Daily Prayers for September 3

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”

You, and you alone, are Lord : our good above all others.

Psalm 16:1 4

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you : I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”

All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land : upon those who are noble among the -people.

But those who run after other gods : shall have their troubles multiplied.

Their libations of blood I will not offer : nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

You, and you alone, are Lord : our good above all others.

Esther 3:1 – 4:3 Matthew 5:11 – 16

You, and you alone, are Lord : our good above all others.

Alphonsus Liguori, eighteenth-century founder of the Redemptorists, wrote, “Persecutions are to the works of God what the frosts of the winter are to plants; far from destroying them, they help them to strike their roots deep in the soil and make them more full of life.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, where your church is weak through comfort, strengthen us through the necessary trials. Where your church is invisible through fear, make your word known through the boldness of prophets and through the courage of ordinary -people like us. 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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