Daily Prayers for March 12

Maximilian of Thavaste (d. 295)

Maximilian, the son of a Roman soldier in present-day Algeria, was required to join the army at the age of twenty-one. Before the court of the Roman proconsul Dion, Maximilian testified, “I cannot enlist for I am a Christian. I cannot serve, I cannot do evil.” Because of his refusal he was beheaded.

Also noteworthy: this is the day that Jesuit priest Rutilio Grande was murdered in El Salvador, a pivotal moment in Salvadoran history and for the witness of the church in Latin America.

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 “Woke Up This Mornin’ ”

Overwhelm us with your love : which casts out every fear.

Psalm 67:14 18

Come and listen, all you who fear God : and I will tell you what he has done for me.

I called out to him with my mouth : and his praise was on my tongue.

If I had found evil in my heart : the Lord would not have heard me;

but in truth God has heard me : he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer : nor withheld his love
from me.

Overwhelm us with your love : which casts out every fear.

Genesis 49:29 – 50:14 Mark 5:1 – 20

Overwhelm us with your love : which casts out every fear.

Maximilian of Thavaste said, “You can cut off my head, but I will not be a solider of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, help us examine ourselves and see if we are willing to give all for you. Search our hearts and convict us where there is still fear, self-preoccupation, and lack of trust. 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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