November 4– Carlo Borromeo

San Carlo Borromeo (1538–1584)

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 .

O sister dawn, how light your touch;

how bright your face upon the Earth!

Awakened are we all to life

as you call us from sleep’s small death.


You, sister, graced that Easter morn

when Life, entombed, was lost from sight.

You roused the women with their spice

and guided them to greet the Light!


Your dawning opens wide our eyes;

our talents are awakened, too!

Our hands, so grasping, rest has freed

to welcome gifts we never knew.


Aroused, awakened and aware,

hands turn to labor, hearts to pray;

what yesterday was only glimpsed

stands now as fresh and clear as day.


With dawn and all the gifts of day,

we praise you Abba, Breath and Word:

a world so prodigal and free

reveals your loving hand O God! Amen.

 Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong




The skies proclaim your wonders, Adonai

and the stars announce your love.   Alleluia!

Psalm 88/89a

I will sing your love all my days, Adonai

In every age I will proclaim your truth.

Of this I am certain: your love lasts forever;

Your faithfulness outlasts the heavens.


“With my chosen one, I have made a covenant;

I have sworn to David, my servant”

I will establish your house forever

and uphold your reign from age to age.


The skies proclaim your wonders, Adonai,

the assembly of the stars proclaims your love.

Is anyone in the heavens your equal?

Can any of the gods compare with you?


Revered in the council of holy ones,

Great and dreadful to all around.

Who indeed is your equal, God of strength,

Clothed in truth, O God of power?


You rule the stormy seas,

you calm the roaring waves,

You split the sea monster in two

and scatter opponents with a  mighty arm.


Yours is the sky, yours the Earth,

yours the whole world of creatures.

You created the North and the South,

Our mountains–Tabor and Hermon–sing out your name.


Yours is a mighty arm, Adonai;

your hand is strong, your right hand ready.

Justice and right anchor your throne,

love and truth serve in your presence.


Your people rejoice to have you as ruler,

are grateful to walk in your light.

Your Name is itself our joy

Your justice the source of our bliss.


For you, Adonai, are the glory of our strength,

it is your favor that leads us to victory.

May our leaders have you as their keeper,

their shield, the Holy One of Israel.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before, 

so now and evermore.  Amen

The skies proclaim your wonders, Adonai

and the stars announce your love.   Alleluia!



READING     Romans 12:3-5

By the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.
For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function,
so we, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.



Silent Prayer



R. Adonai has loved and rewarded him * God has invested him with glory.  V. He has served the Church so well * God has invested him with glory.  V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word, and to the Holy Breath of Love.



Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


I am the Shepherd of the sheep.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me.


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 am the Shepherd of the sheep.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me.

Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Show us your mercy, Adonai,

~And grant us your salvation.


Clothe your ministers with justice,

~Let your people 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 any be denied.


Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 


God of life and light, with a shepherd’s love you have watched over us in the night and brought us through the shadows of darkness into morning’s light.  As we celebrate the feast of Charles Borromeo inspire us by his deep love for your people and for the renewal and reform of the structures of church and society so that we may follow your Son, our Love, Jesus Christ, who gave all that he had that others may have life to the full.  ~Amen.




May the God of love fill us with all joy and peace, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may share all we have with those who are in need.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.