Before stepping into this time of prayer, a brief note on the format may be helpful.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
~ Acts 2:42 ESV ~
At the height of the day the church invokes the triune God in praise of God’s wonders and in prayer for help and speedy redemption. At midday the heavens were darkened above the cross of Jesus [Jn 19:14; Mt 27:35]. The work of atonement was approaching its completion. Where a community of Christians living together is able to be together at this hour for a brief daily worship time of song and prayer, it will not do so in vain.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, ch. 2 ~
O God, come to my assistance;
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Te Deum Laudamus (or “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”)
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
all the earth worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
“Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.”
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy church acclaims you:
“Father, of majesty unbounded,
your only Son, worthy and true,
the Holy Spirit, our Helper.”
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became human to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your servants,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and number us with your saints
in glory everlasting.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to the abundance of your mercies
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
that you may be justified in your words
and may overcome when you are judged.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward parts,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from the bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in sacrifices of righteousness,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Gloria Patri (Minor Doxology)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Kyrie Eléison (Gk.; repeat each line three times)
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.