Daily Prayers for May 9

Columba of Iona (521 – 597)

An Irish prince who chose the monastic life, Columba left Ireland in 563 and settled in Iona in Scotland. He was a large man with a big, resonant singing voice. He was also an excellent scribe and illuminator of manuscripts. A much-loved abbot, he had a missionary zeal and great prophetic insight. His faithfulness to the Celtic tradition fueled the spread of vital Christianity through Britain and beyond as he planted monastic communities to be hubs of prayer and mission, modeling a radical life of discipleship.

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 sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”

How happy upon the hills : are the feet of those who bring good news.

Psalm 45:1 4

My heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king : my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.

You are the fairest of men : grace flows from your lips, because God has blessed you for ever.

Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior : in your pride and in your majesty.

Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth : and for the sake of justice.

How happy upon the hills : are the feet of those who bring good news.

Numbers 13:1 – 3, 21 – 30 Luke 5:27 – 39

How happy upon the hills : are the feet of those who bring good news.

Columba of Iona said, “Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Surprise us with your joy, O Lord, and let it resound in all we do. 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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