Daily Prayers for March 16

Twenty-three-year-old American activist Rachel Corrie was killed on this day in 2003. While countless Palestinian -people have been killed the way Rachel was, her death marks a key moment symbolizing international concern. She was crushed by a bulldozer in Gaza as she knelt in front of the home of a Palestinian friend and tried to stop the demolition of their house.

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 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer : listen, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 84:8 12

Behold our defender, O God : and look upon the face of your Anointed.

For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room : and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

For the Lord God is both sun and shield : he will give grace and glory;

no good thing will the Lord withhold : from those who walk with integrity.

O Lord of hosts : happy are they who put their trust in you!

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer : listen, O God of Jacob.

Exodus 2:23 – 3:15 Mark 6:30 – 46

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer : listen, O God of Jacob.

Nineteenth-century French mystic Therese of Lisieux wrote, “My vocation is love! In the heart of the Church, who is my Mother, I will be love. So I shall be everything and so my dreams will be fulfilled — ​to make Love loved.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord God, please keep us balanced between the times you call us apart to be alone with you and the times when we dwell in the midst of others who claim you as Lord, that we might in every circumstance know ourselves in the beloved community of your Trinity. 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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