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Early in the morning, O Lord, will I direct my prayer unto Thee.

MORNING PRAYER

FOR

THE FIRST SUNDAY.

The Minister, standing before the Congregation, shall reverently recite these sentences.

Awake! awake! put on thy strength, O Sion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem.

Arise! shine! for thy Light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee!

Come ye, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord: and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.

Then shall the Minister pronounce this
Meditation.

Brethren, the shrine at which we most acceptably worship God must always be found in the ordinary circumstances of our daily life. The familiar world is the abode of every ennobling relation we sustain; the scene of every worthy toil; the altar of our holiest vows. This world is the School at which we are placed to learn the lessons of wisdom; the Arena in which we are appointed to serve our fellowmen; the Temple where we may offer divinest worship to that great Being Who is at once our Father and our God.

Then shall Minister and People join in this
Act of Adoration.

O Eternal Majesty of Earth and Heaven,
Fount whence flows the stream of life,
Thy children now adore Thee.
World upon world rests.

In the embrace of Thine everlasting Love.
Countless throngs lift up their song of joy.
O Holy One,

There is no place where Thou art not;
And where Thou art,

There art Thou to be loved, and forever adored.
We worship Thee; we give Thee thanks;
We hymn Thy praise,
O Lord our God,
Our Dwelling-place and Rest.

Then shall be said or sung these versicles: Minister. O Lord, open Thou our lips; People. And our mouth shall show forth Thy praise.

Minister. O God, make speed to save us. People. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

and ever

As it was in the beginning, is now, shall be world without end.

Amen.

Minister. Praise ye the Lord.
People. The Lord's Name be praised.

Here may be sung some specially chosen
Hymn of Praise and Adoration.

And afterward shall be read the Psalter, the Minister

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