Daily Prayers for April 25

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 “I Want -Jesus to Walk with Me”

Show us your way, O Lord : and we will walk it to the end.

Psalm 119:33 38

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes : and I shall keep it to the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law : I shall keep it with all my heart.

Make me go in the path of your commandments : for that is my desire.

Incline my heart to your decrees : and not to unjust gain.

Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless : give me life in your ways.

Fulfill your promise to your servant : which you make to those who fear you.

Show us your way, O Lord : and we will walk it to the end.

Leviticus 19:1 – 18 1 Peter 1:1 – 12

Show us your way, O Lord : and we will walk it to the end.

Sixth-century hermit Dorotheos of Gaza wrote, “Scripture says, Love your neighbor as yourself. And yet, you ask, ‘How can I love my neighbor as myself when I have things hidden in my heart which I cannot see, or even know?’ Do not consider virtues excessively difficult or unattainable, but make at least a little effort and have confidence in God. If our brother or sister needs something, give it freely. By this we go up the ladder of righteous-ness one rung at a time, until finally, with God’s help, we reach the top. For through this repeated coming to your neighbor’s rescue, you do what is advantageous for both your neighbor and yourself.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, help us to see that our well-being is inextricably bound to the well-being of our neighbor. Our sorrows are shared. Our longings are shared. Our fears are shared. Enable us also to share compassion, patience, and courage today. 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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