WEEK III Blessed Henry Suso


January 23

Bishop Ildephonse of Toledo (607-677)

the Dominican Mystic, Blessed Henry Suso, OP (1299-1366)

the Foundress, Mary Ward (1586-1645)


Invitation to Worship

Come, let us sing to Adonai, let us praise 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. 


Create in us clean hearts O God;

~ And renew us with your Holy Spirit!



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

Come, let us to the God of Love

With contrite hearts return;

Our God is gracious and won’t leave

The desolate to mourn.


God’s voice commands the tempest forth,

and stills the stormy wave;

And with a strong and mighty arm

is ever quick to save.


Long has the night of sorrow reigned

The dawn shall bring us light;

God shall appear, and we shall rise

With gladness in God’s sight.


Our hearts, if God we seek to know

Shall see and then rejoice;

God’s coming like the morn shall be,

Like morning songs God’s voice.

 Text: John Morrison (1781) alt; Tune: WINCHESTER OLD C.M.




I know my guilt and confess my sin;

I regret what I have done.

Psalm 37/38

Adonai, I deserve an angry rebuke,

a punishment for what I have done;

Arrows have sunk deep in me

I feel as if your hand has come down on me:

My bones are brittle, my  body withers,

through my sin, no health or wholeness remains.


My guilt towers higher than my head;

it is a weight to heavy to bear.

My wounds are foul and festering,

the result of my own folly.

I am bent over and brought to my knees

I walk in misery all day long.


A fever now consumes me,

there is no health in my body.

Feeble and broken I cry out,

groaning from the heart.


Adonai, you see what I long  for,

you hear my sighs and my groaning.

My heart pounds, my strength is spent,

the light of my eyes is snuffed out.


Friends and neighbors avoid me;

everyone keeps their distance.

Others plot against me and lay snares,

seek my ruin and speak of harm,

hatching plots and spreading lies.


Like someone born deaf or unable to speak

I can no longer hear and I have no defense.

I wait for you, O Adonai,

and you, my God will answer.


I pray: “Do not let them gloat,

or mock and laugh when I fall.”

For I am about to collapse,

there is no relief from my pain.


I know my guilt and confess my sin;

I regret what I have done.

My enemies are many and strong;

they hate and tell lies without cause.

Those who deal evil for good

blame me for seeking what is right.


Adonai, do not abandon or forsake me!

My God, do not stay so far away!

Hurry, Adonai, and help me!

For you are God, my Savior!


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

I know my guilt and confess my sin;

I regret what I have done.



READING    Jeremiah 31:31-34

Behold, the days are coming, says Adonai,
when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of  Israel and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors the day I took them by the hand to lead  them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they did not stand by my covenant and I ignored them, says Adonai.
But this is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel
after those days, I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their hearts.
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach their fellow citizen and kin saying,
“Know the Lord,” for all shall know me, from least to greatest.
For I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more.



Silent Prayer



R. As a parent has compassion on a child, *Adonai has pity on those who are reverent.  V. For God knows of what we are made, and remembers that we are dust *Adonai has pity on those who are reverent.  V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Breath of Love.


Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


O Adonai, deliver us from our enemies

and from the control of our oppressors.

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

O Adonai, deliver us from our enemies

and from the control of our oppressors.


Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …



Save all people, Adonai, and bless those who search for Truth,

~Govern and uphold them now and  forever.

Day by day, let us bless your Name,

~And sing your praise forever.

Keep us this  day from all sin and evil

 ~Show us your mercy and compassion.

May your love be upon us, Adonai,

~For we place all our trust in you..

In you, Adonai, is all our hope:

~Let us never be put to shame..

Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit.  


 Closing Prayer & Blessing

We give you thanks, Holy One, for with a mother’s love you have watched over us in the night and have led us from the shadows of darkness into morning’s light. Henry of Suso was so moved by your creation that he prayed: “Oh Gentle God, You are so lovely in Your creatures, how exceedingly beautiful and ravishing You must be in Yourself.”  Direct and sanctify, rule and guide our hearts and bodies, our thoughts, words and deeds to keep your commandment of love and honor the sacredness of all creation; for you live and reign in the power of love both now and forever.  Amen.



May the God of Wisdom and Love who has called us to glory + bless us and all creation with freedom, flourishing and the fullness of life.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.