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
Confession of Sin Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. AmenThe Invitatory and Psalter Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen Alleluia
The Invitatory Psalms
The following Antiphon may be sung or said with the Invitatory PsalmWorship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
Venite Psalm 95:1-7
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
Psalm Chapter 119
(101) I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. (102) I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. (103) How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (104) I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
(105) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (106) I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. (107) I have suffered much; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word. (108) Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.
(109) Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. (110) The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. (111) Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. (112) My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
(113) I hate double-minded men, but I love your law. (114) You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. (115) Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! (116) Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.
(117) Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. (118) You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their deceitfulness is in vain. (119) All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes. (120) My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
2 Kings Chapter 6
(5) As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. 'Oh, my lord,' he cried out, 'it was borrowed!' (6) The man of God asked, 'Where did it fall?' When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. (7) Lift it out,' he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. (8) Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, 'I will set up my camp in such and such a place.'
(9) The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: 'Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.' (10) So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. (11) This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, 'Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?' (12) None of us, my lord the king,' said one of his officers, 'but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.'
(13) Go, find out where he is,' the king ordered, 'so I can send men and capture him.' The report came back: 'He is in Dothan.' (14) Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. (15) When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 'Oh, my lord, what shall we do?' the servant asked. (16) Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.'
(17) And Elisha prayed, 'O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.' Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (18) As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, 'Strike these people with blindness.' So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. (19) Elisha told them, 'This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.' And he led them to Samaria. (20) After they entered the city, Elisha said, 'LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see.' Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
(21) When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, 'Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?' (22) Do not kill them,' he answered. 'Would you kill men you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.' (23) So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel's territory.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
1 Corinthians Chapter 5
(13) God will judge those outside. 'Expel the wicked man from among you.' (1) If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? (2) Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? (3) Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! (4) Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!
(5) I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? (6) But instead, one brother goes to law against another-- and this in front of unbelievers! (7) The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? (8) Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Matthew Chapter 5
(42) Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (43) You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' (44) But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (45) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
(46) If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? (47) And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (48) Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
?A canticle is a hymn, or other Christian song of praise with lyrics taken from biblical texts