Daily Prayers for July 23

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 “Vamos Todos al Banquete”

Praise be to God, who gives beauty for ashes : hope in the morning, strength for today.

Psalm 113:1 3, 8

Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord : praise the name of the Lord.

Let the name of the Lord be blessed : from this time forth for evermore.

From the rising of the sun to its going down : let the name of the Lord be praised.

He makes the woman of a childless house : to be a joyful mother of children.

Praise be to God, who gives beauty for ashes : hope in the morning, strength for today.

1 Sam-uel 1:1 – 20 Acts 24:1 – 23

Praise be to God, who gives beauty for ashes : hope in the morning, strength for today.

These words were written in the early Christian writing known as the Letter to Diognetus, whose author is unknown: “Christians live in their own countries, but only as guests and aliens. They take part in everything as citizens and endure everything as aliens. . . . They are as poor as beggars, and yet they make many rich. They lack everything, and yet they have everything in abundance. They are dishonored, and yet have their glory in this very dishonor. . . . They are abused, yet they bless. . . . In a word: what the soul is in the body, the Christians are in the world.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Dear God, form us into a peculiar -people who live differently because we have been transformed by you. May the courage of the early Christians teach us to laugh at fear, to starve greed, and to live with the winsome freedom of the lilies and the sparrows. 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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