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“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
May the working of your mercy, O Lord, we pray, direct our hearts aright, for without your grace we cannot find favor in your sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 7; John 7:40-53
Apart from you we can do nothing. The conflict around Jesus grows. And all the while, we are turning to God for mercy. What Jesus went through is for me, that I might have mercy and the gift of everlasting life. We call upon the Lord for help, for strength, for trust.
The snares of death overtook me, the ropes of hell tightened around me; and in my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice. – Psalm 17
Let us always and everywhere give thanks to Christ our Savior, and ask him with confidence: Lord, help us with your grace.
May we keep our bodies pure, – as temples of the Holy Spirit.
May we offer ourselves this day to the service of others, – and do your will in all things throughout the day.
Teach us to seek the bread of everlasting life, – the bread that is your gift.
May your Mother, the refuge of sinners, pray for us, – and gain for us your loving forgiveness.
Lord, what you ask of my life seems so right. It is how I want to live, following your Son, Jesus, so closely. And yet I fail so often to stay on that path. I cannot do it alone, loving Lord. I need your help and guidance. I need to remember your love for me and I want to remember how very much I need you in my life.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
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