Daily Prayers for March 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”

Come now and join the feast : right here in the belly of the beast!

Psalm 115:14 18

May the Lord increase you more and more : you and your children after you.

May you be blessed by the Lord : the maker of heaven and earth.

The heaven of heavens is the Lord’s : but he entrusted the earth to its -peoples.

The dead do not praise the Lord : nor all those who go down into silence;

but we will bless the Lord : from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!

Come now and join the feast : right here in the belly of the beast!

Exodus 10:21 – 11:8 Mark 9:2 – 13

Come now and join the feast : right here in the belly of the beast!

John Chrysostom, a great fourth-century preacher in Constantinople, said, “When we suffer anything for Christ’s sake, we should do so not only with courage, but even with joy. If we have to go hungry, let us be glad as if we were at a banquet. If we are insulted, let us be elated as though we had been showered with praises. If we lose all we possess, let us consider ourselves the gainers. If we provide for the poor, let us regard ourselves as the recipients. Do not think of the painful effort involved, but of the sweetness of the reward; and above all, remember that your struggles are for the sake of our Lord -Jesus.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Transform our memory, Lord, so that whenever we encounter suffering for your sake, we will recall all the saints who have gone before us whose courage and faith brought us this far. 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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