August 1 – Alphonsus Ligouri (1696-1787)

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.


Awake my soul and sing;

~ With God’s praise I will  wake the dawn.



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

 The vigil ends, our Love has come, The dawn transfigures night;

The fields are wet with diamond dew, The lark with song takes flight;

All Earth resounds with joyous praise for resurrected light.


Be one with earth, O white-robed choir, Take up tis hymn of praise

As now the giant Sun ascends Great light of years and days;

Thus when the day of Jesus comes he’ll find our hearts ablaze


He casts upon the Earth a love That burns eternally.

Receive and give this godly fire That grows when given free:

So spend yourself, and serve our Love who died upon a tree!  Amen.

Text: Nathaniel Quinn, OCSO, alt.   Tune: MORNING HYMN 6.86.86  Union Harmony 1848




Adonai surrounds you with love and compassion.

Psalm 102/103

My soul, give thanks to Adonai,

all my being, bless the Holy Name.

My soul, give thanks to Adonai

and never forget all these blessings.


Bless God, who forgives all your sin,

who heals every one of your ills,

who snatches you free from death,

who enfolds you with tender compassion

who fills your life with goodness

and gives you the strength of an eagle.


Adonai does deeds of justice

and defends the poor and oppressed;

Teaches God’s ways to Moses

and God’s deeds to the children of Israel.


Adonai is compassion and love,

patient and rich in mercy.

God will not accuse us for long,

nor bring our sins to trial,

nor exact from us in kind

nor give us what our sins deserve.


As high as the heavens are above the Earth,

so great is God’s love for those who trust.

As far as the east is from the west,

so far does God remove our sins.


As parents have compassion on their children,

Adonai has pity on those who are reverent,

for Adonai knows of what we are made,

and remembers that we are dust.


The  love of Adonai is everlasting

upon those who revere God’s Holiness;

whose justice reaches out to all generations

when they keep God’s will in their minds and hearts.


Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore, Amen.

Adonai surrounds you with love and compassion.


READING     Romans 13:11b-14

You know the time in which we are living; it is now the hour for you to wake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us live honorably as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.


Silent Prayer



R. It is now the hour to wake from sleep: our salvation is close at hand.  V. It is far on in the night, the day is here; let us therefore throw off the deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of Christ our Light.



Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


Blessed be Adonai who visits us

like the dawn from on high.

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

Blessed be Adonai who visits us

like the dawn from on high.


Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

Show us your mercy, Adonai,

~And grant us your salvation.


Clothe all leaders with justice,

~That  your people may 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 the poor be denied.


Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 


Great Fire of Charity, kindle in us a generous love and a heartfelt compassion for all those we meet this day.  As we celebrate the wonders and bounty of summer, empower us to follow the Gospel’s command that we love our enemies do good to those who hate us and pray for those who wish us harm.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, who lives and loves with you and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever.  Amen


May the God of love fill us with all joy and peace, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may abound in hope.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.