Full #Morningprayer for #ashwednesday #catholic

Morning Prayer

God, come to my assistance.
 – Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
 –  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.


A strain upon a lyre harp
sweeps a sound so low
That only those who gather round
Can catch its sweetness flow,

A strain which speaks of suffering
A woman’s heart is torn
As she watches martyrdom
For her son she mourns

A strain of sadness at the tomb
She searches for her dead
An angel pointing to the skies
Which dawns a crimson red

A strain upon twelve tender hearts
Who sit in upper rooms
And still the strain plays out its tune
From sadness of the tomb

A strain upon a sepulchre
A white robed body lay
The saviour rises, then appears
The rock is rolled away

A strain it sweeps his Mother’s heart
With gladness, faith and joy
And plays its tune eternally
For all who will enjoy

The strain is never ending
Through time and space it plays
The bloodied fingers of our saints
Keep it playing today.


Antiphon 1: I have grieved against you; save me  Lord

Psalm 51

{50:1} Unto the end. A Psalm of David,
{50:2} when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
{50:3} Be merciful to me, O God, according to your great mercy. And, according to the plentitude of your compassion, wipe out my iniquity.
{50:4} Wash me once again from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
{50:5} For I know my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.
{50:6} Against you only have I sinned, and I have done evil before your eyes. And so, you are justified in your words, and you will prevail when you give judgment.
{50:7} For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sinfulness did my mother conceive me.
{50:8} For behold, you have loved truth. The obscure and hidden things of your wisdom, you have manifested to me.
{50:9} You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed. You will wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow.
{50:10} In my hearing, you will grant gladness and rejoicing. And the bones that have been humbled will exult.
{50:11} Turn your face away from my sins, and erase all my iniquities.
{50:12} Create a clean heart in me, O God. And renew an upright spirit within my inmost being.
{50:13} Do not cast me away from your face; and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
{50:14} Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and confirm me with an unsurpassed spirit.
{50:15} I will teach the unjust your ways, and the impious will be converted to you.
{50:16} Free me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will extol your justice.
{50:17} O Lord, you will open my lips, and my mouth will announce your praise.
{50:18} For if you had desired sacrifice, I would certainly have given it, but with holocausts, you will not be delighted.
{50:19} A crushed spirit is a sacrifice to God. A contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.
{50:20} Act kindly, Lord, in your good will toward Zion, so that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
{50:21} Then you will accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations, and holocausts. Then they will lay calves upon your altar.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
–  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.

Antiphon 1:  I have grieved against you; save me  Lord

Antiphon 2:  Lord, for we have sinned against you. We know what our offences are.

Canticle  –  Jeremiah 14:17-21
{14:17} And you shall speak this word to them: Let my eyes shed tears throughout the night and day, and let them not cease. For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed by a great affliction, by a very grievous wound.”
{14:18} “If I go out into the fields: behold, those slain by the sword. And if I enter into the city: behold, those weakened by famine. Likewise, the prophet, too, and the priest, have gone into a land that they did not know.
{14:19} Could you have utterly cast out Judah? Or has your soul abhorred Zion? Then why have you struck us, so much so that there is no health for us? We have waited for peace, but there is nothing good, and for the time of healing, and behold, trouble.
{14:20} O Lord, we acknowledge our impieties, the iniquities of our fathers, that we have sinned against you.
{14:21} For the sake of your name, do not give us over into disgrace. And do not dishonor in us the throne of your glory. Remember, do not make void, your covenant with us.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
–  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.

Antiphon 2: Lord, for we have sinned against you. We know what our offences are

Antiphon 3: The Lord is God; we are his people, his flock

Psalm 100 (99)

{99:1} A Psalm of Confession.
{99:2} Shout joyfully to God, all the earth. Serve the Lord with rejoicing. Enter into his sight in exultation.
{99:3} Know that the Lord himself is God. He made us, and we ourselves did not. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
{99:4} Enter his gates with confession, his courts with hymns, and acknowledge him. Praise his name.
{99:5} For the Lord is sweet, his mercy is in eternity, and his truth is from generation to generation.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
–  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.

Antiphon 3 The Lord is God; we are his people, his flock

READING     Deuteronomy 7:6,8,9 

{7:6} For you are a holy people to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you so that you would be his particular people out of all the peoples who are upon the earth.
{7:8} But it is because the Lord has loved you, and has kept his oath, which he swore to your fathers. And he has led you away with a strong hand, and he has redeemed you from the house of servitude, from the hand of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
{7:9} And you shall know that the Lord your God himself is a strong and faithful God, preserving his covenant and his mercy for those who love him and those who keep his precepts for a thousand generations,

God himself will set me free, from the trap of the hunter.
-God himself will set me free, from the trap of the hunter.
From those who would trap me with lies
– and from their dishonesty.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– God himself will set us free, from the hunter’s snare.


Antiphon: When you fast, do not be sad 

{1:68} “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel. For he has visited and has wrought the redemption of his people.
{1:69} And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of David his servant,
{1:70} just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets, who are from ages past:
{1:71} salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all those who hate us,
{1:72} to accomplish mercy with our fathers, and to call to mind his holy testament,
{1:73} the oath, which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us,
{1:74} so that, having been freed from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
{1:75} in holiness and in justice before him, throughout all our days.
{1:76} And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the face of the Lord: to prepare his ways,
{1:77} to give knowledge of salvation to his people for the remission of their sins,
{1:78} through the heart of the mercy of our God, by which, descending from on high, he has visited us,
{1:79} to illuminate those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to direct our feet in 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 for ever.
Antiphon: When you fast, do not be sad 
Today God our Father gives us  another day to serve him. We pray that in this time of grace he will fill us with the Holy Spirit, give us new hearts, and teach us to Love.. Let us humbly ask him:

Lord, send your Holy Spirit upon us.

May we be satisfied,
– by your word.

Teach us to love not only in great moments,
– but also in the sad events of daily life.

May we abstain from luxuries ,with joy
– and give freely to  our brothers and sisters.

May we bear the wounds of your Son in our heart,
– for through his body we are saved

Our Father, who is in heaven: Hallowed be your name.
May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
Give us this day our life-sustaining bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen.

Bless our fasting
our service to you,
so that, as we might fight evils,
we may be armed with motivation
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Please note that the readings in this prayer are from the the Catholic Public Domain Bible at  Any resemblance to any other Bible Translations or liturgical copyrighted works printed or digital, is purely co-incidental. The Hymn is composed by me.


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