Daily Prayers for March 14

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 “The Kingdom of God”

Arise, O God, maintain your cause : defend the poor for your name’s sake.

Psalm 74:17 20

Remember, O Lord, how the enemy scoffed : how a foolish -people despised your name.

Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts : never forget the lives of your poor.

Look upon your covenant : the dark places of the earth are haunts of violence.

Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed : let the poor and needy praise your name.

Arise, O God, maintain your cause : defend the poor for your name’s sake.

Exodus 1:6 – 22 Mark 6:1 – 13

Arise, O God, maintain your cause : defend the poor for your name’s sake.

Maria Skobtsova, a twentieth-century nun remembered in Russia as Mother Maria, said, “At the Last Judgment I shall not be asked whether I was successful in my ascetic exercises, nor how many bows and prostrations I made. Instead I shall be asked if I fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick and the prisoners.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, in our efforts to serve, help us be true to who we are in you. Make us see and understand the gifts and talents you have given us, and give us courage to use them for the building up of your kingdom. 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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