (Antiphon)


Create in me a pure heart O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your holy Spirit from me.   (Antiphon)


Deliver me from death, O God my Savior,

and my tongue may sing of your justice.

O Love, open my lips,

and my mouth will proclaim your praise. (Antiphon)


You have no delight in sacrifices;

burnt offerings from me would not please you.

The sacrifice you accept is a humble spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn. (Antiphon)


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love;

as it was in the beginning, is now

and will be forever. Amen (Antiphon)

Setting: David Clark Isele, Praise God In Song (GIA, 1979).



READING     Romans 12:3-5

By the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.
For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function,
so we, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.


Silent Prayer



R. Adonai has loved and rewarded him * God has invested him with glory.  V. He has served the Church so well * God has invested him with glory.  V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word, and the Holy Breath of Love.

Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


I am the Shepherd of the sheep.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me.

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

I am the Shepherd of the sheep.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me.

Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Show us your mercy, Adonai,

~And grant us your salvation.


Clothe your ministers with justice,

~Let your people sing for joy.


Keep this and all nations under your care,

 ~Guide all peoples in justice and truth.


Let your ways be known upon earth,

~Your saving help among all the nations.


Let not the needy be forgotten

~Nor the hope of any be denied.


Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 


God of life and light, with a shepherd’s love you have watched over us in the night and brought us through the shadows of darkness into morning’s light.  As we celebrate the feast of Charles Borromeo inspire us by his deep love for your people and for the renewal and reform of the structures of church and society so that we may follow your Son, our Love, Jesus Christ, who gave all that he had that others may have life to the full.  ~Amen.



May the God of love fill us with all joy and peace, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may share all we have with those who are in need.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.