St. John Chrysostom (349-407)

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.


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




If you cleanse me O God I will be like new

and your Light will make me brighter than snow.

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 reject. (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: Jan Michael Joncas, Praise God In Song (GIA, 1979), adpt. Refrain, J. Leonard.


READING     Galatians 6:14,17

Sisters and brothers, may I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.  From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.

Silent Prayer



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


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

May we have patience with all things,

~especially with ourselves.

May we trust that You are in charge of all things today,

~And will take care of all things tomorrow.

Shield us today from suffering,

 ~Or give us unfailing strength to bear all things with joy.

Help us to be at peace in the present moment,

~and to dismiss all anxious thoughts and imagination.

May we not wish to be anything

~other than who you made us to be.

When we wander away from the shelter of Your love,

~Lead us back to You with quiet and simplicity.

Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

 Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of life and light, with a mother’s love you have watched over us in the night and brought us through the darkness of night into mornings light. As you called St. Peter Claver to be a slave of slaves and strengthened him with wonderful compassion and patience as he worked among them, grant that we may follow the way of Jesus and love our neighbors in deeds and in truth,  for you live and reign in the power of loving kindness now and forever. ~Amen.

May God lead us safely through all things; and when we cannot stand it,

may God surround us with those Loving Arms of Compassion.  ~Amen.

Let us bless the world with peace.

~And give thanks to God.