WEEK V Thursday


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!



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




Adonai hears the cry of the poor, Praised be Adonai

Psalm 33/34

I bless you Adonai at all times,

Your praise ever in my mouth,

Let my soul glory in your Love,

for you hear the cry of the poor. (Refrain)


Let the lowly hear and be glad

Adonai listens to their pleas

and to hearts broken God is near

who will hear the cry of the  poor. (Refrain)


Ev’ry spirit crushed God will save;

will be ransom for  their  lives;

will be safe shelter for their fears,

and will hear the cry of the poor. (Refrain)


We proclaim your greatness O God,

your praise ever in our mouth;

ev’ry face brightened by your light

for you hear the cry of the poor.  (Refrain)

 Psalm 34 John Foley, SJ alt. 



READING     James 2: 5-8


Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did God not choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Reign  promised to those who love God?
But you dishonor the poor [when you show favor to the rich].
Are not the rich oppressing you?
And do they themselves not haul you off to court?
Is it not they who blaspheme the noble name that was invoked over you?
However, if you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.


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


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

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 clean hearts in us, 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 all our actions this day by your inspiration so that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from you and through you be brought to completion, 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.