April 6 2022 Daily Prayer

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.

Canticle Colassians 1:12-20

Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy 
to share the lot of the saints
in light.

He rescued us
from the power of darkness
and brought us
into the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Through him we have redemption.
the forgiveness of our sins.

He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creatures.
In him everything in heaven and on earth was created,
things visible and invisible.

All were created through him;
all were creatd for him.
He is before all else that is.
In him everything continues in being.

It is he whois head of the body, the church!
he who is the beginning,
the first-born of the dead,
so that primacy maybe his in everything.

It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in him
and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person,
both on earth and in the heavens,
making peace through the blood of his cross.

Reading: From a commentary on the psalms by St. Augustine

God could give no greater gift to men than to make his Word, through whom he created all things, their head and to join them to him as his members, so that the Word might be both Son of God and son of man, one God with the Father, and one man with all men. The result is that when we speak with God in prayer we do not separate the Son from him, and when the body of the Son prays it does not separate its head from itself: it is the one Savior of his body, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who prays for us and in us and is himself the object of our prayers. He prays for us as our priest, he prays in us as our head, he is the object of our prayers as our God. Let us then recognize both our voice in his, and his voice in ours.

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.

Intercessions

Free us from our slavery to sin.
May your kingdom come!
Lead us by your truth.
May your kingdom come!
May we accept your Word.
May your kingdom come!
Father,
Hear our prayers and open our minds and hearts to the voice of your Son, Jesus. May we follow him with our whole heart. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.