Time of the Church 8
My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
all my being, bless God’s holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all God’s blessings.
It is God who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion,
who fills your life with good things,
renewing your youth like an eagle’s.
The Lord does deeds of justice,
gives judgment to all who are oppressed.
The Lord’s ways were made known to Moses;
the Lord’s deeds to Israel’s children.
The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
God does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.
For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is God’s love for the God-fearing;
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Jesus said, “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. (...) But love your enemies, do good and lend expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”
Litany of praise
Lord God, you do not look at appearances but at our heart; you are forgiveness.
Lord God, you renew in us peace of heart and a serene joy.
O Risen Christ, you are with us, even with those who are unaware of your presence.
O Risen Christ, you place in our hearts a longing for your Kingdom.
O Risen Christ, you call us to share the fruits of the earth and of our work.
Lord God, by your Christ the fullness of your life is offered to us.
Lord God, into your hands we place our entire life.
Jesus our peace, by the Holy Spirit you always come to us. And in the deepest part of our soul, there is the wonder of a presence. Our prayer may be quite poor, but you pray within us.
Blessed be those who are seeking God and his Christ. Blessed be the simple-hearted according to the Gospel.
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