The Order for Morning Prayer

 

Hymn (Stand)

 

Call to Prayer (All stand)

Leader: How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord;

Congregation: My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

The Confession (Kneel)
(One of the following confessions is used.)

All: O blessed King of kings, we stand before Your throne with broken hearts and spirits, with blemished souls and shattered honor. We have sinned, O merciful One, we have sinned against You. By thoughts, by words, by deeds we have done; by thoughts, by words, by deeds undone, we have failed to hold Your commandments dearer than our own desires. We have rebelled and deserve Your swift and awesome judgment. Yet before Your throne do we confess our faults. We repent, O Lord, have mercy upon us and forgive us. Allow us once again to enter Your service and to amend those things we have done wrong; to do penance for our sins. For Your honor and for the glory of Your Name. Amen.

Or

All: We come to you, Lord, for you alone can heal and restore us. We are not able to heal ourselves; We are not able to forgive ourselves; We are not able to restore ourselves; We are not able to sanctify ourselves; We are not able to satisfy ourselves; We come to you Lord, for you alone can make us whole. Amen.

(The Leader, if he or she is a Priest, stands and gives one of the following blessing)

Priest: As a called and ordained Minister of Christ's Holy Church and on His authority, I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, through His atoning death and glorious resurrection; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.
Congregation: Amen.

Or

Priest: May the Sacred Three, Father, Son (+), and Holy Spirit, pour down upon you from heaven the rich blessing of forgiveness, strengthen you in grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.
Congregation: Amen.

(If the Celebrant is not a Priest)

Leader: May the Lord of All lead us to true repentance, amendment of life, and may He absolve us of all our sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.
Congregation: Amen.

The Declaration (Sit)

Leader: Lord, to whom shall we go?
Congregation: You have the words of eternal life,
Leader: And we believe and are sure that You are
Congregation: That Christ, the Son of the living God.

Prophetic Lesson (Sit)
(The appointed Old Testament Lesson is read.)

Leader: A reading from...[reading of text]. The Word of the Prophets.
Congregation: Thanks be to the Lord of the Elements, God of all nations.

The Psalm (Stand)
(
The appointed Psalm is said or sung responsively. At the end of the Psalm, the following is said)

Leader: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son (+), and to the Holy Spirit.
Congregation: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Apostolic Lesson (Sit)
(The appointed New Testament Lesson is read.)

Leader: A reading from...[reading of text]. The Word of the Apostles.
Congregation: Thanks be to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gradual (Stand)

Leader: He that loves wisdom, loves life.
Congregation: And they that seek her early shall be filled with joy.
Leader: Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes.
Congregation: And I shall keep it unto the end.

The Holy Gospel (Stand)
(The Holy Gospel verses appointed for the day are read from the pulpit or in the midst of the congregation.)

Leader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to...
Congregation: Glory be to You, O Lord.
Leader: [Reading of text] The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Congregation: Praise be to You, O Christ.

The Meditation (Sit)
(This can be a commentary on the Lectionary, a thought for the day from a daily devotional, or a reading on the Life of the Saint whose feast is being celebrated)

 

Hymn (Stand)

 

The Prayers (Sit or Kneel)
(The Leader may use any or all of the following prayers and collects at his/her discretion. However, a General Intercession and the Breastplate of St. Patrick should be said)

 

A General Supplication (Sit or Kneel)

Leader: God, listen to our prayer,
Congregation: Bend to us Your ear,
Leader: Let our supplications and our prayers
Congregation: Ascend to You.
Leader: Come, Thou King of Glory,
Congregation: To protect us,
Leader: O King of life and mercy
Congregation: With the aid of the Lamb,
Leader: O Son of Mary Virgin
Congregation: To protect us with power,
Leader: O Son of the lovely Mary
Congregation: Of purest fairest beauty. Amen.

A General Intercession (Sit or Kneel)
(One of the following General Intercessions is used.)

Leader: Lord, we pray for all mankind, that they may be brought to know, love, and serve You. We pray for Your holy Church throughout all the world, and especially for our own part of the Church (esp. N and N), for our Bishops (esp. N and N), and for the Clergy and people of our parish (esp. N and N). We pray for the employed, that they may work as unto You, and not unto men. We pray for the unemployed, that they may find work, and be saved from despondency. Be their strength in adversity. May the sick be healed (esp. N and N), the hungry fed, the mourners comforted, the poor succored, and the afflicted in mind and body be firmly held in that deep peace that passes human understanding. Bless our friends and bless our enemies, and grant us all the spirit of penitence that we may be forgiven, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns, world without end (or the Gaelic "Tri Cri'ost ar d'Tiarna").

 Congregation: Amen.

Or

Leader: Jesus, you are the light of the world, A light that no darkness can quench. Upon your church, wrestling with the darkness of evil, battling against doubt,
Congregation: Let your light shine.
Leader: Upon your Bishops, Clergy and communities, serving a broken world, ministering God's grace in the midst of darkness,
Congregation: Let your light shine.
L
eader: Upon the world governments, facing gloom and despair, battling against disaster,

Congregation: Let your light shine.
Leader: Upon those that live in the shadows, caught up in sorrow and strife, struggling against oblivion,
Congregation: Let your light shine.
Leader: Upon those that suffer and are sick, despairing in darkness, suffering in agonizing pain,
Congregation: Let your healing light shine.
Leader: Upon the friends and families of the departed, especially (Name), grieving and lost, mourning and alone,
Congregation: Let your healing light shine.
Leader: Let your light shine.
Congregation: Let your love enfold.
Leader: Let your peace fill.
Congregation: Let your presence be known. Amen.

