The Order of Morning Prayer
January 24, 2021
Propers: The Feast of The Conversion of St. Paul
Liturgical Year B  – Liturgical Colour – White/Gold

Prayers before beginning Morning Prayer

O  God, who called Saul, the persecutor of the Church, to be the Apostle Paul, and to proclaim the gospel of your Son Jesus Christ to the Gentiles: Grant that, as you have called us also, we may be true to our calling, and count everything loss for the gain of knowing Christ Jesus as our Savior; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all honor and glory, world without end.  Amen. 

Covid Prayer
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. Amen

The Hymn:

Officiant:  Let all the earth acclaim God.  Sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.

All:
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

Officiant:  Blessed be the Lord our God,
All:  By whose grace we are yet alive.

Officiant:  Blessed be His Son Jesus Christ,
All:  By whose rising we are set free.

Officiant:  Blessed be the Spirit of God,
All:  In whom is our hope and our joy.

All:
Father we come together in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, to offer you our worship, praise and thanksgiving.  To you belong all power and glory.  You are the source of all goodness.  Let our worship bear witness to your peace and saving power.  Through your Spirit may we ever rejoice in the abiding presence of our risen and ascended Lord. Amen.

THE VENITE

O come let us / sing out to the / Lord:  let us shout in triumph to the / rock of / our sal / vation.  

Let us come before His / face with / thanksgiving:  and cry / out to Him / joyfully in / psalms.

For the Lord is a / great / God:  and a great / king a / bove all / gods.

In His hands are the / depths of the / earth:  and the peaks of the / mountains are / His / also.

The sea is His and / he / made it:  His hands / moulded / dry / land.

Come let us / worship and / bow down:  and kneel be / fore the / Lord our / maker.

For he Himself / is our / God:  we are the people of His pasture, and the /  sheep of / His / hand.

If only you would hear His / voice to / day:  for He comes, He / comes to / judge the / earth:

He shall judge the / world with / righteousness: and the / people / with His / truth.

Glory to the Father and / to the / Son:  and / to the / Holy / Spirit as it was in the beginning / is / now:  and shall be for / ever / A / men.

Officiant:  Lord, we pray to you for the forgiveness of our sins.

(Officiant and people, kneeling, together say)

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honour and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Officiant:
Set us free, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Psalm:  67

May God be merciful to us and bless us, * show us the light of his countenance and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth, * your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; * let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, * for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *  let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has brought forth her increase; * may God, our own God, give us his blessing.

May God give us his blessing, * and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

Glory to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Spirit:   as it was in the beginning is now * and shall be for ever. Amen.

                                                                                        The Readings appointed for today

                                                                                                           The First Lesson    

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 26, verses 9 to 21

Paul said to King Agrippa, “Indeed, I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things against the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is what I did in Jerusalem; with authority received from the chief priests, I not only locked up many of the saints in prison, but I also cast my vote against them when they were being condemned to death. By punishing them often in all the synagogues I tried to force them to blaspheme; and since I was so furiously enraged at them, I pursued them even to foreign cities. “With this in mind, I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, when at midday along the road, your Excellency, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions. When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, `Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.’ I asked, `Who are you, Lord?’ The Lord answered, `I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you. I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles– to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’  “After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance. For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord     
All:         Thanks be to God

The Hymn 

The Second Lesson

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10, verses 16 to 22

Jesus said to the twelve, “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord 
All:         Thanks be to God

                                                                       

                                                                                                  THE APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day He rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

                                                                                                            THE PRAYERS

Officiant:  The Lord be with you.
All:       And also with you

Officiant:  Let us pray.  Our Father in heaven,

All:
hallowed be your Name; your kingdom come; your will done on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

THE SUFFRAGES

Officiant:  Lord, reveal your love among us
All:   That we may know the joy of your salvation

Officiant:  Grant peace within and among all nations
All:       And teach our leaders wisdom

Officiant:  Endow your Church with faithfulness
All:       And her servants with knowledge and true godliness

Officiant:  Defend, O Lord, the rights of the poor and the oppressed
All:       That your justice may be known among all people

