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.
Defend me, O God, and plead my cause against a godless nation. From deceitful and cunning men rescue me, O God. Since you, O God, are my stronghold, why have you rejected me? Why do I go mourning, oppressed by the foe? O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide. Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. And I will come to the altar of God, the God of my joy. My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me? Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5
You are not in the dark, brothers, that the day should catch you off guard, like a thief. No, all of you are children of light and of the day. We belong neither to darkness nor to night.
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.
We pray for all the shepherds of your Church. Protect your people, Lord! May our work today build up your good work. Protect your people, Lord! Reveal yourself to all men. Protect your people, Lord!
Dear Jesus, Fill us with faith, hope, and charity. May we rejoice to do your will today. We ask the Father for this in your name in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.