Daily Prayers for April 16

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 “Servant Song”

Save us and make us small, O God : small enough to walk your little way.

Psalm 79:1, 9 13

O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance : they have profaned your holy temple; they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.

Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name : deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your name’s sake.

Why should the heathen say, “Where is their God?” : Let it be known among the heathen and in our sight that you avenge the shedding of your servants’ blood.

Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you : and by your great might spare those who are condemned to die.

May the revilings with which they reviled you, O Lord : return seven-fold into their bosoms.

For we are your -people and the sheep of your pasture : we will give you thanks for ever and show forth your praise from age to age.

Save us and make us small, O God : small enough to walk your little way.

Exodus 32:1 – 20 1 Thes-salo-nians 3:1 – 13

Save us and make us small, O God : small enough to walk your little way.

Therese of Lisieux, a nineteenth-century Carmelite who sought to follow Christ’s “little way,” wrote, “The only way to make rapid progress along the path of divine love is to remain very little and put all our trust in Almighty God.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, teach us to dwell in the corners and crevices, to find an abundance of your love in those pockets of our lives where the poverty of our abilities crowds out our pride and ego. 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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