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.
In God alone be at rest, my soul; for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress; I stand firm. In God is my safety and glory, the rock of my strength. Take refuge in God, all you people. Trust him at all times. Pour out your hearts before him for God is our refuge.
Reading: From a Letter of St. Paul Le-Bao-Tinh
I write these things to you in order that your faith and mine be united. In the midst of this storm, I cast my anchor toward the throne of God, the anchor that is the lively hope in my heart. Beloved brothers, for your part so run that you may attain the crown, put on the breastplate of faith and take up the weapons of Christ for the right hand and for the left, as my patron St. Paul has taught us. It is better for you to enter life with one eye or crippled than, with all your members intact, to be cast away. Come to my aid with your prayers, that I may have the strength to fight according to the law, and indeed to fight the good fight and to fight until the end and so finish the race. We may not see each other in this life, but we will have the happiness of seeing each other again in the world to come, when, standing at the throne of the spotless Lamb, we will together join in singing his praises and exult for ever in the joy of our triumph. Amen.
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.
Guide our hearts. Come, Holy Spirit! Deliver us from all harm. Come, Holy Spirit! Bring those who have died to their heavenly home. Come, Holy Spirit!
Dear Father, Just as you helped Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions to serve you faithfully, help us to give our whole life to you. We ask this through Jesus your Son, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.