Morning Prayer | Ordinary Time, Proper 29


The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.    Habakkuk 2:20



Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Silence for reflection

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. Amen.

Lord, open our lips. *
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise!



Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; *
protect me from the violent,

Who devise evil in their hearts *
and stir up strife all day long.

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; *
adder's poison is under their lips.

Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; *
protect me from the violent,
who are determined to trip me up.

The proud have hidden a snare for me
and stretched out a net of cords; *
they have set traps for me along the path.

I have said to the LORD, "You are my God; *
listen, O LORD, to my supplication.

O Lord GOD, the strength of my salvation, *
you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O LORD, *
nor let their evil plans prosper.

Let not those who surround me lift up their heads; *
let the evil of their lips overwhelm them.

Let hot burning coals fall upon them; *
let them be cast into the mire, never to rise up again."

A slanderer shall not be established on the earth, *
and evil shall hunt down the lawless.

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor *
and render justice to the needy.

Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your Name, *
and the upright shall continue in your sight.


Lord, you keep constant guard over your faithful people. Protect us from hidden snares, deliver us from those who would seek to do us harm, and make us holy; that we may praise and bless your name and live in righteousness before you now and forever.

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.



Lamb of God - Salt Of The Sound



For those not receiving Evening Prayer emails, the lectionary OT & NT Lessons for today are Isaiah 24:14-23; 1 Peter 3:13—4:6.

MATTHEW 20:17-28

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”


Silence for reflection



In the morning, pray for:

  • the day and its tasks
  • the world and its needs
  • the Church and her life

Conclude with the Lord's Prayer and/or the following Collect for Fridays:

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Let us bless the Lord. *
Thanks be to God!