Saturday, September 21
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.


The Call to Prayer
Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding,* and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,* you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion;* bless the LORD, O my soul.
Psalm 103:20–22

The Request for Presence
Show me the light of your countenance, O God,* and come to me.
based on Psalm 67:1


The Greeting

As the deer longs for the water-brooks,* so longs my soul for you, O God.
Psalm 42:1

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:22–23

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: ‘In truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. As the living Father sent me, and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me. This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’
John 6:53–58

The Refrain

The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Morning Psalm

I Will Establish His Throne as the Days of Heaven

You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people:* “I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant;* with my holy oil have I anointed him. My hand will hold him fast* and my arm will make him strong. No enemy shall deceive him,* nor any wicked man bring him down. I will crush his foes before him* and strike down those who hate him. My faithfulness and love shall be with him,* and he shall be victorious through my Name. I shall make his dominion extend* from the Great Sea to the River. He will say to me, ‘You are my Father,* my God, and the rock of my salvation.’ I will make him my firstborn* and higher than the kings of the earth. I will keep my love for him for ever,* and my covenant will stand firm for him. I will establish his line for ever* and his throne as the days of heaven.”
Psalm 89:19–29

The Refrain

The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

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 God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule my heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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.†