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

Friday, Fourth Week of Lent

The Call to Prayer
Sing to the LORD a new song,* for he has done marvelous things. With his right hand and his holy arm* has he won for himself the victory.
Psalm 98:1–2

The Request for Presence
Let your loving-kindness be my comfort,* as you have promised to your servant. Let your compassion come to me, that I may live,* for your law is my delight.
Psalm 119:76–77

The Greeting

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens,* and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Psalm 108:3–4

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

A Reading

Jesus said: “Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. In truth I tell you, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, is to disappear from the Law until all its purpose is achieved.”
Matthew 5:17–18

The Refrain

So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

The Morning Psalm

The LORD Does Not Forsake His Faithful Ones

Turn from evil, and do good,* and dwell in the land for ever. For the LORD loves justice;* he does not forsake his faithful ones. They shall be kept safe for ever,* but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed. The righteous shall possess the land* and dwell in it for ever. The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,* and their tongue speaks what is right. The law of their God is in their heart,* and their footsteps shall not falter.
Psalm 37:28–33

The Refrain

So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

The Small Verse

Let me seek the Lord while he may still be found. I will call upon his name; while he is near.

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, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant that I, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear my cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ my 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. †