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Thursday, March 4
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Second Week of Lent


The Call to Prayer
Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD;* shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
Psalm 32:12

The Request for Presence
Open my eyes, that I may see* the wonders of your law.
Psalm 119:18


The Greeting

With my whole heart I seek you;* let me not stray from your commandments.
Psalm 119:10

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.
Psalm 119:113

A Reading

Jesus said to the people: “. . . what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who was advancing against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple without giving up all that he owns.”
Luke 14:31–33

The Refrain

I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.

The Morning Psalm

He Brought Them to the Harbor They Were Bound for

They beheld the works of the LORD* and his wonder in the deep. Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose,* which tossed high the waves of the sea. They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;* their hearts melted because of their peril. They reeled and staggered like drunkards* and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,* and he delivered them from their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper* and quieted the waves of the sea. Then they were glad because of the calm,* and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy* and the wonders he does for his children. Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people* and praise him in the council of the elders.
Psalm 107:23–32

The Refrain

I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.

The Small Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He has settled me.
THE SHORT BREVIARY

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 Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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. †


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