Mid-Day Prayer: December 11th, 2023

Mid-Day Prayer
Led by Fr. Michael Thorne Jarrett

Psalm 85
Psalm 71

OfficiantO God, make speed to save us.
AllO 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 85

You have been favorable to our land, O LORD; *
you have restored the fortunes of Jacob.

You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and covered all their sin.

You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned away from your burning anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation, *
and put away your anger toward us.

Will you be angry with us forever? *
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?

Will you not revive us again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?

Show us your faithful love, O LORD, *
and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the LORD is saying, *
for he will speak peace to his people, his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him; *
that glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness meet together; *
righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Faithfulness springs up from the ground, *
and righteousness looks down from heaven.

Indeed, the LORD will give what is good, *
and our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness goes before him *
and will make his footsteps into our pathway.

Psalm 71

In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; *
let me never be put to shame.

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; *
incline your ear to me, and save me.

Be to me a rock of refuge, *
to which I may continually come;

you have given the command to save me, *
for you are my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
from the grasp of the unrighteous and ruthless man.

For you are my hope, O Lord; *
O LORD, my confidence from my youth.

I have leaned on you from before my birth;
you brought me out from my mother's womb; *
my praise is continually of you.

I have become a portent to many, *
but you are my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with your praise, *
that I may sing of your glory all the day long.

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; *
forsake me not when my strength is spent.

For my enemies speak against me; *
those who watch for my life consult together

saying, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him, *
for there is none to deliver him.”

O God, be not far from me; *
O my God, make haste to help me.

May my accusers be put to shame and consumed; *
with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my harm.

But I will hope continually *
and will praise you yet more and more.

My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
and of your acts of salvation all the day long, *
though their number is past my knowledge.

I will go forth in the strength of the Lord GOD; *
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.

O God, from my youth you have taught me, *
and to this day I declare your wondrous works.

So even to old age and gray hairs, *
O God, do not forsake me,

until I proclaim your might to the next generation, *
your power to all those to come.

Your righteousness, O God, *
reaches the high heavens.

You who have done great things, *
O God, who is like you?

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities *
will revive me again;

and from the depths of the earth *
you will bring me up again.

You will increase my greatness *
and comfort me again.

Also, I will praise you with the harp *
for your faithfulness, O my God;

I will sing praises to you with the lyre, *
O Holy One of Israel.

My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; *
my soul also, which you have redeemed.

And my tongue will tell of your righteousness *
all the day long,

for they have been put to shame and confounded *
who sought to do me harm.

After the Psalms, the Officiant begins
AllGlory 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 Monday
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, defend the oppressed; take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 1:16-20

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:12b-13 ESV

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
A brief silence is kept after the readings.
Please pause the service if you would like more time.


OfficiantLord, have mercy
AllChrist, have mercy
 Lord, have mercy
AllOur 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.
OfficiantLord, hear our prayer
AllAnd let our cry come to you.
Silence is kept and free intercessions or petitions may be offered The Officiant concludes
OLet us bless the Lord.
AThanks be to God.
OThe 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