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Wednesday, March 20
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Fourth Week of Lent

The Call to Prayer
Sing to the LORD a new song,* for he has done marvelous things. With his right hand and his holy arm* has he won for himself the victory. The LORD has made known his victory;* his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
Psalm 98:1–3

The Request for Presence
Our soul waits for the LORD;* he is our help and our shield. Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,* for in his holy Name we put our trust. Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us,* as we have put our trust in you.
Psalm 33:20–22

The Greeting

How deep I find your thoughts, O God!* how great is the sum of them! If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;* to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
Psalm 139:16–17

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.
Psalm 108:3

A Reading

Though they had been present when he gave so many signs, they did not believe in him; this was to fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah: Lord, who has given credence to what they have heard from us, and who has seen in it a revelation of the Lord’s arm? Indeed, they were unable to believe because, as Isaiah says again: He has blinded their eyes, he has hardened their heart, to prevent them from using their eyes to see, using their heart to understand, changing their ways and being healed by me. Isaiah said this because he saw his glory, and his words referred to Jesus. And yet there were many who did believe in him, even among the leading men, but they did not admit it, because of the Pharisees and for fear of being banned from the synagogue: they put human glory before God’s glory.
John 12:27–43

The Refrain

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.

The Morning Psalm

Those Who Act Deceitfully Shall Not Dwell in My House

My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me,* and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants. Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house,* and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight. I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land,* that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.
Psalm 101:6–8

The Refrain

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.

The Small Verse

Today if you shall hear His voice, harden not your heart.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant that I, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear my cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. †