Morning Prayer: Tue, 27 Dec – 1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; John 20:1-8 ~ we saw the Word of life

Feast of Saint John, the Evangelist

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

O come, let us adore him!

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory,
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Reading: 1 John 1:1-4 (NLT)

"Word of Life" (mural) Hesburgh Library University of Notre Dame

“Word of Life” (mural)
(aka “Touchdown Jesus”}
Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
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Reading: Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 (NLT)

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
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The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory.
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Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise his holy name!
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Reading: John 20:1-8 (NLT)

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

“The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection” Eugène Burnand, 1898 Musée d’Orsay

“The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection”
Eugène Burnand, 1898
Musée d’Orsay

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed.
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Prayer:

Lord God, remember your church around the world – built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles with Jesus Christ, Your Son, the chief cornerstone. Hear our prayers on behalf of your holy people.

+ That the Resurrection of Christ may be made known, near and far

+ That the Good News of Christ may bring light into the darkness of men’s lives

+ That the Word of Christ may reap an imperishable harvest of joy in men’s hearts

+ That the Cross of Christ may reconcile all men to friendship with you and with one another

Lord God, remember your church around the world. Open to all the treasures of your Word that we may live confidently and joyfully as your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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“Ode To Joy – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” – at Royal Albert Hall, London


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Blessing

We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us… and fully share our joy.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!



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