Thursday, March 5
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Second Week of Lent

The Call to Prayer
Wake up, my spirit; awake lute and harp;* I myself will waken the dawn.
Psalm 57:8

The Request for Presence
O God of hosts,* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Psalm 80:7

The Greeting

My lips will sing with joy when I play to you,* and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
Psalm 71:23

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
Psalm 68:28

A Reading

Jesus said: “In all truth I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave. Now a slave has no permanent standing in the household, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”
John 8:34–36

The Refrain

Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.

The Morning Psalm

Happy Are the People of Whom This Is So

Rescue me from the hurtful sword* and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples, Whose mouths speak deceitfully* and whose right hand is raised in falsehood. May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth,* and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace. May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops;* may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; may our cattle be fat and sleek. May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile,* no wailing in the public squares. Happy are the people of whom this is so!* happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
Psalm 144:11–16

The Refrain

Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.

The Gloria

Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and 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 yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. †