Daily Prayers for February 11

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “Come, Ye Sinners”

My eyes are fixed on you, my strength : for you, O God, are my stronghold.

Psalm 59:11 14

My merciful God comes to meet me : God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

Slay them, O God, lest my -people forget : send them reeling by your might and put them down, O Lord our shield.

For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, for the cursing and lies that they utter : let them be caught in their pride.

Make an end of them in your wrath : make an end of them, and they shall be no more.

My eyes are fixed on you, my strength : for you, O God, are my stronghold.

Genesis 29:1 – 20 John 16:16 – 33

My eyes are fixed on you, my strength : for you, O God, are my stronghold.

Bernard of Clairvaux, a twelfth-century Cistercian reformer, wrote, “The first step of pride is curiosity. How does it show itself? Here is an example. There stands a monk who up to this time had every appearance of being an excellent monk. Now you begin to notice that wherever he is, standing, walking or sitting, his eyes are wandering, his glance darts right and left, his ears are cocked. Some change has taken place in him; every movement shows it. These symptoms show that that monastic’s soul has caught some disease. One who used to watch over his own conduct now is all watchfulness for others.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, we ask for singleness of mind to serve you and wisdom to seek unity without judging those closest to us. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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