Morning Prayer on Monday Sunday,31 may 2020 The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


One or more of the following is said or sung:

a prayer of thanksgiving (page 109),

a suitable hymn,

or A Song of God’s Compassion


The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, ♦

slow to anger and of great kindness.


He will not always accuse us, ♦

neither will he keep his anger for ever.


He has not dealt with us according to our sins, ♦

nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.


For as the heavens are high above the earth, ♦

so great is his mercy upon those who fear him.


As far as the east is from the west, ♦

so far has he set our sins from us.


As a father has compassion on his children, ♦

so is the Lord merciful towards those who fear him.


For he knows of what we are made; ♦

he remembers that we are but dust.


Our days are but as grass; ♦

we flourish as a flower of the field;


For as soon as the wind goes over it, it is gone, ♦

and its place shall know it no more.


But the merciful goodness of the Lord is from of old

and endures for ever on those who fear him, ♦

and his righteousness on children’s children;


On those who keep his covenant ♦

and remember his commandments to do them.


Psalm 103.8-18


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.



The Word of God


The appointed psalmody is said.


Psalm 85

Show us your mercy, O Lord.


Lord, you were gracious to your land; ♦

you restored the fortunes of Jacob.


You forgave the offence of your people ♦

and covered all their sins.


You laid aside all your fury ♦

and turned from your wrathful indignation. R


Restore us again, O God our Saviour, ♦

and let your anger cease from us.


Will you be displeased with us for ever? ♦

Will you stretch out your wrath from one generation to another?


Will you not give us life again, ♦

that your people may rejoice in you?


Show us your mercy, O Lord, ♦

and grant us your salvation. R


I will listen to what the Lord God will say, ♦

for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,

that they turn not again to folly.


Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, ♦

that his glory may dwell in our land. R


Mercy and truth are met together, ♦

righteousness and peace have kissed each other;


Truth shall spring up from the earth ♦

and righteousness look down from heaven.


The Lord will indeed give all that is good, ♦

and our land will yield its increase.


Righteousness shall go before him ♦

and direct his steps in the way.


Show us your mercy, O Lord.


Most holy God,

when we come to you fearing that

truth condemns us,

show us that truth is one with love

in your Word made flesh,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Psalm 150

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.



O praise God in his holiness; ♦

praise him in the firmament of his power.


Praise him for his mighty acts; ♦

praise him according to his excellent greatness. R


Praise him with the blast of the trumpet; ♦

praise him upon the harp and lyre.


Praise him with timbrel and dances; ♦

praise him upon the strings and pipe. R


Praise him with ringing cymbals; ♦

praise him upon the clashing cymbals.


Let everything that has breath ♦

praise the Lord.



Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.


God of life and love,

whose Son was victorious over sin and death,

make us alive with his life,

that the whole world may resound with your praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Each psalm or group of psalms may end with


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.


1 Samuel 2.1-10

Hannah prayed and said,

‘My heart exults in the Lord;

my strength is exalted in my God.

My mouth derides my enemies,

because I rejoice in my victory.



‘There is no Holy One like the Lord,

no one besides you;

there is no Rock like our God.

Talk no more so very proudly,

let not arrogance come from your mouth;

for the Lord is a God of knowledge,

and by him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty are broken,

but the feeble gird on strength.

Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,

but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.

The barren has borne seven,

but she who has many children is forlorn.

The Lord kills and brings to life;

he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

The Lord makes poor and makes rich;

he brings low, he also exalts.

He raises up the poor from the dust;

he lifts the needy from the ash heap,

to make them sit with princes

and inherit a seat of honour.

For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,

and on them he has set the world.



‘He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,

but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;

for not by might does one prevail.

The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered;

the Most High will thunder in heaven.

The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;

he will give strength to his king,

and exalt the power of his anointed.’



The following, or another suitable canticle, may be said or sung




Send Wisdom forth from your holy heavens;

from the throne of your glory

send what is pleasing to you.

O God of our ancestors and Lord of mercy, ♦

you have made all things by your word.


By your wisdom you have formed us ♦

to have dominion over the creatures you have made;


To rule the world in holiness and righteousness ♦

and to pronounce judgement in uprightness of soul.


Give us the Wisdom that sits by your throne; ♦

do not reject us from among your servants,


For we are your servants, ♦

with little understanding of judgement and laws.


Even one who is perfect among us ♦

will be regarded as nothing

without the wisdom that comes from you.


With you is Wisdom, she who knows your works, ♦

and was present when you made the world.


She understands what is pleasing in your sight ♦

and what is right according to your commandments.


Send her forth from the holy heavens, ♦

from the throne of your glory send her.


That she may labour at our side ♦

and that we may learn what is pleasing to you.


For she knows and understands all things, ♦

she will guide us wisely in our actions

and guard us with her glory.


Wisdom 9.1-5a,c, 6, 9-11


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.


Send Wisdom forth from your holy heavens;

from the throne of your glory

send what is pleasing to you.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


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


Mark 3.31-35

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’


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


Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

and be not wise in your own sight.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

and be not wise in your own sight.

In all your ways acknowledge him

and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

and be not wise in your own sight.


from Proverbs 3


Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said,

or the Te Deum Laudamus (A Song of the Church) (page 636) may be said




In the womb of Mary, you found a dwelling place on earth,

O Christ;

remain for ever in our hearts.


Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦

who has come to his people and set them free.


He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦

born of the house of his servant David.


Through his holy prophets God promised of old ♦

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us,


To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦

and to remember his holy covenant.


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

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,


Free to worship him without fear, ♦

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.


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

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


To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦

by the forgiveness of all their sins.


In the tender compassion of our God ♦

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,


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


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.




In the womb of Mary, you found a dwelling place on earth,

O Christ;

remain for ever in our hearts.



Intercessions are offered

¶ for the day and its tasks

¶ for the world and its needs

¶ for the Church and her life


Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 362–363


¶ The media and the arts

¶ Farming and fishing

¶ Commerce and industry

¶ Those whose work is unfulfilling, stressful or fraught with danger

¶ All who are unemployed


One of the forms of prayer found on pages 362–371 may be used.


These responses may be used


Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer




Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.


Silence may be kept.


The Collect of the day is said


Mighty God,

by whose grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary

and greeted her as the mother of the Lord:

look with favour on your lowly servants

that, with Mary, we may magnify your holy name

and rejoice to acclaim her Son our Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



The Lord’s Prayer is said


As our Saviour taught us, so we pray


Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.





Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.



The Conclusion

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

and keep us in eternal life.



Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



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    Very good

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    The prayer is really wonderful

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    God have mercy on us
    For all have sinned

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    God takes control

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    happy sunday

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    Nice piece interesting, really helpful

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Nice to know

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    Happy Sunday

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    That’s good

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    Happy Pentecost Day!

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    Nice to know

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    Prayer is the key

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    Great article

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    May the name of the Lord be praised

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    Thanks for sharing
    May God bless you for this.

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    This is nice

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    Nice Piece

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    Good article

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    Amen…catholic till I die

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  28. Reply

    This is really beautiful. “ Open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim thy grace”. Amen!🙏🏻

  29. Reply

    Prayer is the key to unlock whatever that is locked in this lock down

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    Nice post

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    Nice info

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    Nice info

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    I wonder what the world would have been if there is nothing like prayers

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    Not everyone is a catholic here oo…oh am a roman catholic by the way

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