Time of the Church 11
When the Lord delivered us from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.
The heathens themselves said: “What marvels
the Lord worked for them!”
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.
Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.
They go out, they go out, full of tears,
carrying seed for the sowing;
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves.
Paul wrote: If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part. (...) And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
For those who are far from home, immigrants, exiles, victims of oppression, Lord, we pray.
For those who are going through trials, who need help and compassion, Lord, we pray.
For all of us gathered here, that we may remain attentive to those entrusted to us, Lord, we pray.
That we may be delivered from all anxiety, Lord, we pray.
That we may learn to share more fairly the resources of our planet among all, Lord, we pray.
That a sense of wonder at the beauty of creation may remain alive in us, Lord, we pray.
That we may find light and courage in the mystery of communion that is the Church, Lord, we pray.
Jesus our peace, you never abandon us. And the Holy Spirit always opens a way forward, the way which consists in casting ourselves into God as into the depths. And astonishment arises: these depths are not an abyss of darkness; they are God—fathomless depths of compassion and innocence.
Bless us, Lord Christ; you give peace to our hearts when the unthinkable happens, the suffering of the innocent.
Most of the prayers on this page can be found in the book “Prayer for Each Day”. See Books, CDs, DVDs