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.
When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs. The heathens themselves said: "What marvels the Lord worked for them!" What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad. Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage as streams in dry land. Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap. They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing: they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.
Reading: From a sermon by St. Leo the Great
He continues: And I say to you. In other words, as my Father has revealed to you my godhead, so I in my turn make known to you your pre-eminence. You are Peter: though I am the inviolable rock, the cornerstone that makes both one, the foundation apart from which no one can lay any other, yet you also are a rock, for you are given solidity by my strength, so that which is my very own because of my power is common between us through your participation.
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.
My brothers, we build on the foundation of the apostles. Let us pray to our almighty Father for his holy people and say: Be mindful of your Church, O Lord. Father, you wanted your Son to be seen first by the apostles after the resurrection, we ask you to make us his witnesses to the farthest corners of the world. You sent your Son to preach the good news to the poor, help us to preach this Gospel to every creature.
All powerful Father, you have built your Church on the rock of St. Peter's confession of faith. May nothing divide or weaken our unity in faith and love. Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.