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.
“You who fear the Lord, give him praise; all sons of Jacob, give him glory. Revere him, Israel’s sons. For he has never despised nor scorned the poverty of the poor. From him he has not hidden his face, but he heard the poor man when he cried.” You are my praise in the great assembly. My vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and shall have their fill. They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him. May their hearts live for ever and ever! All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord, all families of the nations worship before him for the kingdom is the Lord’s; he is the ruler of the nations. They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust. And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him. They shall tell of the Lord to the generations yet to come, declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn: “These things the Lord has done.”
Reading: From the Journey of the Mind to God by St. Bonaventure
Let us pass over with the crucified Christ from this world to the Father, so that, when the Father has shown himself to us, we can say with Philip: It is enough. We may hear with Paul: My grace is sufficient for you; and we can rejoice saying: My flesh and my heart fail me, but God is the strength of my heart and my heritage for ever. Blessed be the Lord for ever, and let all the people say: Amen. Amen!
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.
Forgive us for the times we have offended you. Have mercy on your people! Turn our hearts to seek you above all else. Have mercy on your people! Bring those who have died into your Kingdom. Have mercy on your people!
Dear Father, You sent your Son into the world that he might draw us back to you. As we contemplate his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, may we be truly sorry for our sins and strive to please you in all we do. We ask this through Jesus your Son in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.