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 call with all my heart; Lord, hear me, I will keep your statutes. I call upon you, save me and I will do your will. I rise before dawn and cry for help, I hope in your word. My eyes watch through the night to ponder your promise. In your love hear my voice, O Lord; give me life by your decrees. Those who harm me unjustly draw near; they are far from your law. But you, O Lord, are close, your commands are truth. Long have I known that your will is established for ever.
Reading: Jeremiah 29:11,13
I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you look for me, you will find me: when you seek me with all your heart.
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.
May we be found ready when you come to us. Show us your mercy, Lord! Fill the world with your joy. Show us your mercy, Lord! May our lives reflect your presence with us. Show us your mercy, Lord!
Dear Father, As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of your Son, pour out your mercy upon us that we may welcome him with pure hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus who lives with you and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.