Daily Prayers for August 18

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 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Root us in your word, O Lord : in the good soil of your field.

Psalm 92:5 8

Lord, how great are your works! : your thoughts are very deep.

The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand : that though the wicked grow like weeds, and all the workers of iniquity flourish,

they flourish only to be destroyed for ever : but you, O Lord, are exalted for evermore.

For lo, your enemies, O Lord, lo, your enemies shall perish : and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

Root us in your word, O Lord : in the good soil of your field.

1 Sam-uel 28:3 – 20 Matthew 28:1 – 10

Root us in your word, O Lord : in the good soil of your field.

Ambrose, bishop of Milan and a doctor of the church, said this in the fourth century: “Death comes to every person. You must keep facing it with perseverance. Death is a passover from corruption to incorruption, from mortality to immortality, from rough seas to a calm harbor. The word ‘death’ must not trouble us; the blessings that come from a safe journey should bring us joy. What is death, but the burial of sin and the resurrection of goodness? Scripture says: Let my soul die among the souls of the just; that is, let me be buried with the just, so that I may cast off my sins and put on the grace of the just, of those who bear the death of Christ with them, in their bodies and in their souls.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, you have conquered death and triumphed over evil. There is nothing left for us to fear. Put us to work on this earth, striving for the kingdom in everything we do. Let us die to ourselves each day that we might find ourselves made new in you. 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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