Daily Prayers for April 24

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 “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

May the Lord direct our hearts : into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Psalm 116:1 4

I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication : because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

The chords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me : I came to grief and sorrow.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord : “O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”

Gracious is the Lord and righteous : our God is full of compassion.

May the Lord direct our hearts : into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Leviticus 16:20 – 34 2 Thes-salo-nians 3:1 – 18

May the Lord direct our hearts : into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Francis of Assisi, a twelfth-century mendicant preacher, said, “Above all the graces and gifts of the Holy Spirit, which Christ grants to His friends, is that of self-conquest and of willingly bearing sufferings, injuries and reproaches and discomforts for the love of Christ. If we shall bear all these things patiently and with cheerfulness, thinking on the suffering of Christ the blessed, which we ought to bear patiently for His love, O Brother Leo, write that here and in this is perfect joy.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Christ of the cross and of the empty tomb, strengthen us to bear the burdens of the day, to seek you amid the hurts and questions, and to trust you for mercy enough for this day. 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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