Monday, November 25, 2013

Psalm 18 (19) Praise of God the creator


Blessed are you, Lord, in the vault of heaven.

The skies tell the story of the glory of God,
the firmament proclaims the work of his hands;
day pours out the news to day,
night passes to night the knowledge.
Not a speech, not a word,
not a voice goes unheard.
Their sound is spread throughout the earth,
their message to all the corners of the world.
At the ends of the earth he has set up
a dwelling place for the sun.
Like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
it rejoices like an athlete at the race to be run.
It appears at the edge of the sky,
runs its course to the sky’s furthest edge.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord, in the vault of heaven.

Prayers and intercessions:

Christ has given us all a share in his priesthood. We offer our prayers and ourselves in union with him.
– Lord, accept our love and service.
Jesus Christ, you are the eternal priest:
make this morning’s offering acceptable to the Father.
– Lord, accept our love and service.
Lord, you are love itself:
grant that we may love you.
– Lord, accept our love and service.
Give us today the fruits of the Holy Spirit:
make us patient, kind and gentle.
– Lord, accept our love and service.
Give us the discernment to know the needs of our neighbours,
and give us the courage to love them as brothers.
– Lord, accept our love and service.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Almighty Lord and God,
protect us by your power through the course of this day.
even as you have enabled us to begin it.
Do not let us turn aside to any sin,
but let our every thought, word and deed
aim at doing what is pleasing in your sight.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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