Wednesday, February 22
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

Saturday - after Ash Wednesday

The Call to Prayer
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name;* worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 29:2

The Request for Presence
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;* my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in barren and dry land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

The Greeting

We have heard with our ears, O God, our forefathers have told us,* the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
Psalm 44:1

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Rescue the weak and the poor;* deliver them from the power of the wicked.
Psalm 82:4

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: “You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.”
Matthew 5:43–45

The Refrain

Rescue the weak and the poor;* deliver them from the power of the wicked.

The Morning Psalm

Whoever Is Wise Will Ponder These Things

The LORD changed rivers into deserts,* and water-springs into thirsty ground, Afruitful land into salt flats,* because of the wickedness of those who dwell there. He changed deserts into pools of water* and dry land into water-springs. He settled the hungry there,* and they founded a city to dwell in. They sowed fields, and planted vineyards,* and brought in a fruitful harvest. He blessed them, so that they increased greatly;* he did not let their herds decrease. Yet when they were diminished and brought low,* through stress of adversity and sorrow, (He pours contempt on princes* and makes them wander in trackless wastes) He lifted up the poor out of misery* and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep. The upright will see this and rejoice,* but all wickedness will shut its mouth. Whoever is wise will ponder these things,* and consider well the mercies of the LORD.
Psalm 107:33–43

The Refrain

Rescue the weak and the poor;* deliver them from the power of the wicked.

The Cry of the Church

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

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

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in me a new and contrite heart, that I, worthily lamenting my sins and acknowledging my wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. †

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. †