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.
Lord, let my cry come before you: teach me by your word. Let my pleading come before you: save me by your promise. Let my lips proclaim your praise because you teach me your statutes. Let my tongue sing your promise for your commands are just. Let your hand be ready to help me, since I have chosen your precepts. Lord, I long for your saving help and your law is my delight. Give life to my soul that I may praise you. Let your decrees give me help. I am lost like a sheep; seek your servant for I remember your commands.
Reading: From the treatise Against Heresies by St. Irenaeus
Our Lord, the Word of God, first drew men to God as servants, but later he freed those made subject to him. He himself testified to this: I do not call you servants any longer, for a servant does not know what his master is doing. Instead I call you friends, since I have made known to you everything that I have learned from my Father. Friendship with God brings the gift of immortality to those who accept it.
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.
Keep our hearts pure. Lord, help us with your grace. Help us to do your will in all we do today. Lord, help us with your grace. Forgive us our sins. Lord, help us with your grace.
Dear Father, Look with pity on our weakness. Help us to draw closer to you through this Lenten season. We ask this through Jesus your Son in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.