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.
Open to me the gates of holiness: I will enter and give thanks. This is the Lord's own gate where the just may enter. I will thank you for you have answered and you are my savior. The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes. This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad. O Lord, grant us salvation; O Lord, grant success. Blessed in the name of the Lord is he who comes. We bless you from the house of the Lord; the Lord God is our light. Go forward in procession with branches even to the altar. You are my God, I thank you. My God, I praise you. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his love endures for ever.
Reading: From a sermon by St. Andrew of Crete
Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, “above every sovereignty, authority and power, and every other name that can be named,” now comes of his own free will to make his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: “He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets.” He will be meek and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.
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.
Today our Savior entered into Jerusalem. Let us ask him: For coming to save us, Hosanna to you, Lord Jesus! For your Passion, We thank you, Lord Jesus! For the gift of Yourself, Praise be to you, Lord Jesus!
Jesus, Thank you for coming to redeem us. May we accompany you this Holy Week through your Passion, Death, and Ressurection. May we never turn away from you. We ask the Father for this in your name in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.