Daily Prayers for May 13

Julian of Norwich (1342 – 1416)

Born during a tumultuous period of England’s history, Julian witnessed tremendous suffering in her lifetime. At age thirty, when she was seriously ill, Julian received the first of sixteen visions that centered on the crucified Christ. She interpreted her visions to mean that God loves us unconditionally, and she likened Christ to a mother who suffers when a child is hurt. Julian became an anchorite, voluntarily restricting herself to a tiny cell in the church building at Norwich. She lived the rest of her days in almost total isolation so that she could pray for the community and offer spiritual counsel. Her Showings has been praised as being among the most important spiritual writing in the English language.

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 “Ubi Caritas”

Let the -peoples praise you, O God : let all the -peoples praise you.

Psalm 67:1 4

May God be merciful to us and bless us : show us the light of his countenance and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth : your saving health among all nations.

Let the -peoples praise you, O God : let all the -peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy : for you judge the -peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth.

Let the -peoples praise you, O God : let all the -peoples praise you.

Numbers 16:20 – 35 Luke 6:39 – 49

Let the -peoples praise you, O God : let all the -peoples praise you.

Julian of Norwich prayed, “God, of your goodness, give me yourself, for you are enough for me. I may ask nothing less that is fully to your worship, and if I do ask anything less, ever shall I be in want. Only in you I have all.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

God, you are present in our joys and in our sorrows. Help us expect to live lives that mirror the suffering and joy of Christ our Savior. No disciple is above her master. 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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