Or

Leader: Jesus, Saviour, Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, we come to you.
Congregation: For you alone can make us whole.
Leader: Jesus, Saviour, wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, we come to you.
Congregation: For you alone can make us whole.
Leader: Jesus, Saviour, we come as a church broken by factions, weak in our mission, wavering in our faith. We come to you.
Congregation: For your alone can make us whole.
Leader: Jesus, Saviour, we come as people of the world, torn by war, ruined by greed, spoiled by selfishness. We come to you.
Congregation: For you alone can make us whole.
Leader: Jesus, Saviour, we come as members of a community, insensitive to each other, blind to tears and deaf to cries. We come to you.
Congregation: For you alone can make us whole.
Leader: Jesus, Saviour, we come with the sick at heart, we come with the ill in mind, we come with the diseased in body. We come to you.
Congregation: For you alone can make us whole.
Leader: Jesus, Saviour, we come grieving and mourning those departed this life, especially (Name), we come to you.
Congregation: For your alone can make us whole. Amen.

(Any of the following prayers may be said.)

 

For Missions

Leader: O great Lord of the harvest, send forth, we beseech You, laborers into the harvest of the world, that the grain which is even now ripe may not fall and perish through our neglect. Pour forth Your sanctifying Spirit on our fellow-Christians (esp. N and N), and Your converting grace on the unbeliever. Raise up, we pray You, a devout ministry among believers, that, all Your people being knit together in one body in love, Your holy Church may grow up into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Through Him who died and rose for us all, the same Jesus Christ our Lord (or the Gaelic "Tri Cri'ost ar d'Tiarna").
Congregation: Amen.

For the Parish

Leader: Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and earth, mercifully hear the supplications of Your servants, and grant unto this parish all things that are needed for its spiritual welfare; enlighten and guide its clergy; strengthen and increase the faithful; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; rouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of Your truth; bring all to be one heart and mind within the fold of Your Holy Church; to the honor and glory of Your Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord (or the Gaelic "Tri Cri'ost ar d'Tiarna").
Congregation: Amen.

For the Taoiseach

Leader: O God, the pastor and ruler of all the faithful, mercifully look upon Your servant Name, whom You have been pleased to set as pastor over Your Church; grant him, we beseech You, to be in word and conversation a wholesome example to the people committed to his charge; that he with them may attain unto everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord (or the Gaelic "Tri Cri'ost ar d'Tiarna").
Congregation: Amen.

A Prayer for the Children

Leader: O Heavenly Father, we commend the souls of our children to You. Be their God and Father; and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in us through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, to resist all solicitations to evil, whether from within or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour Your grace into their hearts, and confirm and multiply in them the gifts of Your Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so faithfully serving You here, may come to rejoice in Your presence hereafter. Through the same Christ our Lord (or the Gaelic "Tri Cri'ost ar d'Tiarna").
Congregation: Amen.

A Prayer for Single Persons

Leader: O Blessed Lord, who has set up for us an example of ideal purity, strengthen us, we beseech You, when temptation besets us, and when strong passions seek to overwhelm us, that we may remain constant in virtue and innocent in thought, word, and deed, doing such things only as are well pleasing unto You; grant us growth in wisdom and understanding , that we may serve You all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord (or the Gaelic "Tri Cri'ost ar d'Tiarna").
Congregation: Amen.

The Guardian Angel

Leader: O angels of God who have charge of us from the dear Father of mercifulness, the shepherding kind of the fold of the saints, to make round about us this day; Drive from us every temptation and danger. Surround us on the sea of unrighteousness. And in the narrows, crooks, and straits, keep our coracles, keep them always. Be a bright flame before us. Be guiding star above us. Be a smooth path below us. And be a kindly shepherd behind us, today, tonight, and for ever.
Congregation: Amen.

The Breastplate of St. Patrick (Stand)

Leader: I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity,
Congregation: By invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.
Leader: I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
Congregation: His baptism in the River Jordan;
Leader: His death on the Cross for my salvation;
Congregation: His bursting from the spiced tomb;
Leader: His riding up the heavenly way;
Congregation: His coming at the day of doom.
Leader: Christ be with me, Christ within me;
Congregation: Christ behind me, Christ before me;
Leader: Christ beside me, Christ to win me;
Congregation: Christ to comfort and restore me;
Leader: Christ beneath me, Christ above me;
Congregation: Christ in quiet, Christ in danger;
Leader: Christ in hearts of all that love me;
Congregation: Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Leader: I bind unto myself the strong name of the Trinity;
Congregation: By invocation of the same; the Three in One, and One in Three;
Leader: Of whom all nature hath creation;.
Congregation: Eternal Father, Word (+), and Spirit.
Leader: Praise to the Lord of my salvation.
Congregation: Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

The Closing
(The Closing may be either of the following, at the Leader's discretion. If the Leader is a Priest, then at his or her discretion, he or she may use either of the closings and a blessing or simply a blessing)

Leader: May our blessed Lady pray for us, May Sts. Michael and Patrick, Columba and Bride pray for us, May all the saints of God pray for us. May the angels of God befriend us to watch over us and protect us, And may the Lord Jesus Christ, through the mercy of God, grant us His peace.
Congregation: Amen

Or

Leader: Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy upon us. May Your peace with us. Be about the morning of our course and the dawning of our life in You. Consecrate us, soul and body to You and Your Kingdom, this day and to the darkening of our day and the closing of our life.
Congregation: Amen.

Or

 

St. Columba's Prayer
(Recommended in the absence of a Priest)

All: My dearest Lord, be a bright flame before me; be a guiding star above me; be a smooth path beneath me; be a kindly shepherd behind me; today and for evermore. Amen.

Hymn (Stand)