Every day, we will post a few brief prayers inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours.
O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth shall declare your praise.
I trusted, even when I said: "I am sorely afflicted," and when I said in my alarm: "No man can be trusted." How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me? The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call upon the Lord's name. My vows to the Lord I will fulfuill before all his people. O precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful. Your servant, Lord, your servant am I; you have loosened my bonds. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make: I will call on the Lord's name. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Reading: From a commentary on the Gospel of John by St. Cyril of Alexandria
If Christ thought it necessary to send out his intimate disciples in this fashion, just as the Father had sent him, then surely it was necessary that they whose mission was to be patterned on that of Jesus should see exactly why the Father had sent the Son. And so Christ interpreted the character of his mission to us in a variety of ways. Once he said: I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance. And then at another time he said: I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
The Canticle of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
Inspire the shepherds of your Church through the example of your apostles. Lord hear our prayer! May we bear witness to your name. Lord hear our prayer! Heal those who are suffering in mind or body. Lord hear our prayer!
Dear Father, Through the intercession of your servants, Simon and Jude, make us true witnesses of your Son. We ask this through Jesus your Son in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.