Tuesday, July 16
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.


The Call to Prayer
Sing to the LORD a new song;* sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
Psalm 96:1

The Request for Presence
May God be merciful to us and bless us,* show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Psalm 67:1


The Greeting

Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation,* O Hope of all the ends of the earth.
Psalm 65:5

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Your testimonies are very sure,* and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.
Psalm 93:6

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off in his joy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.’
Matthew 13:44–45

The Refrain

Your testimonies are very sure,* and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.

The Morning Psalm

My Lips Will Sing with Joy

Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God;* I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will sing with joy when I play to you,* and so will my soul, which you have redeemed. My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long,* for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm.
Psalm 71:22–24

The Refrain

Your testimonies are very sure,* and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.

The Small Verse

My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD;* my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
Psalm 84:1

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, mercifully receive the prayers of your servant who calls upon you, and grant that I may know and understand what things I ought to do, and that I also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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.†