Midday Prayer – Monday 30 March 2020

O God, make speed to save us.

All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

All   be acceptable in your sight, O Lord,

my strength and my redeemer.

Psalm 19.14

Praise

A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or

I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation;
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

from St Patrick’s Breastplate

The Word of God
Psalmody

On any Monday    Psalm 126

(or)

Week 1 Psalm 49
Week 2 Psalm 65
Week 3 Psalm 104.26-end
Week 4 Psalm 50.1-15

When Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of the monthly, fortnightly or weekly cycles may be followed here.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Short readings

Week One

The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.’

Isaiah 49.1b-4

Week Two

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body. Honour the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves the one he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 3.7-12

Week Three

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

Mark 4.26-29

Week Four

After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

Matthew 25.19-21

Or, on any Monday

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’

Matthew 11.28

Response

Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as

Jesus said, I am the true vine.

All   My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit.

John 15.1a,8

Prayers

Prayers may include these concerns:

The media and the arts
Farming and fishing
Commerce and industry
Those whose work is unfulfilling, stressful or fraught with danger
All who are unemployed

Forms of prayer can be found here.

The Collect of the day (here) or the following prayer is said

Eternal light, shine into our hearts,
eternal goodness, deliver us from evil,
eternal power, be our support,
eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance,
eternal pity, have mercy upon us;
that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

Alcuin of York (804)

The Lord’s Prayer is said (here).

The Conclusion

May God bless the work of our hands.

All   Amen.