Officiant:  Lord, renew your spirit within us
All:       That in us and through us your will may be done

The Collects:

Officiant:
God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty and merciful God, graciously hear the humble prayers of your servants for Crosley whom you have chosen to serve you in your heavenly mysteries, and that for no merit of his own but only of the infinite abundance of your mercy: and make him to minister worthily in your holy temple; and in such a way that what he utters with his outward lips may by the power of your sanctification be brought to good effect.  Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God, Almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day:  Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the rest of the past night, and for the gift of a new day, with its opportunities of pleasing you.  Grant that we may so pass its hours in perfect freedom of your service, that at evening we may again give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Hymn  

                                                                                                          The Intercessions

Leader:
Through Blessed Paul and the apostles we have heard the good news of the gospel.  With hope, then, let us lift our voices in prayer to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, saying Lord hear our prayer.

For our Church and our parish that we may be faithful to the priesthood of our baptism: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For Laish our Bishop, Drexel and Gilbert our Assistant Bishops and all the Bishops of our Province that they may continue the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Twelve: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the priests and deacons of our diocese, especially Crosley our Rector, who is celebrating his 37th anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood, and Chester our Assistant Curate, that they may be enablers of reconciliation and ministers of God’s forgiveness: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For those who serve, teach, and minister to the people of God, that their work may build up the Church into the body of Christ: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For those who, like Paul, are persecuted for their faith or oppressed for their beliefs, that their witness to the truth will one day be exalted: let us pray to the Lord

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For those who have dedicated themselves to the service of the sick, the poor, and the lost, that God may be their strength and joy: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the sick, the suffering, and the dying, that Christ the Healer may restore them to health and wholeness: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For all who have died in the peace of Christ, especially the laity, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Catechists who labored in this parish, that St. Matthew, St. John the Baptist and all the saints may welcome them into the kingdom of God: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the prayers we now make in the silence of our hearts [Pause. ….] let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

Leader:
In thanksgiving for the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph her spouse, St. Matthew and St. John the Baptist, our patrons, St. George, St. Margaret, St. Mary Magdalene, Blessed Anna, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints and martyrs and for blessings received this past year: let us give praise to God. 

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

                                                                                                     The Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your Holy Word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and a strength to our lives.  Take us and use us to love and serve all persons in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.       

Officiant:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us evermore.  Amen

The Hymn

                                                                 

Daily Readings
Monday January 25 – Saturday January 30

 Morning Prayer                                                        Evening Prayer

Monday –  The Conversion of St. Paul
Anniversary as Priest – Canon Walkine, Canon Basil Tynes
Psalm 19                                                                     Psalm 119: 89 – 112
Isaiah 45: 18 – 25                                                       Ecclesiasticus 39: 1 – 10 
Philippians 3: 4 – 11                                                   Acts 9: 1 – 22

Tuesday  –  Sts. Timothy & Titus
Psalm 45                                                                     Psalm 47, 48
Isaiah 48: 12 – 21                                                      Genesis 15: 1-11, 17-21
Galatians 1: 18 – 2: 10                                              Mark 6: 1 – 13

Wednesday  –  St. John Chrysostom, Bishop
Psalm 119: 49 – 72                                                      Psalm 49
Isaiah 49: 1 – 12                                                          Genesis 16: 1 – 14
Galatians 2: 11 – 21                                                    Mark 6: 13 – 29

Thursday – St. Thomas Aquinas, Teacher
Psalm 50                                                                      Psalm 118
Isaiah 49: 13 – 23                                                        Genesis 16: 15 – 17: 14
Galatians 3: 1 – 14                                                      Mark 6: 30 – 46

Friday –
Psalm 40, 54                                                              Psalm 51
Isaiah 50: 1 – 11                                                         Genesis 17: 15 – 27
Galatians 3: 15 – 22                                                  Mark 6: 47 – 56

Saturday
Psalm 55                                                                    Psalm 138, 139: 1 – 10
Isaiah 51: 1 – 8                                                          Genesis 18: 1 – 16
Galatians 3: 23 – 29                                                  Mark 7: 1 – 23