Thursday, January 18
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.


The Call to Prayer
Sing to the LORD a new song;* sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
Psalm 96:1

The Request for Presence
I call with my whole heart;* answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
Psalm 119:145


The Greeting

Te Deum

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; you are worthy of praise; glory to you. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Righteousness shall go before him,* and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
Psalm 85:13

A Reading

Hearing that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee, and leaving Nazara he went and settled in Capernaum, beside the lake, on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea beyond Jordan. Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark as death a light has dawned. From then onwards Jesus began his proclamation with the message, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’
Matthew 4:12–17

The Refrain

Righteousness shall go before him,* and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

The Morning Psalm

The LORD Will Bless Those Who Fear Him

O Israel, trust in the LORD;* he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD;* he is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD;* he is their help and their shield. The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us;* he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; He will bless those who fear the LORD,* both small and great together.
Psalm 115:9–13

The Refrain

Righteousness shall go before him,* and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

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

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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.†