Matins

(dawn)


At dawn the believer again rises and seeing the coming of day, the expression of God's abundant love towards mankind and all creation, he or she goes to God with praises, thanksgiving and petitions, seeking blessing for the new day.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.

 

Psalm 3 Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me, many are saying of me, there is no help for him in God. But You, Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy hill. I lie down and sleep, I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. I am not afraid of ten thousands of people who have set them- selves against me round about. Arise, 0 Lord! Deliver me, 0 my God! For You strike all my enemies on the cheek, You break the teeth of the wicked. Deliverance belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!

 

Psalm 63 0 God, You are my God, I seek You, my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory. Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on Your name. My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat and my mouth praises You with joyful lips, when I think of You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night. For You have been my help and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they shall be given over to the power of the sword, they shall be prey for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by Him shall glory; for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Psalm 88

0 Lord, my God, I call for help by day; I cry out in the night before You. Let my prayer come before You, incline Your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles and my life draws near to Sheol. I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit; I am a man who has no strength, like one forsaken among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom You remember no more, for they are cut off from Your hand. You have put me in the depths of the Pit, in the regions dark and deep. Your wrath lies heavy upon me and You overwhelm me with all Your waves. You have made my companions shun me; You have made me a thing of horror to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape; my eyes grow dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon You, 0 Lord; I spread out my hands to You. Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the shades raise up to praise You? Is Your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abandon? Are Your wonders known in the darkness, or Your saving help in the land of forgetfulness? But, I Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before You. O Lord, why do You cast me off? Why do You hide Your face from me? Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer Your terrors; I am helpless. Your wrath has swept over me; Your dread assaults destroy me. They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in upon me together. You have caused lover and friend to shun me; my companions are in darkness.

Prayers

We praise, bless, hymn and thank You, O God of our fathers, for You have led us through the shadows of night and shown us again the light of day. We entreat Your goodness: cleanse us from our sins and accept our prayer in Your great tenderness of heart, for we run to You, the merciful and all-powerful God! Illumine our hearts with the true Sun of righteousness; enlighten our minds and guard all our senses, that walking uprightly as in the day in the way of Your commandments, we may attain eternal life. For with You is the fountain of life and we will be made worthy of enjoying Your unapproachable light. For You are our God, and to You we ascribe glory: To the father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His host! Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord! For He commanded and they were created. And He established them for ever and ever; He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed. Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, story wind fulfilling His command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for His people of Israel who are near to Him. Praise the Lord!

The Doxology

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men! We praise You! We bless You! We worship You! We glorify You! We give thanks to You for Your great glory! O Lord God, Heavenly King, God of the Father Almighty! O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father: You take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us. You take away the sins of the world: receive our prayer. You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us. For You alone are Holy, you alone are Lord. You alone, O Jesus Christ, are Most High in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Prayers

Every day I will give thanks to You and praise Your name for ever and ever. Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, be merciful to me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You. Lord, I flee to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. For with You is the fountain of Life and in Your light shall we see light. Continue Your mercy to those who know You. Enable us, O Lord, to pass this day without sin. Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and praised and glorified be Your name forever. Amen. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You. Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. Blessed are You, O Master, make me to understand Your commandments. Blessed are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with Your precepts. Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever. Do not despise the works of Your hands. To You belongs worship! To You belongs praise! To you belongs glory! To the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. Through the prayers of our holy fathers, may the Lord have mercy on us. Amen.