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INVITATORY

The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

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Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

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Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
   and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
   and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
   the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
   and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
   the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
   bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
   the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
   in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
   they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
   and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
   “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

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. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

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. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

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. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

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. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom, alleluia.
Or: The holy virgins praise their Lord and King; come, let us join in their worship, alleluia.
Or: Come, let us worship the Lamb with the virgins who followed him, alleluia.

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

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. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

We praise you Cath,’rine, joyfully
And glory in your great renown;
As shining light within the Church
Full many jewels deck your crown.

Your virtues and your purity
Allowed your eyes to see but God;
The courage of the humble soul
Sustained you in the path you trod.

In troubled times you were a star
Announcing true salvation’s peace,
Restoring Christian ways of life,
And causing angry strife to cease.

The Holy Spirit prompted you
To utter words of burning zeal
And shed his Wisdom’s light abroad
With charity as sacred seal.

Beloved spouse of Christ our Lord,
Set our cold hearts aglow with love,
That by your prayers we too may seek
His kingdom and the things above.

All glory, Jesus, be to you,
Once born of Virgin undefiled,
Who, with the Spirit of your Love,
And God, the Father, ever reign. Amen.

Tune: Duke Street L.M.
Music: John Hatton 1710-1793
Text: Te Caterina
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Remember me, Lord, when you come into your kingdom, alleluia.

Psalm 51
O God, have mercy on me


Your inmost being must be renewed, and you must put on the new man (Ephesians 4:23-24).

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. *
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt *
and cleanse me from my sin.

My offenses truly I know them; *
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned; *
what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence *
and be without reproach when you judge.
O see, in guilt I was born, *
a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart; *
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean; *
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, *
that the bones you have crushed may revive.
From my sins turn away your face *
and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God, *
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, *
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help; *
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways *
and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper, *
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips *
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight, *
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit. *
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion: *
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, *
holocausts offered on 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. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit we may proclaim your praise and glory before all the nations.

Ant. Remember me, Lord, when you come into your kingdom, alleluia.

Ant. 2 Truly you are a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Savior, alleluia.

Canticle: Isaiah 45:15-25
People of all nations will become disciples of the Lord


Every knee shall bend at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10).

Truly with you God is hidden, *
the God of Israel, the savior!
Those are put to shame and disgrace *
who vent their anger against him.
Those go in disgrace *
who carve images.

Israel, you are saved by the Lord, saved forever!
You shall never be put to shame or disgrace *
in future ages.

For thus says the Lord,
the creator of the heavens, *
who is God,
the designer and maker of the earth *
who established it,
not creating it to be a waste, *
but designing it to be lived in:

I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I have not spoken from hiding *
nor from some dark place of the earth.
And I have not said to the descendants of Jacob, *
“Look for me in an empty waste.”
I, the Lord, promise justice, *
I foretell what is right.

Come and assemble, gather together, *
you fugitives from among the Gentiles!
They are without knowledge who bear wooden idols *
and pray to gods that cannot save.

Come here and declare *
in counsel together:
Who announced this from the beginning *
and foretold it from of old?
Was it not I, the Lord,
besides whom there is no other God? *
There is no just and saving God but me.

Turn to me and be safe,
all you ends of the earth, *
for I am God; there is no other!

By myself I swear,
uttering my just decree *
and my unalterable word:

To me every knee shall bend; *
by me every tongue shall swear,
saying, “Only in the Lord *
are just deeds and power.

Before him in shame shall come *
all who vent their anger against him.
In the Lord shall be the vindication and the glory *
of all the descendants of Israel.”

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. Amen.

Ant. Truly you are a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Savior, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Serve the Lord with gladness, alleluia.

When Psalm 100 is used as the invitatory psalm, Psalm 95, above, is used as the second psalm of Morning Prayer

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

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. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

With joy and gladness we cry out to you, Lord and ask you: open our hearts, to sing your praises and announce your goodness and truth.

Ant. Serve the Lord with gladness, alleluia.

READING
[Doctors] Wisdom 7:13-14

Simply I learned about Wisdom, and ungrudgingly do I share—
   her riches I do not hide away;
For to men she is an unfailing treasure;
   those who gain this treasure win the friendship of God,
   to whom the gifts they have from discipline commend them.

RESPONSORY

Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.
Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.

With joyful praise let the Church tell forth.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Let the peoples proclaim the wisdom of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.

Or:

READING
[Virgins] Song of Songs 8:7

Deep waters cannot quench love,
   nor floods sweep it away.
Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love,
   he would be roundly mocked.

RESPONSORY

My heart is ever pleading, show me your face, alleluia, alleluia.
My heart is ever pleading, show me your face, alleluia, alleluia.

I long to gaze upon you, Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
My heart is ever pleading, show me your face, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. The holy virgin Catherine steadfastly begged the Lord to restore peace to his holy Church, alleluia.

Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


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 for ever. Amen.

Ant. The holy virgin Catherine steadfastly begged the Lord to restore peace to his holy Church, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ is the spouse and crowning glory of virgins. Let us praise him with joy in our voices and pray to him with sincerity in our hearts:
Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

Christ, the holy virgins loved you as their one true spouse,
grant that nothing may separate us from your love.
Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

You crowned Mary, your mother, queen of virgins,
through her intercession, let us continually serve you with pure hearts.
Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

Your handmaids were always careful to love you with whole and undivided attention, that they might be holy in body and spirit,
through their intercession grant that the lure of this passing world may not distract our attention from you.
Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

Lord Jesus, you are the spouse whose coming was anticipated by the wise virgins,
grant that we may wait for you in hope and expectation.
Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

Through the intercession of Saint Catherine, who was one of the wise and prudent virgins,
grant us wisdom and innocence of life.
Jesus, crown of virgins, hear us.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself 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.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Father,
in meditating on the sufferings of your Son
and in serving your Church,
Saint Catherine was filled with the fervor of your love.
By her prayers,
may we share in the mystery of Christ’s death
and rejoice in the revelation of his glory,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

O God, who set Saint Catherine of Siena on fire with divine love
in her contemplation of the Lord’s Passion
and her service of your Church,
grant, through her intercession, that your people,
participating in the mystery of Christ,
may ever exult in the revelation of his glory.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning Prayer concludes:

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

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