Daily Prayers for July 8

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”

Raise us up, O Lord : and let our light break forth like the dawn.

Psalm 41:1 3

Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! : the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.

The Lord preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land : he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.

The Lord sustains them on their sickbed : and ministers to them in their illness.

Raise us up, O Lord : and let our light break forth like the dawn.

Judges 7:1 – 18 Acts 17:1 – 15

Raise us up, O Lord : and let our light break forth like the dawn.

Hear these words of church father Augustine of Hippo: “In affliction, then, we do not know what it is right to pray for. Because affliction is difficult, troublesome and against the grain for us, weak as we are, we do what every human would do. We pray that it may be taken away from us. However, if he does not take it away, we must not imagine that he has forgotten us. In this way, power shines forth more perfectly in weakness.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, throughout history you have used the seemingly weak to nurture justice, to fight poverty, and to walk bravely toward human thrones of power proclaiming another way. Help us find comfort and hope in our afflictions, knowing that you are able to use all things for good. 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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