Daily Prayers for May 27

Rahab

Rahab’s story is found in the book of Joshua. Rahab was a prostitute who hid Hebrew spies in her home while they were on a reconnaissance mission in Jericho. Fearing the God of Israel more than her own king, Rahab agreed to help the spies if they would protect her and her family when God delivered her city to them. Though she is an unlikely saint, Rahab is remembered by the authors of Matthew, Hebrews, and James as a faithful witness and an ancestor of -Jesus. Her story is a reminder that sinners make the best saints in God’s story.

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 “It Is Well with My Soul”

The Lord is God in heaven above : as he is on earth below.

Psalm 121:1 3, 7 8

I lift up my eyes to the hills : from where is my help to come?

My help comes from the Lord : the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved : and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil : it is he who shall keep you safe.

The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in : from this time forth for evermore.

The Lord is God in heaven above : as he is on earth below.

Joshua 2:1 – 21 Luke 10:17 – 24

The Lord is God in heaven above : as he is on earth below.

In his Rule for monastic community, Benedict of Nursia wrote, “Any guest who happens to arrive at the monastery should be received just as we would receive Christ himself, because he promised that on the last day he will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Proper respect should be shown to everyone while a special welcome is reserved for those who are of the household of our Christian faith and for pilgrims. As soon as the arrival of a guest is announced, the superior and members of the community should hurry to offer a welcome with warm-hearted courtesy. First of all, they should pray together so as to seal their encounter in the peace of Christ. Prayer should come first and then the kiss of peace, so to evade any delusions which the devil may contrive.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, you receive all of us sinners, asking only that we turn from death toward life. Today we choose life wherever we find a stranger and welcome her. 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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