Morning Prayer on Tuesday
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher of the Faith, 1901 [Commemoration]

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips
All and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The Acclamation of Christ at the Dawning of the Day (page 108) may replace the Preparation as the start of Morning Prayer on any occasion.

 A Song of God’s Righteousness

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and all that is within me bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all his benefits;

3 Who forgives all your sins 
and heals all your infirmities;

4 Who redeems your life from the Pit 
and crowns you with faithful love and compassion;

5 Who satisfies you with good things, 
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness 
and judgement for all who are oppressed.

7 He made his ways known to Moses 
and his works to the children of Israel.

8 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, 
and his kingdom has dominion over all.

9 Bless the Lord, you angels of his, 
you mighty ones who do his bidding
and hearken to the voice of his word.

10 Bless the Lord, all you his hosts, 
you ministers of his who do his will.

11 Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion; 

bless the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 103.1-7, 19-22

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.

Psalm 36

Refrain: With you, O God, is the well of life.

1 Sin whispers to the wicked, in the depths of their heart; 
there is no fear of God before their eyes.

2 They flatter themselves in their own eyes 
that their abominable sin will not be found out.

3 The words of their mouth are unrighteous and full of deceit; 
they have ceased to act wisely and to do good.

4 They think out mischief upon their beds
and have set themselves in no good way; 

nor do they abhor that which is evil. 
R With you, O God, is the well of life.

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens 
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; 

you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.

7 How precious is your loving mercy, O God! 
All mortal flesh shall take refuge
under the shadow of your wings.

8 They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house; 
they shall drink from the river of your delights.

9 For with you is the well of life 
and in your light shall we see light. 
R With you, O God, is the well of life.

10 O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you 
and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.

11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, 
nor the hand of the ungodly thrust me away.

12 There are they fallen, all who work wickedness. 
They are cast down and shall not be able to stand.

Refrain: With you, O God, is the well of life.

O God, the well of life,
make us bright with wisdom,
that we may be lightened with the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

Ezekiel 33.1-20

The word of the Lord came to me: O Mortal, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one of their number as their sentinel; and if the sentinel sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people; then if any who hear the sound of the trumpet do not take warning, and the sword comes and takes them away, their blood shall be upon their own heads. They heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; their blood shall be upon themselves. But if they had taken warning, they would have saved their lives. But if the sentinel sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any of them, they are taken away in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at the sentinel’s hand.

So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked ones, you shall surely die’, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? And you, mortal, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not save them when they transgress; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, it shall not make them stumble when they turn from their wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by their righteousness when they sin. Though I say to the righteous that they shall surely live, yet if they trust in their righteousness and commit iniquity, none of their righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’, yet if they turn from their sin and do what is lawful and right—if the wicked restore the pledge, give back what they have taken by robbery, and walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity—they shall surely live, they shall not die. None of the sins that they have committed shall be remembered against them; they have done what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.

Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just’, when it is their own way that is not just. When the righteous turn from their righteousness, and commit iniquity, they shall die for it. And when the wicked turn from their wickedness, and do what is lawful and right, they shall live by it. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge all of you according to your ways!

Canticle

A Song of Peace, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 26 (page 577), may be said

Refrain:

All Spirit of God, teach us your ways,
that we may walk in the paths of peace.

1 Come, let us go up to the mountain of God, 
to the house of the God of Jacob;

2 That God may teach us his ways, 
and that we may walk in his paths.

3 For the law shall go out from Zion, 
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4 God shall judge between the nations, 
and shall mediate for many peoples.

5 They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, 
and their spears into pruning hooks.

6 Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, 
neither shall they learn war any more.

7 O people of Jacob, come: 
let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Isaiah 2.3-5

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 Spirit of God, teach us your ways,
that we may walk in the paths of peace.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

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

James 2.14-end

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith without works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

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

Open my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.
All Open my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.
Lead me in the path of your commandments
All that I may see the wonders of your law.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All Open my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.

from Psalm 119

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said,
or 
The Song of Christ's Glory (page 619) may be said

Refrain: At the name of Jesus
every knee shall bow.

1 Christ Jesus was in the form of God, 
but he did not cling to equality with God.

2 He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, 
and was born in our human likeness.

3 Being found in human form he humbled himself, 
and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

4 Therefore God has highly exalted him, 
and bestowed on him the name above every name,

5 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth;

6 And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2.5-11

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 At the name of Jesus
every knee shall bow.

 

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.

 

Prayers

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

 All who are sick in body, mind or spirit
 Those in the midst of famine or disaster
 Victims of abuse and violence, intolerance and prejudice
 Those who are bereaved
 All who work in the medical and healing professions

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

(or)

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
      both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
      and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All 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.
Amen.

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.