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Daily Meditation, March 25, 2020 by The Rev. Lon Towstego

A Note from Don Wilson as Pope Francis invites all Christians today into a special time of Prayer:

“In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven.” On Wednesday, 25 March, the feast of the Annunciation, he has invited “the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us” – the Our Father. “On that day  on which many  Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word”, Pope Francis prayed, “may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ”.”

Morning Prayer

Lord, open our lips: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

O God make speed to save us. O Lord make haste to help us.

All 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.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us worship.  

Psalm 51:1-2;17-20

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses.  2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness * and cleanse me from my sin.

17 Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, * but you take no delight in burnt offerings. 18 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; * a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

19 Be favorable and gracious to Zion, * and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 20 Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices, with burnt offerings and oblations; * then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.

Readings: Gen 47:227-48-7; 1 Cor. 10:1-13  

Let us Pray:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.

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 moulded 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!  

Collect:

Father of mercy, alone we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves. When we are discouraged by our weakness, strengthen us to follow Christ, our pattern and our hope, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever  

Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer in the version of your choice!  

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.