Mid-Day Prayer: March 21st, 2023

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Mid-Day Prayer
Led by Fr. Michael Thorne Jarrett

Psalm 15

Psalm 104

Officiant O God, make speed to save us.
All O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The following Psalms are read

Psalm 15
O LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
Who may abide on your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity and does what is righteous *
and speaks truth in his heart;
He who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor, *
nor casts slurs against his fellow man;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised, *
but who honors those who fear the LORD;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change;
Who lends his money without interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent. *
He who does these things shall never be shaken.


Psalm 104
Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
O LORD my God, how very great you are.
You are clothed with splendor and majesty. *
You robe yourself with light as with a garment,  *
stretching out the heavens like a tent;
who lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
who makes the clouds his chariot; *
who walks on the wings of the wind;
who makes his angels spirits, *
his ministers a flame of fire;
who set the earth on its foundations, *
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment; *
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled; *
at the voice of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down *
to the place that you appointed for them.
You have set a boundary which they may not pass, *
that never again will they cover the earth.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; *
they flow among the hills;
they give drink to every beast of the field; *
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; *
they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains; *
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle *
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth *
and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine *
and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, *
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted.
In them the birds build their nests; *
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats; *
the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
He made the moon to mark the seasons; *
the sun knows the time for its setting.
You make darkness, and it is night, *
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
The young lions roar for their prey, *
seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they steal away *
and lie down in their dens.
Man goes out to his work *
and to his labor until the evening.
O LORD, how manifold are your works.
In wisdom have you made them all; *
the earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with things innumerable, *
living things both small and great.
There go the ships, *
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
All of these look to you, *
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they gather it up; *
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; *
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, *
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever; *
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
who looks on the earth and it trembles, *
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, *
for I rejoice in the LORD.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth, *
and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the LORD, O my soul. *
Praise the LORD.


After the Psalms, the Officiant begins

All Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A brief silence is kept.

The Lessons

The Lessons for Tuesday

A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, and the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, and the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:6-8

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:16-17

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2-3

A brief silence is kept after the readings.
Please pause the service if you would like more time.


Officiant Lord, have mercy
All Christ, have mercy
  Lord, have mercy
All Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Officiant Lord, hear our prayer
All And let our cry come to you.

Silence is kept and free intercessions or petitions may be offered
The Officiant concludes

O Let us bless the Lord.
A Thanks be to God.
O The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14