WEEK XII Thursday

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (130-202)

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.

 

Fish and all Creatures of the sea, bless Adonai;

~ All you Birds in the heavens, exalt God for ever!

 

THURSDAY MORNING HYMN

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

God’s glory, Christ, our new-dawned day,

in deep compassion for our Earth,

has raised what we had left for dead,

and healed what sin had scarred at birth.

 

The Alpha and Omega, Christ,

today and yesterday: the same!

who manifests the great unseen:

who by the nameless One is named!

 

Word of God’s silence, sounding still

beneath the surface of each day;

both cloud by day and flame by night,

companion, goal, our guide and way.

 

We bless you, Abba, brimming love,

and Christ, your well-beloved Son,

who with your Spirit breathe in us:

Three-personed yet forever One. Amen

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong

 

PSALMODY

Antiphon

Let me sing the praises of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name

Psalm 144/145b

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God,

 

Let them make known to all

your might and your glorious reign.

Your dominion lasts forever

your rule for all generations.

 

You are faithful in all your words

and loving in all your deeds.

You support those who have fallen

and raise all those who are bowed down.

 

The eyes of all creatures look to you

and you give them their food in due season.

You open wide your hand

to feed all living things.

 

Most just in all your ways

most loving in every deed.

You are near to all who call

who cry out from their hearts.

 

You grant them their desires,

hear their cry and save them.

You protect and keep alive

All who strive to love.

 

Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Let me sing the praises of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name.

 

READING     Romans 13: 8-10

Sisters and Brothers, owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not covet”; and any other commandment are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

Silent Prayer

 

Responsory

R. The command of Adonai is clear, *it gives light  to the eyes. 

V. Those who love their neighbors have fulfilled the law; love is the fulfilling of the law. *it gives light  to the eyes. 

V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Breath of Love.

 

Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79

 Antiphon

All of you who listen to my words and build your lives on them

are like the person who builds a house on rock, alleluia.

 

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

All of you who listen to my words and build your lives on them

are like the person who builds a house on rock, alleluia.

Intercessory Prayer

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. 

 

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

 

 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. 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 Sea and Sky who has called us to glory + bless us and all creation with freedom, flourishing and the fullness of life.   ~Amen.

 

Let us bless the world with peace.

~And give thanks to God.