Archangels Michael, Raphael, & Gabriel

Three Archangels Arlene Tilghman

 

Invitation to Worship 

 Let us praise ADONAI whom the angels praise,

to whom the cherubim and seraphim cry out and sing:

“Holy, holy, Holy LORD, God of power and might!”

 

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

The Ruler of the Angels, the God of Hosts,

~Let us gather now to glorify!

 

 MORNING HYMN

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

What Singers, these, around the throne: As bright as blazing bronze to see;

Alive as whirling wheel in wheel, Aflame, like limpid fire set free.

 

Mysterious Messengers of God: Embodiments to face our race.

More eloquent than burning bush, Less blinding than the Spirit’s face.

 

Divinity’s epiphanies: God’s Might, to Heal with Boldness seal,

Named Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Such splendid presence to reveal.

 

Presenters of God’s gracious love, To Abba, Word and Breath raise

Our “Holy!” so present it sung And orchestrate our humble praise.  Amen!

Text: St. Meinrad (1971)

 

 

PSALMODY

Antiphon

The Angel stood there, near the altar in the temple

holding a golden censer in his hand.

Psalm 137/138

I thank you Adonai with all my heart,

you have heard the words of my mouth.

Before  the angels I’ll bless you,

and adore before your  holy temple.

 

I thank you for your faithfulness and love

which excel all we ever knew of you.

On the day I called you answered;

you increased the strength of my soul.

 

You stretch forth your hand and save me,

your hand will do all things for me.

Your love, my God, is eternal;

discard not the work of your hands.

 

Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love;

As always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

The Angel stood there, near the altar in the temple

holding a golden censer in his hand.

 

 

READING    Revelation 8: 3-4

An angel stood by the altar, holding a golden censer;
a large quantity of incense was given to him,

And clouds of incense rose from the hand of the angel in the presence of the Lord.
Thousands upon thousands waited on him, and myriads upon myriads stood before him.

Silent Prayer
Responsory

R. With the Angelic company I shall sing my psalms to you, Adonai.

V. In your holy temple, I shall adore you, and give witness to your Holy Name.

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

 

GOSPEL Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79

Antiphon

I tell you most solemnly

you will see heaven laid open and, above the Human One,

the angels of God ascending and descending.

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 tell you most solemnly

you will see heaven laid open and, above the Human One,

the angels of God ascending and descending.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

 

Versicles

In you, Adonai, is the Source of Life,

~In your Light we shall see light.

 

Send forth your light and your truth

~Let these be our guide.

 

Fill us each morning with your constant love,

 ~That we may sing and be glad all our life.

 

Let us see your wonderful works,

~May your children see your glorious might.

 

Gracious God, may your blessing be upon us;

~And grant us success in all we do.

 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created;

~ And you shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of Mystery and Majesty, you sent your Archangels, Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, to bring strength, healing and good news to your people.  May all who celebrate this great feast hear the good news of your coming among us, be healed of our blindness, and be strengthened to work with all your angels and saints in building up your reign on earth as it is in heaven, now and forever.  Amen.

 

May the God of Life, the Praise of all the angels and the Joy of all creation + bless our days and our deeds with peace.   ~Amen.

 

Let us bless Adonai.    ~Thanks be to God.