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Morning Prayer Matins

Morning Prayer Matins
Adapted for use by the St. Francis Community During the COVID-19 Crisis Spring 2020

The Invitatory and Psalter

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Venite Psalm 95:1–7

Come let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

The Lessons

First Lesson
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Song of Zechariah
Benedictus Dominus Deus

Luke 1:68–79

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he 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.

You, my 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 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.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Gospel of the Day is read.



The Prayers

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Prayer of the day is said.
Prayers of the People
At this point we share various prayers, and respond to each others’ prayers with the following pattern:
God in your mercy
R/ Hear our prayer.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, 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. In all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord. 


The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, Mother in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your reign begin, 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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For dominion and power and glory are yours,
now and forever.


Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Almighty God,
the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.