Saturday, January 23
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.


The Call to Prayer
Let us make a vow to the LORD our God and keep it;* let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.
Psalm 76:11

The Request for Presence
Let my cry come before you, O LORD;* give me understanding, according to your word. Let my supplication come before you;* deliver me, according to your promise.
Psalm 119:169–170


The Greeting

I will offer you a freewill sacrifice* and praise your Name, O LORD, for it is good.
Psalm 54:6

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

How sweet are your words to my taste!* they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
Psalm 119:103

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: “Again, you have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but must fulfill your oaths to the Lord. But I say this to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, since that is God’s throne, or by earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great King, Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black. All you need say is, ‘Yes’ if you mean yes, “No’ if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the Evil One.”
Matthew 5:33–37

The Refrain

How sweet are your words to my taste!* they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

The Morning Psalm

Happy Are Those Who Always Do What Is Right

Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* for his mercy endures for ever. Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD* or show forth all his praise? Happy are those who act with justice* and always do what is right! Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people,* and visit me with your saving help; That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people,* that I may glory with your inheritance.
Psalm 106:1–5

The Refrain

How sweet are your words to my taste!* they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

The Cry of the Church

O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me!

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

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; 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.†