Thursday, October 23
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

The Call to Prayer
Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Psalm 51:16

The Request for Presence
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,* and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalm 43:3

The Greeting

Who is like you, LORD God of hosts?* O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne;* love and truth go before your face.
Psalm 89:8ff

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:8

A Reading

Jesus was at a feast when: “he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends and brothers or your relations or rich neighbors, in case they invite you back and repay you. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again.’ ”
Luke 14:12–14

The Refrain

I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.

The Morning Psalm

Let the Righteous Be Joyful

But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;* let them also be merry and joyful. Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens;* YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him! Father of orphans, defender of widows,* God in his holy habitation!
Psalm 68:3–5

The Refrain

I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.

The Cry of the Church

In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice.
Psalm 55:18

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, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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.†