Wednesday Morning Prayer

The Acclamation of Christ at the Dawning of the Day 

The Acclamation of Christ at the Dawning of the Day may replace the Preparation as the start of Morning Prayer on any occasion.

O Lord, open our lips

All   and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Verses from the Venite – A Song of Triumph, 

All   May Christ the daystar dawn in our hearts

and triumph over the shades of night.

Morning Prayer on Wednesday 

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips

All   and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

a prayer of thanksgiving (here),

a suitable hymn,

or A Song of God’s Glorious Name

1    O Lord our governor,  ♦

how glorious is your name in all the world!

2    Your majesty above the heavens is praised  ♦

out of the mouths of babes at the breast.

3    You have founded a stronghold against your foes,  ♦

that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

4    When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,  ♦

the moon and the stars that you have ordained,

5    What are mortals, that you should be mindful of them;  ♦

mere human beings, that you should seek them out?

6    You have made them little lower than the angels  ♦

and crown them with glory and honour.

7    You have given them dominion over the works of your hands  ♦

and put all things under their feet,

8    All sheep and oxen,  ♦

even the wild beasts of the field,

9    The birds of the air, the fish of the sea  ♦

and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.

10  O Lord our governor,  ♦

how glorious is your name in all the world!

Psalm 8

All   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.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

All   Amen.

The Word of God
Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

All   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.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Canticle

A Song of the Word of the Lord, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 35 (here), may be said

Refrain:

All   Return to the Lord, who will have mercy,

to our God, who will richly pardon.

1    Seek the Lord while he may be found,  ♦

call upon him while he is near;

2    Let the wicked abandon their ways,  ♦

and the unrighteous their thoughts;

3    Return to the Lord, who will have mercy;  ♦

to our God, who will richly pardon.

4    ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  ♦

neither are your ways my ways,’ says the Lord.

5    ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth,  ♦

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

6    ‘As the rain and the snow come down from above,  ♦

and return not again but water the earth,

7    ‘Bringing forth life and giving growth,  ♦

seed for sowing and bread to eat,

8    ‘So is my word that goes forth from my mouth;  ♦

it will not return to me fruitless,

9    ‘But it will accomplish that which I purpose,  ♦

and succeed in the task I gave it.’

Isaiah 55.6-11

All   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.

All   Return to the Lord, who will have mercy,

to our God, who will richly pardon.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Lord, you will guide me with your counsel

and afterwards receive me with glory.

All   Lord, you will guide me with your counsel

and afterwards receive me with glory.

For I am always with you;

you hold me by my right hand.

All   And afterwards receive me with glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All   Lord, you will guide me with your counsel

and afterwards receive me with glory.

from Psalm 73

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said, or A Song of Redemption (here) may be said

Refrain:

All   You show mercy to our ancestors,

and remember your holy covenant.

1    Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  ♦

who has come to his people and set them free.

2    He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,  ♦

born of the house of his servant David.

3    Through his holy prophets God promised of old  ♦

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us,

4    To show mercy to our ancestors,  ♦

and to remember his holy covenant.

5    This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:  ♦

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6    Free to worship him without fear,  ♦

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

7    And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,  ♦

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8    To give his people knowledge of salvation  ♦

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9    In the tender compassion of our God  ♦

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10  To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,  ♦

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

All   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.

All   You show mercy to our ancestors,

and remember your holy covenant.

Prayers

Intercessions are offered

¶    for the day and its tasks

¶    for the world and its needs

¶    for the Church and her life

The cycle prayers here may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

(or)

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day (here) or the following is said

Almighty and everlasting God,

we thank you that you have brought us safely

to the beginning of this day.

Keep us from falling into sin

or running into danger,

order us in all our doings

and guide us to do always

what is righteous in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said (here)

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All   Our Father in heaven …

(or)

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All   Our Father, who art in heaven …

The Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

All   Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.